I completed my Lovely Year of Finishes goal for April: to make a picknick quilt out of a quilt top I had made a long time ago. Here it is:
The quilt is made of 14 Friendship star blocks and 2 Ohio stars. The binding is my favorite part because it is made of strips of all the fabrics that are featured in the quilt. The fabrics were a fat quarter bundle that I bought at Sew Mama Sew and that was put together by Hillary Lang of Wee Wonderfuls. I added the turquoise background fabric myself. It is a rather sturdy fabric. That's why I made this into a picknick quilt; it is a bit too thick to snuggle under.
At the last minute I thought of the idea to add a carrying strap to the quilt. The strap also keeps the quilt rolled up. It is integrated into the binding so you can't lose it, handy feature!
Size: 55"x 55"
Spring and summer can come now!!
I'm linking to the Finishes party of A Lovely Year of Finishes.
I'm still debating what to do next month... I have another week to make up my mind.
But it is a strange week. On April 30th our queen (of The Netherlands) will abdicate and we'll have a king, Willem-Alexander. It is going to be a very festive day I think, so that is something to look forward to! But last Sunday night we got a big scare in my town, Leiden, to make everybody think twice about big festive occasions. Sunday the police found out that someone had made a threat on an internet forum to carry out a school shooting at a high school here in Leiden. It did not say which school. My daughter is a high school student. She had to stay at home on Monday because all schools (20) were closed. At the elementary schools the children couldn't play outside that day. On Tuesday schools reopened, but because there was still no resolution, armed policemen and women were posted at every school and only one entrance could be used. Today was the same. And we still don't know who made the thread, if it was serious in the first place, and what this all means (they arrested someone and then released him). It is really scary, but it also feels like this doesn't apply to us at all. I mean, how can a high school student have a weapon here in The Netherlands? And how come they can't find out who posted the threat? Will it all blow over? Will we just forget about it, and feel safe again after the spring break? Will we get more clarity? Not the best week.
update: The Dutch 18-year-old that made the threat was arrested in Costa Rica and brought to The Netherlands. After telling a judge that he hadn't been serious about his threat, and handing over his passport, he was left in his parents' custody.