Patchwork quilting new project

Very excited to have started my next quilting project and impressed with the minimal prevarication in deciding what to do.

My new project is a quilt for our bed. I had bought lots of random fabrics in pinks and greens but was slightly overwhelmed with the prospect of assigning fabrics to a design. Fortunately I had a back up plan with a bargain eBay buy.

I have been somewhat obsessed by jelly rolls since I came up with the idea that I’d like to try patchwork quilting way back in about 2011. For those who aren’t as fabric obsessed as me, a jelly roll is a beautifully packaged roll of fabric strips in coordinating colours, they really are an amazing concept.

Having cleared out what is now my den, I put all my OU course books on eBay and actually sold most of them. I also had a £15 discount voucher so I thought I’d treat myself to a jelly roll. Decision making not being my strong point I had about ten browser windows open and spent about ten hours ok slight exaggeration flicking between them until I decided on one with the lovely name Clover Hollow. As it happens I already owned a book on jelly roll quilting, so I was suddenly all set to ignore the pinks and greens in favour of my new jelly roll and got busy planning.

Decision made on Friday evening, I spent much of my free time at the weekend (when the kids were on their devices) busy sewing in my den.

The quilt design I’ve chosen is called the Fruit Salad Quilt and consists of a central square of four Rolling Pinwheel blocks surrounded by sixteen Friendship Star blocks.

I selected yellow for the central pinwheels as it will give a lovely bright focal point to the quilt, the other colours for the four Pinwheel blocks are creams/grey and aqua.
I’ve completed two of the four Pinwheels, as shown.

The remaining colours from the Jelly Roll will be used for the Friendship Stars (I’d like to reserve the dark blues on the left for the binding if possible) and I have a spearmint green fabric for the border.


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Hi, I'm Karen, creator of which is home to my poetry, art and general ramblings. I am the author two collections of poetry, 'Kaleidoscopic Beauty' & 'I am the Stars in the Sky', and the children's book 'All That Glitters' (not yet published). I also enjoy running.

4 thoughts on “Patchwork quilting new project

  1. What a great quilt pattern, Karen — you’ll be expert at triangles by the time you’ve finished this one!!
    Congratulations on your first two blocks. It’s exciting when you press those first ones, isn’t it? Your jelly roll features pretty colours which should work really well across the quilt.
    Rule No. 1: Have fun sewing.

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    1. I’m really enjoying it, I completed a third block today… I can see my house becoming a quilting museum!
      This one is so much easier than the Christmas themed one as the triangles are actually squares that are folded back on themselves (if that makes sense).
      Have a great day x

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      1. Well done! Isn’t it exciting to watch those blocks stack up? Do you press each one on the back when it’s finished? The direction in which the seams are pressed makes a big difference to the design — and shows you exactly how it will look on the finished quilt top! Piecing is my favourite part of the whole process. I assume you’re machine-piecing your quilt?
        I also do a lot of hand-piecing, as I can sit in front of TV and do that. While it’s a slower way of stitching, you get a lot more done without having to hide away at your machine. I love it all.

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      2. I am machine piecing this quilt and pressing as I go, I’m really enjoying the whole process. I quite like hiding away in my den, the teenagers are usually engrossed in their electronics anyway.

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