So, I have this quilt. Actually, I kind of stole the quilt from my mom, who won it as a bingo prize as a teenager. I took it with me to college and since A and I moved in together it has topped our bed. Here’s a picture (from when I was 7 months pregnant with M!) where you can see it:
The quilt’s taken some abuse (from the cats, mostly) over the years, and then with co-sleeping, I ended up sleeping on top of it a lot, and this started to happen:
Poor quilt. The final straw came last week, when Stimpy decided to use our bed as a litterbox while I was out with Madrigal. The quilt can’t survive another washing of the sort it would need without disintegrating. We might try, but I suspect doing so will result in a quilt that is literally Resting in Pieces.
So. We need a new quilt. Right now, we have a quiltish comforterish thing on our bed, which I think was a wedding present, and it’s perfectly nice, but not our style, and definitely more on the fluffy comforter end of the blanket spectrum – and I have a strong preference for dense, hefty quilts. So I want this to be a temporary thing. I want to make us a new quilt.
Thing is, I don’t really know how to quilt. I briefly participated in a quilting bee for newbies (which I actually helped create!), but then had to drop out due to a back injury, which healed just in time for me to be pregnant and not able to sew due to the fact that it made me insanely nauseated. So those days were short-lived. I don’t really know where to start.
Any thoughts? My preferences definitely run towards patchwork quilts, especially ones with a white/ivory background and rainbow/colorful patchwork, and a relatively high background:patchwork ratio. Right now I have a Kona Brights jellyroll and a Kona Brights charm pack, and I also have some white fabric, but I don’t know whether it would be enough, and I don’t know WHICH white fabric it is and don’t particularly want mismatched whites. So I may or may not have enough fabric to make a queen-sized top. But I don’t know what to aim for – a replication of the nine-patch quilt that’s now out of commission (the jellyroll strips would be easy to cut into small squares)? Something with triangles (which would be easy to make by cutting the charm squares in half diagonally)? Something a little more modern/wonky/asymmetrical? And then how do I start? HELP ME, dear Internet!