WIP 3 – Jelly Roll Race

Last Friday, I began a Jelly Roll Race quilt. I have had this project in the background for a while. Someone in my Friday morning quilt clinic at Pins and Needles in Mt. Kisco NY, was making one, and I thought it was so pretty and very cool looking.

The Missouri Quilt Company has patterns and a video about how to make this quilt. It is quick and easy, but I have a lot going on, and I’m not in a big hurry to get it done. It’s really fun to do.

A while back, I bought two packages of these jelly rolls for this quilt.


Last Friday, I began sewing the strips together into one long, long strip. 




Each strip is sewn together at right angles. This is the same way, as how you would put together a binding.





I may add some more strips, because I want it to be a double-sized bed quilt.

I won’t get back to work on this until next week, and will post the next steps.

I love how these batiks fabric looks together. So fresh and summery looking.

Tomorrow I will be focusing on my 1930’s reproduction fabric quilt. I’ve hit a glitch and will bring it to Pins and Needles tomorrow.

Happy Quilting and have a great weekend!!


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Work in Progress – I Found Gold in My Stash

Besides blogging, I have been doing a lot of sewing. I have three WIP’s. Two of them are King size quilts, and one is a single size quilt. 

I am going to share just one today, because it ties in with a new challenge I just began, which is “going on a fabric diet.” 

And here’s the story; I began this quilt, called Pick and Mix, designed by Angela Davies. I am using 1930’s reproduction fabrics, and purchased a jelly roll. The pattern is for a 58″ x 85″ quilt. That comes out to 39 blocks, that are 8″ squares. It also has a 5″ border. That said, I need to make 72-80 blocks for it to be the size I want. I am also planning to incorporate a few of those blocks in the back. These are the some of the 30 I finished.



I was feeling a little repetitious with the same fabrics, and was considering purchasing one more jelly roll from a different manufacturer to provide me with more options. 

That’s when I looked at a lot of photos of quilts made with 1930’s reproduction fabrics. I put my credit card back into my wallet and scoured through my stash. 

What happened? I found at least 10 more fabrics that are perfect and stay in the style with the jelly roll and finished squares. 

Then what happened? 

There are fabrics I absolutely love and have been hanging onto for more than 10 years waiting for that “just right” project. That “just right” project is staring at me right now. 

So, here I go, and I’m really excited and happy about this outcome. I’ve been reading a lot of blogs lately, and cannot remember which blogger said she was going on a fabric diet. If I remember or come across it again, I will share and give her credit. At least for me, it is a fabulous idea, and well needed. 

Before this enlightening experience, I did order a custom bundle from Sew Me a Song, that Becca customed designed for me with lots of greys, and text prints. It will soon come to the door. (This reminds me of having that last piece of cake before you go on a real diet). Of course I will share when it arrives. 

So my official first day of the great fabric diet is 5/5/14. Let’s see how long I can last. Hopefully at least until fall market in Houston!!

12 Days of Christmas OR A Quilter’s List for Santa

On The first day of Christmas 
My true love sent to me: 
A Bernina 750 

On the second day of Christmas my true love sent to me: 
2 Machingers 
and a Bernina 750 

On the third day of Christmas my true love sent to me: 
3 thimbles 
2 Machingers 
and a Bernina 750 

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: 
4 skeins of floss
3 thimbles 
2 Machingers 
and a Bernina 750 

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
5 seam rippers
4 skeins of floss
3 thimbles
2 Machingers
and a Bernina 750

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
6 Jelly rolls
5 seam rippers
4 skeins of floss
3 thimbles
2 Machingers
and a Bernina 750

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
7 different rulers
6 jelly rolls
5 seam rippers
4 skeins of floss
3 thimbles
2 Machingers
and a Bernina 750

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
8 rolls of wonder under
7 different rulers
6 jelly rolls
5 seam rippers
4 skeins of floss
3 thimbles
2 Machingers
and a Bernina 750

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
9 sets of needles
8 rolls of wonder under
7 different rulers
6 jelly rolls
5 seam rippers
4 skeins of floss
3 thimbles
2 machingers
and a Bernina 750

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
10 packs of pins
9 sets of needles
8 rolls of wonder under
7 different rulers
6 jelly rolls
5 seam rippers
4 skeins of floss
3 thimbles
2 Machingers
and a Bernina 750

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
11 new bobbins
10 pack of pins
9 sets of needles
8 rolls of wonder under
7 different rulers
6 jelly rolls
5 seam rippers
4 skeins of floss
3 thimbles
2 Machingers
and a Bernina 750

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
12 spools of thread
11 new bobbins
10 packs of pins
9 sets of needles
8 rolls of wonder under
7 different rulers
6 jelly rolls
5 seam rippers
4 skeins of floss
3 thimbles
2 Machingers
and a Bernina 750

Happy Holidays!!  Happy Quilting!!