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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.
My son was all about the Captain Underpants. Read every one. With anything they are reluctant to try, you will encourage things you may not have chosen.
I have an unhealthy relationship with thread. I have purchased several different threads from Superior Threads and I have yet to be let down. I will have to give Aurifil a try at some point. Don't let it sit around. Thread does go bad.
When I make jelly roll race quilts I join on the diagonal. Your straight end-to-end piecing gives it a different look. I often cut some of the pieces in half before piecing. With the bolder colors this spreads them out a little more across the quilt. Yours looks great. I look forward to seeing the texture quilting adds.
6 WEEKS WITH NO MACHINE?!!! Oh My..I think I would forget how to sew by then! ha!
Seems an absent machine is just what was needed to whip out your new top. I'll have to admit you were genius with the outer border additions….it's too cute!
Maybe those coughing fits blew out some fogginess and let your creativeness come shining through!!
Hoping you all get better soon!!!
I hope you enjoy the Aurifil! My first time sewing with it was from thread that I had won in a giveaway. I was very pleased with it. My machine and the thread love each other and it seems to last so much longer than some others.
And great job sewing while ill!
I love that quilt top! I was recently lucky enough to win a 12 spool collection of Aurifil and as soon as I'd taken a photo (!) I took all the spools out and added them to my thread box as I knew that if I didn't I'd find it difficult to break them up!!