Bob’s Quilt

January 31, 2017

Bob’s quilt is done.  The back is gray flannel, so it should be quite cozy.  The quilt is meant to be a lap quilt, for Bob to use when he does the nightly crossword puzzle.  I had some fun putting a “Bob” in the quilt.I put a heart as well, actually I put in two hearts, but one looks more like  cherry than a heart, so I am not showing that heart off.  Rack it up to my learning curve on the long arm quilter, which I am very fortunate to be able to use. I love, that with each step of a quilt it changes…I didn’t have a pattern, but I did have a picture.  (Source) I stopped before I went to far, to make sure it would ‘work’.  Quilts are lots of little pieces of math.  I am lucky to have a mathematical mind and easily able to figure these out.  It is a bit of an optical illusion.  There are no pinwheels squares, but it does look like it.I love my new design wall, that I got from our ‘free table’ at quilting.  A design wall is simply a glorified cheap vinyl table-cloth with flannel backing.  The flannel holds the fabric pieces up on the wall and off the floor where the dog hair resides.  This allows me to step back and rearrange squares easily.

I am quite excited to get it in the mail to Bob.  Here is my ‘ta da’ moment…Bob is currently 99.6 years old.  I hope he enjoys this quilt for a long time, even if he has been talking about ‘going home’ at 100.  I love Bob.  He is a special man….here is his Christmas card photo.  Time to get this quilt in the mail…

and I am blessed.

Quilt Instructions

At our quilting group, when someone brings in a new pattern, they name the pattern after the person who brought it in.  However, I think this should be called the Bob pattern.

This lap quilt is made up of 6.25 inch squares, 7 squares across by 9 squares down with a 2.5 inch border.

Instructions per square:

4.5 x 4.5 inch block

2.5 x 4.5 inch white strip

2.5 x 6.5 inch white strip

2.5 x 2.5 inch black square

The black squares are set at each end of a strip and sewn diagonal, cut at .25 inch at the seam, then turned flat and ironed.

Sew both strips onto the block making sure the diagonals are going the right direction.  In theory, the block should now be 6.5 x 6.5, but I preferred to trim my blocks evenly to 6.25 x 6.25 inches.  This allowed the blocks to go together so easily, nice and straight!  Happy quilting!

  • Sandy Ravana

    No question he will love it…I love it and plan to do something similar with all my black & whites… thanks for the inspiration!

    • I got a lovely thank you letter, from Bob. He had to dictate it, but it was so sweet !

  • Sandy Ravana

    What a lovely thing for you to do! Bob is such a sweet man & loves you so…. you are a blessing.

    • Thank you sweet Sandy,
      He should have gotten it on Monday…I hope he likes it!

  • Diane

    I know this is a gift Bob will treasure. Bob, too, is blessed…with a wonderful friend.

    • Thank you my friend. I think he will be very surprised!

  • Susan Scott

    What a cutie! I mean Bob of course, but the quilt is too!

  • Miriam

    Beautiful quilt! I’m sure he will love it.

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