Sunday, May 15, 2011

Bloggers' Quilt Festival

Welcome Spring in process

Whoopee! This is my first time participating in the Bloggers' Quilt Festival. Thanks so much, Amy, for organizing all of this quilty-magnificence! And welcome, festival-goers, to my personal quilt journal.

I mostly make quilt tops with the intention quilting them later because I have space for basting (and I have a behemoth quilting frame waiting to be set up after a final move). So, I don't have a ton of finishes to choose from, but I do have this small quilt that I made last July.

Welcome Spring
52x65
The pattern is Welcome Spring by Cherri House for Moda Bake Shop using a jelly roll of Sanae's Oz line (check that link action!). I love the asymmetry of the quilt and it comes together really quickly. So, I would really recommend this pattern for a new quilter who likes modern-style quilting.

Welcome Spring Backing
Backing

I believe I used every last jelly roll strip in this project! I modified the pattern by making it a little longer (I think this pattern calls for 17 strips and I used 21). I made a pieced back and used the gingham-type strips to make a scrappy binding. 


Welcome Spring in process
I tend to do straight-of-grain bindings, more out of habit than anything else.
I believe that bias bindings are supposed to be more durable.
We've been moving around a lot and at the time I made this, I only had a card table to sew on and no design wall (I currently use the back of a tablecloth!), so I just taped the strips on the wall and moved them around till I liked the layout. I found it very helpful to number my strips since I was going for a planned layout.

Welcome Spring in process

This was my first attempt at spray basting and I really liked it. I hate, hate, hate pinning quilts (maybe one of the reasons for so few finishes?!), so spray basting was a great option for this project.

Welcome Spring in process

I finished it off with some straight line machine quilting, as Cherri suggests in her instructions. And this is the first binding that I really feel good about. I've had some disastrous ones in the past, but I remember feeling proud of this binding.

Welcome Spring

Finishing a quilt is such a great feeling! I love playing with fabric (and buying it, too!) and watching the quilt take shape along the way. But seeing a finished quilt come out of the dryer, all crinkly and soft is the best!

Thanks for stopping by!

14 comments:

Carolyn said...

What a beautiful quilt!

Jolanda said...

Lovely quilt and interesting shape. I really like it.

Rosalyn Manesse said...

I never tried those jelly rolls, now I see that they can be used for great quilts

BaileyGirl5 said...

Very cool quilt! I love the stripes and the quilting is perfect for it.

floribunda... aka Julie said...

It's probably the most fun jelly-roll pattern I've seen! I really like your version...

diane said...

love the stripes and love the quilting. Very nice.

Irina said...

I love this pattern (I love stripes actually) and I think I will try to make something like this with a jelly roll I'm saving....

Lee said...

This is a great pattern, I've had it on my to-do list forever. It looks great in Oz! Nice job!

mb. said...

I really like the clean, sharp look. very well done.

stitchinpenny said...

My favorite part of the very pretty quilt is the cleanness of line and the quilting is exquisite.

BJ said...

I like it a lot. I like simple contemporary designs that showcase the fabric. Very effective.

Siobhan said...

Hi, its beautiful. Very striking. I too have never used jelly rolls but after seeing this quilt I would love to try :)

Karen said...

I love the effect the fabrics create in this quilt. It looks great! Great use of a jelly roll.

MariQuilts said...

Beautiful....I love the simplicity.