Thursday, September 14, 2017

Hometown Girl Jelly Roll Charm Chase Quilt

This week I am excited to show you my Hometown Girl Jelly Roll Charm Chase Quilt. For the past two weeks I've been working on two Jelly Roll Charm Chase Quilts (I posted the Autumn Woods quilt last week, you can read the post here ).
The Hometown Girl fabric line was designed by  Pat Sloan for Moda and was available in two lines; regular prints and batik which I chose for this quilt.
Back in May, Moda announced that September 16th will be National Sew A Jelly Roll Day, (you can read about it here) when quilters will be encouraged to finally break out the Jelly Rolls they've been saving (I think the word "hoarding" is a more appropriate word) and making something for them, for their family or friends or for charity (there are several quilt drives for the victims of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma which you can check out on the Internet).  Moda has done a pretty good job of promoting this event with their designers posting patterns or giveaways on their blogs.  Even though I have a die-cutter and can cut my own 2.5" strips, there are times I can't resist buying a jelly roll especially when they are on sale. The Jelly Roll Charm Chase pattern is the one I designed using a Jelly Roll and a Charm Pack of the same fabric line and it was chosen to be a Moda Bake Shop pattern back in June (you can find the pattern here) and (read about my experience here).
It's just purely coincidental that I've now made two Jelly Roll Charm Chase Quilts with fabric lines that had "Hometown" in the name but this is the first time I've made one in batiks and I think this might be my favorite version so far.  The nice thing about working with batiks is that there's no wrong side, and I've learned, there is selvedge even though it doesn't look like it.  I had to do some research online to verify this because I was tempted not to trim the strips.
And yes, I am in love with the wavy organic lines machine quilting I did for this quilt.  I've been seeing other quilters use three different thread colors lately but being that I have trouble picking just one color, I decided to use a variegated teal thread and am very happy how it accentuated the fluid lines of the quilting.  I think this is one of the reasons why I love this quilt so much. Before quilting, this quilt measured 58"x72" but because of the intense quilting the length shrunk 2"--wow, wasn't expecting that.
As mentioned before, I've already made four of the Jelly Roll Charm Chase Quilts and thought I post a photo of them so you can see how this pattern works with other types of fabric design.  This pattern can be easily adapted to using your own 2.5" and 4.5" squares cut from your fabric stash and I'm thinking I would like to make one with the many Asian prints I have in my stash.  There are so many possibilities with my stash and it could be just something I can do when I want to make an easy quilt which is pretty often. Of course when I do make this pattern from my stash, I will have to change the name to Strippy Square Race since no Jelly Roll or Charm Squares would be involved.
I went into writing this post thinking I only had a few Jelly Rolls but now realized that I had seven of Moda's and three from other fabric lines--ten in all and now I'm thinking Moda probably had me in mind for this day.  Just a little disclaimer here, I had taken a photo in my basement studio of all of the Jelly Rolls in my stash and I thought the photo would be better if it appeared to have been taken outside, so PicMonkey photo editing once again came to the rescue. (Hmmm, I could put them on the bison from my Yellowstone photo again). I know of one quilter/friend (her name rhymes with Bee) who has more than me and between the two of us we should be participating in a Jelly Roll Month.  The one problem I have with Jelly Rolls is untying the pretty ribbon and using them.  I know from my own sons and from watching the Big Bang Theory, that action figures increase in value only if the packaging stays intact but I don't think it's for investment purposes, (although that's what I going to tell my Hubby now), that I'm saving my Jelly Rolls.  I know when I see the right pattern, I'll use one and there's been several patterns I've seen lately that is calling for one of these Jelly Rolls to come out and play.
My post is ahead of National Sew A Jelly Roll Day and was done in the anticipation of the arrival of my Granddaughter Micah Rose who is staying with me this week and won't be leaving until Saturday.  I knew there would be no participating in this event on the scheduled day because there's a priority who comes with a big smile and thinks Jelly Rolls are toys.

I hope everyone will have time to sew a Jelly Roll, either this Saturday or any other day.  I know there are many of us who have heavy hearts and minds during these past weeks with all of the hurricanes, the worries for our families/friends and the damages it's causing or caused.  I am working on sending a fabric package to the West Houston Quilt Guild who are in need of supplies (you can read The Constant Quilter's (Wendy Caton Reed) post here) and I know there will be other organizations/groups I will be sending one to also. Because of this, I won't be posting an update of my Minus 100 Yards Challenge this time because I pretty sure I'm going to be meeting my goal now.

Linking up with:
My Quilt Infatuation: Needle and Thread Thursday
Crazy Mom Quilts: Finish It Up Friday
Confessions of a Fabric Addict:  Can I Get A Whoop Whoop?

28 comments :

  1. Beautiful quilt, love the pattern, and how cool that you got a pattern into the bake shop! I think out of the 4 ... the one on the bottom left is my favorite, but I love this batik version too! And jelly rolls really are toys, as long as they still have packaging on them :) Otherwise your granddaughter will be covered in fuzz.

    Jelly rolls are a precut that I have a love/hate relationship with. On one hand ... oh so adorable and convenient. On the other hand ... I've gotton so many that are either too wide or too narrow, and that makes it hard to sew. But ... I've been swept into the jelly roll fever lately and I've been looking at patterns ...

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    1. Thanks Liz. I can see you liking the Chic Neutral version. This is the one that I had to rip out 24 lines of quilting because I discovered I used the wrong walking foot on it so this quilt has a special place in my big boo-boo memories. I also have a love/hate relationship with jelly rolls especially with the fuzz but I sure like then when they're on sale. I also love having a 2.5" strip die since there's a lot of great jelly roll patterns.

