I am a member of the Beginner LongArm Quilters Group on Facebook. I’ve been a member since the day I decided to buy my longarm. It is a very helpful group. One of the best parts is that we all share examples of our work, and share details about our machines and experience levels. Seeing a masterpiece quilt finished by someone working for just two years gives me great motivation. Also, if there are ANY questions you have, the answers are already there.
In November we had a challenge (Thanks, Beth!) This is a new thing, and I love it. Luckily, the challenge was for a jelly roll race quilt. My Mom likes making those, so I got to skip ahead to the quilting. This time she used a luscious jelly roll of Marcus Brothers Ombre Hand Dyes. They are soft and silky, and so pretty. She made the jelly roll part, then had the border fabrics shipped to me. Apparently my lecture on properly adding a border was not well received.
Here it is, in all of it’s quilted glory. I used wool batting – I love the texture, and also, I’m out of my usual Hobbs 80/20. It finished at 70″ x 72″.
And, because I’m still trying to figure out this whole Youtube business, and get over hating the sound of my voice, here is a video so that you can see all of the details of the quilting.
The challenge was to practice a different motif in each row, and stitch in the ditch between rows. I’ve now had a lot of stitch in the ditch practice, with no appreciable improvement in my accuracy. I think it is time for a new ruler – maybe Santa will get the one on my list. I used books from Jamie Wallen, Angel Walters, Leah Day, and Barbara Persing for my design ideas.
The joke was on me with the border. I was lazy and didn’t measure the top. I didn’t notice it wasn’t square. Consequently, there was some fullness in the bottom border as I quilted. I’m happy with it anyway.
I was in a bit of a hurry this to get this off of the frame today, but I did a fancy border treatment anyway. I can’t have Mom snuggled up under a plain quilt.
Oscar was a huge help with this project. He will help me attach the binding to the front before we send it off to Mom. She will finish it herself – she enjoys hand work.
Have you tried the Jelly Roll Race Pattern? I keep thinking I want to take a crack at making one, but I never get around to it.