A little while ago, I was asked to design a quilt block for Jelly Roll Sampler Quilt Along 2010. What made the invitation even more special was that it came from my good friend Konda over at Moose On The Porch Quilts.
The tricky part about it - I've never used Jelly Roll strips before. We've all seen them at quilt shops, but for those of you, like me, that have never taken one home, I'll share what exactly a Jelly Roll contains. It's basically 40 - 2 1/2 inch strips the length of the fabric from one designer or line of fabric. Usually they are 40 different fabrics, occasionally you will get a repeat of one or two of the fabrics.
So the idea was to design a 12" finished block, which means a 12 1/2" block, containing the Jelly Roll strips with some background fabric. I got right to work procrastinating, because after all, that is the first step of any project. Then when it was getting down to the wire I drew a few sketches and came up with a picture frame type of block. After messing around with some fabric, I scraped the block and started over - the second (or is that third) step of any project. Finally I ditched the paper and pencil and cut some fabric into 2 1/2" strips. Inspiration hit and I came up with what I thought was the perfect quilt block.
Pictures were taken, instructions documented and I was able to bask in my glory once I clicked the send email button. The following day Amber stopped by for a visit and I was beaming when I showed her the block. After the oohing and ahhing that friends do for eachother. She pointed out that the block looked pretty big. Our conversation went something like this:
Amber: Wow, that's a big block.
Me: I know! 12 inches is pretty big.
Amber: Are you sure it's 12 inches?
Me: Well, let me measure it.
Had I measured it the night before? Of course not - I was too afraid that the block would come out 1/4" or so off. Then I wouldn't have been able to sleep at night.
So I measured it. It was 16". Back to the drawing board.
Luckily I was able to do a little tucking and pinning and the end result was still true to my original design, but most importantly it came out to 12 1/2" which is 12" finished. :) Oh, and the center is one solid block, not the pieced white and floral block below.
So hop on over to Moose on the Porch Quilts to join the fun and get free instructions for my 12" quilt block. Oh, and speaking of free, I'll be giving out a free PDF copy of The Fairy Tale Quiet Book pattern too. You'll have two chances to win, one over at Moose on the Porch Quilts and one by leaving a comment on this post. I'll choose a winner at the end of the week.
Say "hey" to Konda for me :)
♥♥♥Comments closed - congratulations to our winner Becky!♥♥♥