Saturday, January 11, 2014
Jelly Roll Racing
I was so happy to finally get my machine back today after six weeks in the shop, I just wanted to SEW something. The kind of mindless sewing where you just sit and let the machine hum along. Especially after the whole family had the flu all week. :/
So I grabbed a jelly roll that I picked up at Sample Spree last May in Portland, and decided to start racing with it. It's called Ashbury Heights. Look at the fun phone print..
I have never made a jelly roll race top before.. it ended up being just the kind of sewing that I was in the mood for. In just a couple of hours, between coughing fits and with some resting thrown in, I had sewn through the strips and then decided to add a border to make it a little bigger.
But I still wasn't feeling it.. I am usually drawn to brighter colors, and the gray wasn't really doing anything for me and it did need to be a little bit bigger still for a lap quilt.. Hmm. I really wanted to use fabric that I had on hand, and not buy anything else to go with it.. so I found some strips from another jelly roll that I picked up at the Riley Blake booth in Portland last May, this one is of their basics, dots and checks.. I pulled out all of the coordinating colors..
..and raced my way around the edges with them. They kind of pull out some of the colors in the main fabrics and give it a scrappy feel. Excuse the end of the ironing board sticking it's nose into the picture there.. The lighting was so bad, too.
I think I'm going to do the quilting on it using some of the Aurifil I won in the Make it Right Challenge. I haven't sewn with Aurifil yet.. looking forward to trying it out.. But I sure hate to break into the box though.. it looks so pretty in its natural state.. But I can't hoard it forever. Or can I? ;)
This is the first time that I have ever made a quilt top in one day. (and while recovering from the flu) There is really a first time for everything!
And while I was sewing, A. read three chapters of this book that he got for Christmas from my bro and SIL. Leave it to toilet humor to get a first grader reading on his own. :) His first independent reading.. my little reader. :) Growing right up!
Happy Weekend! Keeping fingers crossed for good health this week.