This lap sized quilt has had as many twists and turns as the pattern has in it. My original plans, months ago, were to make this for a completely different occasion and individual. While I was buying the fabric, another woman mentioned that she had made the storm at sea version that uses snail’s trail in it. That got my thinking cap going and I started making the initial blocks and then bought some coordinating fabric for the rest of that pattern.
Except then I didn’t care for the other fabric I bought and the blocks just languished. In the meantime, I realized I waned to give the original recipient an entirely different, non-quilt gift so I really had no reason to hurry.
I don’t know what inspired me, other than I keep a list of pending projects, but I picked this one up a couple of weeks ago and finished out 25 blocks; I think I had half them done prior to that. Almost like magic, our son received an invitation to a birthday party and not just anyone’s birthday party but the son of our friend who works for Quilts, Inc. This would be perfect (well, along with a gift card or something like that). By Monday of last week I had all the blocks pieced together, having entirely given up on storm at sea by this point. But the variation in fabrics is because storm at sea normally has a flow of colors in it. I even had the flange binding ready to go after quilting.
I had a family emergency and for the first time in a while, I went not just a day without quilting but almost a week. The party came and went and there was no quilt ready to be given. I still finished it and it’s ready to go, other than shoring up the corners. It turns out flange binding and mitered corners aren’t as easy as I thought they would be due to extra bulk. I took a chance with a white border; if I make this again I’ll definitely skip that because it just looks “off” to me, as if the sides are half finished. Every quilt, every time, is a learning process in one or more ways!