Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Jam and Jelly Joy

A mysterious fairy dropped a jelly roll of Breakfast at Tiffany's on my doorstep. (Okay, it was just a really good sale, I'm weak.) And I'd been meaning to try the Jam and Jelly pattern from Fig Tree Quilts for a while. So this seemed like fate.

The color choices were the hardest part, really. You want them to "go" but still have contrast which means some combinations you're really attached to won't work. Once I'd gotten them picked out the sewing was a breeze. Sorta. Who's got advice on how to sew and press jelly roll strips without them curving?

And now, a quiz! Which of these two blocks do you think the pattern calls for?

That's right! Block two. Now, which one do you think I made six of without noticing? Yeah. Sometimes I'm not the brightest.

Still, after some unsewing and resewing and a very small amount of swearing I was back in the game. The blocks actually went together really quickly and I was totally tickled to get them all up on the wall.

But I liked it even more after I got the sashing and border on it.

I took it to the shop where I rent time on the longarm and did a truly mediocre quilting job. But it was almost all freehand, so that was cool. I even did freehand feathers in the borders. They're a hot mess but they were a good learning experience. I finished putting the binding on it last night and today I just need to do about an 8"x8" spot of quilting where I had to tear out some of the longarm stitches (hot mess, remember?) After that it's into the washer and dryer and hopefully I can spend some time this evening curled up under a quilt I made myself, something I've never actually done.

Next? Pictures of my new quilting BFF and my enormous act of theft.

1 comment:

  1. You know I'm going to tell you it's gorgeous, right? Because it is.

    It's a good thing I can't sew, really. (But oh, the FABRIC!)