Friday, April 10, 2015
Jump Rings Quilt
Once upon a time there was a Jelly Roll. (Have you heard this tale before?) The Jelly Roll was called “Bluebird Park.” Now this Jelly Roll was a favorite of mine, but no one could tell because it sat on a shelf while I waited for the “perfect” pattern to use it on. The perfect pattern never appeared. So one day, I decided to stop searching for the “perfect” pattern and just use the next pattern that caught my eye.
That pattern happened to be found in this Block Magazine. In fact, it was the cover quilt.
The pattern is called Jump Rings and at first I had passed it by because it was written for a layer cake. Upon a second look however, I realized that it would be pretty easy to use a Jelly Roll instead. So in the end, our tale has a “happily ever after” ending – the pattern I used turned out to be the perfect pattern after all. And a finished quilt is better than a stack of fabric, no matter how pretty those fabrics are!
The quilt top was fun to make – I sewed it in a couple of days up at Quilt Bliss. However, because I had held on to the Jelly Roll for so long, I could no longer find the print I wanted to use for the border. Kind of a bummer. The quilt was still a nice size without the wide border so I left it off!
For the quilting I tried something a little new to me, and I did sort of a swirls & shells design. I like it, but next time I’ll do more “shells” than “swirls.”
On the backing is a solid Kona cotton – a pretty peachie color.
I think I’ll be using the Jump Rings pattern again. A friend of mine said she made a smaller, baby sized Jump Rings quilt to give as a baby shower gift. I love that idea! I like to keep my eyes open for good patterns that use pre-cuts and this one is going into the collection!
You can find individual issues of the Block Magazine here and you can subscribe here.