I started to fear that I wasn't going to hit my deadline on this project. I cut it a bit too close for my comfort. But this little elf pulled it off anyway. My cousin approached me via email several months ago about making a bookshelf quilt for her mother in law for Christmas. Secretly, I've always wanted to make this quilt, ever since I found it on Moda Bake Shop. The pattern is called Read With Me Quilt and is by Melissa Corry. I absolutely LOVE the way it is quilted.
After explaining what a jelly roll was to my non quilty cousin, I told her to pick out a jelly roll, mail it to me and I would get started. Several weeks later, this little 1930's reproduction jelly roll arrived in my mail box. I grabbed a pretty white on white fabric for the background and promptly but it on a shelf..fitting right?
When I finally cracked this bad boy open I discovered instead of being your typical 42 strips it was only 20. Huston, we have a problem. Luckly, I have a huge stash of 1930's reproduction fabric that I've never touched (that good ol' good intentions thing).
I asked if it would be okay to incorporate some of those and got a green light. I'm actually glad this happened. That jelly roll was a whole lot of orange, brown, green and blue. My stash addition added a bit more color.
Now it was time to read the directions and start chopping.
As I cut my different length strips I sorted them into bags according to their size. This made things so much easier when I had to sort my strips for the four different types of blocks that make up the quilt.
Since it was mostly strip piecing it went together in no time.
|The little blue squares at the top are part of the MOD Bear Paw you will be seeing soon|
This led to a little Crafted Applique fun.
Let's not forget quality control testing.
And boom! A finished quilt top. This is where the pictures stopped. I knew I was quickly approaching the deadline and focused more on the quilt and less on the blogging aspect. Sorry. I was DYING to quilt this one based off the original quilt design, but knowing that my cousin wanted it for Christmas 2016 and not Christmas however long it takes, I went with the more practical all over loops design using Aurifil #2021 Natural White. So after a quick quilting and a tumble in the washer and dryer, I was able to get this in the mail and delivered safe and sound on time.
I did snap a few pictures before it went out. A huge thanks to my mom/next door neighbor for letting me take a few pictures in her house. The weather has been quite bleak, with no good lighting.
My cousin and her mother in law was nice enough to share a few pictures with me and allow me to share them with you.
The picture is a little blurry, but I think the happiness shines through!
And a very sweet picture of my cousin and her mother in law.
I'm very glad that I was able to help my cousin with her gift and lets to a little happy dance for me, because I was able to cross a bucket list item off and another item off my 4th quarter list!! Of course, now I want to make one for me too, because I must have all the quilts :)
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