I always have these crazy ideas to make last-minute quilts. I like the excitement of getting caught up in a new project, but then I somehow manage to stress myself out because of the tight deadlines I put on myself.
I have a goal to make a quilt for everyone in my family. With five siblings and 17 grandchildren on my side alone, that makes for a lot of quilts. Two of my nephews are rooming together at college next week and I thought I'd better hurry and make quilts for both of them. One of the boys said he likes dark colors, something that I don't have a lot of in my stash. But, I did have a FQ bundle of Chicopee in the blue colorway and I thought that'd be a good starting point. I've been wanting to make a #scrappytrip quilt since the quilt-along craze popped up on Instagram, but since I was pushing myself to finish my WIP list, I put it off. But, then I thought a quilt for my nephew would be a good time to use the design.
As I said, the Chicopee FQ bundle was just a starting point. The scrappy trip pattern requires a lot of fabric. I initially wanted to make a quilt that was 7 x 9 blocks, but after calculating the needed yardage, it was going to be something crazy like 9 yards. So, I scaled back to a 5 x 7 layout, but I didn't like that, so I made a random block and changed the layout to 6 x 6. It used nearly six yards of fabric. Since the Chicopee bundle wasn't six yards-worth of fabric, I looked in my stash and started pulling some coordinating prints, including some Modern Meadow, Neptune, Architextures, Nicey Jane, Going Coastal, Roughing It, and a few others that I can't name off the top of my head.
I really love how the quilt top turned out. I definitely plan to make another one to keep.
I basted the quilt Monday night (using a navy blue flat sheet for the backing), quilted it last night, and hope to bind it tonight so I can gift it on Thursday before my nephew heads up to school.