I had so much fun finishing this scrappy jelly roll race quilt. I estimate that the scraps were the equivalent of 2.5 jelly rolls. I don't know if the machine quilting, the first 55 yard seam, or remembering all the other quilts was the most fun. (Check out my previous post for more details on the piecing) All in all, it was very enjoyable for a quilt made just for fun. ;D
I knew I wanted to do an all over quilting pattern on this quilt. The difficulty was in deciding which one to try, because I wanted to try something new. I ended up choosing a large paisley quilting design. I quilted it in a light gray Omni thread.
I started the quilting in the center then continued to work my way around the quilting multiple times switching from clockwise to counterclockwise. I was able to quilt in that order because I have lots of room with my sit down quilting machine. I quilted the entire full size quilt without rotating the quilt once. I love my Tiara! You can see how I started it in the picture below. It is where the four paisleys meet together at a point.
I love how the quilting looks in the sunshine and how it helps blend all the strips together. I purposely left in some slightly darker strips, because I think it adds interest to an otherwise light quilt.
I had plans for a two sided quilt which would have eight inch cut squares across the entire back, but decided to simplify the backing. There is just a section four squares across down the length of the quilt.
There are two fabrics with four squares each and two fabrics with only one square each. The rest all have two squares each. My boys enjoy looking for the matches and finding the oddball fabrics. You can see the entire backing in the picture below.
The light fabrics all came from my stash and the blue heart fabric came from my mom's stash. The only thing I had to purchase was the binding. I chose a fun purple dot print, because purple is my favorite color. I first sewed it to the back, then sewed it to the front by machine. I find myself binding more and more quilts by machine.
I was thinking of calling the quilt "Sherbet Strips" but Cheetah vetoed that name. He came up with the name "Spring Sorbet." He said that sorbet sounded lots better than sherbet. Lol.
I made this quilt just for fun, and it is now hanging out in my living room. I think it looks so pretty on my sofa.
And here is one more picture of the whole quilt top just for fun. You can definitely see more of the prints and less of the quilting in the shade.
Quilt Stats #145
Quilt Name: Spring Sorbet
Pattern: Race Quilt Variation
Fabrics Used: From my stash
Amount Used: 13 yards
Size: About 80 x 96 inches
Batting: Hobbs 80/20
Date Finished: August 2015
What I Learned:
- It is so much fun to use up scraps and see how a quilt will turn out.
- It is more fun to sew a 55 yard seam than press a 55 yard seam. (I like to press after each seam rather than once the entire top is sewn.)
- I need to slow down a little with my machine quilting. The design was so large that I found myself quilting faster than my stitch regulator could handle.
You will probably see more of this style of quilt from me in the future. I love the random piecing in long strips. It is a great stash buster!
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