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Friday, June 5, 2015

Little Quilts and Gifts from Jelly Roll Scraps Book Review

Disclosure: Search Press gave me a copy of these books free of charge for this review. All opinions in my review are my own and I did not receive any other compensation. They also sent me a copy to giveaway! As in all my reviews I am providing links for your ease, but receive no compensation.

This has been another one of those weeks where life is getting in my way of what I want to do, but it has been a good week. Hazel has one week of school left so all the end of the school year craziness is happening. Yesterday we enjoyed a field trip to Drumlin Farm. Hazel was the only child who had previously been there so it was fun to see it with new eyes. I have been trying to find time to make a few of the items in this beautiful book, Little Quilts & Gifts from Jelly Roll Scraps by Carolyn Forster. 


Now I do not usually use the precut fabrics, but it does make things easier. I picked up a jelly roll to try some of these projects. A jelly roll is forty 2.5-inch strips of coordinating fabrics. Some brands call them different names, but jelly roll is the most common. Hazel really wanted me to make Olly the Octopus (upper left corner of cover). 
 
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Olly the Octopus Source: Search Press


I pieced the fabrics for the head and measured the fabrics for the legs, but stopped at the quilting of the head fabrics.

I haven't found time to sit down and do the quilting on it, but hope to finish it soon. I also decided to make one of the little quilts. I decided on Hidden Crosses (lower left corner on cover). Since my fabrics were various colors instead of one with different hues, I decided to use the same fabric for the sashing as the squares to get the hidden cross effect.

  

I still need to layer it and quilt it, but I am happy with how it came out. It is a nine-patch with sashing. I imagine it being a doll quilt, however Carolyn Forster provides a section in the book on how to display small quilts for those that don't have a need for many doll quilts. 

Little Quilts & Gifts from Jelly Roll Scraps provides some unique projects that work well with the scraps you may have from using jelly rolls or make several from one jelly roll.  The book provides thirteen small quilt patterns with all the techniques of a quilter explained and seventeen gift projects from the octopus to a hot water bottle cover to zipper pouches. There are many fun ones and they all include some sort of patchwork. The instructions are very clear and easy to follow. It is an enjoyable book that makes it easy to use up some of the scraps a quilter has floating around. I definitely recommend this one.

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