"Just in time."
How I did it: When I found out that Carolyn, a co-worker, would be retiring in about a week, it caught me off guard. I have made quilts for many people who have retired from my office, but hers kind of sneaked up on me. I decided I needed to make her a quilt, as well. From a couple of conversations I found out that she plans to do more gardening after she retires and that her favorite color is purple.
I adapted a simple flower design in Electric Quilt, then gathered up purple, green and yellow fabrics from my stash. I constructed the flowers in the Liberated Quiltmaking style so that each was similar but not identical. I also used my Organized Chaos technique to distribute the flower blocks in the quilt.
I added a white-on-white sashing in a wide width to take up space, and a wide green floral border. A different white-on-white print went on the back of the quilt. These three fabrics were new.
I finished the quilt the night before Carolyn's last day, nine days after I began. When I handed her the bag with the quilt in it she hugged me before she even took out the quilt. She said she knew what it was. (I'm well known in my office for making quilts.) She loved the quilt and I'm so glad I got it done in time before she left.
Lessons & tips: Wide sashing can fill up space, saving you time by not having to make as many pieced blocks.
Resources: Electric Quilt
It took me 9 days.
It made me Happy