When I went to Sisters in July to attend the quilt show, I stayed in a house with some friends where we all spent a few days sewing together. Someone there was working on a really cute quilt that she told me she had “whipped up with a jelly roll.”  To be honest, I never carried jelly rolls (pre-cut strips that are 2.5″ x 44″) in the shop, so I hadn’t given them much thought. Charms (5″ squares) had been the extent of my experience with pre-cuts, but after seeing the cute quilt, I was intrigued.

Jelly Roll Jam

Shortly after, and out of the blue, Chelsey from Fat Quarter Shop contacted me and asked if I’d like to participate in a blog hop for a new jelly roll quilt pattern. Here was my chance and it came with a deadline (I need deadlines)–perfect! Chelsey sent me a jelly roll of 30’s Playtime by Chloe’s Closet, which I lived with for awhile (what I call it when I’m procrastinating), then I whipped out the quilt top in a weekend. It was super easy and fun and I was pleased with the results. I wasn’t, however, sure how I was going to finish it or what I was going to do with it when it was done.

Meanwhile, my whole family is asking, “Are you going to give that to the new baby?” My brother and sister-in-law are expecting their first child in October (finally, I’ll be an auntie!) and everyone knows I’ve been planning to make them a baby quilt, but hadn’t settled on a design. The Jelly Roll Jam quilt, while cute and fun, didn’t seem personal enough. But you know how the creative process can be–you pick it up, you put it down, you drape it on a couch or lay it on the grass, then you dream about it. Within a couple of days I had a plan…

Tricycle Quilt

You see, my brother is a competitive cyclist. He spends nearly every weekend on his bike, and his supportive wife hangs out at the races with the other families.

Tricycle Quilt

Cycling is a big part of their lives, and it will surely be a big part of my sweet nephew’s life in no time at all.

Tricycle Quilt

In the blink of an eye he’ll have his first bike.

Tricycle Quilt

And his parents will be teaching him how to RIDE.

Tricycle Quilt

And they’ll absolutely love it.

Tricycle Quilt

Every single minute of it.

Tricycle Quilt

(Many thanks to the kind folks at Discovery Bicycles in Hood River, OR for letting my whole family waltz in and do a quilt photo shoot. They were super nice about it.)

A few details:

  • I made the applique by enlarging (a lot!) a small image of a tricyle. I traced the design onto Wonder Under, then applied it to the black fabric, cut it and fused it to the quilt top. I used a blanket stitch on my machine to sew it on.
  • For the word “RIDE” I used Elizabeth Hartman’s awesome Refrigerator Magnets pattern. I enlarged the 5″ letters by 200%.
  • The letters were made with extra strips from the jelly roll! Same prints, but the black colorway which I had pulled out when I made the quilt top. I used Kaufman’s 1″ Carolina Gingham for the binding (possibly my favorite binding ever!) and Kona Cotton.

The pieced quilt top is obviously the Jelly Roll Jam pattern! Although you can do it completely scrappy and randomly mix 18 strips of fabric into three sets of six, I sorted mine by color. Fat Quarter Shop is giving away the free “short cut” quilt pattern on their site. There’s a video tutorial, and a huge line-up of talented sewing bloggers participating in the blog hop. Each stop in the Jelly Roll Jam will show you a new take on the basic quilt design. (See the full list of participating blogs below.) Find some inspiration and take advantage of the free pattern, tutorials and a discount too; Fat Quarter Shop is offering a 20% discount on Jelly Rolls all week, from 9/16 – 9/22.

Download your free Jelly Roll Jam Pattern at Fat Quarter Shop and check out the Jelly Roll Jam YouTube Tutorial.

Jelly Roll Jam Blogs:

Everyone is posting today! 

Kaye Prince
Diary of a Quilter
Quilting Gallery
Pile O’Fabric
Piece N Quilt
PS I Quilt
Quilt Story
Angela Yosten
Pam Kitty Morning
Red Pepper Quilts
Cupcakes ‘n’ Daisies
I’m a Ginger Monkey