My First Jelly Roll Quilt Top

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Jelly Roll Quilt

I am learning to sew.  Slowly.

I also thought that there is a chance I could make some quilts or crafted items for Christmas presents in 2014.  Yes, I know I am planning way ahead, but when you’re crafting you can’t really wait until the last-minute.  I purchased 3 jelly roll quilting bundles at Joann’s after Christmas when they were on clearance for 50% off.  WOOOHOO.  I figure a $6.00 investment wasn’t too bad for a learning tool.  The packs had 20 strips in them and it made a lap sized quilt.  This was a nature and neutral inspired pattern, and I am not fond overly fond of the treebark pattern as I feel it looks more like camo.  After this experience I have also decided that when I make the next one I will split the colors up more instead of pulling the colors directly off of the roll as per the instructions from the other tutorials I have read.

Every website where I researched these quilts made them out to be the most simple quilt on the planet.  I’m sure they are to someone who sews regularly.  Although it wasn’t “difficult” there were some issues that I wasn’t warned about on any other website.  It’s also very difficult to find a good description on how to do vertical patterns.  I figured it out, but I would have had a lot more confidence with a better description.  When I do a full tutorial (probably while I am on vacation), I’ll address those issues.  All in all, I found I liked the process and am inspired to try again and to try more difficult quilts.

My friend, Tammy, and I also discovered my sewing machine is not likely marked in the correct places for seam allowances.  That would explain some sewing snafus I have had along the way.

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Author: Jill Stewart

I am a 37 -year-old woman from Arkansas who is happily married to a Scottish immigrant aka “the hubby” “the hubs” or if I am calling him directly “YO YOU!” We’ve been married for 3 years and it’s been a crazy ride, and unfortunately our finances have been beat to death in the last few years. We have two dogs and a cat, no kids. The Blog- What’ll you find: Financial Information as we try to become debt free My attempts at working and trying to maintain a home to the standards I like My adventures in learning how to sew Arts and craft projects Funny tidbits from my life including living with a Scottish person, the dogs, and other oddball things that happen to me. What you won’t find: Much on children. I don’t have kids and I can’t have kids. Recipes- I don’t mind cooking, but unless it’s something really special, don’t come here looking for the weekly recipe! You won’t find it- unless you ask my husband. If you’re interested in what you see, please follow me on Facebook or sign up for emails! Most of all, leave a comment or ask a question! I am always happy to hear from you!

5 thoughts on “My First Jelly Roll Quilt Top

  1. Looks Great! I love sewing… as long as my sewing machine listens to me.

  2. Congratulations on completing a quilt top! The great news is, the lessons you learned on that first one will be with you for everything you sew after. It was a good idea to start on one of the “easier” ones so that you can get into the hang of sewing without a complex design to wrestle with. I’m sure you will have lots of fun with this particular craft. It’s addictive! 🙂

    • I’m hoping so! I have several quilt ideas ready to go. I can say from the research I’ve done, I fall more into the “modern” type of quilter. There are a lot of the old school designs I really don’t like.

      I’m looking forward to it…and it’s awesome to give a hand made gift like that!

      • Yes, I lean toward modern too. And getting in early for Christmas presents is the best idea of all :). It never hurts to finish it early, and then you can really stretch out have the secret pleasure that you get from giving this kind of gift. 🙂

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