January 6, 2020

Jelly Roll Twist Progress

Happy New Years everyone!  I hope your 2020 is off to a great start!

I wanted to show you my progress on the Jelly Roll Twist quilt.  I decided to leave the Kona Splash in as I discussed here in this post.  The blocks are now all sewn together and the top is complete. 



I actually made a couple of minor changes  I thought there was too much of the lightest pink and added in the a little more of the darker salmony pink. 

And I realized there was too much of the brightest green in the lower left hand corner and I replaced one with another strip set.  I've circled the changes here.  It probably didn't make that much difference, but I happy with the little changes. 


This was the original layout.



The quilt finished 43" wide so you you know what that means...one width of fabric isn't wide enough for the backing.  I ended up buying a little more of the salmony pink and inserted a couple of pieced strips into the backing. 

I had the hardest time editing these photos.  This looks more peach than the true colors. 


The binding is also pieced and pressed.  I plan to sew it all on by machine. 


Since I didn't get this finished by the end of 2019, I'm making this Jelly Roll Twist quilt my One Monthly Goal for January  

If you need a little motivation to finish a project, check out the One Monthly Goal linkups with Patty at Elm Street Quilts.  There's some fantastic prizes involved. 




December 21, 2019

Kona...Splash or Belly Flop

When the 2019 Kona Color of the Year Splash, mostly referred to as COTY, was announced and became available, I purchased a yard and then it sat in my stash.  I had plans to include it my Pantone Challenge quilt but ended up going in another direction. 

Fast forward to now...  I recently finished the Jelly Glazed Hearts Table Runner using just a few jelly roll strips of Day in Paris by Zen Chic and had plenty of left overs. 

I decided to make a baby quilt with the leftover jelly roll strips using another free pattern by the Fat Quarter Shop, the Jelly Roll Twist.   

Here are the blocks on my design wall.  I had left over background fabric from the table runner and cut into 5" squares rather than using a charm pack.  Instead of making 42 blocks, I have made 30 blocks and the quilt will finish around 43" x 52".


Not wanting to use the lightest strips or some of the darkest strips I was a little short on jelly roll strips and when to my stash for some possibilities.  I found the Kona Splash and decided to include a strip of it.  I thought it blended well with one of the strip containing the blooms. 


But when I put the blocks up on the design wall, I felt like the Kona Splash stood out too much.  And, maybe it didn't blend as well as I thought.  But after a few days of being on the design wall, I decided to leave it.

Here's a closer look. 



I added one more fabric, this light aqua micro dot, an older Bonnie and Camille print.  I thought it played very nice with Day in Paris.



Today, I plan to sew the blocks blocks together and I just might get this finished before the end of the year. 


December 9, 2019

Jelly Glazed Hearts Table Runner

Today I'm happy to share a Fat Quarter Shop fun project, the Jelly Glazed Hearts Table Runner, made using Zen Chic's Day in Paris by Moda Fabrics.


The pastel pinks, blues and greens in the Day in Paris fabric line reminded me of vintage pottery.  The flower pot in some of the photos is a McCoy flower pot.


I was originally planning to use the Metallic Twinkle for the background but decided to go with Metallic Chalk Watercolor Dots since it was a little lighter in hopes of having more contrast.


The piecing was super simple and went really fast.  Each heart was made from one strip set made up of two jelly roll strips.  The hardest part was picking out the strips for the sets.



The most difficult was actually photographing the 19 1/2" x 68 1/2" table runner.  I had to lay it out on my kitchen island to get the full length.


In the original FQS Jelly Glazed Hearts Table Runner, the hearts are all oriented in the same direction.  I decided to alternate the direction of the hearts which was an easy to do.  All I had to do was cut the border strip a little longer and and cut four strips to the block size of 17 1/2".


I am very pleased with how the backing turned out.  I wanted to use some of the extras jelly roll strips on the back and at the suggestion of a friend, I placed more strips on one end than the other.




For the quilting, I did a simple crosshatch design mostly following the width of the jellyroll strips in the hearts.  The grid isn't spaced evenly throughout, but I think it's fine.  The quilting went fast as well as it took exactly one hour to quilt the table runner using the walking foot.


I still have plenty of leftover jelly roll strips for another project.  You can shop all Day in Paris precuts and yardage at the Fat Quarter Shop. (Affiliate link)

Hop on over the FQS Jolly Jabber to get the free copy of the Jelly Glazed Hearts Table runner.


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