MCM #68 – It’s [Not] a Race

Welcome to Main Crush Monday (Tuesday). If you celebrate Easter, I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend. I got to spend lots of quality time with my sister and other family members, play outside in the flower beds, and eat a scrumptious dinner that my brother cooked. It was a great weekend!

For the past several weeks I’ve been busily working on customer quilts, which leaves very little time to play in my sewing room. Yesterday I decided to take a much needed break and sew something just because. You know, one of those projects that no one is waiting for, that doesn’t have a purpose or deadline, one that is sewn for the pure pleasure of sewing.

Petals Jelly Roll by Quilting Treasures

I wanted to work on something that was mostly mindless sewing. Since time was limited, I didn’t want to jump into a big project that required lots of cutting and piecing. I already have so many of those started! I pulled a jelly roll out of the cupboard and decided to make a jelly roll race quilt. I have never made one, and all that strip sewing was exactly what I was looking for.

Jelly roll strips

Before I sewed the strips together, I added squares of black quilter’s linen to the end of each strip – something I saw on Pinterest. After that, the sewing zipped right along. I went through two bobbins – I felt so liberated! Sewing for no reason! It was so much fun. I really need to do this more often.

I ended up with this flimsy in just a couple of hours:

Jelly roll race

I love the addition of the black squares and I really like these fabrics. They remind me a little of the Liberty prints, which I would love to have but can’t afford to add to my stash. 🙂

This top isn’t finished yet. I’m going to add some borders to make it bigger. I’m not sure when that will happen, but my plan is to NOT let this quilt top linger in a WIP pile.

That is my crush for the week – the freedom to sew whatever I wanted for just a little while. I hope all of you have the chance to sew for fun this week!

Now it’s time for you to share your crush-worthy projects! What are you working on that has you excited to be in your sewing space? I would love for you to link up your blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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About Beth

I’m a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get “licking the spoon” mixed up with “licking the fabric”!!

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16 Responses to MCM #68 – It’s [Not] a Race

  1. Very pretty. The black squares just set it off.

  2. It’s always nice to have a little mindless playtime. Your top looks wonderful. The black squares were a great addition.


  3. Andrea H says:

    I love your MCM quilt top. It is beautiful! I enjoy working with strips and strip quilting. I often take my scraps and go but them into pre-cut sizes. I never need to buy my own jelly rolls that way.

  4. What a great top – and what a result from some ‘mindless sewing’. The addition of the black linen makes a real difference to a jelly roll race quilt.

  5. Barb N says:

    I hear you about sometimes just ‘having’ to sew! And a jelly roll race quilt is just the ticket for that. I was the same way with my llama quilt. Everything else got pushed aside last week. Now I get to quilt it!

  6. I made one of these for similar reasons about two years ago and yes, it was quite satisfying. I gave it to my mom and dad and they loved it. I also needed to make mine a bit bigger with borders. Nice colors with yours. It does have a Liberty-esque feel to it. (I cannot afford Liberty either!!)

  7. What a fun bit of play and sewing diversion. I like the addition of the squares and look forward to seeing how you expand this one, Beth!

  8. catpatches says:

    Oh, what a fun little quilt. Great idea!

  9. Jayne says:

    We all need a diversion once in a while! I’ve never made jelly roll race quilt, but it does fit the quick and mindless category! Hopefully you’ll get those borders on and keep it out of the pile!

  10. Karen Goad says:

    and that is the reason I do not quilt for others – I would have no time for my own quilting! I will sell a quilt after I am done with it but I as I am making it I am not thinking of that

  11. Tish says:

    I’ve only made this quilt once and it was so much fun. You are right, mindless sewing 🙂 I love the addition of the little black squares, I haven’t seen one done like that before.

  12. Patricia says:

    Pretty fabric and the black squares good

  13. Sandra says:

    I really need to do that, and this idea might be just what I need to sew up some more of the never-ending, always-increasing scraps, and get a top ready for H2H! That liberation sure feels good after a lot of obligation, something we quilters seem to do an awful lot of. 😉

  14. Vicki in MN says:

    Good for you to sew something for fun, we just gotta do that once in a while!! I have seen the black squares addition before and I really like it-I think it really made your quilt pop and add that needed interest.

  15. Lisa says:

    I love to sew with a free mind and that’s why I like improv. Your fabrics do look like liberty of london and the black square is just the right touch.

  16. dj says:

    Yes, it is so wonderful to just sew mindlessly some times. Machine quilting can do that for me once I have decided on how to quilt a certain area of a quilt. I too like the addition of the blac squares.

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