How did I go 2 months without posting?! Frigen life getting in the way of my sewing and blogging…
2016 has certainly been a year of big changes for me and it’s really showing in my lack of blog publishing. I promise I will try to be better. In the meantime, here is a new post about a quilt to keep you warm!
For my second quilt I decided to follow a tutorial written by a fellow NH Modern Quilt Guild member, Michelle, aka From Bolt to Beauty.
Unlike my arithmetic quilt, this quilt required much less fabric cutting thanks to jelly rolls!
I purchased two Moda solid jelly roll Jr’s from Christa Quilts for $39.18. It gave me 40 strips and I only needed 24 so be prepared to see this make appearances in future quilts!
At my work we are given fake money at the beginning of every month and extra in our birth month to give as a peer recognition bonus and in November someone gave me their birthday bonus! The fake money can be exchanged for gift cards to various stores (the stores change monthly). The person in question is Nicole and her mom is a quilter so it felt fitting to turn my fake money into an Amazon gift card to buy fabric with. I ordered a Succulence by Bonnie Christine jelly roll and jelly roll jr. Between the two I had 30 strips and I needed 29 so one for good luck! If I had to spend “real” money on the jelly rolls it would have cost me $42.33
For the backing I used Crosshatch in Curry from Carolyn Friedlander’s Architextures collection. I found it in stock at Hawthorn Threads and for 4 yards plus shipping I paid $36.40. I was very lucky to find it! Everywhere else I looked didn’t have that color or didn’t have enough. Thanks Hawthorn Threads! I’ve used crosshatch fabrics on both of the quilts I’ve made so far and plan to use it again for the next. I love that it’s basically a solid color so it doesn’t take away from the top, but it has that little bit of extra interest.
I also used a crosshatch knit for for my second Appleton dress! I think I might have a problem 😉
I paid $15.73 for the batting with a coupon and reused the multicolored thread from my arithmetic quilt and the same bottle of spray baste. Bringing the grand total for this quilt to $133.64 or $91.31 if you don’t count the technically free fabric I got.
Michelle’s tutorial is very easy to follow and the finished quilt is quite lovely if I do say so myself. I did do one thing differently that I wanted to note. Instead of cutting my fashion fabric in 10.5×2.5 strips, I made mine 9.5×2.5. I decided that I wanted to use a combination of the fashion fabric and solid jelly roll for my binding and I wouldn’t have had enough otherwise so I lost 4 inches per row. Totally worth it in my book because I love how my binding came out.
I put the top together on a Sunday. It was a long sewing day, but I was still excited to have put the entire top together in a day! For the quilting I just stitched in the ditch so that was finished in about 2 hours. I’ve found that the planning of a quilt is my favorite part. I like the choose the fabrics, cut them to size and arrange them in different ways to see what I like the most. I wear me-made clothing nearly everyday, but there’s something extra special about wrapping up in a homemade quilt after a long day that is so comforting. I’m glad I finally took the plunge and got started!
Next on my quilt list is a queen sized quilt for my bed which I started on retreat last weekend. It’s paper pieced and I have about half of the blocks ready and made an appointment with a longarmer. I also ordered a pattern from Haptic labs that I plan to be a Christmas gift and since it’s all done by hand I figured I would need to get started this summer. Are you working on any quilts?