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.
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.
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.
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.