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  2. Have a great time with Mcah Rose. I don't think I'll be participating this year - still unpacked by. I like crazy the wavy lines quoting and all your quilts Are fab!

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    1. Thanks Kathleen. I hope you finish unpacking soon so you have some time to sew.

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  3. I loved this pattern when I first saw it on the Moda Bake Shop but now I am extra motivated to make it. I think the batik version is my favorite too. Thanks for sharing! I found this post through NTT and am going to add your blog to my blogger dashboard so I don't miss future posts.

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    1. Thanks Lisa for your kind words. Please let me know if you have any questions when you make a Jelly Roll Charm Quilt. It is a fun and easy quilt to make.

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  4. Love your versions of this pattern, especially the batik one! That dark blue is lovely! I've used layer cakes but not jellyrolls yet.

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    1. Thanks Linda. I do like the batik version too. This would be an easy quilt to make using your own 2.5" strips and 4.5" squares.

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  5. Ohhh, that granddaughter! And jelly rolls are toys--funny! Just love your jelly roll/charm pack pattern. Like you, I need a whole jelly roll month, too. Love that thought.

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    1. Thanks Nancy. There would be a lot of quilts made if there was a Jelly Roll Month. Lucky you since you have your own longarm machine!

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  6. This is such a great pattern and would look great with just about any jelly roll. And Micah Rose is adorable! Enjoy your time with her during her stay. You are starting her out young ;)

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    1. Thanks Tish. Micah Rose definitely has an eye for prints already and has quite a collection of quilts already.

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  7. I like how you've shown us how this pattern looks in so many different colors. You've convinced me to make one!

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    1. Thanks Shannon. I think it's fair you make one since I'm going to make a big flying geese quilt like yours especially after Myra has confirmed that the blocks can be die cut. ha haL Please let me know if you have any questions; it's really a fun quilt to make.

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  8. You had me laughing at myself with this post. It took me so long to open the first jelly roll packs that I bought, I have not bought another since. I do make my own but that's not the same. I bet Micah Rose would love to play with them though, happy as she is with these jelly rolls.

    Big Bang Theory is one of my favorite shows. I hope they use only real scientifically-based evidence of whatever they happen to discuss because I've learned lots of science from the show. It would be a shame to have learned it all wrong. Not that I use what I learn, mind you, but still. Besides how would I know if it's correct or wrong? I'm not fact checking. Geez, you've given me a conundrum.

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    1. Don't worry Mary. With me, as long as you distract me with either quilts or fabrics, you can say anything and I'll believe you.

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  9. MIchah Rose amongst the Jelly Rolls...almost a poem, eh? :-) WHAT a cutie-patootie! I know, from very recent experience, how much you're enjoying her...Love this rendition of your Jelly Roll pattern, and I've pulled it up on MBS hope to sew or at least get a good start on one tomorrow.

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    1. Thanks Sandra! In honor of this special event, tomorrow, we will be calling the darling granddaughter, Micah Jelly Rolls--another thanks for giving me the idea. I hope you have fun making this quilt and you'll let me know if you have any questions.

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  10. Micah Rose is adorable! Jelly rolls do make good toys! Your quilts look fabulous with your pattern!

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    1. Thanks Paige! I do enjoy making these quilts, part of the fun is waiting to see how they look after everything is cut and sewn.

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  11. Rose, I love your quilts. Your photo of your granddaughter with the jelly rolls is the cutest thing I have ever seen! She could be in a quilting magazine. And yes I would like to see that pic of a bison with J Rolls on his back!

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    1. Thanks Abbie! If I get more requests for the rolls on the bison's back, I'll be sure to post it. My daughter-in-law has a video of Micah playing the the jelly rolls and she sure was boisterous and determined to untie them.

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  12. Oh what a beautiful infectious smile she has,she looks so happy with those jelly rolls, good idea to introduce them at a young age!

    Like most I have a roll or two, I haven't been able to sew one this weekend though, unfortunately I have to work, sad.

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    1. Thanks Kate! Micah was very happy with the jelly rolls and I told her Mom that they would be very expensive toys. I hope you get some time off soon so you can sew.

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  13. Rose these are all great quilts. I love the Hometown Christmas. I still haven't made this pattern. I have jelly rolls and I have charm packs, but none the same. Thinking I may us a white charm pack with one of my jelly rolls. Then I don't have to wait or shop! Two things I don't like to do, wait and shop. Unless it is fabric shopping.

    Hope you had a great time with Micah Rose.

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    1. Thanks Jan. We're out of town this week so I'll be away from the sewing studio. I sure am finding some other jelly roll patterns I want to make when I get back home. I've been good, haven't bought any new jelly rolls even with all of the sales happening.

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  14. I love Micah using jelly rolls as toys! So cute! Your finished quilt(s) look fabulous; it's always nice to see multiple versions of the same pattern. I think I've only actually bought 4 jelly rolls in my quilting life, but I do cut my own strips and use all the great patterns out there for them. Enjoy your time with that beautiful little girl!

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    1. Thanks Emily. If Micah continues to be infatuated with jelly rolls, I think the cheap fix would be to cut some strips from very old stash but wouldn't be surprised if she could tell the difference. I do like cutting my own strips since I have a die cutter and use patterns from pre-cut magazines--it's the best of both worlds.

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