January 31, 2018

Quilt 100: Rainbow Jelly Roll - DONE!

I love playing with jelly rolls - and found a really lovely one at my favorite quilt shop here in Melbourne. It was a collection of prints which were arranged like a rainbow in the package.  Wanting something simple (and quick), I just sewed all the strips together to make a single panel.  Then I cut the panel into segments:

Then I took the most narrow one (on the left in the photo above), flipped it upside down and put it in  between the other 2 segments and added plain white borders:
Now - there's one less I learned: after cutting the panel into 3 segments, there seams along the cut were far too easy to fall away.  I always do a little lock-stitch when starting and ending a seam to prevent that.  Handling the segments carefully is obviously the right thing to do - but I think also using a much tighter stitch for the seams makes sense.  I'm contemplating trying a bargello quilt in the near future, and will probably use tighter stitches for that very reason.

And here's the finished quilt!
52" x 65" - quilted on the longarm (free motion loop-d-loops) - cotton batting
 It turned out lovely - and was a total joy to make.

Here's a closeup of one of the prints in the jelly roll.  Have a close look and you'll see the print here is all names of places in Australia.  How cool is that!?!?!
(doubleclick the picture above to view a larger image)
I really loved making this quilt.  I'll have to go through my stash and see if I have other jelly rolls that would lent themselves to this design.

January 28, 2018

What Happened?

It seems like I blinked and December and January were both suddenly gone!

December I have an excuse for - I spent 3/4 of the month doing some travelling which I'd not expected - so not much got done in the way of quilting (other than the table runner I finished for my friend Lil).  

January has been a bit more productive - and I'm just about to finish my first quilt for the year...
...Quilt 100!  And there are several other projects in various stages of completion so starting this coming Wednesday, I'll be back up and running with weekly blog posts.

Stay tuned!!!