Jelly Roll Quilt – Attempt #2

May 31, 2011By

Some of the new readers may not know this, but I haven’t been quilting very long. It was around the summer of 2010 that I started reading more quilting blogs, seeing more quilts and tutorials, and thought, “Hey, that looks pretty cool. I want to try it.” I started fooling around with piecing, made a doll quilt using an online tutorial, and I was hooked.

Knowing that I needed to improve my techniques, I signed up for a quilting class in October. I was excited, because I knew that while I could learn a lot from the internet and books, that sometimes it’s even better to learn hands-on with an experienced teacher. But I was impatient, and when I saw that the Fat Quarterly team was doing a quilt-along in the weeks before I had my quilting classes, I decided to jump in. My results were less than stellar.

Fast forward a few months. I have completed the quilting class. I’ve made a couple of quilt tops. I’ve learned the joy of consistent 1/4″ seams, chain-piecing, and proper pressing. Knowing what I know now, I decided to make another jelly roll quilt top based on the Fat Quarterly quilt along pattern. May I just say – it was a HUGE success!

The ingredients:

Next Quilt Top

One Bliss jelly roll

Assorted fat quarters in complementary colors. I had ordered this bundle from Pink Chalk fabrics awhile back, and had saved it knowing that someday I wanted to try this quilt again.

Some cutting and chopping, a little chain-piecing:

Chain Piecing

Proper pressing (so as not to lose too much seam allowance):

Halfway There

Trimming and more piecing:

Rows Complete

And we have some mighty well-pieced rows, if I do say so myself.

These rows are now a finished top, but that’s a photo for another day. I really, really want to finish the entire quilt process before I show it off. I had to order some backing fabric, and as soon as it arrives I’m determined to finish this up. Stay tuned!

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  1. Dawn says:

    It’s awesome to see just how much you’ve improved on the same pattern! Nice work, lady.

  2. Brooke says:

    Oooh, I’m loving the colors on this one too. You do such an awesome job with the matching. One day I wish to harness this power you possess.

  3. cauchy09 says:

    aww, i could help you do something with that previous top…just let me know.

    this one is so lovely though! Bilss is one of my favorite fabric lines and your piecing is great. congrats!

  4. It looks great so far! Can’t wait to see the finished quilt.

  5. Katrina H says:

    I love that you attempted the quilt again. I loved the quilt along but trimming the squares was my least favorite part. I did it for 4 hours while watching tv. UGH! This past weekend I did the Jelly Roll Race it was a lot of fun and I think it might be something you might want to try too!

  6. Janet says:

    What size does a 40 fabric Bali Pop make? I know, its a math problem, I probably should try to figure it out myself.