After Little Miss Threads-of-Fire finished her Nest quilt like two minutes after starting it, I felt the pressure mounting. I needed to get a quilt project done, or all my fragile feelings of self-worth would be shattered. Well, that might be an exaggeration, but I did really want to keep pace. I’ve proven myself to be, over the years, a fickle handicrafter, undertaking huge, expensive projects and then wandering off halfway through when I get distracted by whatever shiny new object has appeared on the scene. I’m also very susceptible to project envy, where no matter how nice the thing I’m working on is, I feel whatever Pookie’s doing is better. As Pookie made arrangements to take Nest over to meet the quilter for finishing, I started to get flopsweats. I needed to measure up!
And… I did. Behold! I give you Jellygirl!
My undertaking of this project was actually spurred by Pookie-project envy — she was working with all those funky, cool fabrics on Nest, and I was working with stuffy old grandmother prints on my Figgy Pudding quilt. I kept flipping through the fabric catalogs and looking at the hyper-girly pinks and aquas in Tanya Whelan’s “Ava Rose” collection and wistfully dreaming of working on something with fun fabrics for a change. After a lot of whining, I finally decided that life is too short to resent the project you’re not working on, so I trotted down to PQW and bought a stack of fabrics from the rack with Ava Rose (there are some of Whelan’s “Barefoot Rose” patterns in there too).
I opted to use the fabrics in the Fig Tree Quilts Jellygirl pattern, and it went up in a crazy hurry. 29 days after starting, I triumphantly put in the final stitch, just in time to tag along on Pookie’s Nest-finishing appointment to get my magnum opus quilted up, too.
I love it. I am so delighted with the almost over-the-top cuteness of the colors, with the way the polka-dot background turned out, and with the quiltiness of the way the design came together. I like that the patterns are just a hair too big for this kind of treatment, that some of the pieces are just hints of the fabric design rather than nice little patches of calico-sized prints. I especially love the quality of the fabric — it was impossibly soft and just a dream to work with.
All of that said, I’m so glad I’m done with this project because it made me miserable. I don’t understand what the problem was. I loved the fabrics, loved the pattern, loved the process of assembling it… but the longer I worked on it, the more unsettled this Jellygirl quilt made me. Even though I never encountered a single problem while working on it and the whole thing came together in a snap, it was just off. We finally decided that somewhere along the way, this quilt picked up a Jonah, like the bad-luck sailors of yore. There was nothing to be done but persevere through the doldrums and hope the Jonah would work its own way out. It never really happened, so I hope the quilter doesn’t have the same problem with it. I probably should have warned her. Heh.
As soon as all my stitching was finished, though, and I unfurled the quilt top to see what it would look like as my cozy curled-up-in-front-of-hockey-on-TV blanket, my Jonah-borne unhappiness disappeared. I guess that’s just a process problem, and now I can’t wait to cheer on the Devils from under my new First-Ever Finished Quilt. (It should be noted that in the days since finishing this, the Devils have won two heart-stopping, amazing, unbelievable come-from-behind games against huge-time opponents. Maybe that Jonah was good luck?)
[Posted by Schnookie]