The purpose of this blog is to share some things I make, give a few tutorials and share what inspires me.
This quilt was made for friends who are expecting their first baby in two weeks. A number of friends from our gang pitched in to pay for the fabric. I took care of the stitching.
The quit is for a little girl, so I wanted the colours to be feminine, but I certainly didn’t want to limit myself to pink and purple. I have nothing against pink and purple, but I dislike gender branding by colour. The quilt fits a twin bed so I hope she’ll hold on to it for a while.
The collection of long, narrow strips of fabric is called a jelly roll. A standard jelly roll has 40 different fabric strips, all 2.5″ wide and 42″ long.
Buying fabric like this allows you to have a wide variety of patterns in one quilt without breaking the bank on 40 different kinds of fabric. Most stores require you to buy a minimum length of any given fabric. Working with a Jelly roll also minimizes scraps, which is also a good thing.
I followed a free online tutorial to make this quilt. You’ll find the link it at the end of the post.
I had a lot of help from a friend to make this quilt so I finished in record time. I’ve only made three quilt so it’s not like I’m breaking any real records here.
I thought the quilt was easily assembled, and since I was using a jelly roll, I only had half the cutting to do. Even then, all the cutting was from the same fabric which also sped up the process.
This is the first quilt I finish machine quilting. I’m working on one for myself but it’s a long slow process and I only have a fraction finished.
I wanted this quilt to be very soft and flexible so I quit in the ditch (along the seams) so I ended up with 2″ squares like so:
For the backing I used a row of stacked coins. As I was assembling, I realized I was missing a whole yard of the pink fabric! The lady at the store didn’t count properly when she cut it!
My improvisation and problem-solving skills were tested and I added the white, made the stacked coins vertical rather than horizontal, and voila!
The vertical stripe and white bands aren’t that bad but they weren’t what I had in mind. I still think I would have preferred the back without the white, but I like this quilt anyways.
The final step will be to embroyder the little gal’s name and birthdate when we know it. The parents have the quilt so I’ll pay them a visit one afternoon and sew on the label.
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