Mr Earplug's is always a bit 'last minute' when it comes to present buying so I wasn't surprised to find that he hadn't organised anything for his Grandma's 91st birthday. She's a lovely lady and keeps us supplied with handknits for the boys so I figured she'd be more than happy with a handmade item herself. I decided to have a go at making a lap quilt. This was my first attempt at patchwork/quilting so I had a good browse on the internet and decided on a Disappearing Nine Patch design.
It was a bit scary cutting into the fabric with a rotary cutter for the first time, but I managed without making a hash of it.
I cut the fabric into 5" squares and stitched them into a nine patch.
I laid everything out on the bed to try and get a random pattern. Unfortunately I forgot to mark the orientation of the patches when I gathered them up - doh! I had to try to re-do the design as I was stitching them together and it didn't entirely work out as I wanted. But never mind, I'll remember next time!
I made too much binding just to be on the safe side - 2.5" wide strips, folded in half and ironed.
And here it is just before binding.
Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo of the finished quilt - another thing to remember next time! Grandma was really pleased with it.