Fat Quarter Shop Quiltalong: Precut Parade

Fat Quarter Shop has recently updated their website and now has sorted their free patterns based on precut type that the pattern uses! It is super easy to search and gather inspiration for any precuts you *may* have sitting on your shelf that need a project. 🙂 HERE

I used Sun Print 2018 to make the Jelly Roll Twist pattern. Let me tell you, it is a super SUPER fast pattern to make. I did have some lessons that I learned as I made this quilt that pertain to using Jelly Rolls that I thought I’d pass on.

Each fabric line differs in the number of prints that are in it, yet each jelly roll has 42 strips. What this means is that each Jelly Roll has a different number of repeat prints in it. Some have zero, some have 21. When you are choosing a pattern, it is important to have an idea of how many repeat prints there are in your Jelly Roll. When I chose this pattern, I didn’t think through this very well. In the end, I don’t think this quilt ended up being as fun as it could have had I been more careful in choosing my Jelly Roll.

I still really like this quilt, but if I had used a jelly roll that had minimal repeat prints instead of many, this quilt would have a completely different look and feel. Jelly Rolls are my favorite precut. They are so easy to use and they save so much time cutting endless strips for projects. They also help you achieve a scrappy look without having to put a lot of thought into how to pull it off.

What is your favorite precut? Are you team jelly roll like me??

Fat Quarter Shop Quiltalong: Jolly Bar Bon Bons

Today The Fat Quarter Shop is releasing a new, FREE, easy and fast quilt tutorial called Jolly Bar Bon Bons. It uses 1 jolly bar (or half of a layer cake) and a bit of yardage to make a fun  and easy quilt. I used Garden Variety by Lella Boutique as well as trusty Bella 97 for background. I had a bit of fun practicing some free motion quilting and I love how it turned out.

I don’t particularly care for square quilts so I added an extra row to make it rectangular and an easier size to gift. This one went to my mom and I can now say that every single family member (my sisters, my husbands sisters, my husband, my dad, my mom, my boys) all have a handmade quilt by me! It was so fun to gift to my mom. She is a quilter so I hoped she’d appreciate the extra detail and time it took to do the free motion quilting.

If you are hoping to make one of your own, you can find the free tutorial on The Fat Quarter Shop blog, the Jolly Jabber.

Candy Cane Christmas

Moda Bake Shop is hosting such a fun holiday quiltalong right now. They post a new block every single day that will turn into a fun Christmas sampler quilt. The instructions for each block are given in 6″ and 12″ sizes, so it is a great resource for blocks for swaps or other things! I designed this present block for the quiltalong. I am not going to lie, I have big plans for this block, once Christmas sewing calms down and I can dive in head first. For the instructions, head on over to Moda Bake Shop blog!