Moda Fabrics has declared the third Saturday of September National Sew a Jelly Roll Day.
To celebrate this fun event Fat Quarter Shop offered me a choice of their wide selection of Jelly Rolls to take part in Project Jelly Roll. The aim of the day is to break open those Jelly Rolls and whip up a quilt.
I chose the Desert Bloom Jelly Roll by Sherri & Chelsi and it was a perfect match for the Jelly Roll Jam II pattern. Look at the gorgeous rainbow that was created when I de-fluffed the edges with masking tape before taking off the ribbon.
It was really fun to plan the colour placement in this quilt. Desert Bloom was a new to me fabric collection and the navy designs really caught my eye. I played around with a few different ideas but in the end I decided to use the white, yellow, salmon and terracotta fabrics for the narrow blocks and allow the deeper colours to shine in the wide blocks.
This pattern is ideal for chain piecing and the blocks come together really quickly.
It is a matter of chain piece, press, cut, and then it is time to arrange your layout. A really speedy process.
The Jelly roll Jam II pattern can be used to make two crib quilt tops from one jelly roll, or a crib quilt and backing with the left over strips from the top, or four other sizes depending on how many Jelly Rolls you have. I am really happy I decided to make the small lap quilt sized pattern as I could use all the fabrics together in one top and they coordinate really well across the collection.
I found a light blue backing in my stash and quilted straight lines vertically 2 inches apart, following the vertical seams in the quilt as a guide.