I can recall a very specific conversation between me and my fellow foodie Angie that occurred well over 5 years ago:
Angie: "If you've never made me a quilt for any other reason by then, I want you to make me a quilt for my 40th birthday."
Angie: "And this is what it'll look like."
(Anyone knowing Angie will surely know I did not make that up)
Angie: "I want a quilt made up of mason jars filled with all different kinds of food."
The idea apparently came from a quilt her grandmother had or had made called a "bug jar" quilt where the mason jars are filled with fabrics that have, well, bugs of course.
Knowing her 40th was coming up, I starting scrounging around for food related fabrics over the past year, and now that the birthday girl is in receipt of her gift, I can show you this:
Jars full of fruits, veggies, candies, and the like, and the backing fabric with utensils.
I designed the quilt to have a few jars on the back too, since there needed to be a total of 41. Hence the name.
Any idea how hard it is to find 41 different fabrics with food on them? Not easy! So I took some liberties and threw in a few novelty fabrics and a little joke here and there.
You have to be friends with this gang to get this one, referring to our pal Larry's infamous "chicken in a jug" story.
And since it's a quilt for Angie, there had to be cocktails involved too.
This was the 1st time I ever used a professional quilter to do the quilting, but I rarely work on a project so big and I just wanted it done well. She used this very cool geometric interlocking squares design and it's really neat. In the beginning I really thought the quilt would be terribly loud and crazy with so much going on, but in the end (as always) I just love love love the way it turned out.
What I didn't love? The leftovers. Hard to even refer to them as "scraps." In case you don't know, you can never buy less than 1/4 yard of a fabric. Multiply that by 41, and subtract one small rectangle for each jar, and you're essentially still left with 41 1/4 yards of fabric.
So Angie got a little lagniappe! I had a pattern for quilted tote bags that I always wanted to try, so she got 1 made of fruits and 1 of veggies.
They have cute little pockets inside too!
That took up 1 strip of each fabric, and now all I have left is.....essentially 41 1/4 yards of fabric. AAAARGH! I can't look at it anymore!!! What on earth am I going to do with broccoli fabric?!
Now wouldn't you know, after all of this, Angie opened up the quilt and had absolutely NO recollection of our conversation. But I did have at least 1 witness, so I'm not crazy. And despite the lack of memory, Angie did adore the quilt and the totes and the love and work that went into them, so it's all good.