A Fast Quilt

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs part of our trip to San Francisco, David and I got to meet the newest member of our extended family.  There is nothing like holding a week old baby!  My favorite thing about a gathering of people around a new baby is that really, everyone just stands around staring at the baby.  It’s very exciting :)  To add to the excitement, I made a “jelly-roll race quilt” for the new one.  Are there things more exciting and reminiscent of a race than a quilt?  Don’t answer that.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA friend told me about jelly-roll race quilts and I just had to make one.  I started with a “jelly roll”, which is pre-cut set of quilting cotton strips.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is the first awesome thing about this project – I did not have to cut anything and I did not have to pick out a bunch of matching colors.  Bonus.

Then I sewed each strip together, end to end, into one long strip.  At that point, it was about 1600 feet long and one piece wide.  Then I folded that in half and sewed down one side, leaving me with an 800 foot long and two piece wide quilt top.  I just kept folding and sewing down one side (and cutting the fold on the end as needed) until it was roughly square (60″x56″).  It sounds a little complicated, but trust me, it is a fast way to get a nice looking quilt top.  Then I just added the back and the batting, quilted by stitching over the existing lines (stitch in the ditch) and then added the binding.  I embroidered her name and birthdate on the orange and white chevrons on the back. True to form, I waited until the last minute but I got all the hand stitching on the binding done on the airplane on the way out there.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’m happy with how it came out and I’m even happier about the sweet new baby and her wonderful parents.

Note to Maggie:  Ignore all the stuff above about how easy this quilt was to make.  It was SUPER hard and SUPER complicated and took a ton of time.  And I totally had it done way ahead of time, not at the last minute. :)

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8 Responses to A Fast Quilt

  1. Lisa Power says:

    I found this blog entry via David Bruntons FB page (we graduated together). I had no idea a quilt could be so “quick”! I can’t wait to try it!

    Bookmarking your blog… :)

    Lisa Power

  2. Oliver says:

    So awesome!

  3. Lisa, thanks for stopping by! For anyone following along in the peanut gallery, Lisa is the owner of https://www.facebook.com/Shescraftycrochet near Portland, OR.

  4. Grammy Laura says:


    What a wonderful way to make a quilt! It’s so beautiful and now it will be even easier (for me) to use–that’s a benefit of sharing your secrets;-). So great to see y’all and we look forward to the next time!!

  5. Maggie says:

    Thanks for sharing the story behind the quilt! Reece and I both love it. :-)

  6. KP says:

    I definitely want to try this……never heard of it before. You continue to amaze me. You are Mother Earth and my hero :)

  7. Uncle Dave says:

    Lina Brunton,
    What a great post ! For so many reasons !
    First off….. What a great pic of you and Reece ! You look sooooo good in that pic ( as usual ).
    Secondly…. I love your tone in your writing. I think this is your best narrative on your blog. ( take that from a guy who’s published writing credits consist of signatures on speeding tickets ). I didn’t want the post to end. I was loving it.
    Thirdly …. I loved the way you linked that Sports Illustrated pic of the chick digging to the highlighted word “friend” that inspired the project. Very cool.
    Fourthly… The fact that you are able to create something 1600 feet long has me searching online for details that I’ll bring up there next time I come ( ” How to sew a slip and slide “)
    It’s a shame we don’t get the family we deserve, because you would have a real gem of folks.
    On the other hand; I’m so thankful my family is nothing like I deserve.
    Keep the posts coming please.

  8. Kate Z says:

    Once again proving the magic and speed of Lina Brunton, the Zwaards have finally finished our “race quilt” in only four months of hard labor. We’re so happy with how it looks and really appreciate all of the advice!

    “Sports Illustrated pic of the chick digging” really had me laughing, Dave :)


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