Jelly Roll (2.5″ strip) Quilt Pattern Round Up

I loved the Free Quilt Tutorial Round Up I did last month so much that I thought I’d continue that with a few other posts to help spark creativity and maybe, just maybe, help us all to use up some of our stash a bit! This post will feature quilts that use our favorite 2.5″ strips (Jelly Rolls, Rollie Pollies, etc etc etc). Some of these are free patterns, others are not. There are also a TON of Jelly Roll patterns on Moda Bake Shop and Missouri Star Quilt Co. for even more options!

Cherry Tree Lane by Samantha of Aqua Paisley Studio

 

Stairway by Andy of A Bright Corner

 

Flirty by April of Prairie Grass Patterns

 

Shortcake by Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew

 

Granny’s Insanity by Haley of Happiness in the Making

 

Rush Hour by Vanessa of V and Co.

 

Tulip Market by Corey of Coriander Quilts

 

Jelly Rings by Emily of Quilty Love

Make Modern Magazine Issue 22 Features

Last July after I finished my gorgeous, glorious, rainbow-tastic Bow Tie quilt, I had the idea to submit it as an idea for a pattern to Make Modern Magazine. I had been trying to be more bold in getting my ideas out there and the worst they could say was no (which they did not!!). This beautiful quilt was made with the help of my BFF Birthday Bee mates, who made about 1/3 of the blocks of this quilt following my request for low volume (whether whisper quiet or I don’t have an inside voice low volume) and any color but brown for the print. They did such a stunning job. I filled in the rest of the blocks with prints from my stash to create this one of a kind quilt. We love this quilt so much, we used it in our family photos taken last year. It adds just the perfect touch of personalization we were hoping for.

I also submitted an idea to Make Modern about writing an article about the impact of using just one, simple quilt block to create a stunning quilt. They liked that idea as well. I am so happy to say that my article, One Block Wonder, as well as the pattern for this Epic Bow Tie quilt are both in issue 22!

Last Friday I received the huge, surprise honor of seeing my quilt on the cover of the magazine when they posted it on Instagram. I never, ever imagined I’d ever make anything that was magazine cover worthy and I feel so humbled to have my quilt featured there. Head to www.makemodern.com.au to purchase issue 22 and if you do so before May 6th, use the code MM22 to bring the price to $6AUD. There are over 120 pages worth of amazingly inspiring things in this issue!

The moral of the story is don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. Sometimes the answer is no, but sometimes the answer is yes and you learn a lot during the process and realize you love writing quilt articles and patterns!!

How to: Set Up Your Minky Backed Quilt for Binding

Minky….. when someone says they have a minky (or cuddle) backed quilt for me to bind it evokes the emotions of joy and fear all at once. It is such a fuzzy, soft, cuddly, wonderful material, but at the same time it is SUCH a beast to work with if you don’t set yourself up for success. There is a reason some long arm quilters charge more for a minky as it does require more of a gentle hand and care. If it is pulled too tight, the back ends up being tighter than the front and bunching occurs in the quilt top. If it is not pulled tight enough, the backing ends up bump and loose. It is a lot like Goldilocks and the Three Bears, you have to treat it *just* right in all steps of the quilting process, including binding prep.

First, not all minky is created equally. We all love the stuff you can buy at big box stores because it is so much cheaper and often purchased with a coupon, bringing the cost down even more. If you are planning on hand binding your quilt, do not use this kind. It is like pulling a needle through plastic. You will cause so much hand fatigue and it will take you three times as long to finish your hand binding. The minky (or Cuddle as it is known) made by Shannon Fabrics is the kind you want to use for quilts that will require hand binding. (This is not sponsored, they don’t even know who I am). The needle glides through it like butter. It still takes a little bit longer to bind than a quilt backed in cotton or flannel, but it is worth the extra expense to save yourself grief in the binding process.

Once you are at the point that you are ready to bind a quilt that is backed in minky (or cuddle), trim the excess of leaving about 1″ of backing and batting. It is imperative that you leave the basting stitch provided by the quilter around the edge. If you trim this off and trim your quilt top to size, the minky will try to sneak back under the quilt as you are attaching your binding in prep for hand work.

Next, attach your prepped binding along the edge of the quilt. If the quilt top is not very square, try your best to make it so. If it doesn’t bother you, then follow the edge of the quilt top. You are the boss. If you care about it being square, awesome! If you don’t, awesome! Do everything as you would normally do when attaching binding, like mitering corners, etc.

Quilt was made by Meg Dunton (@thebaconandmegssews) and quilted by Ashley Golden (@aagolden84)

 

Once you have attached your binding along the whole edge of the quilt, grab your fabric scissors and ever so carefully trim along the edge of the binding.

This will help your binding to go significantly easier than if you had trimmed your quilt before attaching binding. I cannot say how much easier this method is enough! It truly is. If you need help with binding technique, how to make binding continuous around the edge (so you can’t tell when it starts or stops), how to mitre corners, etc. there are lots of awesome internet tutorials. If you don’t want to scour the internet finding them, my Comprehensive Guide to Hand Binding Quilts is up in my Etsy and Craftsy shops, complete with lots of step-by-step photos walking you through the whole process.