Finished apricot and aqua Lotus quilt by Jaybird

Apricot and Aqua

In 2015, Quilt Projects by S Adams

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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!

The Project Photos


The Project Details…

Pieced By: Me
Piecing Done: February 2015
Quilted By: Karen Walker
Quilting Done: May 2015
Pattern: Lotus by by Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts
Fabric Line: Various Connecting Threads
Size: Quilt: 52 x 60 inches
Pillows: 16 inches square
For: Marlow
Occasion: ‘Cause she’s cute!