Saturday, September 18, 2021

Have you used a Jelly Roll lately?

 It's been a while since I used a jelly roll.  In fact, technically speaking, I'm not sure I have ever used an actual jelly roll, as that term is specific to Moda rolls of 2 1/2" precut strips.  I have, however, used other assorted packs of 2 1/2" strips.  I even have two strip-friendly patterns to revisit for National Sew a Jelly Roll Day today:  Sprinkled and Topiaries.

Quilt made of strips of bright colors, with inset accent triangles
Sprinkled, made by Theresa Peterson-Smith from the Canuck Quilter pattern

I just love this version of Sprinkled, made by my friend Theresa.  It's bright and happy and easy.  It keeps  the strips mostly intact and uses a simple cut-and-replace technique to add the sprinkling of triangles. The pattern uses 36 of the strips in a pack.  Some of those 36 strips are used for the little triangles in the border and for the binding.

My version used a strip pack of Shimmer from Northcott in a single colorway, for a more serene quilt.

Quilt made with assorted blue and aqua strips, with inset cream triangles
Sprinkled by Canuck Quilter Designs, using Northcott Shimmer strips


I recently played in EQ8 to recolor the quilt in Stonehenge Gradations fabrics.  The earth tones of the one below call to me as we head into fall, but the red and black below that one packs a punch and that's appealing too.

Precut-friendly strip quilt with inset triangle accents
Sprinkled by Canuck Quilter Designs, in Stonehenge Gradations Iron Ore


Quilt with black and grey precut strips with inset red accent triangles and a red border with inset triangles.
Sprinkled by Canuck Quilter Designs, in Stonehenge Gradations Graphite

My second pattern is Topiaries.

Quilt with blue border and octagons made of assorted blue precut strips, on a creamy gold background.
Topiaries by Canuck Quilter Designs

This one uses strip piecing and snowballed corners for quick assembly.  I want to make this again in florals, and in bright primary colors, and jewel tones...





So many options.  Unfortunately,  playing with these designs in EQ is about all I'm going to manage to mark Sew A Jelly Roll Day. I didn't plan ahead so I have no jelly rolls to use to sew along today, and I don't have any suitable yardage to reduce to 2 1/2" strips either.  My daughter borrowed the car to get to work, so heading out to the quilt shop is out.  

My only options are to (A) just enjoy browsing online to have a peek at what other jelly roll projects folks are working on today, or (B) forget the jelly rolls and go sew something else.

I'm going with what we call the Winnie the Pooh option*:  both!  What's under your needle today?


* For those who did not read and watch oodles of Winnie the Pooh as a child or with a child, Pooh Bear was offered "honey or butter on your bread" and replied "Both!"



7 comments:

  1. Wonderful patterns! I didn't get to sew a jelly roll either. Up at 5am to do chores and then work, and as soon as that was done, off to have dinner with many members of hubby's family and then see a nephew play football - home again at 9pm! Oh well, there's always tomorrow...and that football game isn't going to wait like fabric scraps.

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  2. Great patterns for jelly rolls ! I didn't get to play in the jelly roll race either. Too many projects under the needle - and piled up beside the needle waiting their turn to become Christmas presents ! Maybe next year...

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  3. Beautiful- both! I did finish some binding on jelly roll placemats but that was it. A heavy sports day for us and I don't sew much on the weekends.

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  4. What great patterns! Love your version using shimmer - I do love blues! The quilting on Topiaries is amazing. Adds so much to the pretty quilt.

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  5. Beautiful versions of both patterns. I think I may have to buy Sprinkled.

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  6. I've never had a jelly roll; for some reason they haven't appealed to me. But your post may change my mind. Teresa's bright colors really opened my eyes! However, your quieter blues comforted my eyes more. I may have to try it sometime. Nice job on all of them. ---"Love"

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  7. I love all the different colored versions of Sprinkled!

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