Monday, September 14, 2009

Another Pieced Quilt

I finished the pieced patchwork quilt I’ve been working on; this one is a queen size, so I’m pretty sure I won’t be quilting it myself, at least not in the near future.

For this quilt I used a jelly roll, a layer cake, 4 fat quarters, and 2 yds. of fabric for the borders. I bought the precut fabric from the Fat Quarter Shop, and I was amazed at how quickly they shipped it to me—they really do send it out the same day! Of course, it probably helps that they’re right down the road from me in Manchaca, TX.

At any rate, here’s a pic of the fabric; this is Moda’s Objects of Desire. I’m not a shoe fan (some of the jelly roll strips and layer cake pieces have prints of high heels—presumably the “objects of desire”), so I left those out of the finished product:


I have to say that I LOVE using precut fabric. It makes creating a quilt top like this so incredibly easy. So far, I’ve only bought precut fabric (and coordinating yardage) on sale, so I don’t feel guilty about spending a little extra for the precut stuff.

I intended to use a pattern from the Jelly Roll Quilts book for this quilt, but I couldn’t find one that didn’t involve cutting up the layer cakes. What’s the use of buying precut fabric if you have to cut it again? Instead, I made up my own pattern using 10” blocks alternating with the 10” layer cakes. For each block I used 3 jelly roll strips, then cut the 4th strip larger from a fat quarter (I can’t remember how large—whatever comes out to 10” when added to 3 2-1/2” strips). Here’s a completed block:


And here’s a pic of the completed quilt top—well, sort of. This one doesn’t show the 5” inch border I added all the way around, but the top was so huge I couldn’t find any place to hang it to take another pic (this pic only shows the first 6 rows; there are 9 altogether):


Once I quilt it—or have it quilted, more likely—I’ll post additional pics of the whole thing. In the meantime, I’m off to catch up on the things that I’ve let slide—my weekly journal squares, foremost—and to straighten up the quilting room before I start another project.

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