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Remington's Jelly Roll Race

A good friend of mine recently had his third daughter. I made a quilt for her two older sisters, so of course she needed one, too! You can read all about the first quilt here, and the second quilt here.

This time, I decided to go with a jelly roll race. Jelly roll races are always fun, and they come out just the right size. I was fortunate to have a friend that was willing to trade me a jelly roll in girl colors for one of mine in boy colors. For some reason, it seems like my friends only ever have girls, so my stash of feminine precuts has run dry.

One thing I did differently with this race quilt was to press each seam as I went rather than racing and pressing at the end. I enjoyed it much more this way, and I wouldn't be surprised if I saved myself a little bit of time in the process.

I quilted it with a design called Butterfly Enchantment. I just love how the quilting design softens the lines of the quilt. And every little girl needs some butterflies in her life.

For the backing, I found a minky dot at the local quilt shop. I think I prefer the look of regular minky without the dots, but the color was perfection. I also suspect that Remington will appreciate the extra texture of the dots as she begins to explore the world.

I didn't have enough of any one fabric in my stash that worked well for the binding, so I went scrappy. I hardly ever make scrappy bindings, but I always love them when I do. I attached it to both sides by machine since I don't love hand stitching in minky. The little bit of hand stitching for the long side of the label was plenty!

I'm so glad quilting is a way I can give to the people I love. It's always sweet to know the people I care about are wrapped in a quilt when they are too far away for a hug.

Hosea's Jelly Roll Race

I made this quilt a couple of years ago for a sweet little boy.  I have been good friends with his mom since I was in college, but we don't get to see each other often.  When I ended up with the opportunity to go to Texas to visit her, I really wanted to take a quilt along for her son.  Since it was short notice, I decided a jelly roll race was in order.

I wanted something really bright and fun that he would be happy to continue using as he got older.  I went with a Simple Marks Summer jelly roll by Malka Dubrawsky for Moda.  The backing fabric came from that same line.  I can't remember what the binding fabric is, but it's one of my favorite bindings I have made.

I made this quilt before I had my longarm, so I free motion quilted it on my domestic machine.  I decided to do all over loops for a quick design that would add a lot of texture.  It was the first time I quilted loops on anything, and I fell in love with them.  To this day, loops are one of my favorite quilting designs.

For the label, I put a framed triangle in the corner of the quilt.  I'm a huge fan of doing labels this way because I only have to hand stitch one side - the other two sides get sewn on by machine with the binding.  I cut the binding on the bias, and I really like the way it created the look of random stripes going around the quilt.

I did manage to finish this quilt in time to take it with me on that trip to Texas.  I had a marvelous time reconnecting with Joy and meeting Hosea.  He spent a good part of the week dragging his quilt all through the house.  At one point, he decided that he needed a bed in his firetruck tent, and what better to use than his new quilt?  Looking at this picture, it's hard to  believe my little man is going to be five years old in just a few short months.  I hope I get to see them again soon.

Posted on July 8, 2016 and filed under Finished Projects.

Finished: 3 Dudes Baby Quilt

I got the idea for this quilt from the 3 Dudes Quilt tutorial by Missouri Star Quilt Company.  I followed the same basic procedure that they used, but I started with 5 strips in my blocks instead of four.  I also made my strip sets using half strips so that I got more variety in my fabric combinations.

I love the movement in this quilt.  It reminds me of looking into a kaleidoscope.  I'm thinking I will pull this pattern out again someday.  40 strips made the quilt finish at about 54 inches square.  That's just about right for a baby to grow into.  

I quilted it with all-over free motion swirls on my longarm.  Swirly designs are by far my favorite.  I love the texture and movement they add to any quilt.

For the back of the quilt, I used a soft blue minky with sea animals.  I really enjoy the weight and feel of minky.  I also appreciate how well it shows off the quilting.

I bound this one completely by machine.  To secure the binding, I used tiny free motion loops.  The added bit of whimsy is perfect for a child's quilt.

The quilt has already made it to Cincinnati where it is keeping a brand new baby girl nice and warm.  Quilts make wonderful hugs for the people you love, especially when they're far away.