Fave Quilts Jelly Roll Book

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I’ve said time and time again that organization just isn’t my strong suit.  I sometimes think it’s the product of having too many irons in the fire.  Time and time again I’ve had to apologize for not being on top of things and this is another of those times.

As I was going through my email inbox today….I mean all the way through it…down to the very-very bottom.  I only do this a couple times a year-even though I know I should do it more often.  I found a few notes that I should have answered sooner.  I found a few things that were buried in the spam…and I found this…

How to Make a Jelly Roll Quilt: 9 Jelly Roll Quilt Patterns
Fave Quilts put out a Jelly Roll Quilt ebook, “How to Make a Jelly Roll Quilt: 9 Jelly Roll Quilt Patterns” ..and we have a quilt that is featured in it!

Can you believe I didn’t tell you??  Mollyhall one of the great gals that works at Fave Quilts worked hard at putting the book together and she did a great job.  She’s the same gal that collects and organizes all the great patterns and tutorials you see at Fave Quilts.  If you have a jelly roll or two lying around, you’re sure to find a great pattern in this book.

You can read more about the book here…and you can download the book here.  The book is completely free so why not download it and give it a try.  Personally..I love the cover quilt.  There is an awesome chevron quilt with complete instructions as well.  It’s fun to take a look at all the great things that can be done with a jelly roll.

I’m not telling or showing off which of our quilts is in the book…you’ll have to check it out yourself.

So sorry to you readers and sorry to the great people at Fave Quilts for not letting you know about it sooner.  Enjoy the book!!..and if you haven’t been to Fave Quilts, pour yourself a cup of coffee and enjoy.  Their site is LOADED with free patterns and tutorials.

Table Topper and FREE PATTERN

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If you are new to the blog, welcome.  You have reached an archived  free pattern.  We typically put up new blog post twice daily so there is always something new and fresh here.  Click HERE and see what’s new today…

You might remember a bit ago Kelli and I made this quilt -Chocolate Covered Cherries- and offered a free pattern for it. Find the free pattern here if you missed it.

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Well in the design process from start to finish of this quilt we had few debates and had made a test sample to see what we liked for colors.  We didn’t know if we wanted something scrappy or if we even wanted a two color quilt.  Kelli was itching to make a two color quilt so she tried some test blocks and put them together into this.

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Kelli didn’t like it and decided that making the quilt into a big two color quilt was not what she envisioned the quilt to be.  The little test piece got set aside.  Then when I was cleaning the sewing room this week I found and it.    Now with fall here and Halloween getting into swing, it’s been revived into a cute little table topper.

I took it and machine quilted and bound it.  I have to say it turned out cute as a table topper…dimple but cute.  I can see a display of mini pumpkins on looking all festive.  I don’t know why but this next picture makes it seem almost navy.  It’s not.  It is black.
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Anyway, we think it will make a perfect table topper.  Change it up for the seasons making it either two color or three color or scrappy.  I can see green centers and red nine patches for Christmas!!

For the quilting I used a brown thread.  Surprising right??  They say black and brown don’t mix so it was quite a debate for me….

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Okay, I’ll make the confession here.  I thought the brown thread would look good.  I almost changed to charcoal but I was lazy and brown thread was already in the machine so why not give it a try.  In the end, it was the right choice anyway.

We wrote a new set of printable directions for the table topper version.  You can find them here.  I gotta say BRAVO to Kelli.  She has become an awesome pattern writer!!

..and here is Betsy in her quilt modeling debut.  In reality these are the actual colors of the topper.  The other pictures wash it out.

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Betsy wouldn’t hold still so the picture is a little fuzzy but what a cutie!!

You can find MANY other free patterns on our site by looking under the free patterns tab at the top of the page under our banner.  Stop by again…

We’ll be hooking up with Confessions of a Fabric AddictCrazy Mom Quilts, and Link a Finish Friday.

