Sunday, October 9, 2011

I've been watching too much YouTube

Hey Everyone !  I'd like to welcome Susan to the blog.  Glad to have you join us. 

Ok, I'll admit it, I'm a dinosaur....I love quilt magazines and books.  Whenever I need a quick quilting fix, I just head to my bookshelf, find a magazine and am sure to find inspiration for my next project inside.  Well, that is until I discovered all the fabulous quilting tutorials available on YouTube.  Apparently, that means I'm a dinosaur no more and have embraced new (to me) technology in the quest for quiltspiration.

Now, I'm pretty sure just about everyone has seen this particular video on YouTube or has heard about it at the very least, but when I saw the Jelly roll 1600 clip, I just had to go out and give it a try myself.

My jelly roll all ready to go...


Hours later (yes, hours), my quilt top is done.  It took me over 35 minutes just to get the first row done.  Then I actually stopped to press the seam...I'm thinking that's not something you do if you're in a rush. ;-)
The verdict on this quilt?  It was fun to do once and will make a great quilt for the basement, especially as I'm just using polar fleece for the backing. I don't think this is something I'll do again though. 

Here's something else I found, 10-minute blocks from Suzanne McNeill.  I had to give this a try as well.

I used some 10-inch squares I had on hand to test her 10-minute block method out.  It was pretty cool to make a Cathedral Windows block in such a short time.  It makes a very large block, I cut this one down to 18 inches to make a pillow then used it to practice my free-motion quilting.

 Remember these bags?  I made them earlier this summer and found a video showing how to make them.  They;re called cash and carry bags by Atkinson Designs.



  1. Thanks for sharing, Mary-Frances. That bag video made short order out of sewing one together, didn't it? Like you, I'm a dinosaur (I prefer to say "traditional") and NEVER think to go to YouTube for directions!

  2. There are some great YouTube videos out there. I plan on making this one. Summer In The Park from the Missouri Star Quilt Company.


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