Moorland Walk Quilt

Jelly Roll Race QuiltI’ve been busy  sewing a gift over the last couple of weeks, as I’ve now given it, I can tell you about it. One of my closest friends is just at the beginning of a difficult 12 months, I decided to make her a quilt  just to say we’ll be with her all the way. We do a long distance walk (LDW) every year together, it started with the Six Dales walk from Otley to Middleham (38 miles and commonly known as ‘Our Big Adventure’), then we walked the Dales Way from Ilkley to Bowness (65 miles – getting longer!) We then discovered a LDW in two halves from Grassington to Barrow in Furniss (West coast) and Grassington to Robin Hoods Bay (East Coast), 100 miles each way, so we have now walked across England, over two years, but we did it!

hoffman-bali-pops-fabric-strip-bundle-seaholly-14I had about a weeks notice of the possible news, so I started looking for fabric. I spotted a Bali Pop from Hoffmanns Fabrics called Sea Holly on ebay, it was perfect, it’s colours I know she loves and more importantly, it’s the colours of the moors we walk across during our walks, purples and greens. Bali Pops are the Hoffman batik version of Moda Jelly Rolls, so they have 42 different batik fabrics cut into 2 1/2″ x 44″ lengths. I have to say I have never been disappointed with the Hoffman precuts, they have always been gorgeous.

Jelly Roll Race QuiltI decided to make a 1600 jelly roll race quilt, I’ve never made one before, I found instructions on the web and it really is as easy and quick as everyone says. The idea is to take one jelly roll, stitch the lengths end to end into one long length, 2 1/2″ by 1600″, cut 18″ off one end (very important!) and then put the two short ends together and stitch the long edge together….and it is VERY VERY long!!! It’s a 20m seam so it goes on forever!! Cut the fold at the end so you have a piece 4 1/2″ x 800″ and repeat…til you have a quilt! You can vary it for example by adding squares in between the lengthsJelly Roll Race Quilt

I got the phone call at about 8.30 one evening and decided to start sewing straight away, the top was pieced by 11.30pm, it’s that quick! I took the darkest and the lightest strips out and cut them into squares, I didn’t quite have enough so I chose a nice rich raspberry pink length and cut a few of that one as well until I had enough for one between every length. I stitched the lengths in the order they came out of the packet. 40m is a very long length when you’re pressing every seam!! The first long seam did seem to go on for ever, I don’t think I’ve stitched a 20m seam before!! I was pleased that the seams halved each time and in no time at all the top was finished. The jelly roll race quilts are totally random, I don’t think you can plan it even if you wanted to, for someone like me who struggles with random, it’s great, I can do random without trying!

B&M Fabrics

I went to B&M Fabrics in Leeds to find some batting and backing fabric,I fell for this pretty cotton, it’s perfect colourwise, with greens, purples, pinks in, it’s got the blossom trees and flowers on that we see on our walks and some of the wildlife, deer, rabbits, butterflies and owls. It’s slightly heavier than quilting cotton but it’s worked out fine.

Jelly Roll Race Quilt

I sandwiched the layers with 501 spray adhesive and decided to quilt with a variegated thread in a meandering stitch. It’s not perfect but I’m getting better! All that was left was the binding and a label, I think the whole quilt was made in less than a week, I gave it to her at the weekend and she loves it 🙂

When we go on our walks we like to take our time, lots of photo breaks, coffee break, banana break, sandwich break, sausage roll break. As the poet W H Davies said…

Long Distance Walking

WHAT is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare?—

No time to stand beneath the boughs,
And stare as long as sheep and cows:

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass:

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night:Long Distance Walks

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance:

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began?

A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

We like to take our time and enjoy the walk, so I decided that the light squares represent the photo breaks, half of these are just a good excuse for a breather! The dark squares are our sustenance breaks, we do believe in small amounts regularly, one of these would be a custard tart break as somehow my friend manages to carry a custard tart in her rucksack for 12 miles or so without a crumb of damage!! The pink squares are the nature breaks!!

A walk in a quilt!

Jelly Roll Race Quilt

Linking up with ‘Can I get a Whoop Whoop‘ over on Confessions of a Fabric Addict, why not have a look what everyone else has been sewing?


About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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12 Responses to Moorland Walk Quilt

  1. What a special quilt and a really lovely idea….

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  2. Marion says:

    What a lovely poetic idea !

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  3. Trisha says:

    Lovely quilt!

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  4. Beautiful colours and love how it matches your time together 🙂 A really thoughtful gift indeed.

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  5. Beautiful quilt – love the way you’ve related the fabrics used to your walks together, makes it all the more special.

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  6. CurlsnSkirls says:

    What a beautiful and thoughtfully inspired quilt – thank you for sharing it with us. And thank you also for directions on how to make them. xx

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  7. amcclure2014 says:

    What a beautiful and thoughtful gift; the story fits so beautifully. It was nice to be reminded of the verses of the poem. Positive thoughts to your friend.

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  8. Thimberlina says:

    A lovely quilt Margaret and something I’m sure your friend will treasure. It really does look like a proper walk with lots of heather 🙂

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  9. Kate Heads says:

    I love jelly roll race quilts, they always turn out so well, but I have never seen the squares additions, nice touch. The colours are lovely, I love Bali Pops, I have three waiting to be used, well, they did have 30% off, how could I resist?


  10. ccmercer1982 says:

    Just gorgeous, love how you have linked in photos of the moors too.

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  11. yvonne says:

    as the recipient of the crafty creeks moorland quilt it is absolutely
    perfect and has been well used already , i love the poem as it sums our philosophy on walking and life perfectly. crafty creek our walk this summer may be on hold but we will be able to do some smaller ones. a huge thank you for the perfect gift. xx


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