Just one jelly roll. That’s all that the pattern called for as well as a couple of yards of fabric for borders if desired. The pattern, The Keyhole Quilt, was from Jenny of the Missouri Star Quilt Co. fame. You can find it here.
I wanted to participate in “Quilting with Kris” last Friday afternoon with my AZ quilting group. I didn’t intend to start another project as I have many projects already started in various stages of progress. And I didn’t have one jelly roll on hand. But “Quilting with Kris” is almost as good as being in the company of Jenny. They both have the same friendly smile and bubbly personality.
Speaking of being in the company of Jenny
In January, I actually was in the company of Jenny. I was lucky enough to get a ticket and lucky enough to have friends take me.
She delivered a fun and interesting trunk show at a neighboring village very close to where I live.
Jenny is every bit as much fun and delightful in person as she is on her YouTube videos.
She even posed for a picture with me and a friend.
Back to dealing with the jelly roll dilemma
Instead of rushing out to the fabric store (believe me I wanted to go), I decided to use this fat quarter bundle that I had. I bought that bundle and yardage for borders, backing, and binding last year. The colors are perfect for a friend so a quilt is in her future. It doesn’t need to be made just yet so I hadn’t yet chosen a pattern for it. I decided this would be a good one.
So instead of unrolling my jelly roll as all the other members of the class did, I cut lots of 2.5″ strips instead.
I cut some into 6.5″ pieces.
I sewed some into sets of three
which I subcut into 2.5″ widths.
After the 2 1/2 hour “Quilting with Kris” session, I finished 7 blocks while most of the others finished a whole lot more. Yesterday afternoon I completed 12 more but without Kris so it wasn’t quite as much fun.
What I Learned Today:
- Buy a few jelly rolls and a couple of yards of matching fabric to keep on hand.
- It takes a whole lot more time to cut 2.5″ strips out of a fat quarter than it does to unroll a jelly roll.
- Maybe the extra cost of a jelly roll is justified by #2.
- Being around someone who is smiling and happy is contagious.
- Do not wear stripes when I might have my picture taken.
- Do not wear stripes at all.
- Having a bad hair day looks worse on pictures than it does in the mirror.
- There is no better time than the present to start a new project.
Question: Do you buy precuts or cut from yardage? Up to now, I’ve been a yardage-only gal. I’m definitely rethinking that.
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