How to Make a Simple Jelly Roll Quilt
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Good news, my friends. Today I’m talking about A New Quilt or more specifically A New Modern Jelly Roll Quilt.
This quilt started with a Jelly Roll I picked up at QuiltCon. I knew I wanted to try Kimberly’s Jelly Roll Jam Quilt because I had been invited to watch the filming of Jelly Roll Jam II which is a speeded-up version of the first video.
The video below is the original full-length Jelly Roll Jam Quilt video, and it goes into detail about how to make a simple quilt from a jelly roll of fabric. I used the full video while working on this quilt, but now that I’ve made one I will use Jelly Roll Jam II for any other quilts I make using this method.
Like I said, I started with this jelly roll from Fat Quarter Shop.
One of the cool things about this quilt is the jelly roll has enough strips to make two quilts. I separated out all of the colors I wanted to use and saved the rest.
For my quilt I chose the blue/turquoise/pink/gray strips. I left out the low value colors and the greens and golds which I will probably use in another quilt.
From there I followed the video instructions for piecing my quilt top. Once pieced I found some fabrics in my stash for the quilt back and binding. This is a really fast quilt to put together. I was amazed at how good it looks because the amount of effort is not equal to the outcome.
I probably could’ve obsessed about where each individual strip would end up, but being clueless has some advantages. If you look from a distance you can see how my random placement still creates a measure of design.
Simplified Pin Basting
Let’s be honest, here. Pin basting can be one of the biggest challenges to finishing a quilt. It usually requires a large area and the moving of furniture. Well, I know a better way and you’re going to love it. I’ve created a two-minute video that demonstrates a simplified way to baste your quilt.
Here are pictures of the front and the back. Below, I will discuss my rookie mistakes below.
For several weeks I’ve been taking a Free Motion Quilting class on Craftsy. I’ve learned several different types of free motion quilting, and have practiced up on several. In the end, I decided to use a stippling design because I felt like it would enhance the quilt. (affiliate)
I used a fairly large scale stipple so my quilt wouldn’t be too stiff. Best of all, I only got ‘lost’ a couple of times and had two small ‘cross-overs.’ Before I snapped this photo I looked for my little mistakes. Apparently, they are so insignificant I couldn’t find them.
We’ll call this a hidden rookie mistake.
I had the binding fabric in my stash and it was a perfect complement to the quilt’s fabrics. It’s hard to see, but the small dots are white and a very light shade of pink. When you see it up close, it’s more noticeable.
As for stitching down the binding ~ well I could stand to get better at this. I thought about hand stitching down the binding, but it would still be ‘unfinished’ if I had chose that direction. With binding, I really need to get better at the corners, but otherwise, it’s fine as long as I don’t expect to enter it into a quilt show.
We’ll call this a forgivable rookie mistake.
All-in-all, I am really happy with the outcome of this quilt and have racked up fewer rookie mistakes. My main one being some matching corner issues. They’re only visible up close and I don’t feel like they are a big deal. I probably could’ve avoided this mistake if I had used a walking foot when putting the larger blocks together.
Fortunately, the Quilt Police usually forgive these mistakes from novice quilters. I won’t call this a rookie mistake, just plain ol’ bad piecing.
If you are new to quilting and want to try a simple project then I highly recommend this one. The quilt goes together quickly, and you get to work on techniques like piecing. The finished quilt is the perfect size for a baby gift or a nice lap throw.
For me, I will remake this quilt in different fabrics and continue to work on my free motion quilting.
Isn’t it wonderful how quilting has so many benefits. The quilter gets to spend time doing something she loves and the quilt recipient gets a lovely gift.
An all-around win in my book.