Friday, May 23, 2014

Finish It Up Friday :: Jelly Rolls Galore

Friday again, glorious Friday. I don't know about you guys but the last few weeks before the end of school are always crazy around our house. I feel like I've been sewing like a mad woman the past few weeks and loving every minute of it.

I posted an in-progress shot of my strips cut for these quilts on IG, with the info that if you have 40 half yards of fabric you have enough to make 7 jelly roll quilts. I had a half yard bundle of Denyse Schmidt's Shelburne Falls along with the coordinating solids bundle that Pink Chalk Fabrics put together just burning a hole in my stash. As this is the year of using that stash, I decided that since I needed several family gifts this month as well as a teacher gift I'd just knock 'em out assembly line style with jelly roll quilts (you know I love them).

It turned out that my bundle of solids was really 2 FQ sets (not half yards) so I just cut two strips for each quilt from the long side (22") of the FQ. After joining your forty 40" strips you being by cutting an 18" portion off one strip so I just left one solid strip out of my set of strips.

If you're keeping track that was 30 print strips (41"x2.5") and 19 solid strips (21"x2.5") - lengths are approximate. I realized after assembling them that I had more inches than necessary but it just resulted in slightly wider quilts than the original pattern. I love how the colors and prints play in these!

Blair over as Wisecraft has a great tutorial here if you haven't made one before - she miters her strips together and I just sew 'em together, both ways end up looking good (straight edges are just a bit faster).

I used a different color flannel and coordinating biding for each. All the flannel came from JoAnn's and I've been really pleased with the weight and quality of what I've found there lately. One was gifted today, two coming up this weekend and I have one still to finish. And I'm not a sewing superwoman. I don't want you to think anything other than these are easy quilts to make and if you can find a little time every day to work on them they'll come together faster than you expect. If I can do it, you can too and I can't recommend these highly enough as great gift quilts.

So there you have it and now I am really very ready for a nap. Under a quilt, with the A/C on ;-) If you're in the US, I hope you have a lovely Memorial Day weekend! See you back here next week.


  1. damn, girl. that is a lot of quilts! i bet the recipients will love them.

  2. Wow that's a lot of work! But they look so pretty fluttering in the breeze.

  3. These look terrific and I love the photo of the 3 of them together!

  4. Love your quilts! I can't imagine making 3 - made 1 and thought I would never get sewing and then all of a sudden you are done! Great job on all three!

  5. Oh, they are SOOOO happy! Great makes, woman!

  6. I don't know much about quilts (like the difference between mitering or sewing!) but these are absolutely gorgeous.


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