July 16, 2013 by Melissa
First, please pat me on the back – I have started making Christmas gifts already. One is being quilted (not by me, thank God); one I have bought the fabrics for; and one is in progress and driving me insane!
This is “Dream Big” from Camille Roskelley’s book Simplify. It’s really very cool. I selected this design because:
- It’s for my husband’s grandmother who will love the slightly vintage look of it as well as the crosses.
- It uses a jelly roll which I have never used before but wanted to try.
- I love Camille’s patterns so this one would be great too.
But let’s discuss reason #3.
Saturday was the monthly guild meeting and sew day for the Emerald Coast Modern Quilt Guild. I had my jelly roll cut and assumed I’d spend the afternoon laying out the design and piecing my rows. Oh how I wish I had a picture to share with you! I spent hours just laying out all of these pieces, numbering them, and pinning them together in the hopes that I wouldn’t get them out of order. I never turned on my sewing machine on Saturday. Pitiful.
I was so annoyed by this layout that I considered scrapping the whole project. The ladies in the guild were even teasing me about this undertaking. A few times they asked me sarcastically if I’d be bringing this finished quilt to next month’s meeting.
Well guess what, ladies! I haven’t let it beat me yet. The piecing is actually going very quickly – I have 10 rows left and should knock that out today! “Dream Big” may make an appearance next month after all!