Jelly Roll Challenge Leftovers, Part 3

I wrote earlier about the Jelly Roll Challenge at our office. See part 1 and part 2 where I explained the challenge and showed most of our projects. Those of us participating selected patterns from the November/December issue of Quilting Quickly.

And as a second part of the challenge, we wanted to make something fun from the leftovers.

When I finished part 2, I thought I was done writing about the Jelly Roll Challenge but this week, Tricia and Carrie showed me their projects and I just had to share them with you.


Tricia selected fabrics from Moda Fabrics’ French General collection and the Bountiful Boxes pattern designed by Kathy Sawyer for her jelly roll project.

She paired the Jelly Roll fabric with 5″ and 10″ solid navy squares to give a place on her quilt for decorative stitching to shine. The main focus of each of the large navy squares in the 18″ x 13½” block is a big stitched flower. Once the top is completed, her quilting plans include adding a spiral in the center circle of each flower and adding repeating rows of echo quilting around the petals and then meandering similar flower designs across the rest of the top’s surface.

Tricia is going to expand the size of the top to 90″ x 90″ so she can use the quilt for family picnics, to spread on a table or on the ground. She has a lot of short 2½” strips left from the project so decided to use these leftovers to make her dog Abby a collar.

She started with retrieving hardware from one Abby’s old collars to use for the new one.

Tricia sewed the 2½” strips together to make a 2½” x 18″ strip. She placed pieces of 1″ x 18″ batting and craft-weight interfacing in the center of the joined strip.

Then she folded over the edges and sewed everything together with rows of stitching. She attached the hardware to the strip by folding an end of the strip over each buckle section. Now, Abby is sporting a new collar.


There was a mix-up somewhere along the way and Carrie’s Jelly Rolls didn’t arrive as planned. Here’s her story:

I’m a big fan of Moda Fabrics, so I can make any of their collections work—when the pre-cuts I expected to use in my project didn’t arrive, I improvised and I think it worked out perfectly. Lori had extra Jelly Rolls in her office, so I used two different collections—Basic Mixologie designed by Studio M and Grunge Seeing Stars by BasicGrey—and the Starred Over quilt pattern designed by Nancy Mahoney. I love when an unexpected (non)plan comes together!

Quilting is never quick in my world, which is consumed by two toddlers. When I get home from work, the girls are usually napping—I run downstairs to measure, cut, sew, piece, and quilt. This piecemeal process is how I completed this beautiful design that I’m calling With Thanks. It was a Christmas present for my in-laws and it was a race to the finish, per usual.

Sawtooth Star quilt blocks and strip piecing make up the quilt top.

My mother- and father-in-law do so much for my family and I wanted to thank them with something near and dear to my heart. What better way to express my appreciation and heartfelt thanks than with a handmade quilt? Because the fabrics came together in prominent fall colorways, “With Thanks” seemed especially appropriate.

The completed quilt top—just needs quilting and binding!

I didn’t include Nancy Mahoney’s piano key border—I thought it might be a bit busy with my fabrics and welcomed the time I saved by omitting it. Instead, I increased the border width and called it done. So as not to compete with the Sawtooth Star blocks, I quilted edge-to-edge vertical lines and finished the quilt using the machine binding technique that Sara Gallegos shows us in this video:

Operation Jelly Roll Challenge (aka “With Thanks” Gift Quilt) complete! I’m still working on the leftover project which was going to be napkins, napkin rings, and placemats, but is now going to be a table runner. A quilter’s life is pretty exciting, isn’t it?

We’re looking forward to the challenges of the New Year! What are you working on? Leave your comment below to fill us in on your challenges.

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