Quilted shawl for my grandmother

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.

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