Friday, April 8, 2011

Sunrise - Sunset Quilt

I needed to do some sewing. I didn't want to do something that would make me work hard designing and just give me a little time at the machine. I had read on the Internet about a quilt that was made from a Jelly Roll.
The Jelly Roll for that quilt included 40 different fabrics cut into strips 2 1/2 inches wide by the width of the fabric.
Of course I couldn't find the directions when I wanted to do this so I decided to wing it.

I cut about 36 or 38 fabrics into 2 1/2 inch strips. Finding enough batiks in my fabric collection was a challenge. I was determined to do this without buying any. I only had about 27 batiks that I could find in my fabric collection. I then dug into some project trays and found more that I could use to make it work.

These are the fabrics I chose to use. They are all batiks and I knew they would play well together, in addition to being easy to sew without some of them stretching.

I joined each strip to another one with a small section of a black and white batik between them. That is what you see in this photo.

Now the real fun will begin as I create the quilt from this one long strip. Don't you think they look great?

It would have been much quicker and easier to make this from a precut Jelly Roll package. It also would NOT have been as much fun, nor as personal. I can't wait to finish piecing this as I know I am going to love it.

Sometimes simple is best. We need to leave our brain free to create while we do routine repetitive type tasks.


Sam's mom said...

how exciting! and whatta fun way to just go at it. Gonna use a design wall at some point? I have a feeling it'll be wonderful, esp punctuated by those small rectangles of black and white...

Sam's mom said...

by the way, that last comment was from me, Eleanor Levie (and yes, I am Sam's Mom!)

Sharon Robinson said...

Hi, just a fellow quilter and random quilt-blog surfer here. I just love your approach. Sometimes its hard to figure out how to be intuitive with out just blobbing things together. I can't wait to see what you end up doing with it!

Sharon Robinson said...

Sorry I said just three times in one comment. Maybe I should proofread once in a while. ;)

Kay Koeper Sorensen said...

Sharon, I'm not the grammar police!
Thanks for our comments.

Rayna said...

Ahhhhhh- therapy sewing. Where would we be without it?