Thursday, August 9, 2012

Friday Finish..& Upcoming Giveaway!

Two finishes in two weeks!  And a pig just flew past my window.;) Actually, this one is just in the completed top stage, still needs to be quilted.  

Here she is:

Subdued and subtle, don't you think? lol  I realize this fabric isn't everyone's taste, and honestly, not even mine.  The jelly roll was only $2.99 at Tuesday Morning though, so I couldn't leave it there no matter how much it made me cringe at first.  So it came home with me and hung out in the closet with other neglected fabrics.

Until my mojo came flying back the other weekend.  In part b/c of Julie's request, which you can read about here, to make quilts for wildfire victims who lost their homes and everything in them.  I thought someone out there (teen, tween, or otherwise) might like this jelly roll, and decided to make a quick strip quilt.  So I sewed the strips into sets of three.. and then bought this black swirly print, thinking it could be incorporated.

Then I remembered this pattern that I had, that was specifically for jelly roll strips sewn into sets of three.. and then I found the lazy angle ruler, which the pattern strongly suggested using..

And on Sunday afternoon, I found a pink pin dot that I had bought for a back for something else, and it seemed to go perfectly..

(Who votes NO for black swirly background?)

I started cutting.. and cutting.. until I had this..

Which became these..

Which eventually turned into this:

Plus sashing strips, and two strips of the black swirl at the top and bottom and now I kind of love it.  Never in a million would I have ever expected to love anything using those jelly strips.  I love the pattern.. It is Fast Forward by Jaybird Quilts.

We went outside to try to get a pic in natural light.. in 100+ degree heat. They turned out kind of blurry.. but my helper was a trooper.  I really admire all of you that post such gorgeous pics of your quilts in natural light.. I have yet to develop that skill. As you can see. ha!

Need to find a backing, and quilt it, and send it off, in hopes of finding a loving home. :)

Also, my one year blog anniversary flew by last week, and I had been so busy I didn't have time to plan a giveaway.  I actually forgot about it being the one year mark.. but this week, I made some plans, and well.. come back Monday as I will be having a giveaway to celebrate!  It will be linked to the Fat Quarter Shop.  :)  So don't forget to stop by.  It's been a great year, learning new things, being inspired by all of you, and making the nicest online friends ever!  I could never thank you enough!

Have a great weekend, and hopefully I'll see you Monday with something fun. :)

P.S.  Gonna link up with TGIFFLAFF, and Do Something Crafty Friday


Lisa Lisa said...

You are NOT going to believe this...but....I have the same jelly roll and actually took it out earlier today to start a jelly roll race quilt with black squares in between!!! I actually love the fabric I'm the same way at Tuesday Morning - the fabric is so inexpensive that I just can't pass it up! Cute quilt :)

Wendy said...

Cute quilt Kelli, I can see a young girl falling in love with it!

Maria said...

What a fantastic buy. Like you it is not my favorite fabric but it has turned into a great quilt..
As wendy saud a young girl will love it... Well done.

Hey, for $2.99 you'll make anything work, lol! Great work!!

Thanks for linking up with TGIFF!

Kathy said...

A great bargain! I've been studying '80's fashion trends...I think your quilt might be an homage to that era, lol:)

Haha- it's so hard to turn down a bargain. I actually really like how it turned out. They're fun fabrics.

Cal said...

It is loud, but the beauty of diversity is that someone loves it. Good work though on the quilt top, looks very nice I think, even if the fabric is very bright and bold!

Brandie said...

Well done! This quilt will make some girl very happy!
Does your cute little helper hire out?

I'm sure it'll make a tween/teen very happy! Oh, and your helper is really cute!

Oh yes, very discrete ;o) I'm sure there will be a tween girl that will adore it though!

Heather said...

Fantastic! As mom to a 17yo daughter who loves animal prints, some other tween or teen is going to be thrilled. ;o)

(And by the way, I LOVE your red polka dot ironing board cover!!)

Oh very subtle and subdued *LOL*...definitely fun...

Cat said...

That is a perfect teenagers colouring and I love the kindess in your heart

My block arrived on Friday thank you so much

Leonie said...

Great job and love the cause :) My blocks arrived on Friday - I absolutely love them - thanks so much xxx

Lori said...

Happy Anniversary
Love your quilt top
quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

Unknown said...

Isn't that amazing how at first glance the fabric isn't something we would want, but when you turn it into a fun quilt it's awesome! Thanks for sharing! :)

Anonymous said...

The quilt looks fabulous, and anyone would like it! What a great contribution to the wildfire victims!

wow kelli, what a great finish. I love your style, really.

Congrats on the quilt and also on your 1 year blogversary. I totally missed mine, too.

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