I survived a weekend of quilting and it went better than I could have imagined! It was so great to spend time with the ladies that knew my grandmother. I think Cassie and I spent most of our time talking with them about our what’s going on in our lives, since most of the women hadn’t seen us since high school. This was also the first retreat that my sister and I were at together. My grandma always took one of us at a time so we had never gone together. It was definitely a bonding experience and I’m glad we enjoyed ourselves. It felt so good to get back in touch with the quilter in me.
While I was in college I didn’t really have the space or the resources to keep quilting the projects I had started in high school. One such project was a Lasagna Quilt I started my Senior year of high school. While at a retreat one weekend I found these flannel fabrics that were the brightest things I’d ever seen. The colors and patterns were so fun and vibrant that I knew I HAD to do something with them! Now, prior to this, I had started a flannel quilt that was a lot of work and I couldn’t keep myself motivated to finish it. If the words, “Flying Geese” mean anything to you, you know what I mean. It’s a beautiful pattern but it’s very high maintenance and I just couldn’t finish it. So, my grandma suggested I make something a little simpler so that it was a little more realistic for me to finish. (such a smart lady!) That year at the retreat they showed us a demo of a Lasagna Quilt. It looked pretty straight forward so my grandma suggested I make one.
The weekend I started the quilt I just about finished it. I got the top done and my first border on. I even started sewing one of my borders together. Unfortunately that’s as far as I got. That was 6 years ago! SO needless to say, it was time to finish this quilt! And that’s just what I did.
It’s meant to fit my queen size bed so that gives you an idea of the scale of it. I love it just as much now and I did in high school. It’s so bright and happy! One of the fabrics I used is from Fiji too! My grandparents took a trip there and Grandma brought me back a fabric that she knew would be perfect for this quilt. (again, she’s good!)
The staggered pattern of the strip is where it get the name Lasagna Quilt. This quilt is so east because there isn’t really a wrong way to make it. As long as your rows of strips are the same width you can sew them in any way that suits you. I would definitely suggest it for someone looking to make their first or second quilt.
Now all I have to do is sew the back, which in high school I decided would be rubber ducky fabric (idk), and have it quilted. I can’t wait to sleep under it tho. It’s gonna be so soft and snuggley I may never come out from under it!