Emile needed a new blanket. His old blanket was a grey matted affair, one of those dog blankets that's not much more than a felted mass of textile waste; hard to wash, and starting to develop holes. They're cheap enough, but I saw a chance to learn how to do the rocking stitch that proper quilters use. (I have a blogger quilt to make soon, remember?)
The stitch is both easier and more difficult than it looks, but really quite quick and not hard on the hands once you get going.