It’s nearly that time of year again—National Sew a Jelly Roll Day is coming up, on September 15 to be exact. Moda sponsors it and you can read more about it at the Project Jelly Roll website.
As we did last year, most members of the Quilting Company Editorial and Design team are planning to sew a jelly roll again on September 15. But this time we’ve added a new component to the challenge: we’re each planning to use a pattern from the November/December 2018 issue of Fons & Porter’s Quilting Quickly, which officially goes on sale November 6. In the issue, we talk about what to do with leftovers from pre-cuts, so the challenge participants each will also be making a project from our leftovers in addition to the main pattern. Be watching for our blog posts about our jelly roll projects in September.
You can read an earlier blog post about our preparations for the 2017 event here.
Because I hated the idea of having last year’s quilt unfinished when it comes time to start this year’s quilt, I made it a priority to finish my 2017 jelly roll quilt.
My jelly roll fabric for last year’s quilt is Moda’s Bloomsbury by Frannie & Jane; the solid fabric is silver Kona Cotton by Robert Kaufman Fabrics. I choose the pattern Tutti-Frutti from Jelly Roll Quilts in a Weekend by Pam & Nicky Lintott, which is still available in The Quilting Company shop.
At the end of National Sew a Jelly Roll Day last year, I’d completed the first four blocks.
This photo of my “helper” is one of my favorite photos from that day.
I decided that I wanted to make a bed-size quilt so I needed to make 25 blocks. But as so often happens, other projects with deadlines got in the way of finishing this quilt.
I remember working on the blocks quite a bit during the month of December. Then at the end of January, I spent the weekend at a friend’s cabin in the Rocky Mountains and finished all the blocks. With a view like this it’s easy to stay at the machine all day.
By the middle of February, I had all the blocks completed and ready to sew together.
It wasn’t long before the quilt was finished.
And as I so often do, the back is pieced.
The quilting is an allover design.
I like this quilt a lot. And I’m excited to participate in the National Sew a Jelly Roll Day again this year. I’ve already chosen the pattern I’ll use from the November/December 2018 issue of Quilting Quickly.
Stay tuned for more as the date draws near.