Friday Finish: Jimmy John and Free Pattern

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If you are new to the blog, welcome.  You have reached an archived  free pattern.  We typically put up new blog post twice daily so there is always something new and fresh here.  Click HERE and see what’s new today…

We have had lots of wedding and celebrations this year…six weddings is a lot.  I think we are “just at that age”.  Our friends and my siblings all have kids that are the marrying age and several happened to have gotten married this year.  I really like to make a quilt for the weddings we are invited to but all that takes time and money.  Kelli and I were talking about it and she said, “Mom-why don’t you design a few easy quilts that just use a jelly roll?”  Great thinking on her part…right.  In a little over a day I had three designed.  We had a jelly roll here so we quickly started sewing.  We completed the top in a day….

Here it is….  Jimmy John.

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The name “Jimmy John” came as this one was designed for my brother, Jim, and his wife who were celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary.  Growing up my mom always called him “Jimmy John”….so that’s the name.

The quilt is so easy to sew and the beauty…it uses one jelly roll plus a little yardage…and not even that much of that!!  We do have to warn you though…you need to use every single strip in the jelly roll so cut carefully.

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When I first started playing with the idea on the computer, the design didn’t have the top of the bottom piece on the quilt.  I thought it looked okay.  Then I got the pieces sewn together and it just didn’t seem quite right.  I called Kelli and we chatted.  I told her I thought it needed some type of top and bottom to give the quilt a finished look.  We agreed….Oh the quilt top looked so much better.

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I have to confess I got a few blocks twisted around and needed to rip them out.  I thought that while I was ripping I would go over to Youtube and watch a couple machine quilting videos to see if there was something that caught my eye for this quilt.  There was…..  this!!

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That’s what I ended up with and it was my first time ever doing this design.  I will be doing this many more times…I love it!  I figured some of you might enjoy the video as well so I am adding a link here.

I was so happy when I got it off the machine that I had to send Kelli a picture….this was it.  Boy I love the quick easy quilt…I love the quilting too.

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For anyone wondering this is an OLD Moda fabric line called Tranquility.  I am sure there is no way to get it anymore as the line is likely 5 years old.  We have made many quilts with this line and have liked each and every one…The few fabric scraps of this we have left are going to be retired.  R.I.P. Tranquility we loved you.

I bet you’re looking for the promised free pattern…no fear.  I didn’t forget.  Here’s the link to the printable pattern for Jimmy John.  As always we’d love to see your completed project!!  Feel free to share it with us.

We have had several readers make our Jimmy John quilt.  You can view their quilts by following the links.
Nancy’s Quilt of Valor Version

You can find MANY other free patterns on our site by looking under the free patterns tab at the top of the page under our banner.  Stop by again…

Scrumptious Butter Churn Free Pattern

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If you are new to the blog, welcome.  You have reached an archived  free pattern.  We typically put up new blog post twice daily so there is always something new and fresh here.  Click HERE and see what’s new today…

It’s finally here…the free pattern.  Long ago we promised this….


We originally told you about the quilt here.  We made this with left over bonus triangles from this quilt, Sneaker Treads, that was featured in Quilty magazine.

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Working with leftovers can sometimes create a challenge.  We had triangles that could match but we didn’t have enough left over fabric from the project to ensure that all the blocks would have matching center square.  That’s when I said to Kelli why don’t we make the backgrounds look scrappy??

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..and so our blocks ended up looking like this.

It was fun.  When it came to sashing, I was at a loss.  We were out of matching fabric from the line so I dug and dug in my stash and found a yellow check.  There was no yellow in the line but it ended up looking pretty good.

We wrote the pattern so that you can start this quilt from scratch.  You can make scrappy backgrounds it you want or you can make all the same backgrounds.  You can do like we did and make the magazine quilt first and have the leftovers to create this project.

Enjoy the free pattern that you can find HERE and as always, if you make one and want to share, I’d love to feature it here on the blog.  Just send a picture via our Facebook Page or to my email, rogjok@iowatelecom.net.

You can find MANY other free patterns on our site by looking under the free patterns tab at the top of the page under our banner.  Stop by again…