I started the new year as I intend to go through it — making quilts! So many things I sew are given away as gifts, and after the flurry of Christmas sewing I was ready to be selfish and make something to keep. I made this lightning quilt as a wall hanging for our family room to soften up a space dominated by the TV and computer screen. My eyes need a break from all the technology! This quilt gives just enough “homemade” to relax me.
If you’d like to try making one, here’s a link to the tutorial on Jenn of All Trades. It was her first tutorial and she did a great job! (Leave her a comment and tell her so if you agree!) It really is a simple design, and she’s explained it very well. She made hers as a doll quilt with 3.5″ squares, but I used 5″ squares for my larger wall hanging, with fabric strips 2″ to 2.5″ wide for the lightning. You’ll want them to be a bit wonky, so don’t stress too much about measuring those strips. Wing it, it’ll look great.
Since this was meant to hang on the wall, before binding I added a couple little “pockets” in the upper corners and across the back.
I had a piece of PVC cut to fit used a couple Command adhesive hooks to hold it up. (Some of the left over PVC pipe went into another bit of craftiness that I’ll share with you later.)
I might make this design a couple more times. I have some fabric from Kenya and think this might be a great showcase for it, with a solid cream background and colorful African wax prints as lightning. (It would be auctioned or sold to raise funds for MFFO.org.) This would also make a great baby quilt for a little boy, wouldn’t it? I’m picturing a dark blue sky with bright yellow lightning. Don’t be surprised if you see this again!