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Friday, March 18, 2011

A FRIDAY FINISH

This is my finish for the week.  I used a Jelly Roll to make this quilt and, no, you have not seen this one before.  It just looks the same, but when I showed you this quilt a couple weeks ago, I used a Layer Cake.  When I made the above quilt, I used the same fabric but it was from a Jelly Roll.  The fabric is Happy Campers by American Jane for Moda.  My thinking was that I had so much trouble piecing the layer cake, that surely this precut Jelly Roll would be easier.  In addition, the pattern was from Moda (sorry I forget the name) and looked simple like something I could do.  What a hoot!  I cannot tell you how I struggled making this quilt. 
I was almost ready to give up piecing all together.  Then I changed my mind when I was visiting Sew Happy Me and found instructions for accurate piecing.  I purchased two cans of spray starch, checked and rechecked my sewing machine to make sure I had a scant quarter inch seam, and stacked a pile of leaders and enders by my machine.  I’m ready to make some more stars for the soldiers and I’m hoping they can be more accurate this time.   
Valerie from A Day In May has a nice freebie for you. Visit her blog and click on the link. It will take you to some nice patterns for modern quilts.  This should keep you busy all weekend!  Hope it's a nice one. 
Stay Positive!
Caroll

10 comments:

Sue said...

That's a lovely quilt. I have some Punctuations fabrics from American Jane that will make a really nice baby quilt or Project Linus quilt.

I use starch a LOT with piecing. It does help in keeping things together when stitching. I also like Best Press though it's more expensive than my .99 cent can of starch :D I know of many quilters who use starch for their piecing.

I am going to make some more stars this weekend too. I just love this cause!

Have a great weekend !!

Linda said...

Quilt is such a happy looking quilt! I love it. I've found some of the seemingly easy quilts give me the most trouble! Lol!

Purple Quilter Queen said...

What a great quilt. Love the simplicity of the pattern too. That fabric line is so cute. Good job! Jenn

Barb said...

Love this quilt....

Quiet Quilter said...

Really like the design...it looks so spur of the moment...

Allie said...

So very pretty Caroll! Love that bright fabric. Starch, eh? Let me know how it works. I've found jelly rolls aren't really cut straight - I had a LOT of trouble using them. I have a 1/4" foot with a little wall on it for accurate piecing, and that doesn't even help me.

Micki said...

I love the quilt...it is so bright and colorful and cheery!
Micki

Mama Pea said...

Turned out great. I have trouble sewing jelly rolls, too. Just like Allie says, they sometimes aren't cut straight, aren't always the right width, and the pinked edges make it hard. I had real trouble with some of my blocks like that, too.

Lurline said...

Love this little quilt, Caroll - have just been back for a second look!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Miss Nancy said...

Love the quilt! Looks like great fun to make and to use. The links you shared today are wonderful. That is a great ebook about modern quilting. Thank you for sharing.

Have a super great sewing and stitching day.

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