Last week I bought my first jelly roll. Not so long ago, I didn't even know what a jelly roll was. Fat quarters were the limit of my knowledge of cut fabric, other than straight yardage. I have yet to enter into the world of charm packs and layer cakes, too, but I'm sure it won't be long.
These blocks will become a Christmas present for a male member of the family. I'm fairly confident he won't see this post, so the surprise won't be spoilt.
Knowing I wanted to make this quilt, I've been adding quilt tutorials and patterns to my Quilting board on Pinterest, and have been looking back through all the quilts added to the Quilting and Patchwork link party, here at Threading My Way.
When it came time to decide on the quilt to make, I just couldn't make up my mind as to which tutorial or pattern to follow. I kept changing my mind re colours, design, style and how to do the quilting.
So, for some crazy reason, I thought I'd make up my own blocks and go from there... an experiment. This was definitely not a well thought out decision, given that there's a deadline, it's to be a present and I've only made one quilt before this one.
I chose to purchase a jelly roll as I thought it would cut down on the cutting out time. It's always harder to find suitable fabrics for a male, but wanting male fabrics in a jelly roll made for a much more limited choice. I ended up choosing Moda's Road 15.
I more or less kept the same colourway in each block and went with random, scrappy blocks. I love how the individual blocks have turned out!!!
Anyway, this is where I'm at now... 31 scrappy blocks made, so I'll have one block left over. Today I played with combinations.
I totally agree with Mr TMW... the black dominates with all the black lines going in the one direction. That can be fixed easily by rearranging the direction and combination of the blocks. Obviously the quilt is not for Mr TMW, or I wouldn't have asked his opinion.
To simulate sashing, I put the blocks on a black sheet and I think this is what I'll go with... just thin strips of sashing. so the black doesn't take over. I think it's going to need a lighter coloured sashing around the outside, but I have no idea what I'll use yet. And then there's the binding colour to decide on. As I said, this quilt is an experiment.
I really would value your opinions. What are your thoughts on making these blocks into a quilt?