Back in November I had asked my son for some ideas for his fiancée and he told me she love hand/homemade. I knew she love green because she is a true Irish lady. So I decided I would piece together a quick quilt for my soon to be daughter-in-law, Jennie Olera Malone. I knew I didn’t have much time to make a complicated one so I chose to do a simple stripe of most of the green fabric I had on hand.
I called a friend of mine that does machine quilting and asked her if we had time to get this ready for a Christmas gift and she assured me it would not be a problem. She said if I had everything to her by the second week of December we would be in good shape and she would have it back to me by the week before Christmas.
I pondered over the look of the quilt to be pieced and what to use for a backing which I knew would have to be ordered. After deciding what I wanted I went online to Joann’s thinking this would be my quickest option and should have it by the first full week of December. WRONG!!!
I placed the order online on November 28th and didn’t get a confirmation until December 4th. It was to be shipped FedEx from Michigan, okay this will work coming FedEx. Long story short the fabric arrived on Christmas Eve and we had our Christmas get-together on Saturday before Christmas. I took a picture of the pieced quilt and put a note with it in an envelope for Jennie under the Christmas tree. This was not a very good first Christmas from the Caldwell family to her but I think she understands.
These are some pictures I took of the finished piecing and the quilting is underway at my friends. I’m hoping Jennie will like it when she FINALLY receives the gift.
I pieced the quilt with light and dark green fabrics. It’s made to fit a king-sized bed with hangover on the sides and the length will hang over about a foot with room to tuck in pillows if she likes.
The backing will be solid and quilted with ivy quilting. It’s also the fastest quilt I’ve ever put together. I’m hoping to make everyone in the family a quilt this winter.
I’ve learned a great lesson from this. I will not order from Joann’s online again but go to the store and I will definitely avoid FEDEX!!