August 26, 2009

Flannel Quilt for Ken

This flannel quilt was in the making for a few months. The quilt was totally made using shirt fabric and fabric rescued from the op-shops (opportunity shops). As soon as I knew that we were visiting Ken at the Gold Coast I started making this quilt for him. Ken reads a lot and I thought the quilt would keep him warm while sitting in his favorite chair. It is a very simple quilt because I was not sure how he would have reacted to a more fancy quilt. In the end, he liked the quilt and has been showing off to everyone since he got it.

I asked to take a photo of him with the quilt. Ken used to lived in Samoa and he said it is like wearing a Samoan lavalava (sarong). He wrapped it around his waist while I snapped some photos.

And here is how it looks when it is open. I did not put a border on it because it looks great without it. The fabric for the large green rectangle blocks was 100% wool that I found at the op-shop. It came from Scottish House of the UK. It was a great find and unused.

The first day when we arrived Ken showed us all the new development around the neighborhood. The apartment was in walking distance to all amenities including the monorail connecting to the Conrad Jupiter Casino . Not that I am into casinos, but I don't mind a free ride on the monorail .

I was down at the market place the next day. It was quite warm and the sun was very harsh there in Queensland. A bit of a shock for us coming from Melbourne's winter. I had to wear a hat everywhere I went. My very faithful hat. I take it with me to all the trips I have made.

On our last day we took Ken and his friends Vasso and Peter to lunch at a new Greek seafood restaurant, George'S Paragon. Lunch at George's was one of the highlights of my holiday. I forgot to mention that apart from doing very little there we did managed a couple of games of Bocce, the oldest Italian ball game. I was teamed up with Peter while DH and Ken were a team. Needless to say, Peter and I beat them on both occasions! It was a fun and relaxing ball game to play. If you wandered what Bocce is, I have found a great history about it here.

16 comments:

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I love the quilt you made for Ken. It is so stunning. Very much for a guy :-)

blushing rose said...

What a BEAUTIFUL quilt!! I was going to suggest a 'kilt' but sarong, too. Have a beautiful weekend. TTFN ~Marydon

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Wow Nat I love it!!! Great colours too for Ken...and what a character he looks!!! I think it is so nice to have a great meal at a place while you are on holiday...this can often bring back memories of the holiday another time...just the scent or the taste is usually enough!!! Great post!!!

A Stitch In Thyme said...

I love taking bits of this and pieces of that and building something beautiful. You did a fine job on this quilt & I'm sure he'll cherish it. Hugs. Tammy

Bunny said...

Great quilt you did a wonderful job and I am sure it will keep him warm.

Kim said...

So its wool and flannel?
It came out great, what a lovely gift...might have to make a few for Christmas gifts. How did you do the quilting Nat? did you make a cool label and backing?

Happy sewing

Mrs Quilty said...

Hi Natima, Looks like you had such a fun time! The quilt you made for Ken is perfect for a man and it looks like he was very proud of it and loved it! Very cool!! I'm glad you had a fun time!

The Faerie Queen said...

Hi Natima, Lovely quilt, I love the photo of ken wearing it!! very cool pic. Lovely photos all round. hugz xxx

Micki said...

I love flannel quilts, and yours is lovely! Ken looks like quite the character and he obviously loves it. I enjoyed the pics too!
Micki

Julia said...

The quilt you made for Ken is perfect for a man..love it, and I'm sure he does too..
Great photos..
Julia ♥

Terry said...

Hi Ken's quilt is a stunner. Well Done.
Great pics.
Hope this message isn't anonymous like the last one.

Terry

Lurline said...

That is one gorgeous quilt, Natima!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Terry said...

Hi Like the new banner. Part of Tom's quilt?
Checked out Civil War Bride Quilt. Very interesting. Have you stared one yet

Terry

Simone de Klerk said...

What a lovely quilt for Ken, to keep him warm while reading.
Seems like you had a lovely trip!

Bizarre Quilter said...

What a great quilt! you know,it looks a lot like a kilt worn when work in the style of a lavalava!! LOL!!

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

Fun quilt. I love that there are bright happy colors in there as well as the somber ones. Fun too that Ken is wearing a sweater that has 9-Patches on it!

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