How to Make a Patchwork Quilt for Zero Dollars
For the quilt batting she used an old doona cover that once belonged to The Boy, so that he could be part of the quilt as well. It is a cotton waffle weave which gives the quilt an interesting texture. You can see it here where The Girl made the left-overs into dishcloths (still going strong nearly a year later). The one other thing I have used in a quilt instead of 'proper' quilt batting is an old woollen blanket, but I am sure there are also many other solutions. Let me know!
The quilt edging was more flannelette stashed in my hoard - white with blue stars from Red's baby sheets, and the backing, also from the hoard, was a piece of pink flannelette that I believe was one of the children's single bed sheets back in the day. The Girl sewed all of this together with a couple of rows of stitches both on the edging, then about a hands-width in from the edge. She didn't even quilt across it, which raises the question - can it technically be called a quilt? It has held together perfectly and washes well, which is what matters. It is beautiful and warm, and it is a great comfort to Red who sleeps with it and is often seen draped in it. What it says is "I love you" from a beloved sister, with cosy reminders of all the siblings, a gift that was a long time in the making, and which shows that you don't have to spend money to keep warm or to give a gift of love.