It’s rare that I post a “partially done” project as a finish. And by rare, I mean that I have yet to do that. But I’m counting this as finished since it’s about to be handed off… and because it has a good tale to tell.
This quilt is a perfect case of this affliction I have. I call it the “I don’t know what I’m gonna do with it, but I gotta have it” problem. This is why I have more craft supplies than space to store them. And while some would argue that it’s really not a problem… it is!
Anyway. This quilt came about because way back when I was in the midst of shopping for Milo’s quilt fabric, I spied this jelly roll. I was immediately drawn to it, but couldn’t justify the cost. Not to mention I was already feeling as though I had bitten off more than I could chew. So I ogled it and then went on my way. Yet every time I went back to the quilt shop, I had to find it and ogle it some more. And then one day… it. wasn’t. there. Even though I never had any intention of buying it… I was all of the sudden really upset that the option had been removed from me. And then, the owner walked over with it and put it down on the table in the window. The previous customer had come *this close* to purchasing it but decided not to at the last minute.
So, of course, I bought it. And it sat in my cabinet for a year. Because what was I going to do with a jelly roll? And just one? Not two like most patterns I love call for?! Hmm.
Enter a random pinterest search month and months later, and I had a pattern. It was the Jelly Roll Jam pattern by Fat Quarter Shop and it was free! The only problem was that it was sized for baby quilts and not a throw as I wanted. That said, I started sewing strips together…
And then I lost all my sew-jo almost immediately. Or something. And it went into the cabinet. To sit, and sit, and sit. In the meantime, I moved on to other projects. I would occasionally take this one out and look at it. I would even ponder how to make it bigger. I even went as far as buying more fabric for it. (I’m not even sure that was a sane choice.) But yet it still sat.
In January I put it on my WIP list… And it was a quick and easy finish once I set my mind on it! Funny how that works. Once I had all the strips in blocks, I realized that if I increased the rows from the original pattern and added some borders, it would be the perfect size for the couch. The borders were a new element for me and it took me a little longer than I would like to admit to figure it out. (And I'm still not sure I did them correctly...) But I do love how it frames the blocks! Bonus: I have a few spare blocks that can become a table runner. Win-win.
Now it’s going to make it’s way across the country to be quilted by a friend (backed in a knit chocolate brown fabric … also a first for me!), and then it’s coming back this way for another friend to machine bind. And then it’s going on my couch ASAP to be snuggled with. Even if it’s the middle of summer. I’m sure that soon enough we’ll be dreaming of colder days. Right?! ;-)
Checking this off my 1Q-FAL List.