A friend of mine had expressed an interest in my making her a quilt. (As quite a few friends do!) I don't do custom orders. It's too much pressure and realistically how many people truly appreciate the cost in materials let alone the cost of a persons time making something like a quilt? So as this friend had a big birthday this year I decided I'd make her a lap quilt. I had two challenges: 1) what quilt could I make and guarantee to finish in time 2) I was heavily into the fabric fast and determined to shop my stash and not buy fabric for this project.
I decided to try the St Louis 16 Patch which was one of last years trends that sort of passed me by when I wasn't sewing much. I pulled these 12 fat quarters, ironed them and got cutting.
If you'd have asked me if I had this fabric colour scheme in my stash I'd have doubted it, so it was refreshing to pull a combination that I'd not normally have thought of for this project. The recipient had already expressed a liking for one of the fabrics and she loves to read so the book fabric was a must.
I'm really pleased with how it turned out. I used some of the famous Ikea numbers fabric. It is the perfect quilt back. The binding is some Kona Camelia fabric I had in my stash.
My original finish along list for quarter two is here. As you can see I've only actually managed to get one item finished! To be fair I did finish something that was on Q1 list. The lesson I've learnt is that maybe I should be one of those people that do a huge list for Q3 in the hope that if I get distracted by the few items I want to get finished; I will in fact finish more than one project a quarter!