I was very sad that last week I didn't have a Friday Finish. Now I could have shown my test blocks for my Compass Quilter Bee, but that would have been really stretching it for a finish. I had hoped with the long weekend I would get lots done, but alas I did get some done, but spent a lot of time watching movies, taking pictures of a new baby (not mine), and generally moving slow.
But I did get lots done this past week. I finished my Bee blocks, but will show them to you later when I get my label block done and get them in the mail. I also got my test quilt for Cora's Quilted, quilted and bound, and should get to show that to you next week. And last but not least something I can actually show you.
I bought a jelly roll of PB&J by Basic Grey some time ago and I found a pattern called Cupid Shuffle by Harding Hill Designs. I love this line of fabric because the colors and patterns are just so fun. To make lap sized quilt I only needed 32 strips, so I picked out my favorites. And here is the finished product.
I really love doing jelly roll quilts because they are fast!!! For this pattern you make groups of 4 strips and 2 strips, then sew those together. I will say that if I do this pattern in the future (and I most likely will because it is easy), I think I will cut the strips in half so I can have a little more variety in my groupings. But I was able to pick my groupings, sew, iron and cut the strips in one afternoon.
They sat in this stage for a couple of days, and then I had to put my columns together. I think this is the first quilt that worked in columns and not rows. It was fun watching it all come together. Once I had all the rows done, then I had to add the reddish backgrounds. I got 4 of the five vertical rows done and then it sat in this stage for several more days.
Which was hanging on my long arm. But on Monday I moved it off so I could quilt the test quilt. On Tuesday I finished the red and then added the final borders. I have to say I really love the border fabric and it is also going to be the backing fabric.
Now I hope to get the backing pieced this weekend so that I can quilt it on Monday/Tuesday. I really miss quilting. When I put the test quilt on the frame I was thinking I like piecing better, but then Abby (the Avante) starting humming and it was just so much fun. There is just something about the quilting process that makes me happy. I think because I know the quilt will be finished soon. I think I may really go out of my comfort zone and quilt this on sideways so I can do wavy lines. I saw a video on it last week and think it will look cool with the columns.
Over all I had a very good week, got lots accomplished. I even finished cutting all the shirts for the memory quilts. My goal is to start piecing them next week. I was going to move to another quilt on my list, but I think it is time for me to get those done. Today I am linking up with Let's Bee Social with Sew Fresh Quilts, Can I Get A Whoop Whoop @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Link a Finish Friday @ Richard and Tanya Quilts, Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts, Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation, Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Fort Worth Fabric Studio and Weekend Link Party @ Patchouli Moon Studio.