How Do You Slice a Jelly Roll?

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.

The End of Day One of National Sew a Jelly Roll Day 2017

The End of Day One of National Sew a Jelly Roll Day 2017

This photo of my “helper” is one of my favorite photos from that day.

Sketch “Helping” on National Sew a Jelly Roll Day

Sketch “Helping” on National Sew a Jelly Roll 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.

At the Cabin

At the Cabin

By the middle of February, I had all the blocks completed and ready to sew together.

On the Design Wall

On the Design Wall

It wasn’t long before the quilt was finished.

Front of my Tutti-Frutti jelly roll quilt

Front of my Tutti-Frutti jelly roll quilt

And as I so often do, the back is pieced.

Back of the Tutti-Frutti jelly roll quilt

Back of the Tutti-Frutti jelly roll quilt

The quilting is an allover design.

Quilting Detail

Quilting Detail

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.

Happy quilting,
Lori

Comments (3)

  • Alicia M

    I must be missing something, but if the day is inSeptember , and the magazine doesn’t come out until November…how are you going to use the magazine?

    August 17, 2018 at 7:42 pm
    • Brenna Riley Gates

      Hi Alicia,
      Our magazine issues are very important to us and take time to create. We’re in contact with quilt designers in advance of the newsstand date, which means we have early access to the projects you’ll find in the Quilting Quickly November/December 2018 issue.
      Best,
      Carrie
      The Quilting Company Team

      August 28, 2018 at 3:57 pm
  • Kathy L

    The kitty was flat-out tired

    August 17, 2018 at 10:00 pm

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