I am new to anything involving a sewing machine. I mean, I'm so new to it that I haven't even made the simple beginner projects yet like table runners and placemats. I still have to consult my users manual every time I thread my machine.....that's how new to all this sewing stuff I am. So goodness knows where the confidence to make an almost King Sized Quilt came from. I even quilted the monstrosity myself. Ok, it was a simple, sew up this end, turn and sew up the other end, kind of quilting.....but I did it. I found a tutorial on YouTube of the "Jelly Roll Race Quilt" by Jenny from the Missouri Star Quilt Company along with another tutorial from Angie at ChicNScratch YouTube Channel. They are fantastic tutorials. Granted.....it took me 2 and a half years to make and not the "1 hour" that Jenny made hers in....but hey, whats a few years between friends, eh? Admittedly the actual quilt top does go together incredibly quickly, it was just the rest of it that took me a long time, teehee.
Anyway, here it is. The finished quilt in all its glory....and mistakes galore, lol.
|This jelly roll was so lovely to work with and the fabric is so pretty. Details of where to buy are below. This was the topper section of the jelly roll. I hadn't cut it all even at this stage. This was literally just completed at this stage.|
|Ok, this is where my lack of experience in sewing was ultimately obvious. There are a few little (ahem...rather large, teehee) wrinkles in the fabric where I mistakenly pulled in folded fabric under the presser foot. Realistically, if I had have noticed it sooner, I should have hand picked the bottom right third section of the quilt and resewed it, but of course I had the quilt turned the other way up so I didn't see it until I had completely quilted the vertical lines. Of course I still could have unpicked all that sewing but honestly...I would have cried if I had to do that. So I hoped it would be hidden in the quilting and my mistakes would be forgiven, lol. But for a newbie, I'm not going to beat myself up about it. And the quilting did hide most of my faux pas, teehee. I'll just know for the next time to keep checking the back of the quilt as I go along.|
My sewing machine is a Janome QXL605 sewing machine and I purchased it from Sewing Machines Direct in the UK (fantastic company by the way. If you visit them and make a purchase...tell them I sent you.).
The fabric I used for the main "Jelly roll" section of the quilt was a Jelly Roll I bought on Ebay from cottonsquares on Ebay. It didn't have a specific name, it was just called "pink/lilac".
The fabric for the borders, backing and binding was bought from fyvie.star.fabrics.ltd from Ebay also. (sadly, they no longer seem to be open).
The fabric quilt label was bought from eddiecw from Ebay and it was a fat quarter called Downtown Abbey.
The quilt batting was again bought from Ebay but I can't seem to find the seller for it, sorry. But it is readily available on Ebay. It was a cotton batting that is flame retardant and can be washed at 40 degrees in your washing machine. If you are buying batting for a quilt, particularly one for a baby or child, please pay a bit more money for a flame retardant batting. I'd rather spend a few extra pennies per metre for the safety benefit, knowing the quilt is safe for my niece to use, than not. Plus it's always a bonus to be able to throw it into your washing machine too.
That's it from me folks. I'll be back soon with goodness knows what.
Toodles Noodles....Lee aka Crafty Loops xx