Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Modern Take on Jelly Roll Race


This is one of those quilts that didn't turn out quite the way we wanted.  We ended up with a few minor puckers (don't you mean major, Hush Richard).  To add insult to injury, the binding color choices didn't quite do what I had hoped.  We did a scrappy binding with two colors.  Have you ever had those quilts that you don't seem to love as much?  There is nothing functionally wrong with it, just not one of our favorites.  There is a similar top waiting in the UFO pile. It still needs a back and binding.  We decided to use the back we had previously bought for another quilt.  


Now that Tanya is done talking, I will say a little.  I loved the idea for this quilt and Hate how it turned out.  Mostly I hate how I quilted it.  I tried to do something different to prevent puckers and I think I caused a hundred times more.  I quilted in the same direction as the 2 1/2 inc row strips.  I quilted one row skipped 3-4  quilted another and did the same thing all the way across quilt.  I flipped it around and quilted a row skipped a few then quilted.


The Idea was that if I sewed both directions then it would not look like the quilt pulled one direction on one half and then pulled the other direction on the other half.  What in reality happens is every single row looks like its being tugged against each other.  Oh well.


The good thing is we have plenty of friends having babies and once I give it away I will never have to see it again (accept maybe at church in the hands of the baby) and then I can just forget how much I hate the quilt. LOL.  Live and learn they say.




10 comments:

Lorna McMahon said...

It is a great looking quilt, despite what you aren't happy with about it. I do like the binding. Perhaps the darker colours used in the quilt would have turned out more like what you had imagined.

Thanks for sharing what did not work about the quilting. I have a hard time learning from my own mistakes, so hopefully I can learn from yours! Lol! I can totally relate to the pulling.... That happened to my Flowers in the Sun quilt that I did the "honeycomb" quilting on and the top almost went off the backing. Scarey stuff!

Lorna:)
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Kathy S. said...

It will make a little baby happy! I think the colors are great. I am not a fan of puckers either, but they still make a functional quilt. Maybe it will be one of those baby quilts that gets used and used and drug everywhere by a happy baby (toddler). Thanks for posting it.

Gene Black said...

I love the piecing design. I think it would have worked better to have a circular quilting design (like spirals) to offset the straight lines that are already in the quilt.

Jackie said...

I love the white background in this variation. One of the best jelly roll quilts I have seen.

Amy said...

I think it is time to get a darning foot and try FreeMotion!!! I promise....it isnt as scary as you think!!! This quilt is still beautiful. But I understand your frustration. (Amy @ ButterflyAngelsQuilting dot com)

Fiber Babble said...

Did you use a walking foot when you quilted it?

How was it basted?

Does it have cotton batting? If it does, when it's washed it'll pucker up anyhow and that shrinkage will hide a multitude of sins.

And - hey: It's for a baby. It will be puked and peed on. But it will also comfort and warm the little one, who won't give a rip about a few puckers.

I still think it's a stellar quilt and good for you for (even) getting it done!

desertskyquilts said...

I love the quilt! I love the colors, and that it has a background all the way around. I love that the quilting gives it sort of a 3 dimensional texture. I love everything about it!

knitnkwilt said...

StellarBabble said what I've been thinking. I do like the design. And we have to try a technique to find out it doesn't work as well as to find out it does. I've made a lot of learning-experience quilts.

Green said...

I love that quilt. Sometimes the simplest patterns/colors make the most striking quilts. Great job!

Paula @ Sewy Stuff said...

Actually, I kind of like the back and forth pulling/puckering. I think it makes a great texture/pattern of it's own!

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