Friday, September 15, 2017

Anticipating National Sew a Jelly Roll Day

Have you heard? Moda has dubbed tomorrow National Sew a Jelly Roll Day. This is right up my alley. I have a history of stashing those beautiful precuts:

Despite those finishes, all from the past two years, I still have jelly rolls in my stash! National Sew a Jelly Roll Day is motivating me to change that. In fact, I have a jelly roll tutorial that will debut later this month. It’s a follow-up to my Ridiculously Easy Jelly Roll Quilt, and I’m calling it my Still Pretty Simple Jelly Roll Quilt.

Today, though, I have a jelly roll finish to share with you, my Warm and Cool Coin Quilt ...

This is my own design. If I had to do it again, I would make the
diagonal line thicker. Right now, that line mocks me every time
I look at the quilt!

I cut the strips from a jelly roll of Denyse Schmidt’s Franklin fabrics into shorter 5½-inch lengths. Some of them I used as is, without cutting them down further. I trimmed others width-wise until I had a good variety of shapes. This was all done improvisationally, without measuring or worrying whether I was cutting the fabric at right angles, which created a pleasant wonkiness.

I separated these bits of fabric into warm and cool colors and started sewing them together. After that I paper-pieced the blocks divided by the white diagonal line and assembled the top. Then this project sat for almost a year, without even being basted.

The back features more Denyse Schmidt fabrics. Typical Michelle move!

Usually I procrastinate quilting a project because I love it as a quilt top and I don’t want the quilting to mess things up. In this case, I was feeling pretty blah-de-blah about the project until I started the quilting. I took a cue from Jacquie Gering’s new book—Walk, which I highly recommend—and started with an all-over grid. Then I went back and quilted diamonds inside that grid.

This project, with its vast negative space needed something more than my usual straight-line quilting. The texture that Jacquie’s approach creates is what transforms this quilt into something special.

Well, hello fancy-for-me quilting!

This quilt is going to a good friend. I hope that she doesn’t read my blog and this quilt will be a surprise!

The subtle stripe, also from the Franklin collection, frames this project nicely.

Do you have a relationship with jelly rolls? Fess up: How many are in your stash?!

Linking up to Let’s Bee Social and Finish It Up Friday ...

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  1. That line of negative space dividing the warm and cool colors is powerful! The quilting looks great, too. Are you planning on working with any jelly rolls tomorrow?

  2. This quilting is YUM. SUPER YUM. And I've never ever owned a jelly roll. Is that totally crazy?

  3. I like that quilt a lot! I don't have a stash of jelly rolls, just a couple of junior ones a friend sent me, I think. I do, however, cut leftovers into 2.5 inch strips, and I have about half a shoebox of those that I use in projects from time to time. They are fun elements to integrate into quilts.

  4. I love everything about that quilt... and I need to try that quilting pattern on something! Fabulous job!

  5. i like this quilt. It's great that you had a jelly roll that split so nicely into warm and cold colours. I had a fun time getting lost in your older posts on Jelly rolls.

  6. Your quilt is very unique and the fabric is just perfect for this design. Congrats on a beautiful finish.

  7. Simple, Chic and Unique. Love it. Suggest entering it into the Bloggers Quilt Festival.

  8. I love your design. Very striking and I like that you have the cools on one side and the warm on the other.

  9. Love it Michelle, what a great job on the quilting. This fabric is perfect with the warm/cool design. Wonderful work!

  10. This is so cool! I love the warm vs. cool separation and the quilting is lovely. :)

  11. I really like this! Well done. I missed jelly roll day -- did a 5K race and then officiated at a wedding. Missed out on sewing that weekend.


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