Sunday, September 27, 2009

What I did on Retreat

This is one of the quilts I worked on at camp last week. It is from the Jelly Roll book, the name of it is Hidden Stars. The blocks are basically log cabin blocks until you get to the last couple of "logs" then you start adding the pieces that make up the starts. I really liked the way it turned out. It is from a jelly roll that I bought last year at the Fat Quarter Shop when they were having a sale. It is hard to tell from the photo but it is Christmas fabric.
The other quilt that I worked on was also from a jelly roll. This is a pattern that my sewing group did last year, or maybe even the year before, that I didn't do. I really liked the pattern but didn't want the kit, so I bought the pattern then found this Moda fabric that I liked. I did make the quilt bigger. The pattern only called for six blocks, the blocks are really big, but I made nine blocks and added an extra row. Of course that meant that I didn't have enough backing for the quilt. Luckily I was able to do a search on line and get enough to finish the backing. I should add that I was able to make three more blocks because I had two jelly rolls. I had in mind that I would probably make it bigger, don't know why I didn't buy more backing fabric at the time. These are the only two quilts I have made using jelly rolls, I can see now why they are so popular. The fact that the strips are cut for you definitely speeds up the process and enables you to get to the sewing part much quicker.

5 comments:

Gretchen said...

Hmmm sounds like you may be joining the Jelly Roll Junkie club soon...

spinningstar said...

I am learning to like the jelly rolls and other precut items. It does make the process go faster and you do get a lot of scrappiness without the ton of fat quarters. I just wish that they would release the yardage the same time as the speciality cuts.

Liz

Becky said...

Really like your Hidden Stars quilt. Did you feel it was big enough? I've looked at that one and thought I'd like to add another row.

Sherri said...

I love the Christmas quilt...what a great pattern!

Donna DuMouchel said...

I really like your Jelly Roll quilt -- could you tell us what the pattern is? I've got oodles of 2.5 inch strips!