A quilt without a reason can take a long time. I started the quilt “just because” back in 2009. I wanted to try working with a jelly roll, and I really liked the sweet little minny muu prints. On a lunch hour walk to Barnes and Noble (so picturesque, under the interstate), I found the tulips pattern in Pam and Nicky Lintott’s Jelly Roll Quilts and was smitten.
Since then I’ve worked on this quilt in bursts. I did some blocks, and put it aside. I cut all the pieces, and put it aside. I sewed all the remaining blocks, and put it aside. I cut the setting squares at my first A2MQG meeting, and put it aside, I sewed the strips together on the floor my new house, and put it aside, I pieced a back, and put it aside. And I finally decided to work on my free motion quilting and quilted the whole thing. Then promptly bound it.
So now it’s a quilt. I like it. It’s very cheery, so much so that I almost want to tell it, “Enough already! I get it – spring is coming, winter is not forever and you are tulips. Your symbolism is somehow a little aggravating.” Sigh. (I know I’m not the only one having warm weather fantasies.)
I don’t have a definite place for it. It’s a double, and I was going to put it on the guest bed, but the guest bed is now a twin. If it doesn’t look ridiculous I’ll do it anyway.