Last week I mentioned the "Four Square Star" quilt design I found in a YouTube tutorial from The Missouri Quilt Company. "Jenny" - the tutor in the video - is a delight to watch and I've been enjoying some of her other videos, including one called "Jelly Roll Race". I watched that one and - WOW! It looked like a lot of fun - so I had to give it a try.
And I just couldn't wait to do it, so quilt 61 was pushed aside temporarily in favor of this one.
I bought this jelly roll last year - had other plans for it, but decided it might be a good "race" candidate:
Basically, all you do is sew all the strips in a jelly roll end-to-end, then take that one long strip, cut it in half and then sew the sides of the 2 strips together - and just keep repeating the divide-in-half and join-the-sides until you end up with a completed top.
So, I watched the video and did I make the top in an hour? Well, no. Mine took a little more than 90 minutes - but my sewing machine isn't anywhere near as fast as Jenny's (I think hers probably runs at twice my machine's top speed). Still - having a top pieced in less that 2 hours works for me!
And here it is - mounted on the longarm:
I quilted it with a pale mint-green thread, just using free-motion loop-t-loops, and finished the quilting in about 2 hours. So OK... a good sized quilt done (except for binding) in less than 4 hours - WOW!
|Finished size: 48" x 61"|
This one will be going to "Inspirational Quilts".