This was another one of those projects that started out as one idea, and ended up as something completely different. My quilting bucket list includes a card trick quilt. I made one card trick block for the group project quilt for Kris, and really liked how it looked. I ended up collecting a bunch of fat quarters in apricot and aqua (not sure where that color scheme came from), that I really wanted to use in a card trick quilt. I pulled that fabric stack out many times, and could never make it work for one reason or another. It was probably because I couldn’t pick a background color. I’m sure white would have worked, but white quilts just don’t seem practical to me. I like how they look, but dogs and kids and white quilts just seem like trouble waiting to happen.
Then I ran across the Lotus pattern by Jaybird and decided to use the apricot and aqua in a different way. My SIL Susan’s niece Nikki had recently had her first child Marlow, so I had an excuse for a throw quilt. As usual the pattern was well written and easy to follow. The pieces were pretty big too, so it came together fast. I played with one layout where the block layout mimicked the “jewel” shape of the cut pieces. I called this my “organized” layout. I kinda liked it and at the same time I kinda didn’t. In the end I went with a random layout.
While the quilt was off with Karen getting the Splat! pantograph, I decided to use some of the leftovers in pillows. And why not use another Jaybird pattern while I was at it? Particularly since all my strips already had 60° cuts in them. So I pulled out my Candy Dish pattern and started playing. The fronts were fun to lay out, and doing a plain back just seemed too boring. Then I remembered that the last step of the Lotus pattern asks you to trim the uneven sides of your quilt top to make it rectangular. I hated that part, and couldn’t bring myself to throw the trimmed pieces out. So they became the backs of my pillows! Sneaky. I didn’t line the pillow covers (but I did put in zippers) so I hope they hold up. Time will tell.
I recently heard that Marlow now has her first “big girl bed” and that she uses her quilt every night. Love to hear that!