I've made just a couple of quilts with blue fabrics - it's not my color of choice and nothing in my home is blue so whatever blue quilts I make are usually for someone else. It's okay to give quilts away, it builds character. Feel free to quote me on that. If you've ever given away a quilt, even one you don't particularly love, then you know what I'm talking about! It's much harder than one would think...after spending weeks, months, sometimes years working on a quilt, it can be a bit painful to part with! But this quilt? Naw, no pain whatsoever would be felt because for whatever reason, this quilt does not speak to me.
If this had red fabric anywhere it might have stood a chance and I don't know why I ended up putting yellow in there but that was kind of the deal breaker for me - the quilt just took a turn to no return.
Some of the fabrics in this quilt have quite a history...all of them were used in another quilt, so they are truly scraps, but see that navy and blue floral? That was once part of a shirt that belonged to my mom, along with the blue and white polka dot fabric! Mom was tossing some clothes out a few years ago and they were all 100% cotton, blues and white, so I snagged them. I've had them in my stash for probably 6 or 7 years - and one would think because of that this quilt would be a favorite! Nope!
The backing is just cotton, not flannel, which is what I usually put on the backs of my quilts. If you're going to reach for a quilt, reach for one with a flannel backing, it's always warmer. Feel free to quote me on that, too! Even the cute backing couldn't salvage my feelings for this quilt. So I decided to give it away, to a blue person, then they would be happy and their happiness would make me happy...win/win.
As I was sewing down the last of the binding the mister arrived home, he been out with his good friend Jack celebrating the Seahawks big win, so he was in fine form. He walked over to where I was sitting and said, "It that one for me? I like that, that's purty. It can be my car quilt because you said I needed one." Instantly, this unloved blue quilt turned into my Valentine gift for the mister! He does need a car quilt - you know, so when we are out and about and it's freezing yet he still has the air on, I can grab the car quilt and keep warm! (Everyone should have a car quilt!) A Blue Valentine, it's so fitting. He can have this quilt and I won't have to look for a red sweater, or a red shirt or red socks or red pajamas...he saved me a lot of time and energy. Like I said, when you give a quilt away, it's win/win. Happy Valentine's Day to the Mister.