Posts tagged #jelly roll race quilt

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: Christmas Race

I started this quilt in November 2013 with my guild.  A bunch of us got together on a Saturday with the strips already sewn end-to-end, and we raced to see who could get the top sewn together the fastest.  After that, I folded up the top and left it languishing in a drawer so that I could focus on other quilts that were higher priorities.

I have to admit, after I put the top away, I gradually lost interest in it.  When my guild issued their annual UFO challenge in February, it was just what I needed to get going again.  UFO stands for UnFinished Object.  At the February guild meeting, people declare UFOs.  Then at the June meeting, they either present the completed item, or pay the guild five dollars.  I have a bit of a competitive streak, so I knew that if I declared this quilt, I would get it done.  And I did--I finished it the night before the big meeting.

This quilt is made with the Cherry Christmas line by Aneela Hoey for Moda.  I wanted the quilt to be bigger, so I added some borders.  Since I'm not usually a big fan of borders, I used the red bits in the center border to spice it up a bit.  I like the little touch of whimsy that it adds.  With the addition of the borders, and after washing and drying, the quilt finishes at 62.5 inches by 79.25 inches.

My favorite print in the Cherry Christmas line is the clotheslines.  Since I like that print so much, I got it in blue, green, and grey for the back.  I cut the fabric into rectangles and created a bit of a zigzag pattern.  I'm really happy with how it turned out.  I almost think I like the back more than the front.

I free motion quilted this on my home machine.  I did feathers in the grey parts of center border, wishbones in the little red bits of the center border, and wavy lines in the inner and outer borders.  In the body of the quilt, I did straight lines in the blue stripes, and concentric circles and pebbles everywhere else.  The quilting is pretty dense, so it took a long time to complete.  It was definitely worth it, though.  I love the texture in this quilt.

I always label my quilts.  For this one, I used my go-to labeling method.  Two sides of the triangle are stitched down with the binding, so I only have to attach one side by hand.  I use a bit of extra binding on that third side to frame it.  Now that the quilt is done, I just need to wait for Christmas to roll around.  Nothing beats reading a good book curled up with a quilt and cup of tea at Christmas.

Posted on June 23, 2015 and filed under Finished Projects.