This I started last summer while pregnant and building work was going on.. as you do when you have no energy and loads to do.
The fabric is a Robert Kaufman range by Carolyn Friedlander – Botanics. I bought the jelly roll at Sandown when big girl was the age baby is now so – 4 years ago. The fabrics attracted me because of there slightly architectural look and had a colour gradient! Diving straight in making up as I went along, I played with mixing the fabrics with unsatisfactory results. I subsequently grouped the colours in rows of 5 to a gradient. The grey gradient didn’t really work so I did some un-picking and made the central strip dark and gradient out. The grey group then evolved into the central section and 2 colour types splitting either side. Then I decided to add another level and make it a stack/ stitch/ slice and flip quilt with some of the light fabrics from the jelly rolls as sashing. Left overs from the rolls was mixed bold and light to make the binding.
I managed to finished the top before Christmas and then basted it while 8.5 months pregnant with 2 other projects – It was a good time to be crawling around on the floor!!. A couple of weeks ago I dragged it out to work on while I struggled with what to do with my big girls quilt.
I made up how I was going to straight line quilt it as I went along. Echoing the seams and doing double rows to high light the flipped section and central dark grey horizontally. The husband liked the larger gaps you see but I think I should possibly have gone for denser quilting. I also need to work on consistency with the spacing between rows.
The attention to detail I paid when pecicing has paid off as it was all pretty square so an improvement there. While quilting a couple of the seams on the top started to come loose which is annoying but possibly down to trimming or maybe I need to lock the stitches at the end of each row.
Press ganged my twin nieces into holding the quilt so I could photograph it! I think I’m going to have to make them quilts at some point soon based on there reaction! Only problem is I know there will want harry potter and not something timeless!
Best thing about quilting is the appreciation and praise I get! Especially from this one who has adopted this quilt pending completion of her own!
Mug Rugs!!! I love them, so much better than a boring coaster and they also soak up any spills or condensation. These rainbow strips I got as samples from a long shut down website/ shop – Strawberry Fayre. I had to do something with these strip how ever small. I was not precious so just sewed them together really quick (had to be a colour gradient) not even fussing about even rows and then grab batting, backing and bias binding from the stash of leftovers. In total about an hour was spent on the two and it got me back into sewing and a mental break after the baby.
Well I gifted it! I was way more excited about giving it than finishing it. It went down well and I got this amazing message which means so much.
After I gifted it I also posted a picture on the UK Quilters United and I couldn’t stop smiling when I got 217 likes and loads of lovely comments! Made my Month!! And for something I had pretty much dismissed as just a Jelly Roll!
The seed for this quilt was a bargain-ous £10 blue batik jelly roll bought second hand from another quilter. After it arrived in the post it sat in the kitchen and on the table for quite a while. I couldn’t face putting it in my studio and not doing something with it soon… I didn’t feel so precious about this jelly role as it didn’t cost what some of my others did so I didn’t have the fear of wasting the fabric if I ended up not liking the quilt. With the strips being a similar blue I decided that, having never having done a jelly roll race, I wanted to try one. I didn’t want it to be too simple so I decided to get some contrasting yellow batik to go between each strip.
I wanted to alternate the triangles pointing up and down and add a few diamonds in too. I really like how they are dispersed about the quilt but alternating the triangles pointing up and down is not really viable in the finished quilt. Something to remember if I do another.
I’m not sure when I had decided that this was going to be for my Aunt Sue but I think it was early on. She lives by the sea and has a kaftan in a similar colour. I think likes quite strong colours and has several batik items… I really hope I have not got this wrong. She like me has afternoon naps while possible so a smallish quilt she can keep warm under will be used. Also I’m hoping the sunny colours will prove cheerful in the winter months when its most used.
The quilt top really did come together very quickly once it was a long strip. And boy was it long! Trying to pack it away out of cat and kiddy paws was a hassle…..I should be using my studio but I want to watch TV or be near the hubby when he is home in the evening. After carefully trying to separate strips of the same fabric (though as its batik not too similar) I discovered that in about 3 or 4 places strips of the same fabric ended up next to each other.
I do like the unknown result of a jelly roll race. So often you already know what its going to look like before you finish and I think that is why I can become bored with projects and don’t finish them. If only I could make use of this ability to visualise for profit!!
I opened up my walking foot to quilt as I decided I wanted to do some simple waves for the quilting. I didn’t want to detract from the fabric and the simple piecing I felt meant it needed simple quilting. I did randomly decide I wouldn’t quilt on the yellow. I think because I didn’t want to dilute their colour at all. Not having used a walking foot before I was disappointed it didn’t produce an even stitch as I had hoped. It was better once i raised the feed dogs a little so it gripped the fabric better. I think maybe the main reason for this also was the weight of the fabric which was not on the table surface stopping the fabric being pulled through! Now I understand why quilters rave about their table extensions and put their machine on a large table!!
I wanted to do a label of dedication but for it to be subtle. Turns out it might be a little too subtle. I wrote free motion ‘Sea for Sue love Helen’ but you can hardly see it and the practice was much better. I think it was the size of quilt on a small table pulling it and the fact that my machine doesn’t have a needle down position so occasionally jumps if I don’t ensure to wind the needle down before moving my hands. It is my birthday soon so considering an upgrade or at least borrowing my mum’s machine for when I want to do an important project. Also practice practice practice and yet again don’t just rush things!!!!!!!!
Anyway let me know what you think of this quilt….. (photo not staged at all obviously! my house is always this tidy!!)