This is the quilt that is mainly responsible for me feeling sentimental about some
of the fabrics in my delectable mountains UFO. It started out as the project for a traditional hand applique class I took at my favorite quilt shop, not long after I started my first full-time job and not long before I moved out of my parents’ home. When picking fabric, I'm sure the navy blue leaf print that I used in the borders jumped out at me because it reminded me of the couch in my parents’ living room that we'd had since I was little. I chose the other fabrics to coordinate with it and decided I would make the finished project – originally designed to be a large wall hanging -- for my parents.
I didn’t complete the reverse applique on what is now the inner border until months after the class ended, after which my life’s focus shifted and I stopped quilting for a few years. I got back into quilting circa 2004, which is when I added the mitered borders to make it more of a throw quilt and got started on the hand quilting. Again, life intervened and the quilt went back into the UFO pile until I resumed quilting it in autumn 2010. I finally finished it in February 2011 and promptly sent it to my parents, where it was put on display over a chair in their living room, where I’d sat to do the bulk of the applique and next to the couch that inspired it.
My parents have since both died and so the quilt is mine again. It’s not the only thing I ever made for them but it was certainly the largest and most time-consuming. I know my mother in particular was proud of the work I’d done (her initial reaction to my fabric choices was, “Blue for the leaves? That’s … interesting.”). Even though they never used it – there isn’t much call for lap quilts in Los Angeles – it served its intended purpose, which was to let them know how much I loved and appreciated them. #elloquilt @elloquilt