For my grandmother’s birthday I decided to make her a quilted shawl. She’s frequently cold and I knew she’d like something she could just drape over her shoulders. My mother’s family is Hungarian and a while ago I bought a set of “Hungarian print” fabrics. (They’re inspired by traditional blue-on-white Hungarian prints.) I decided to use them for her shawl. I supplemented them with other prints in coordinating shades of blue.
I cut the fabrics into six-inch squares and set them on point. I cut some of the squares in half to make a few triangles, where the design required.
I sewed the squares and triangles into strips running along the diagonal. Then I sewed the strips together to form the top and I added a border around the edge. I used blue fleece for the back, to make it nice and warm. For the quilting I just did straight lines running parallel to the strips I’d sewn, using blue thread. You can see the quilting in the picture below. I wanted something quick and simple. It adds some texture, too. The whole project was completed in less than a day.
Sadly, I don’t have any creative pictures of her modeling the shawl like I do with my brother hooding himself with his quilt. You’ll have to take my word for the fact that it looks lovely on her, and she was delighted with it.