Bet you smiled when you read Jennifer Rounds’s story about making a quilt that her college-bound son might actually permit her to give him (“Invisible Hug” in the April TQL). She shares the pattern as well, and you just may want to make one of these quilts for someone you love to take to school in the fall. The quilt, sized for a typical long, narrow dorm mattress, is quick and easy to make. No heirloom effort here—this quilt will be used, washed (by you, if at all), and subjected to wear-and-tear (don’t ask.)

Jennifer also made a great version of the quilt for herself. She calls it Flying Colors, and it has a story, too. “Sometimes I like the therapy of two-color quilts with very simple, scaled-down architecture. They are dramatic, and have nice contrast. Making a spare quilt is like taking a tonic. It clears the head,” Jennifer explains. “I watched an episode of What Not to Wear on TLC, and the hosts were extolling the virtues of marigold yellow as the on-trend color. When, soon after, I found a bright orangey yellow batik in a Virginia quilt shop, well, my quilt-making fate was sealed. The other great discovery was the tone-on-tone white with an Asian chrysanthemum motif.”

You can see Flying Colors here. I can’t decide which version I like best. I might have to make both…Jan Magee, The Quilt Life

Flying Colors, 65 x 98 inches. Pattern available in the April 2013 issue of TQL
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[…] it go yet. As it turns out, that quilt is included in a featured post in the magazine’s blog Quilt Views. The Quilt Life’s iteration is made from two fabrics as well, but it looks like I went on a […]

I love it. Simple and masculine enough for a college boy/man.