|the unsewn jelly roll - great colors!|
As it was 85 that day I kind of ignored her. But she kept asking me about it, so I looked on Pinterest and found a fun rag quilt instruction set for jelly rolls - basically sewing it so the ragged edges show and get more fuzzy and cozy over time. She approved and we got started. She designed, I sewed. It took about half of a Saturday afternoon to get the front finished. Then came the search for the backing. She wanted bright, I wanted snuggly, but I didn't want full-on fleece/micro-fleece because she is VERY hot natured and I knew something that thick would smother her. She settled on a red/pink zebra stripe (which she declared was perfect because of the animals on the front side) in a flannel...and I approved because the fabric was regularly a $20 roll but was on sale that day for under $9.
|The front of the quilt|
|edges are snipped and will be fuzzy soon|
As for the actual quilting, I didn't do anything massively time consuming. My machine has about 25 different embroidery stitches, and I alternated her favorite stitches (a half moon, a flower design, a wave design and a ladder) down the middle of each strip. We used all kinds of different thread because I had a bunch of partial rolls that I wanted to use - they're mostly purples and reds with black or white bobbins...and they show up best (of course) on the zebra stripe side. I'm just glad I kept those embroidery stitches (mostly) straight lined!
|already in use - reading with her quilt|
Getting the backing situated to the front of the quilt, getting the outside seams down and then getting the embroidery stitches in took a solid 3 hours, and then there was the time spent snipping those soon-to-be-fuzzy edges. I didn't think I was thinking about the books, but when I was finished, the new series had kind of straightened itself out and I knew what to do with the revisions, and I'm eager to see what my editor has to say about that first cowboy book. I had a great conversation with bebe about favorite books and LEGOs...all because of a super simple quilt pattern, some fabric and thread.
Do you sew or quilt? Paint or practice photography? When you're not writing, what kinds of creativity inspire you?