Earlier this year I completed this Square Dance baby quilt as a gift for a special friend’s new baby boy. It’s one of my favourite so far so I thought I’d share it for the Bloggers Quilt Festival.
The design is called the Square Dance quilt and you can find it in this book by Pam & Nicky Lintott.
I love Moda jelly rolls and books by these ladies are some of the most useful I have found.
(Click on the link there to read what a jelly roll is. Go on. We’ll wait for you)
For this quilt I created my own jelly roll with fabrics from Spotlight. I’ve created a more cohesive look than some jelly roll quilts by using only 7 different fabrics as well as the background dotty white fabric. I repeated the red fabric for the binding and used what was left over of each fabric in the back of the quilt.
Here’s my top tips for creating your own jelly roll:
- It can be 40 different fabrics if you like that much variation
- This is your chance to have less than 40 different fabrics and a more coordinated look
- Try to have an idea up front of how many fabrics you might want – I had 7 plus the red plus the background white.
- You need 2.5″ for each strip across the width of the fabric
- If you use 40 fabrics, you would require one strip of each one. If you use 20 fabrics, you need 2 strips of each one. If you use 5 fabrics, you need 8 strips of each one. You just need to do a little math.
- Remember to get a little extra when you are buying to make up for any shrinkage if you pre-wash your fabric or crooked cutting in the store
- Keep the scale of each print in mind. You will be cutting 2.5″ strips so you may lose the sense of a large scale pattern.
- Start out choosing 4-5 fabrics you think might work.
- Lay out bolts of fabric you have chosen on a large counter in the fabric store, overlapping them a bit to see how they look together
- Step back a couple of paces. You’ll get a better idea of how the fabrics will look together from a distance
- Switch your bolts around to get an idea of the mix
- Once you have 4-5 fabrics you are happy with, add more fabrics one by one to see how the mix will work.
Some extra things to think about
- Do you need a background fabric as well?
- Do you want a border fabric? One of those in your “jelly roll” set or a different one?
- Do you want a different binding fabric?
- Do you want fabric for the back?
Hmmm, now I’m thinking its time for a cuppa and a browse through the rest of the Bloggers Quilt Festival posts. Hope you found my tips helpful!