It occurs to me that people start chopping up fabric to be sewn into quilts predominantly when a) you die, or b) you are born or even (heaven forbode!) c) you get married. In the you die case, the quilt is stitched together out of your old cherished clothes and you live on in some sense. In the second case, babies don't seem to mind that the fabric has been cut up, they have enough in their lives to be getting on with--such as the being born and meeting the parents issues--so whether the quilt is quilted or tied, made form great grandmas soft lacy nighties that she never wears--baby doesn't seem to mind. In the you-get-married scenario, well, it's probably just a quilt of wills: who has made the quilt to grace your marital bed? Is it a mother? Mother-in-law? Sister? Sister-in-law? If my dad had made the quilt it would have been made of neoprene. And there you have it: that is the best quilt idea I've had: the wetsuit quilt. I have cut up just about everything I could take scissors to, except of course items that were still of value to people I wanted to remain in contact with. But what an idea! I wonder if my brother has a few old wetsuits around I could start cutting up...
Love from the road,
P.S. You could even sew the quilt together with duct-tape.