Jelly Roll Workshop; A Quilt in a Day

I’m quite excited at the moment, I fixed a date at the weekend to run my first quilting workshop. It’s on June 29th!!

A little while ago one of my local fabric shops, B&M fabrics, opened a workshop in the basement of their shop, they were looking for teachers! B&M fabrics have a big fabric stall on Leeds market selling all sorts of fabrics, but they also have a bricks and mortar shop on the outside of the market building that has a lovely range of quilting fabrics.

This happened around the time I gave a talk to my Embroiderers Guild about my journey in quilting. One of the quilts I showed was a jelly roll race quilt I made for my walking buddy, it’s all the colours of the moors we walk across. I told them how easy a jelly roll race quilt was and at the following meeting several mentioned that I’d inspired them to have a go and I ended up offering to teach a friend how to make one for a baby quilt.

Jelly Roll Race

A full jelly roll is around 40 strips, 2.5″ wide by the width of the fabric (WOF) it will make a twin size bed quilt, but you can also get half size jelly rolls which only have about 25 strips of fabric, still WOF, and they will make a baby size quilt.

In one day of fairly steady sewing, my friend, having never quilted before, pieced, sandwiched, quilted and bound a quilt, all she had to do at home was to hand stitch the binding down. An idea was sown…

I had a chat with Sue from B&M Fabrics and they were very keen, she doesn’t usually sell jelly rolls but she got one for me to make up a sample.

Last week I finally got round to making up my sample. The colours aren’t ideal for a baby quilt but customers will be able to choose a jelly roll from a selection. It went together pretty quickly. I used spray adhesive to baste the sandwich together and then quilted it in a wavy design.

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I tried diagonal lines first, but the fabric moved too much. I then hit on the idea of double wavy lines, I put a line of pins down the middle and then stitched a slalom round them down the middle.Once the first line was down the rest were easy to stitch, I think it will be a great pattern for those new to quilting.

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I took my sample in at the weekend and fixed the date, I just need to write an advert for the shop and then wait to see if anyone books!

If anyone lives nearby and is interested, just leave a message below and I’ll give you more information.

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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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17 Responses to Jelly Roll Workshop; A Quilt in a Day

  1. tialys says:

    A very tempting title for a workshop – a lot of people would love to be able to make a quilt in a day. I’m sure you’ll get some takers. Those pre-cut bundles are so useful aren’t they? If you had to cut all the pieces out of yardage, a day would be a stretch but, when the measuring and cutting is all done for you, it’s certainly possible. Also, sometimes a simple quilt in the perfect colours is all that’s needed and, to be honest, I often prefer them to the fancy blocks and designs – although I have a big space in my patchworke’rs heart for those too.

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  2. KerryCan says:

    Good for you, sharing your love of quilting with others! I hope you get lots of takers!

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  3. Love the “heather on the moors” colors and the quilt itself…great project for a baby blanket! Have fun teaching your class!

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  4. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    Love all of those colors.

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  5. Congratulations on your first quilting workshop. I love the jelly roll you used for your jelly roll quilt! Hope your workshop fills up quickly!

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  6. kathyreeves says:

    Oh what fun! I hope it fills completely!

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  7. nanacathy2 says:

    What a great quilt for a beginner, and to complete in a day, brilliant, and I love the quilting design.

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  8. Jane M says:

    Love the quilt you made for your friend – gorgeous colours. Would love to come to your course but 250 miles is a bit too far – I’m sure it will be great fun

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  9. lovelucie1 says:

    How exciting!! Wishing you loads of luck in your new venture! Xx

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