Hello! Yes I’m alive and back from my little hiatus. Life has certainly caught up to me these past weeks and I have neglected my quilt top. With a two year old and a two month old I have gotten pretty distracted, but I’m sure many have had their moments of distraction from their projects. So, on to the quilt top! 🙂
This jelly roll quilt has been quite a long task, not necessarily difficult just time consuming. I’d consider myself a beginner with sewing and I have to say that this quilt top turned out much nicer than anticipated. As I mentioned in my previous posts, I used the Missouri Star Quilt co. tutorial using a binding tool to get my pieces for the braids. The tutorial was pretty self explanatory but I wanted to add borders around my braids and not just one, but three borders!
This was my first time using a jelly roll and using borders and I didn’t have a whole lot to go on for the borders, so I winged it! I knew that I wanted the focal point to be the braids so I used a neutral cream color to frame the braids. I cut my strips at 2 1/2 ” by 44″, I lucked out because after I cut the braids they were an even 44″. I did still have the sew a couple together for the outer part of the first border.
I sewed the strips to the long sides of the braid right sides together at a 1/4″ (everything that is sewn for this quilt is at 1/4″) and added each braid sequentially, i.e. braid>strip>braid>strip>etc, making sure to press each seam as I went along.
From what I’ve seen on Pinterest typically the braids are sewn in the same direction, but I liked the added movement having them in opposite directions. I added the last two side strips and started on the top and bottom (not pictured). For the top and bottom I had to sew a couple strips together as they were too short for the total width. I sewed the strips together like you would for a binding, if your not sure how to do that use this tutorial (skip to about the 55 sec and you’ll see how to sew them together). Now my braids are nicely framed and ready for the second border, here’s a baby for scale :).
I thought adding the scraps from my jelly roll would make a really nice contrast for the second border. Plus I got to use more of this lovely fabric! The scraps I had measured 2 1/2″ by 13″ and I used about four per side. A few pieces were cut short but I love it because it gives it a more scrappy look. (Keeping it real with toys and socks haha) “Sew” pretty! Yes I just used that dorky pun stop judging! 😛
When I finished my second border I looked at it and thought “I could totally leave it like this and love it just as much”. It was a pretty decent size at this point and looked very pretty. However I really liked the idea of more contrast for this quilt. So for my third and final border I used the same cream color and had just enough fabric to cut 6 1/2″ strips. Using the same method for the binding I sewed my strips together to have one long strip. Measuring the right side, middle, and left side of my quilt top I figured out the length for my side strips, which came out to 54 1/2″. I laid my strips right side down and pinned it in place. This is totally personal preference I usually end up taking the pins out and readjust it anyway.So I have my sides on, now for the top and bottom!
I measured the same way for the top and bottom strips as I did for the sides which came out to 64″. I pinned these strips the same and finished up my border.
Gah!!! It’s so pretty! And so much bigger than what I was planning for. There were a few mistakes made and some puckering here and there, but overall I am very pleased with how this turned out. It was certainly a learning experience and I will most definitely be getting more jelly rolls in the future!
I really want to try out FMQ with this one but I’m not sure if I have the space or the right machine for it. I know for sure I don’t have the right foot for my machine and I may end up doing stitch in the ditch around the braids, first and second borders, and maybe criss-cross for the outer border. At the very least this turned out to be a very beautiful quilt top and I’ll be happy once I’ve finished it. I may even have enough jelly roll scarps for a scrapping binding!
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