a fidget quilt for mom
By Patricia Belyea
OTTAWA CA Today is my mother’s 90th birthday. Her brain has become quite frayed so I made her a fidget quilt.
In early January I found two naval-officer epaulettes ($3 each) at the Ballyhoo Curiosity Shop in Ballard. My father was a commander in the Canadian Navy hence my mom was a naval officer’s wife for over 65 years. With a naval theme in mind, I collected more parts for the lap quilt.
To keep it bright, I chose an ikat-woven kimono wool from the 1970s for the background fabric.
The velvet pocket from a pair of thrift-store jeans gives a change of texture. Also, the pocket holds a scrap of fabric—perfect for unfolding and folding up.
Two little iron-on monsters hiding under the epaulettes create non-stop delight.
Lots of odd-ball errors showed up in this casual project. For starters, the zipper is upside-down. The wrong side of the grommets are exposed. And the stitching is messy!
Regardless, Love conquers all the glitches and makes the fidget quilt a perfect gift for Mom on her big day.