Thursday, May 9, 2013

Jelly Roll Admission

The other day this came in the mail:


 What is it about a jelly roll that is hard to resist? I'm not much good at resisting the baked kind either, but at least I know what to do with the baked kind and they don't hang around long, except for on the hips. At least these jelly rolls are calorie free.

I have bypassed many a fabric jelly roll because I never know what to do with them. Apparently I have not bypassed them enough. Yesterday I gathered them all in one place and the magic number is 12.


Yes, 12 jelly rolls, and I have a solid plan for exactly one of them. I have a pink Bunny Hill


 that will become another Rocky Rail Fence baby quilt like this boy version I made a few months ago:


That concludes my jelly roll plans. I have 3 Hill Country Spring jelly rolls because I had only been quilting for a very short time when I decided I need to make a Texas Wildflower quilt and this line was already long gone. I found a couple of jelly rolls on sale and snatched them up.


Have I ever made that Texas Wildflower quilt?

You had to ask, didn't you?

Sigh. No.

The same thing happened with the Breath of Avignon American Jane Line. A jelly roll was all that was left when I discovered that line so 2, oops, 3, came home with me.


I hemmed and hawed about Countdown to Christmas and when I found it on sale at 50% off I bought a fat quarter bundle, but I might need more so let's add a jelly roll.


Meadow Friends was also 50% off. I am weak.


Another recent good deal brought a few new lines to my door step. New lines on sale - yay! Spring House for a baby quilt:


And 2 Posh Pumpkins.


No one does Fall lines like Sandy Gervais.

I really like simple patchwork quilts and have yet to make one so perhaps a few of these will find their way into a couple of those. And then I found this one. I'm apprehensive about working with diamonds, but I'm thinking of giving it a go.

Still, that only puts a dent in my jelly roll collection. I'm not sure about a jelly roll race quilt, but something with a nine-patch is calling my name. I have been stalking jelly roll quilts on Flickr and I'm making a list. What is your favorite jelly roll quilt pattern? Am I the only one who has this problem? I prefer yardage, but the cuteness factor of jelly rolls is apparently a weakness, and all of these were bought on sale. Now that I have come clean, I vow to steer clear of any more. If you had asked me before I collected them all together, I would have told you I only had 4 or 5. Some would call that denial, but before y'all come down here to stage an intervention, I'm going to take a deep breath, unroll one of these pretty bundles, and make something cute with it.

Well, after Gus and I go for a trot.




18 comments:

shirawindschitl said...

Check out the Moda Bake Shop for ideas.

Dorian said...

LOL Karin! Lovely jelly rolls! If you like Bargello patterns, you can try this one, it takes 2 jelly rolls

http://webstore.quiltropolis.net/stores_app/Browse_Item_Details.asp?Shopper_id=996459710489964&Store_id=691&page_id=23&Item_ID=1957

there are lots of jelly roll pattern books out there too. I am a yardage person myself, so don't use jelly rolls much. But I love Lone star quilts (and have some tips on them on my blog), and jelly rolls are good for those :)

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I like that baby boy quilt that you show you said a Ricky Tims pattern, do you happen to have the name of the pattern?

Jo C. said...

Yikes, thats a lot of jelly rolls! Altho it won't use them up quickly, i love them for bindings. I don't usually care if the binding is all the same fabric, so that works for me.

Diane said...

This made me smile! I think Gus is just as confused about the jelly rolls as you are! I can't wait to see what you make with them. Have fun with it!

Deborah Hamilton said...

I have only been quilting a little over a year, and I'm now finishing my first jelly roll quilt. It's the fading charms pattern from wedding dress blue blog. It's perfect for jelly rolls. You have a very nice collection to be proud of. I'd like to get some for 50 % off. I wouldn't be able to resist either. I think they are so pretty and don't even want to take them apart. ha!

Miz Karen said...

I got hooked on jelly rolls when I was taking a "strip" class at A Scarlet Thread" Most of the patterns came from Cozy Quilts. I am sewing leftover rolls together (3 at a time), then using my Accu-quilt to cut the strips into 5" and 6 1/2" blocks. Making scrappy quilts. They look great.

Nancy said...

I broke down and purchased two jelly rolls this week (my first) hopefully to make a braid quilt. At least that is my plan, but something else may catch my eye.

Julie Feldhaus said...

I have a friend who makes lots of quilts with Jelly rolls. You just need to buy the books that go with them.LOL

Darlene said...

Great plans for your jelly rolls, Karin.

rollin', rollin', rollin' down a dirt road. LOL

Gwen said...

Kim Brackett has three books of patterns based on jelly rolls. I have the first two and have made quilts from them. Her patterns are easy to follow and are a variety of styles. Here is an Amazon link to the books. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_2_12?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=scrap+basket+sensations+by+kim+brackett&spref

Jan Baker said...

OK, I am jealous. I love jelly rolls but they are to expensive for my pocket. Where in the world did you pick them up at half price?

Cindy said...

You and Gus roll those jellies down the road and go chase them - see who wins....LOL

When you get back - rest....LOL

You're right - cannot resist anything "Sandy Gervais" Style. lOL

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Nice stash--these should keep you occupied for a few days

Quiltn Mama said...

Fear not, fellow quilter, as you aren't alone..my stash boasts fourteen jelly rolls. I really do like the jelly race pattern or you could even do a quilt as you go method which is fun also.

Sarah said...

Oh wow that sure is an addiction! I admit I've only bought jelly rolls with a quilt pattern in mind. I think the best patterns are from Moda Bake Shop, the Pam and Nikki Lintott books and blogs, free tutes etc on the net. My favourite jr quilt I made following a Bonnie Hunter tutorial on her blog Quiltville. She uses 2 & 1/2" scrap strips in a strip twist pattern, but it looked great in my Sweetwater jr too.

Alycia said...

You are not weak - you are budget concious... and you know that you will enjoy them.... and well... its fabric - you really don't need an excuse!

Vickie said...

I've only bought 1 jelly roll, I made the Amazing Jelly Roll Quilt Pattern by 3 Dudes from Missouri Star Quilt. It was fun !

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