As with most trips back to Toronto, my flights were booked around the Workroom's class schedule. I enrolled in their Patchwork Picnic Blanket workshop thinking it would make a quick and easy anniversary gift for my sister-in-law and her husband.
Trying to balance my sister-in-law's aversion to any colour but purple and my desire to make something they would both enjoy, I used a mix of purple, green and black prints. Some were from stash while others were purchased specifically for this project.
Inspired by Karyn's gorgeous version, I used some pearl cotton to embroider a label after forgetting my micron pen at home. I backed the blanket in a black Robert Kaufman denim, used some fancy twill tape for the ties, and "quilted" it with intersecting lines in a variegated black and purple thread.
This blanket is sure to get lots of use this summer. It is the perfect size to throw down for a day at a softball tournament or for a place to rest during a long bike ride. The pockets will easily hold a couple of sandwiches, some cutlery and some sunscreen, making it the perfect summer companion.
I'm trying to hold off making another for myself (using this FQ bundle) until I clear up some old WiPs. We'll see how long I can actually resist.