Monday, July 9, 2012

Coquette Jelly Roll Project

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(hint hint...giveaway!)

New Jelly Roll Alert!  And it is so sweet and pretty.  Coquette by Chez Moi is lots of sherbert-y pastels and the prints are signature Chez Moi with watercolor florals, lace and just plain sweetness!  The day the box arrived I actually had a request for a baby quilt and this fabric is absolutely perfect.  Since the yardage has not arrived yet, I wanted to come up with something I could do quickly and with one jelly roll.  The Jelly Roll Run/Race technique floated around in my head for a while.  This would be very pretty using that technique but since I've "been there done that", I thought I wanted to switch it up.  So, without much thinking, I decided I was going to make a "hula loop" quilt.  Now, before you go googling "hula loop quilt", that was what my daughter called hula hoops when she was little.  You'll see why I named it that in a moment!  First I divided the jelly roll into a pile of 25 prints and a pile of 15 prints.  The 25 prints I wanted to keep mostly in the large floral, small floral and a couple pin dot prints because these are being kept in the full length of the strip.  The 15 strips I wanted to keep in the tone on tone prints.  My idea was to create a "garden" through the center of the quilt framed on either side with the tone on tone prints. 

Again, without much of a plan to speak of, I took the tone on tone strips and cut them in half so I had a 22" by 2.5" strip.  I trimmed all the selvages off of all the strip ends.  I chose a 44" print strip and a tone on tone 22" strip that popped off the print.

Next I pieced the two strips together on the diagonal or bias.  Like you're piecing a binding. 

I made them into a "hula loop"!

I trimmed out the seam allowances to 1/4".

I did this to all 25 strips so I had 25 "hula loops"!  (How cute is that!?  Hula Loop!)

Next I took all 25 loops and just randomly chose a spot to cut through the tone on tone strip.

So now I have 25 strips that are all roughly the same length.  I put them up on the design wall in an appealing order. 

Already loving it!  Now, this special request was kind of a "gosh I really need something now because one of my employees is having a baby soon and could you possibly get it in the mail before you leave on vacation" type of order.  And it just happened to be my mom ordering so yes, I would do just about anything for her!  I was planning on quilting it myself, a simple stitch in the ditch so I could get it bound and in the mail today.  Then, as I was sifting through my backing stash, I found some minky I had squirreled away a while ago.  A thought floated through my brain.  Quilt as you go!  For those of you who haven't tried this, it's a technique that will have you quilt your project as you attach the rows.  The first time I did this was on a Cuddle Box project by Shannon Fabrics.  They have a You Tube video on how to put those Cuddle Boxes together and you quilt as you go!  I decided this is what I was going to do and I was going to use the minky for my back with no batting.  I didn't want this to be too heavy as it is going to San Diego for an August baby! 

Those of you who have worked with Minky or Cuddle fabrics know, they are not easy to handle.  Well, they aren't easy to handle WITHOUT A WALKING FOOT!  I swear, the whole reason I bought a Pfaff was for the built in walking foot for sewing minky.  Turns out it's good for so much more but the Minky and Cuddle sewing has been so much easier!  Plus, I have lots of experience sewing with minky...I should say trial and error experience.

I took two strips, placed them right sides together and centered them onto the wrong side of my minky back.  You always want to work from the center out.

And I apologize for the lighting in these pictures.  By the time I got around to sewing my natural light was on the other side of the planet.  So in the picture above, you see my two strips, right sides together and I am sewing them with a 1/4" seam allowance ONTO the wrong side of the minky back.  I take it to my pressing board and flip the strip right side up and press that seam, just like you would if you were piecing a quilt top.

Then place another strip onto that one right side down and sew another 1/4" seam allowance.  Take it to the board, press up and flip your quilt to the other side to piece another strip on the other side.  Basically, you are alternating sides working from the center out.  Just like you would if you were quilting a traditional quilt. 

Keep going and going until all strips are pieced!

I had enough minky left to bind it as well.  I prepared my binding just as I would with cotton, in 2.5" strips and attached it to the BACK with the machine.  Then I turned the binding to the FRONT and did a blanket stitch to attach.  This was a technique I learned from Pat Sloan on her blog.

I thought we would take a quick picture, even though it wasn't finished yet, because we were losing light.  Still on the machine but you get the idea.  I am happy to say that as of the writing of this post, it is finished and boxed.

Okay, so I'm able to be honest with myself and I realize that the design in my head kind of got lost in translation but that's okay.  This fabric is so pretty that it really doesn't matter.  And now it's backed with a soft green minky.  It came out at 50" x 60" which I was really happy about!  It's the perfect size for anything.  And it's not too heavy since I left out the batting.

Now for the really AWESOME news! 

We are now sponsors of the That Girl That Quilt blog and we are sponsoring a giveaway!  You need to go to the blog to enter to win.  Don't enter here!  We are giving away a Coquette Jelly Roll to one lucky reader!  Go there now to enter!  Good Luck!

If anything in this tutorial isn't clear or you have a question, you can post a comment here or email me at shop {at} ajoyfulsoulfabrics dot com.  To be honest, we are heading to the beach soon and my brain is already on siesta so I am hoping that it all makes sense!  If you like the look of the Coquette, you can find it in our shop here: