It is always a good day when you finish something. I have not really finished my Baltimore's Country Cousins quilt, but I have finished another phase of the project. After I finished the hand applique stage, for the blocks that is... I moved on to the "quilt-as-you-go" stage. My finished quilt will be 3 blocks wide by 4 blocks and then the border, which will also be hand appliqued. I have finished the quilting stage of those 12 blocks. I had never used a quilt-as-you-go method before and I'm thinking it is really cool. I would get three blocks done, then join those blocks and each set of three after that, I was getting more excited. I like the minimal sashing. It doesn't take away from the blocks. I also could have used the same color as the background, but I think it needed something to break between the blocks. I probably should have hand sewn the blocks together, but I decided it would be sturdier sewn on the machine, so my hand applique/hand quilted quilt has the blocks sewn together on my machine. I don't think it will take away from the "awe" factor though. I still have to figure out how I will do the "quilt-as-you-go" technique on the borders after I get those hand appliqued.
I was reading a fellow quilter's blog the other day and she had described a "jelly roll race". If you go to her site, it was an older post, so you'd have to scroll down. I thought it was a pretty cool idea and told my quilting ladies about it and they thought it would be fun, but they weren't too sure about the racing part. I decided to give it a try here at home so when I go in there on Monday I can give them a pep talk. It would be a fun project to create some quilts to donate. I had this jelly roll on hand and from start to finish it was just about 2 hours. I'm not so impressed with the beauty of this quilt, but it sure went together quickly. Of course I have to quilt it, but considering the busy-ness of the quilt, I won't have to do anything too fancy to get it done.