Last week, when I took these pictures of the blossoming trees in my yard, we were having warm, sunny, spring weather. I was busy planting annuals in the garden and in my many pots around the yard. In a few days, the weather turned on us and it has been rainy and downright cold. I am actually going to have to cover my planted areas and pots this weekend to try to protect the new plants from frost. This is way too late in the season to worry about frost, but it is happening and there is nothing I can do about it except hope my efforts will save the plants. I think we go through this every year and I never learn my lesson. But generally, we can plant after Mother’s Day. Just not this year, I guess. This weather actually puts me in the mood for flannel quilts. We are certainly still reaching for them this week at our house.
So, it is back to the sewing room while I wait for nicer weather. A dear friend of mine is about to move into a new home and is finding items deep in the closets that need to be addressed. She found a Thimbleberries kit for a flannel quilt from the late eighties. I was at her house when she found it. I took it off her hands to get it made so she can enjoy it in her new home in front of her new fireplace. The quilt is Fireside Cozy. It was a very popular quilt design and I am sure many of you made it.
We are still using the original two I made. It’s the perfect size for curling up on the couch for a little TV watching or nap. Flannel quilts are the best for overall family use. Everyone loves them…just as they love well worn flannel shirts. The designs are generally simple and piecing is easy. Quilters often categorize quilts as “users” or “keepers”. Flannel quilts definitely fall into the” user” category. I really have to dig out my flannel stash and make a few more. Everyone grabs the flannel quilt first and there just aren’t enough to go around when everyone is home for the weekend. This pattern is no longer available but I have included a great flannel quilt design in this post. It is a quick and easy quit to make…that goes for any fabric, flannel and otherwise.
Here are some general hints when sewing with flannel and a FREE PATTERN for a flannel quilt called Block City for those cool spring evenings.
SEWING WITH FLANNEL