Tuesday, May 24, 2016

1600 Inch Quilt Top / Jelly Roll Race Quilt Top

I have seen pictures of people's 1600 inch quilt tops before, so I decided I wanted to give this try. The 1600 inch quilt, or jelly roll race quilt, is a simple quilt top made from a single jelly roll (set of 40, 2.5" strips of fabric that are WOF long). There are many directions on how to make this online. Mine was done using the 45 degree join with removing 18 inches off of the first strip to offset the seams. You then sew both ends together and cut at the end a total of 5 times. I must say, that first strip you start with (it ends up being approximately 1600 inches long) is very unruly and tangled. I had my husband help me untangle it before I got started!

For my jelly roll, I used one containing Tula Pink's Spring 2016 line, called Chipper. Just looking around online, you can really see how different fabrics will give a completely different result!

This is a great beginner quilt top that produces a good size quilt. My quilt top finished out at 49.5 inches by 67 inches.

Made May 1-2, 2016.

The entire 1600 jelly roll quilt top!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

AGF - The Christina Clutch

Art Gallery Fabrics (AGF) has a great tutorial on their blog on how to make The Christina Clutch. When I saw this tutorial, I immediately thought of my sister and set about making her a surprise gift. She likes blues and grays, so those are the colors I focused on for the clutch.

She, like myself, really enjoys the Clover and Crickets by Heather Ross, so I use that for the liner (used is the bright green color with yellow flowers, but it was made in three colors).

The bow is done in Tula Pink's Swarm in Indigo from her Moon Shine collection. The main outside is done from the blue boarder fabric from Heather Givans' Succulent collection (I had a lot of this left over since the boarder is only along one selvage edge and not both like I thought it would be).

All my fabrics cut and ready to go!
This is a very quick project and can easily be done in a day. I followed the tutorial exactly, except that I quilted my outer pieces to batting and a plain cotton backing (instead of adding interfacing). Hence, there is some batting and cotton backing shown above instead of interfacing. The quilting allows the bag to hold shape and I think my substitution worked well!

I also added a little D-ring so a an optional strap could be added later. I just did this using a scrap of the main fabric to make sure everything matched.