When my friend asked me to make the quilt, I thought, OK, an orange and blue quilt. But it turns out I'm not the only one looking to make things with a Florida theme. There are at least 7 different Florida fabrics out there. I bought the 5 that were in stock. Then, she wanted a "simple quilt, just squares, for a boy." Believe it or not I have never actually made just a plain old patchwork quilt...weird huh? They just sound boring to me, especially since there would only be 3 colors in this quilt. The birthday in question was being celebrated on March 17th. So, being that I'm a procrastinator and I was waiting for inspiration to strike, I only started on the quilt around March 9th. I cut out the pieces, made some four-squares and log cabin blocks, and put them on the design wall while the dogs were outside. Yep, the tail of the big one can make a mess of a design really quick, plus the crazy freakin' wind blows everything around. I got the top together, and then stalled a bit when my cat got so sick. I basted late on the 14th-thank god for spray basting-and quilted, bound, washed, dried and over-nighted on the 15th. Whew! Why do I do this? Everyone out there who is more mature than me, feel free to share your secrets.
I'm pretty please with how it turned out, mostly squares and a few other blocks to add some interest. Then some loopy all-over quilting. It's pretty big, 60" x 80" before washing. I was in too much of a hurry to get it in the mail to measure afterwards.
I'm told the room will be re-decorated in an all-Gators all the time theme after he gets the quilt. I really hope he likes it.