First a reminder: September 15 was National Jelly Roll Day, and several of the quilting staff here in the Golden, Colorado, offices of the Quilting Company participated. We added a little bit to make it a challenge. First, we wanted to use patterns from the November/December issue of Fons and Porter’s Quilting Quickly (available in print or digital). It wasn’t published yet in September, but we were far enough along in our process to be able to use the patterns.
The second part of our challenge was that we wanted to create something fun with our leftovers. There are plenty of ideas in the issue. There is even a two-page feature, “50 Ways to Love Your Leftovers,” written by Eileen Fowler.
And here are four more staff members’ projects!
Kelly Eisinger, Editorial Assistant
The Machi collection, designed by Debbie Maddy for Moda, is filled with a wonderful variety of Shibori prints ranging in a variety of indigo hues. I will be using the pattern Chroma Keys, designed by Abigail Dolinger to showcase these beautiful prints. I plan to piece four table runners and four placemats together to make a throw size quilt, finishing at 58-1/2” x 58-1/2”. The center of my modified design will be composed of the four place mats, framed with a 1″ border and the outer portion will be using the four table runners.
I plan to make a throw pillow cover with my scraps!
Jenna James, Graphic Designer
Here are my quilt tops for the jelly roll challenge. The original pattern (Chroma Keys by Abigail Dolinger) arranges a series of solids in a ROYGBIV-like spectrum. Using the Voysey collection from Moda, I tried to coordinate the shades from warm to cool. The result is a transition similar to the original. I was able to use printed fabrics instead of the subdued dots that Abigail used.
I just sewed the remaining strips to create a few large sheets of fabric. I might run the sheets through my Cricut . . .
Genevieve Stafford Hook, Senior Graphic Designer
I’m making two table runners and two sets of six placemats from the Looking Forward collection by Moda. It was tough to decide on color placement, so I jury-rigged a design wall in my house to play with the pieces.
Because of the way I cut my pieces (for the table runners and placemats), I didn’t end up with much extra. I’ll probably make coasters or something to match with all the scraps.
Lori Baker, Acquisitions Editor
Feel free to laugh with me as you read this account of my jelly roll quilt.
I was super busy at work when I chose the pattern Whirls and Swirls by Bev Getschel. That was the first thing that made me smile. I really, really like Bev’s designs and frequently either use one of her designs as is or I tweak it slightly, but yes, it’s a Bev Getschel design.
Then I had to select my fabric. I found All Weather Friend by April Rosenthal from Moda and loved the colors. I quickly read the materials list and requested both jelly rolls and charm squares from that fabric collection. And I loved it so much; I thought it would be perfect. But quickly reading the materials list is never a good idea. I should have looked at what I was making and read the list carefully. I got two jelly rolls (instead of one) and a pack of charm squares.
My fabric came and as I prepared to cut, I realized that if I used the charm squares for the pinwheels and the jellyroll for the edges of the blocks, the whole thing would get “mushy” looking. So I went to my Fabric Inventory and found tone-on-tone and very subdued prints for the pinwheels. So that mistake was taken care of. Except that I had a whole pack of charm squares I didn’t need.
National Sew a Jelly Roll Day was September 15 and on that day, I got everything cut and the pinwheels sewn.
It took two months, but I finally got the quilt top finished on November 18. I enlarged Bev’s original design by adding two 5” borders of jelly roll fabric and a 2” border of solid black on three sides of the quilt. My quilt is a generous queen-size quilt.
The back of my quilt is pieced, and that’s where I used almost all my leftovers, both the pack of charm squares and all the smaller bits and pieces.
I quilted with pink thread. And here’s how I decided on the color. It’s a really scrappy looking quilt so just about any color would work. I have a box for bobbins for my longarm, a HandiQuilter Avante. There were too many bobbins to fit in the box and still be able to close the lid. Some are pre-wound bobbins. I had four matching pink pre-wound bobbins so I quilted with pink to use them up.
I also made one little hand warmer from a three strips of jelly roll fabric sewn together. It’s about 3-3/4” by 5-1/2”. I’ll be making more. I put rice in it so we can heat it in the microwave and let the grandkids put it in their pocket and play outside with warm hands.
If you like Abigail Dolinger’s Chroma Keys, there are more of her patterns in the Quilting Company store. And if Bev Getschels’ Whirls and Swirls appeals to you, there are more of her patterns as well.
I had fun with this project. I hope you had fun reading about it.