Made from charity shop shirts and castoffs from my husband's wardrobe (whether he was aware of it or not. )
I'm sure I'd worked out a better pattern for the squares, but I'm afraid I just took them as they came out of the pile and sewed them together.
How the Quilt Got Its Name
It is meant for the beach, oh best beloved, and as British beaches are very often covered in pebbles, I thought it would be a good idea to double the filling, you know, make it more comfy.
After I had (with great difficulty) quilted it all together, I realised it hadn't been such a good idea and bravely decided to unpick it all. Yes, unpick all the quilting stitches.
I put a DVD on one Sunday afternoon and spent the duration unpicking.
The film was The Shawshank Redemption so that is how the quilt got its name.
The Shawshank Redemption quilt
(and I must say I was very glad to have a visual diversion during some of the more brutal parts of the film.)
Now I have the quilting bug but I want to learn to do it properly.
I'd seen some Japanese quilting which I liked a lot so I ordered this book from Amazon
Not only is it full of beautiful things to make with Japanese fabric it also had a picture and instructions for this beautiful quilt
Quite by chance I then discovered a quilting supply shop not so very far from where I live and today I went there.
An Aladdin's cave of fabric.
I bought this
And I've signed up for quilting classes. I begin at the end of April and the Japanese quilt is the one I'm going to make.