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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Quilting Confessions

Ok, I confess, I haven't really made that many quilts. And I hadn't bought a jelly roll until last month. I made my first quilt in, um, 1984. It was a queen size lone star quilt, that I hand quilted. I made at least 3 more quilts that were also hand quilted. And then I stopped, because hand quilting just took so darn long.

But I love quilts, and love the piecing and the design, so I've gotten back into it. But I'm a planner and a matcher. I first stepped out of my comfort zone with my Sunburst quilted wall hanging that I strip pieced. And with the jelly roll (so yummy), I had to throw matching to the wind.

What's a jelly roll, you ask? Well, it's a collection of fabrics, all cut in 2-1/2" wide strips across the width of the fabric (42-44" long). The one I bought had 30 or so fabric strips, and no two were the same. I planned my design, but I had to just trust the colors to find their place. Full disclosure: I bought a book with patterns using jelly rolls, but I can't find it, so my design is based on one in the book, but is probably not exactly like it. And I'm making a table runner instead of a full size quilt.

The picture shows my first 4 blocks, and the part of the jelly roll that's left. Only 4 more, but with a twist, if that's possible. You'll have to wait and see. I'm pretty happy with my fabric combinations, and hope when they're all put together they have a real Bohemian effect.

More confessions to come...


Go2Girl Designs by Kila said...

Looking good so far Elle. I would have no idea how to even start and did not realize all the work going into each piece.

Athena said...

That is looking really earthy. I bet it's going to be gorgeous.

Tiffany said...

I love jelly rolls and anything precut because cutting is my least favorite part of the whole quilting process. Can't wait to see the finished quilt.

Kara said...

Oooohhhh....I am loving that!

Pink said...

Wow, that looks like a nice but easy quilt, I want a jelly roll!

Walk in the Woods said...

Hand quilting is a true labor of love! I have a *almost* finished quilt in my closet ... it is one of several - but one that was intended for ME!

I may have to visit your blog for the inspiration I need to complete it!

Anonymous said...

Love the colors, they are some of my favorites. Looks like whatever it is, it will be beautiful.

twinklescrapbooks said...

Your first 4 blocks look very pretty! I bet the quilt will be beautiful! :)