Here's one of my slightly secret projects I made during my time away from blogging. A darling friend is having a baby in January, and I wanted to make him/her a large quilt since everything baby-size can only be used for such a crazy short period. This one is great for building huts under chairs and tables. There never seems to be enough blankets when you're in a mood to build one.
I love making quilts, to children especially, but I have a bad habit of never finishing what I've started. Maybe someone else suffers from this condition, too. One good reason to make a large quilt for a baby, is that the likelyhood the child is still a baby when the quilt is done, is realistically speaking pretty small. To avoid analysis paralysis I chose to use a jelly roll (that's quilt for a roll of narrow fabric strips) for the quilt (PB&J, by Moda), and finished this quilt in record time, months ahead of schedule. Maybe the expecting parents can enjoy this until the owner arrives.
PS. The painting in the bottom photo is by Olli Marttila (who was my teacher ten years ago and pretty much the reason I decided to become a bookbinder), and Jyväskylä Art Museum is currently hosting a retrospective exhibition of his works. Visual memories of the Littorina Sea is open until January 12th, and I highly recommend it. Gorgeous things, illustrated dreams.