Friday, February 27, 2015

Chunky Race Quilts Finished


My hope was to finish all the baby quilts from my mindless sewing break this month.  Then I would be back down to two WIPs.  Here are the first three I finished on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.  Having them already basted and the bindings ready made for fast finishes.   All three of these are what I like to call chunky race quilts, because they were made with scraps cut 4 inches wide by 16-21 inches then sewn together like a jelly roll race.  I have made calculations for similar quilts.

The first quilt I finished is "Sky Race."  This one used all of the light yellow, green, and blue scraps.  There were a lot of the cloud fabric strips, and I love how they ended up.  They just seem to float.


I quilted it with a cursive L up and down each row. I used a light gray thread.


The row quilting looks really neat on the back.



I used the blue star print for the binding.


This was a really fun quilting design.  And I do love the overall effect.


Quilt Stats #129
Name:  Sky Race
Pattern:  Race Quilt Variation
Fabrics Used:  Sherrie's leftovers
Amount Used: 4 yards
Batting:  Hobbs 80/20
Size:  About 42 x 56 inches
Date Finished:  February 2015
What I learned:
  • Quilting in rows is lots of fun!  
  • Gray thread blends well with soft colors

On the next two I wanted to see how round verses boxy quilting would look on the same quilt.


One has a softer look, and the other is more modern.


Both the round and the boxy quilting were inspired by quilts Yvonne made at Quilting Jet Girl.

On the first quilt I did this loopy spiral.  It was fun quilting and went fast.


It looks neat on the backing as well.



The binding was a green funny dot print.


I am loving this quilt.


Quilt Stats #130
Name:  Bold Race 1
Pattern:  Race Quilt Variation
Fabrics Used:  Sherrie's leftovers
Amount Used: 4 yards
Batting:  Hobbs 80/20
Size:  About 42 x 56 inches
Date Finished:  February 2015
What I learned:
  • This loopy spiral is awesome 
  • Gray thread blends well with bold colors
On the second quilt I used a more boxy quilting design.


It did not flow as well for me.  Partly because it was boxy, and partly because the design overlapped itself.  But it does look neat on the back.  Next time I want boxy, I think I will try a spiral.



The binding is mostly blue with a little bit of red (which ended up at two corners).


I like the overall effect, but find I like the loopy better.


Quilt Stats #131
Name:  Bold Race 2
Pattern:  Race Quilt Variation
Fabrics Used:  Sherrie's leftovers
Amount Used: 4 yards
Batting:  Hobbs 80/20
Size:  About 42 x 56 inches
Date Finished:  February 2015
What I learned:
  • This is not my favorite quilting design  
  • Gray thread blends well with bold colors
I used the same Omni Light Gray thread or all three quilts. I love how it looks on the soft and bold fabrics.


These three quilts will live at my house for a little while.  I will use them as examples in my Free Motion Basics and More Free Motion Basics classes at my local quilt shop, until I decide where I want to donate them.  (We don't need that many quilts at my house.)

Here are all five of my chunky race quilts together.


All five are quilted a little differently.


You can read more about the feathered quilts here.

I finished one more quilt from my mindless sewing break last night, and now only have two more to go.  ;)

XX,
Jasmine

P.S.  I will be linking up with some of the fun parties on the sidebar.  There is something fun for every day of the week.

17 comments:

  1. Awesome! I really like how the looping meander worked for you. It can be so hard to step outside of our comfort zones; I struggle more with some rounded patterns than others. I am glad that you are having so much fun finishing these quilts! :)

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  2. Thanks for comparing the 2 styles of quilting. I always thought curvy quilting would soften a quilt with straight lines. I didn't realize how much the boxy quilting would change the look of the quilt. I have tried boxy freehand quilting before on a practice peice, but it was hard to bo because I am so used to the curves. I think it's a nice look for a man's quilt though.

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  3. Simple strips allow the prints, colors and quilting be front, center. All five quilts are neat, clean and modern. I love them! Fronts and fun backings. Thank you for sharing pictures and your thoughts about each.

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  4. The loopy spiral IS awesome! I'm going to remember that one.
    And I laughed when I read your comments about the gray thread...somehow it struck my funny bone that it "blends well with soft colours", and then it "blends well with bold ones", too. And both statements are perfectly true! :-)
    All five quilts look fabulous.

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  5. Wow look at you go girl!! Love them all, super job!

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  6. Love those quilts! Thanks for the link to "calculations"!

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  7. Your FMQ is superb! I have been trying to learn FMQ lately, watching different classes online, practicing and it's not easy. I wish you were closer, I would be taking your class ... :-)

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  8. You are making some great quick quilts! I love all the designs you tried. I have not done the swirl one like that before I might have to try that one. I love doing the boxy design.

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  9. I just love the loopy design. They are all wonderful. You have really been busy. I may have to make a few like yours!
    Thanks for the inspiration.

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  10. I too have been trying fmq.. but it's so not easy! Love all your examples! Linda

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  11. I really want to get the hang of the row loops! I kind of struggle with loops in general though as they end up more oval than round and I'm not sure how to fix it to force myself to make round shapes!! One of the designs that I find most fun and easy (once it clicked) was the boxy one! It's funny how different designs are easier or harder to different people :)

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  12. All of these quilts are so colorful and happy. I really like the different quilting on each one. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

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  13. The boxy design is one of my favorites ever - I find it so easy to do since I'm "allowed" to overlap! I also like your loopy/spiral - it's a little different from the ones I usually see! Might sketch it out soon. :) And I'm with you - I almost always revert back to a grey thread when quilting lots of colors.

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  14. What a pretty post! The rows of loops really caught my eye but as I study the rest I like them all. You really are an artist with thread.

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  15. Some people do beautiful, exquisite work. Some people (like me) do speedy work. You are one of those few who do exquisite work fast. How do you do it? Jasmine, the quilting machine. Kudos to you!!!
    So glad I found you :-) Constant source of inspiration to me and to others too.

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  16. That all looks amazing Jasmine! It blows me away that you can call it mindless sewing, LOL. I'd have to be using every brain cell I have. Your quilting is so wonderful. I too love Christina's Cherish pattern, but mine certainly didn't come out like that.

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  17. Love these fast finishes! I have been thinking about strips...

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