Turtle Sherbet is one of the most fun quilts I've finished so far this year, but I counted again after binding this one, and I'm still two quilts short of my Thanksgiving goal. Wishful thinking, I guess.
This quilt doesn't have as much of a story behind it as most of my other finished quilts and WIPs. About a couple of years ago or so, I think, I read about jelly roll race quilts that could be finished in a day. I was skeptical but up for the challenge. I enlisted my friend Ruthie in New Mexico to quilt along with me. Both of us bought our first (and very inexpensive) jelly rolls with the goal of finishing a quilt top the following weekend.
I didn't finish mine in a day because I came up with a bunch of fun ideas while I was piecing the strips, including the turtle designs featured on this quilt. After finishing the piecing, I sliced a diagonal strip out of the quilt top and replaced it with a bias strip of white.
The finished top looked pretty awesome but to me, seemed to be missing something. I drew the turtles on scrap paper, then cut them out using the strip of rainbow jellies I'd cut out of the quilt and odds and ends of white. After machine applique of the turtles in their new tropical habitat, I was very happy with the new look.
Earlier this year, I went through all my WIP projects and made quilt sandwiches from the completed tops. This has made trying to finish a bunch of quilts in time for Christmas a little easier, however, I miss piecing! Can't wait until all my Christmas gifts are done so I can start piecing again.
I envisioned using a free-motion water wave stitch on this one, and actual stitching went very quickly when I finally sat down to the sewing machine.
Second totally free-motion quilted WIP I've finished this month, and although I'm still pretty shaky, this one turned out great. It should make a niece a happy and warm camper.
Ruthie still hasn't finished her jelly roll quilt. Perhaps this finish will inspire her to get going again!
Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts and Confessions of a Fabric Addict.