This is my friend Jodi's 40th birthday present. She got it just about 2.5 years late. Thank goodness she is a patient person!
(I'm sorry the photos are crap – I wrapped it up and mailed it off before I really looked at them so there's no going back.)
I made this quilt over 8 months. I pieced a couple of the squares last summer and wasn't feeling it so I set them aside. When I pulled them back out this winter, I knew exactly what I needed to do. Funny how taking time away from something makes it all clear, isn't it?
The blocks are log cabin-ish. I snuck little bits of some of my favorite fabrics in them. I loved having the limited palette of green and brown – it made me really think about the values of the colors and the patterns. The blocks are all different sizes – I just used the Kona snow to fill out the column width and then added more to each side to get the whole top. I didn't measure it, but it's pretty generous – maybe 65 x 80" or so? The back is two solids from my stash – one green and one brown – separated by a strip of a print with a little patchwork for flavor. I quilted it myself with the figure 8-ish loops in white thread and then hand bound it with a lime green solid. And although it is not perfect, I'm so happy with how it came out. The birthday girl likes it, too!
With this quilt complete, I have knocked all 2012 sewing goals off of my list. That feels pretty darn good. Anything from this point on will be like icing on the cake.