Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A gift for Dad.....

Jelly roll quilt
This is my Christmas gift to my Father this year and the final handmade gift to show you here. I made this quilt top earlier in the year for a jelly roll competition which if I'd won it would've been quilted professionally as one part of the prize. After I made it I made the decision that if it won or not it would make a perfect gift to give to my Dad at Christmas which felt really good having one Christmas gift sorted and only halfway through the year! 

Quilting detail of jelly roll quilt
So it didn't win but I did get a lovely letter/email from the judges giving me some nice feedback. Not having the time to do my preferred hand-quilting I did some simple straight line machine quilting and around the white border I used a decorative machine stitch. The more quilts I machine stitch the better I've become and with this quilt I had no problems at all with puckering on the front or back and I think that is down to the pin basting method I use. I tape each layer to the floor using masking tape and stretch both the back and quilt front ensuring that those layers are completely flat and taunt and I also use lots of pins. 

Back of jelly roll quilt
For the back I choose some pieces from my stash that needed to be used up (ie; they had been in my stash way too long) and also coordinated with the front. One of the prints is some leftover fabric from a dress of my Mothers which seemed sort of appropriate to be used in this quilt.
I only have one more quilt top to be quilted and I'm hoping to work on that this afternoon.  This means I've kept my pledge that I made here to get all my quilt tops quilted before I make any more which of course it gives the start of my new year a clean slate.

7 comments:

Ariane said...

Your quilt is gorgeous. What a nice gift!!!

Katy Cameron said...

That looks fab, sure he loved it

Diane said...

Beautiful!

XUE said...

If I am the judge, you would have won ! This is amazing & so much work & accuracy here! Patience too!

Karen said...

No more unquilted quilt tops I hear you say? That must feel UNBELIEVABLE! So what are you then going to delve into?

my4lilgirls said...

Stunning quilt, bet your dad is chuffed :D
Karen x

Federica said...

qhat a lovely and colourful blog you have!!! It's very nice to meet you and thank you so much for visiting my little place and for your kind words.
Your crafts are so lovely and you are very talented!

a big hug!!!

federica

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