Last Saturday we headed out with a new tent in the back of the car. We drove to our destination and puttered around the town, visiting the children’s museum, the toy store, and the yarn shop — all must sees on a urchin family trip. My mom called because she was at home worrying about us in the heat. It was hot but we were hanging out in the shade, in and out of AC, and drinking plenty of fluids. But at dinner Stefan and I started talking about whether we really should sleep in a tent when the overnight low was expected to be 87 degrees. He had a race in the morning.

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So we started calling all the hotels in the area and got the same answer we’re completely booked. It was 7:00 in the evening and 104 degrees. Then Stefan started calling some B&Bs but we had the urchins with us and most don’t allow children. Luckily though, people at B&Bs are very nice and one such lady started calling everywhere she could think of. We got the last room at the Doubletree and sighed with relief.

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So we went un-camping and all this is to tell you that we had the camping quilts ready but ended up not needing them in the end. You’ve seen the rainbow one before. It’s backed with a duvet cover from IKEA and bound in the same. I decided to use wool as a batting on all the camping quilts because not only is it warm, it also warm when it’s wet, which when camping is a real possibility. But one thing about wool is that it shrinks up a lot when laundered so if the quilting doesn’t go all the way to the edge or isn’t dense enough you will lose a lot of area. Think your favorite puckery quilt and get even puckery-er. It was quilted with a fireworks pattern in variegated thread that really looks great on both sides.

Camping Quilt #1

The brown and pink quilt was made with pink scrap log cabins sashed in a brown Denyse Schmidt fabric that I had a bunch of — it has a small pink dot in it. It is backed and bound in the brown too. The quilting on this one is a daisy pattern in a pink thread. There’s a name for setting the log cabins like this but I can’t think of it, they look kind of wonky in the photo but they are straight, just the sashing width varies between blocks.

Camping Quilt #2

So, two camping quilts down and one more to go — or maybe two? Thanks for all your help with that. Our next scheduled camping trip isn’t until later in the Autumn although Stefan thinks we need to do one more this summer. Hopefully next time we’ll actually end up in the tent and putting these quilts to good use.


3 Responses to “Un-Camping”

  1. 1 jess July 27, 2010 at 9:19 am

    These are fantastic! I love the rainbow one especially. Just wonderful.

  2. 2 melissa July 27, 2010 at 9:29 am

    when’s your fall break? I wish we could meet and camp half way. Ours is columbus day. We’re going to have to get a roof rack for the volvo for camping.

  3. 3 Adriana July 27, 2010 at 10:28 am

    I love the rainbow quilt. So many pretty colours and patterns to see.

    It makes me want to quilt even if I’ve never done it before!

    Glad to see you survived the heat.

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