When working on a quilt with blocks, borders, and sashing, custom quilting usually places designs in those spaces unless a panto is used for an edge-to-edge pattern. Most strip quilts made from jelly rolls are quilted with a panto. After completing a jelly roll quilt this summer I did something quilt different, “out of the box” quilting.
The jelly roll was purchased at a quilt shop near Springfield, OH last winter. Most, if not all
of the fabrics are Caryl Bryer Fallert fabrics which are quite colorful. Even before assembling the quilt top I was already thinking about doing something different with the quilting.
After sketching several ideas on a pad I finally decided to use a combination of diagonal and perpendicular designs to make the quilt seem more like a whole cloth quilt. Loading the quilt on the longarm with the long dimension horizontal, using Quiltmagine, Nolting’s computer guided system, I first quilted the two diagonal rows using . I then quilted triangles to square out the diagonal rows and continuous line designs, triangle, and block designs to fill in the rest of the quilt.
The quilt was a lot of fun to make. I just pulled each strip off the jelly roll and stitched to the last one. There was no planning in making the top. Although it did not take long to make the top, it did take nine hours using my Quiltmagine computer guided system to quilt the top. This is much longer than it would have taken if using a panto, but there was a lot of planning and marking for precise layout of each block, triangle and continuous line design that I used. Most of the patterns used came pre-loaded with my Quiltmagine system, the rest were purchased patterns. What was really fun was entering it into a quilt show, winning a second place ribbon, and having “WOW” remarks from the judges.
Next time you are faced with an open canvas of a quilt top, think out of the box and see what you can dream up that will be unique.