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Keagan’s Quilt • Quilt Finish

The year 1666 was the first recorded use of the word “minimal.” That was also the year, according to the Merriam-Webster Time Traveller feature, where the word “pandemic” was first turned up.

I looked it up because I was thinking about Minimalism — a word that showed up much later, in 1926 (the same year as estrogen, garlic salt, preemie and trick-or-treat) — and is defined as a style or technique (as in music, literature, or design) that is characterized by extreme spareness and simplicity.

[And speaking of words, did you know that “fewtrils” was one of the words in the final rounds of the recent Spelling Bee? It means things of little value and first showed up in 1750, the same year as frosting, steering wheel and unimportant. I totally have to use fewtrils again.] I digress, but be warned, I have the Spelling Bee on my mind today.

Modern quilters seem to love this style. Gimme a bunch of squares, a field of white and we are in business. So I was surprised to note that my granddaughter Keagan was also a lover of minimalism, when she asked me to make her a quilt for her queen-sized college bed. I found out from her mother that Keagan is also an avid follower of a famous trendy store, so I wasn’t too surprised when, as we began to trade photos of possible quilts, that this one showed up. I tracked the origins of this one using Google Photo search, and sure enough–it’s listed in that famous trendy store, is made in India, and is hand-stitched. We are all familiar with these quilts.

Keagan’s only requirement besides: minimalistic, gray with touches of forest green, and queen-sized, was “snuggly.” I sent the completed quilt top, with some cotton-wool batting (pre-washed) to Wolf Girl Quilts, and she sent it back a couple of days ago, all finished.

Since breaking my ankle, I’ve had a few more hours of down-time, and since my past self was very kind to my future self, I had the binding all cut out and ready to go. So I sewed it all down yesterday: broken/sprained ankle up on a camp stool on the left, while the right foot worked the sewing machine pedal on the right. Today we took it out for photos, with Dave moving around, me gimping around (no cast on the foot, yes, the referral and call are in to ortho, I just keep it elevated except when I’m out photographing quilts).

The back is all white: Painter’s Palette Solids. I ordered a whole bolt of that stuff.

We usually use a contraption of two clamps held out on sticks, but the sticks broke, so the quilt is in the washer (we kept meaning to put on sturdier sticks…). I’ll press it lightly, wrap it up and mail it off to one of my two granddaughters headed for college this year!

Keagan’s Quilt
Quilt No. 253
Began April 18, with designs showing how it will drape on the bed (below)
Finished July 9, 2021
89″ wide x 92″ long (approximate)

I worked it up in Affinity Designer. There is no pattern, but you can figure out the gist of it from what’s in the sketch above.

Apparently “snuggly” is not a word, but “snuggle” is. It showed up in 1687, along with birdhouse, trigonometric and yawner. I hope all these words haven’t been a real yawner for you, but just in case…I’ll stop this post here.

Happy Quilting!

14 thoughts on “Keagan’s Quilt • Quilt Finish

  1. Oh, dear! This reminded me of when I made our daughter a quilt to take to college. She thanked me nicely and then asked, “But when will it be soft like Granny’s quilt?” Since then I have backed quilts for young people with Minky. However, I don’t think that would go with the minimal aesthetic, so snuggly will be a better choice!

  2. Love the quilt! Love the words of the day! And I’m very glad to hear that it’s your left ankle, and not your driving foot. Hoping the orthopedist doesn’t need to put you in a cast.

  3. A striking but simple design- I particularly love the colour variation from top to bottom. Rest up and heal quickly and fingers crossed that a cast is not necessary!

  4. I think I’m a minimalist – I really like that quilt! I know it held you back from what you would have been able to put into it – design-wise – but it holds just as much love and will be cherished. You are a great grammy!

  5. Great quilt! I can’t believe she has a queen size bed for college! Is that in a dorm?
    I appreciate the Word Nerd stuff. Interesting that pandemic and minimal showed up together. Coincidence?
    I will have to try to use fewtrils in a sentence today.

  6. Great minimal quilt for a lucky granddaughter. Hope her and the quilt do well in that first year of collage. It’s such an exciting and challenging time. As a graphic designer, I really appreciate the look of minimal design and even have fun playing with designs but I have come to realize it holds no interest for me when quilting. I’m a full on maximalist. The more prints and the more color the happier I am when quilting. Take care of yourself and that ankle. And thanks for all the word salad. Who knew?

  7. Oh poor Elizabeth, how in the world did you break your ankle ? You poor girl
    I hope the pain goes away soon! At least you can sew by hand.
    Kindest wishes,

    Jan McGrath

  8. Snuggly might not officially be a word, but it is (and it is an important one) in our home. I hope that Keagan gets lots of snuggles, love, and joy from her quilt that you so clearly put into it just for her.

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