Firstly, here are the pix from my visit to Cowslip which I promised to share yesterday. I didn't actually take many as most of the stallholders were a little reluctant to allow me to take photographs of their displays - I guess I can understand they wouldn't want their ideas to be copied, but it is a pity as there were some yummy items.
The whole place was decorated with beautiful festive design quilts, these are just a couple of them which were displayed outside the barns/outbuildings containing the stalls.
Here's a shot taken inside the (very crowded) restaurant - again beautifully decorated. If you find yourself anywhere near Launceston in Cornwall in the next couple of days, it's well worth a visit to Cowslip.
Enough of my day out yesterday, let's get on to today's project. Ever since I found a YouTube video of a 'Jelly Roll Race' I've been fascinated and wanted to have a go myself at making one of these. So, when I picked up a lovely Moda Jelly Roll called 'Joy' at Cowslip yesterday I knew I'd have to sit at my sewing machine as soon as I got home ! I have to confess to being more than a tad intimidated by the amazing and intricately pieced quilt patterns around but do want to try out projects using the beautiful fabrics available.
First take a Jelly Roll (packs of pre-cut fabric strips for anyone who knows little of the world of quilting - which was me a couple of months ago)
Add one of these and sew straight seams for a couple of hours
This it what you end up with (folded)
(Close up of design)
I love the total randomness of this piecing method and of course this is only the quilt top, so there is a fair amount of work left still to do. I plan to back it with cuddly fleece fabric and do the actual quilting in red thread. It's a good size at 52" x 62" (sorry I just can't 'do' metric measurements !) even without a border - which I may or may not add. It should make a warm and cosy festive quilt that'll invite every one to cuddle up with on a cold winter's night. Another Work in Progress but once it's finished I'll share more pix with you.
Hope you've enjoyed seeing today's project, I've a few more cards to share over the next few days, I'd love to have you visit again if you have the time.