Comparing 2 Jelly Roll Race Quilts: "Pink Lemonade" and "Army Green"
Both of these quilts use the jelly roll race pattern just like my previous post about Batik Garden. This pattern is a wonderful way to start your quilting journey. You can see how using totally different fabrics and quilting designs completely changes the mood of the quilt.
About Army Green
Army Green was made for Quilts of Valor so I wanted a very masculine type quilt. I had a jelly roll full of green and tan batiks and added some green, tan and brown fabrics for the borders and did mostly angular quilting. I used a design I call Palm Frondish in the body of the quilt, meandering triangles in the outer border, spiral boxes in the dark brown border and radio waves in the tan border.
I just love the batik leaves fabric I found for the backing; it's perfect.
About Pink Lemonade
Pink Lemonade is a very feminine quilt. I made it for Quilts Beyond Borders when they were collecting quilts for young ladies in Russia who were coming of age and had leave the orphanage. I wanted something cheery and bright; so when I saw this pink, orange and yellow jelly roll at Quilter’s Market, I knew it would be perfect for this top!
My quilting inspiration was from this book, In the Studio with Angela Walters, where she did different designs across the body of a quilt. I used chalk to mark diagonal lines on the quilt top to divide it into three sections and filled one section with scrolls, one with paisley and one with bullseye spirals in pink thread. These rounded, flowing designs add to the feminine, happy feel of the quilt.
I added a flange between the body of the quilt and the border. I love how the black makes those bright colors pop!
Where do I get my quilting ideas?
Books with quilting designs are an invaluable resource that I refer to whenever I’m looking for inspiration. I also keep a list of quilts and how I quilted them and notebooks where I doodle to test out ideas. Some designs work better on one quilt than they do on another, but the only way you learn this is by actually quilting!
Two very different looks from the same pattern!
Batik Garden Jelly Roll Race Quilt
Here's the 3rd quilt I've finished using the jelly roll race pattern. There are lots of free tutorials and videos on the web showing how to make this easy quilt. If you're just getting started quilting, this is a good pattern to start with because it doesn't involve much cutting. Jenny at Missouri Star Quilt Company has tons of great video tutorials including 3 variations of the jelly roll race.
Here you can see the quilting progress while it's on the longarm.
I used Omni thread in light sage on the top and So Fine thread in marco in the bobbin. I was inspired by the allover feathered rose design by Judy Woodworth in her book Freemotion Quilting. A lot of the prints in the jelly roll were floral so the quilted roses and leaves were a perfect match for my Batik Garden quilt.
Quilting on Busy Fabric
I love how it looks on my new sofa. Note that the quilting doesn't show much because of the busy fabrics, but it adds great texture. Practicing a new quilting design on busy fabric is a great way to try something new. If you bobble, it won't show much and you'll still have a lovely finished quilt!
Custom Longarm Quilting
This is a wedding quilt I designed, pieced and custom quilted for my nephew and his bride. I used the Metro Rings pattern and the Quick Curves ruler to make the double wedding ring blocks.
How to pick quilting designs
When deciding on the quilting motif, it helps to know a little bit about who the quilt is for. My SIL said the couple were young hipsters, so I tried to keep that in mind when deciding on the quilting design. He plays drum in a band and they both have tattoos and ride motorcycles so I wanted something more graphical so I went with a Celtic/Egyptian/Art Deco feeling.
Most of the pictures were taken while this was on the longarm, so you may see chalk marks, unquilted areas and batting with no binding on the edges.
I quilted the solid blue corner areas as if they were pieced:
You Should Name Your Quilts!
You should definitely name your quilts - it will help you remember them and picture them in your mind. The large triangles in the border represent the Tennessee mountains where the couple live so I named this quilt Wedding Rings in the Tennessee Mountains.
I used a combination of stencils, longarm quilting rulers and freehand quilting.
My favorite way to express my creativity is with fabric. Join me as I share my journey with you. I hope you'll be inspired to create something too!