Eldest son's eldest son, Chris, just got early acceptance into Virginia Tech! I had promised him that I would make him a quilt for his bed at college, and as of this morning, I hadn't even started it yet. Well, I had, several months ago, but I didn't like the colors for him after I got started, so I put it on the back burner.
So when I heard that he had made it into VA Tech, I jumped for joy, called him to congratulate him, and immediately began a search of my books and printouts for a quilt pattern that would look like a guy's quilt but still maintain the warm-and-fuzzies that grandmas are so famous for. Most quilts appeal to women/girls. Most quilting patterns are feathers and flowers and the like. Men may admire them, but they don't want to be seen with them. So I had to find a pattern AND fabric that was manly.
This is it, only I'm going to increase the size to make it big enough for a twin bed. This pattern is called Tall Tales, and it's from the book More! Laps From Fats by Good Intentions. And I had lots and lots of plaids, mostly in cotton flannels. So this AM I cut 62 WOF (width of fabric) strips of the darker plaids and 30 of the lighter ones. I then had this amazing pile of 92 two and three-quarter inch wide strips.
The rest of the day was spent sewing these into 23 sets of four strips each in preparation for cutting out the next step -- the triangles from which the long zig zaggy strips are made. They have been starched and pressed and are ready for tomorrow's efforts.
Hmmm. I might have overdone it a little. I might have enough for three quilts here. We'll see how things go.