Monday, I needed to drive up to Goderich to Mark’s Work Wearhouse to pick up a safety jacket for Dave for him to wear on the job and I took the opportunity afterwards to stop into Quilters By the Square to pick up sewing machine needles that I needed and to spend some time browsing through and fondling the fabric.
I hadn’t intended to buy any fabric. And I hardly ever pay full price for fabric. In fact, I still get sticker shock each time I look at the price of fabric in Canada.
And then, I spotted this happy little jelly roll.
Ever since I first watched a youtube video of a group of ladies doing a Jelly Roll 1600 race, I’ve been wanting to make one of those quilts for myself but I hadn’t found a jelly roll that I liked enough.
This one, I definitely liked enough and it came home with me.
The fabric is Twirl by Me & My Sister Designs for Moda.
Once I got it unrolled, I found that there were three black print strips in amongst all those bright, colourful strips.
Not that they weren’t pretty too, especially the black with the butterflies… but I knew those three strips would stand out like a sore thumb if I made the original Jelly Roll 1600 quilt.
Instead, I decided to do a simple variation by cutting 2 ½ inch squares from the black prints and joining those in between the other strips.
I don’t have my cutting mat, rotary cutter and rulers here, so I had to cut the squares the old fashioned way by making a template.
I arranged the squares in three piles beside the sewing machine and draped the other strips over my knitting bag and I was ready to sew.
Now I should mention that if they ever hold Relay Jelly Roll 1600 races… you do not want me on your team. In one of the youtube videos I watched, one of the ladies finished her quilt top in 38 minutes.
It took me almost 50 minutes just to sew the first two strips together. 30 minutes to sew the second set. 15 minutes to sew the next set and so on.
But after 4 hours with time between sewing strips together to press… the Jelly Roll 1600 quilt top was complete.
I love it. I smiled almost the whole time that I was sewing the quilt together. The fabrics are just so happy and bright.
Now I just need to decide if I want to add borders or leave it like it is.