Saturday, September 19, 2020

Celebrating National Jelly Roll Day!


Today I finished my jelly roll quilt!

I started this Ridiculously Easy Jelly Roll quilt back in June. 

That's when the top looked like this below.

Knowing what I know now, I should've kept it the original size.

But I was intimidated by it. I thought I'd never be able to get it quilted on my own.

So I cut off one of the set of strips from both the top and bottom. 

One of the strips I added to the backing. 

I used a simple meander stitch to free-motion the layers together. 

Using this stitch was much easier than I had thought and went very quickly.

It was during this time when I wished it was still full size.

Oh well! Next time!


I used most of the Moda Savannah jelly roll I had on hand, 
and also a good chunk of a solid black jelly roll too. 

There were also light coral colored strips in the Savannah collection, but it felt a bit girly
to include those since this would be going to my someday-son-in-law.

I added a label to the back corner.

And here is Jordan receiving his quilt on his 30th birthday!
He's kinda shy, but he loved it!

The Ridiculously Easy Jelly Roll Quilt pattern is available here at Michelle Cain's blog 
From Bolt to Beauty. It is a freebie! It's also available on her link tree on Instagram. 

I hope you found some time today to sew with a jelly roll!
I have a few more in my stash that still need a project.

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

RSC September 2020: Red

 Red brings joy!
I remember being a kid and most girls my age would say red was their favorite color. 
Then there was me who would love purple.
I liked being different with a little bit of that "oooh" factor.

Still, red is such a pretty color.
It's the color of most apples.
The color of most hearts.
It's Santa's pants!
Often times, it's the color of my hair, only not THAT red!

My fabric stash holds many reds, so this month was not a problem making my 9-patch blocks. 

My only issue was adding this vibrant color onto the end next to August's purple rows.
It didn't jive with me.  Too much brightness at one end. 

It bothered me that the March aqua and April light blue rows melded together. 
Enter the handy seam ripper.

Notice above how the middle rows almost look alike?

Were there any "rules" (self-imposed or otherwise) that said these colors had to be sewn in order? I think not!

So the 2 rows were separated and put on opposite ends.

I'm much happier now with this alignment. 

I hope you are all healthy and safe!

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