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Last night I decided to work on the new quilt I started instead of watching Food Network Star Challenge on Netflix. Yes, I do feel rather pleased with myself. Jelly Roll Inspirations is a quilt book featuring quilts made with, you guessed it, jelly rolls. What are jelly rolls? They are big fat rolls of 2 1/2 inch strips featuring a particular fabric line, all the different patterns. That way you can try out all of them but not have a lot of yardage.
So yesterday I managed to finish two whole blocks. That isn’t a lot. I realized that I hugely underestimated the difficulty of this quilt pattern. My apologies to the maker. You have my complete respect.
There are flour blocks in the finished 13 inch block. The part I labeled B is for the center block, and part A makes up the background. There’s a lot of bias to it, so I had to be very careful not to stretch. There was a great tip in the book, don’t use steam when you press. Good to know.
When I lined up each section, I found it helpful to tap them on my sewing table, this got them right into place. Plus they stand right up all on their own.
You may have noticed that I went with Opal Roadside Guides as my accent. Thanks to my daughter Katie and a friend on Instagram I was able to see the best choice. I’m so glad for their help and I think it worked out fabulously.
Today I hope to finish at least four more 13 inch blocks. The whole quilt is supposed to have 20. Let’s see if I actually make that many…
Progress Report 2/24/16
So far I have finished all of the blocks. After lots of sewing, trimming blocks and 5 Lost episodes I am ready to put the quilt top together. I know this is about the worst picture ever, but I couldn’t resist sharing my progress. Soon I plan to get working on the quilting. I am going to have to start watching my Craftsy class by Anne Peterson that teaches how to quilt big quilts on a home sewing machine. I have done it many times, but I could use some tips to make it more enjoyable and hopefully better quality.