A new jelly roll = a new project

I had a big impulse moment last week that resulted in a new jelly roll - a farmyard themed one!  Not that I don't have a couple of lovely jelly rolls, waiting for inspiration in the cupboard already.  And more to the point, with all the cot quilts I have finished recently...I don't need more cot quilts!   So normally when I purchase on a whim it gets shoved in the cupboard.  But I actually found a pattern and started two blocks.
 I sat on them all week, as my paid job was extra busy (I am getting a new boss next week) and I worked extra hours.  I wasn't sure I liked the pattern.  But it is growing on me, even though it is super busy.  The blocks are 8", so I think with sashing in between, 12 blocks should be enough to make a decent sized quilt.
I like the way you get a snippet of a cow or tractor here and there.  The chicken wire print is the closest thing to a tone on tone, so it made for good pin wheel centres.  But my favorite is the cow hide print!  
Lastly but not least, I found some orphan blocks and decided I needed to do something with them.  I didn't intend on using this block as anything other then a practise piece.  It is a 13" square and just having the restrictions of different shapes, made it look like a good practise piece.  I am happy with the outcome.
I have had three classes in Free Motion Quilting (FMQ) over the decade and a half I have been a quilter.  However I rarely practised after taking a class, so quickly lost my confidence.  In reality I should call myself a Piecer, as that is my preferred technique.  But FMQ is definitely appealing to me more and more, so I am going to make a few more practise pieces.   I don't think big leaf vines on the border was the right combination to go such a small piece.  But I really like that pattern, and now I know its within my capabilities.  I am not so keen on the "pebbles" in the background of centre star, but they make it "pop" and that is what I was trying to achieve.  I might need glasses before I do any more fine work like that again!
 I am happy with the outcome and it will make a nice table centre, if I can find something to bind it with!  I am also keen to attempt a circular feather in the very centre, but need to do some homework on how to first.
Happy quilting, Sue SA.  

5 comments:

  1. that's a really fun jelly rolll and well done with the quilting... it all looks good....and I love how the star pops.... remember we are always far too critical about our own work!!
    Hugz

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  2. Fun new jelly roll and pieced blocks. It will be the perfect cot quilt for some special little person. Glad you used your spare block for FMQ experimentation. I should do more of that too.

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  3. I'd say that was a great impulse buy. What cute fabric! I think a sashing between the blocks will do the trick nicely. I saw this great demo about quilting feathers but for the life of me I can't remember where I saw it. I even thought I could do it. I hope you have not as busy week this week. We have been super busy too. I can't wait for this project we are working on to be over. In the meantime its bank holiday and I am GUNNA SEW!!!!!!!

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  4. Love the farm blocks, they are great, and you are doing a great job with the quilting!!

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  5. I gotta say Im loving that cow print too...it gives the blocks a touch of farm type whimsy!

    Your FM is fabulous! Those half Baptist fans are gorgeous.

    Hope things slow down at work once your new boss starts. We have a catch up to plan when your life isnt so crazy.

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