Take a look at the quilt top I made! This one is for Donovan. It’s a queen size quilt that we will give him this coming Christmas when we move him out of the nursery and his toddler bed and into his big boy room, which has a queen bed in it. I think it looks great so far!
I really love the fabric I chose. It’s the blue, green, and gray colorways from Moda’s Simply Color line. The colors are bright and happy, and the patterns are fresh and fun while still being boyish enough. I wanted something that was cute but not kiddie so he wouldn’t out grow it and want something else as he gets older. I think it really brightens up the room. Plus, it was not hard at all to make!
This pattern is called a “Jelly Cake” because it’s made with Moda precuts–in fact, a Jelly Roll and a Layer Cake. You cut each 10″ layer cake piece in half and sew a 10″ strip of a jelly roll on each side of the layer cake half-piece. Then, trim each block so it is 9 1/2″ square. Once you’ve got enough pieces, you just alternate them as you sew your rows together. Then, sew one row to the next until you’re done! If you sign up for the class, the course materials have the full pattern as well as sizing information and how many jelly rolls/layer cakes you’ll need for the size quilt you want to make.
This is just the top. I still have to put the batting backing and binding on. I was going to put some borders on it, but after putting it on the bed, I don’t think I will. I’m just going to add another row to the bottom of the quilt to make it long enough. I like the way it looks with just the pattern, no borders. So, I’ll just back and bind it, and leave it at that!
I haven’t decided yet if I will attempt to machine quilt it myself or send it to a long-arm quilter to be done. It would be way cheaper (like $180 cheaper) to do it myself, but I’m not sure I have the skill to do a quilt this size yet despite taking Quilting Big Projects on a Small Machine with Ann Petersen at Craftsy. The class was great and the techniques seamed really easy, but I’m still hesitant. I’m going to try a quilting a baby quilt I’m working on first, and then see if I feel up to tackling the queen. I will probably end up trying to quilt it myself, and if it doesn’t work out, I’ll take it to a long-armer.
But, I’m really happy with how it look so far! What do you think?