Briana at the [Jelly Roll] Races

Project Description

What are you most proud of? I like the name - I printed a font I liked in HUGE letters [blew them up about font size 400!] on writing pad paper, pinned the paper on the quilt, and FMQ-traced over the lettering in white Isacord thread which practically became invisible on the fabric. All you saw was the puffy name outlined. Then I went around the name with a tiny loopy-line meander in a contrasting thread. I'm getting better at controlling my hand movements when FMQ'ing!! The Strip portion is just quilted with a large meander with flowers, hearts and stars thrown in randomly. What advice would you give someone starting this project? Okay, whoever stated that you can sew the strips together in 35 minutes lied, lied, lied, and then lied some more! Yes, it was easy to put together, but it definitely took way more than 35 minutes. Choose a fabric collection you are drawn to, and just like the tutorials say [I saw about 6 of them just to make sure I knew what I was doing], piece the strips randomly and the final result will always be beautiful. I'm thinking of doing the strip race again in a boy's/male's color way... maybe shades of black, white, blue and gray? This was a lot of fun to work on, and does come together faster than a "regularly" pieced top.

What you will need

  • Batik Jelly Roll
  • Quilting Cotton
  • Flannel Backing and medium loft Polyester batting

Q&A with QuiltDude

desna asked:
Beautiful quilt and oh how wonderful is your quilting... every single stitch of it... LOVE the name too. Totally inspiring:)
QuiltDude answered:
Thanks, Desna. You are always so supportive of my projects. I enjoyed this project and it came together fast!
Moopsee asked:
great job. I think that I might do that with some Christmas colors so that I'm ahead of the game come fall! :-)
QuiltDude answered:
Great idea, Moopsee, thinking ahead for the holidays! This is really fun and easy. You'll want to do more than one... I know I do!
Darns asked:
Love the name & the binding stitch! I've thought about using dec stitches for the binding but wondered how long it would take to do. Did you use a walking foot for the binding or an embroidery foot?
QuiltDude answered:
Hi Darns! The decorative stitching does take longer than just a straight stitch, but it is still faster than by hand, for sure. I do have to be patient when using decorative stitching, though. I use a walking foot because by then, you're sewing through about 9 layers of fabric and batting, so I think the walking foot helps feed everything through smoothly, and I've had no problems that way. Try a decorative stitch - your machine has them, you may as well take advantage of them!
gloria_friesen asked:
Beautiful quilt. I like your quilting. I really like the way "Briana" just pops right out but yet it does not distract from the beauty of the main body of the quilt.
QuiltDude answered:
Thank you. I do like to personalize the quilts with the recipients' names. I just think it adds a little special touch.
ChefChris asked:
Absolutely beautiful! I love your color choices. The quilting is gorgeous!
QuiltDude answered:
Thanks... you can't go wrong with pink and purple for a 7 year old girl. :-) :-) The quilting is always a work in progress - practice, practice, practice! lol