January 13, 2012

Jelly Roll Quilt

For those of you who don't know, this is a quilting jelly roll.
Prior to getting a sewing machine if you had asked me what a jelly roll was I would have said "I don't know but it sounds yummy!"  or "I bet they have them at Shipley's".  I am SO sure that there are so many more sewing terms that I have no clue about but that is for a later time and date.  
I was at Joann's one day and came across a jelly roll.  It looked so cool!  PRE-CUT FABRIC!  So I bought one.  But I did not know what to do with it.  Russel and I laid out a few different "designs" with the pieces that all ended with me saying "Do you know how hard that is going to be to sew?"  So I did what any tech savy (HAHAHA) person would do.  I looked it up in a google search.  If you look up Jelly Roll in google search you are going to get some links that show yummy things like this:
 So I went to the next best thing to google for crafty people - Pinterest. 
When typing jelly roll into the Pinterest search I got all sorts of different ideas for using my jelly roll.  On the Heirloom Creations blog I found just what I needed - a jelly roll quilt. 

So this is the start of my Jelly Roll quilt....or maybe I should say this is what started out as a Jelly Roll quilt that is be converted to a Jelly Roll / Block quilt.  Here is the video on youtube from the blog above. Jelly Roll Race It is women from a quilting circle having a Jelly Roll quilt race. I only partially read at the beginning on the video therefore my quilt had to change a little.  They said to only use one jelly roll....if I had read the next thing it said 40 pieces end to end.  I didn't read that and Joann's "jelly roll" didn't say it wasn't a full size roll.  So I started my quilt.  I sewed all 20(that's what comes in a Joann's jelly roll) pieces end to end and started my creation.  I was so excited.  But it just kept getting smaller and smaller. So then I determined that my jelly roll wasn't up to snuff.  So IMPROVISE.  I got another small jelly roll and started a second mini jelly roll quilt.  Then I got the coordinating solid fabrics and blocked my two mini quilt toppers together.  It's coming along nicely.  I think I will block around the edges and finish it off. I'll post pictures when I have done more.  I would tell you what size this quilt is but truth be told - I have no clue.  I told Russel that surely hoped that I never had to make a specific size quilt because every one that I do make isn't the size that I think it is going to be.  I guess I learn - eventually.  

I hope that you all have a good weekend.  

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