The last couple months have been a little busy, so I’ve not been able to 1) finish any projects to post about, and 2) post. Sadly, in April my father passed away (miss you Dad) and I started a new full time job just a few days later. So quilting has taken a back seat while I settle into my “new normal”.
I started this quilt quite a while ago. My dear friend Jackie had given me a pack of Hoffman Bali Poppy sepia colored 2.5″ batik strips. It worked perfectly for yet another Jaybird pattern I wanted to do called Snack Time. I already had a large piece of light brown batik fabric that was perfect for the background. Throw in a few brown batik fat quarters from my stash and I was itchin’ to be stichin’!
Pairing up the fabrics was the hardest part, and yet one of the most fun. I kept thinking of each fabric as a different “flavor” of chocolate. Some white chocolate, some milk, some dark, and some extra dark chocolate (my personal favorite).
The blocks were pretty easy even with partial seams. Then of course I had to agonize over the block layout, the part my husband thinks I spend way too much time on (he’s right). I tried grouping like colored blocks at first, but ended up choosing a random layout. I had the perfect piece of minky backing leftover from a previous project that had fallen off my radar. It’s a gorgeous dark chocolate color and was just the right size. However, it also has a pretty long nap, so Karen suggested using double batting so that the minky wouldn’t get pulled through to the front side. You probably wouldn’t see it in most of the blocks, but it would have definitely shown up in the “white chocolate” blocks.
We picked a pantograph called Unwind, which I feel fits the theme nicely. Unwind with chocolate! By the time the quilt came back to me, I had little time for hand sew the binding. Luckily for me, a dear friend Susan offered to take that task off my hands. There are, apparently, people in this world who actually like doing handwork. 😉 Susan finished in days what would have taken me weeks. Thanks Susan!!
Then we had to wait for actual sunshine on a day when I wasn’t at work to take photos. That added a couple more weeks to what had already stretched into a really long project. But at long last, chocolate snack time is done.
Update: This quilt ended up going to my niece Jessica for Christmas 2017. I sure hope she likes it!