The teacher quilt was finished, with two whole days of wiggle room before the deadline! Can you believe it?
I used the jelly roll race method to create it. The general idea is that you connect all of the strips from a jelly roll into one gigantic strip. Then you use this ingenius fold and sew method to shape it from a strip to a long skinny rectangle to a stumpier and stumpier rectangle. Finally you end up with a quilt top.
Here are several tutorials on how to do it:
This is the back. Oh, and those are The Husband’s feet. I read on a blog somewhere recently (maybe even today?) that people find feet in quilt photos to be annoying. Wha? Why would anyone care? Anyway, I don’t have any photos of the front that are feet-free, and the quilt is already in it’s new habitat. I hope you are not offended.
I do have one feet-free photo, but not of the front:
You can see in this photo that there is a red stripe down the side of the backing. I miscalculated the width of the backing a teensy weensy bit. The red was meant for a bias binding (because that is what I prefer) but instead I made straight-grain binding and used what remained to flesh out the back. I actually like the way the back looks a lot better with the red stripe so it was a happy accident.
The quilting is simple loop-de-loops. I used the strips to guide me in the size and placement. No marking necessary. Woot!
Have you tried a jelly roll race quilt?
PS – were you offended by the feet?