We had planned to travel to Orange on the Friday that we ended up staying home awaiting our Covid test results, so I had a free day with nothing planned.
It was the perfect opportunity to make another quilt in a day. I knew exactly what I wanted to create, so got stuck right in.
This was my starting point. I bought these two little jelly rolls, consisting of 20 strips each, at Big W a few years ago for $5 each. As you can see, the one on the right had been opened, but it was all there. For that price it was still worth buying.
I had purchased some flannellete at Spotlight that matched beautifully for the backing and had some brown homespun that would work for the binding.
I came across a Youtube tutorial for Jellyroll 18-Patch which I thought would work perfectly for this. If I made nine blocks it would use eighteen strips, with two left over that would go in a scrappy binding. The quilt would end up 36 inches square.After the detailed quilts I have been making, it was great fun to sew flat out when joining the jelly roll strips. Then you cut the strips into 13 1/2 inch lengths. This is the one thing I would do differently, I would cut them a tad longer, say 13 3/4 inches long, as I found I still had ends that weren't perfectly straight. There is enough length in the width of the fabric to do this. Stitch the strips to create a square block.
Next it was time to find some batting. In a tub I found a strip that was 19 inches wide. I cut it in half lengthwise and joined it to make some "frankenbatting", a term I had only recently heard, but rather like.
It was the perfect size with only about an inch to spare on each side.
While I was crawling around on the floor pin basting ready for quilting, my phone bipped and it was Chooky advising there was an impromptu Zoom get together going to take place. Of course I joined in. I must have looked a bit odd to the other girls as I crawled around.
I chatted while I did the quilting. It was just rather organic wavy lines along each row. I think it was enough. You can see here how well the backing matches the quilt.
Ta Da! One little quilt, completed in a day. I'm very happy with it. If you are wondering why I'm making these little quilts, it is because Ronald McDonald House in Orange have requested some. The perfect excuse for me to have a play. We had hoped to drop a couple off on that Friday, but it will have to wait until things open up again.
I still have the second jelly roll to play with in the future. I don't know if I will make one the same as this or try something different. We will see.