Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Welcome to my page!

Well here goes everyone....my adventure into the unknown.

My long time love of cross stitching has recently taken a back burner to some other crafts that I dabbled into...bowl making....frame creations....a very brief stint into decorative paper mache boxes....and now into something I have longed to do...QUILTING!

I started purchasing books a few years back on how to quilt, quilting for beginners and things like that. Then I started seeing tutorial and blogs....Oh My Goodness! I have always loved looking at different fabrics and collecting fat quarters when I would go to Joann's. Let me just tell you if you don't already know it's a very dangerous and addictive hobby....dangerous meaning before you know it you've spent a good bit of $$$$!

Well one day I think in 2012 I came across a link to a 1600 Jelly Roll quilt http://www.happierthanabirdquilts.com/2011/12/tutorial-1600-quilt.html and I was hooked. But I had one problem, I wanted one in a queen size. I couldn't find directions, or recipes as they are called to make anything but a twin size. I even visited a lovely little shop in my area: Bear's Paw Fabrics @ www.bearspawfabrics.com and asked them. They directed me to the lady that actually came up with the idea: Sara Snuggerud at Heirloom Creations http://www.heirloomcreations.net/. And unfortunately she said it can't be done. So I was discouraged for a while...for about 8 months actually until I finally decided to give it a try.

The recipe for the 1600 jelly roll quilt calls for 1 jelly roll (42 pieces at 2 1/2" x 42"). Well the jelly rolls that I found were in 24 piece rolls and I had 4 of them. I ended up using 2 of them and if you take and sew them as instructed you 'should' end up with one long chain that is 1600 inches long...well because I had 48 strips mine came out to be over 2000 inches long. Once I went through creating the quilt top I still didn't think it was big enough so I added some 6 1/2" rectangle strips on each side....let me just tell you that made it big enough for a queen size bed!
Unfortunately I don't have enough pics for the whole process, but I can share the final product....keep in mind that this is the first quilt I had ever made so it isn't perfect...but I love it! It was a Christmas present for my daughter who loves just about every color of the rainbow along with peace signs...and in case you can't tell...ESPECIALLY the color green!

I think that's enough for a first post...I'm not much of a writer and have been long winded. I did finish one other quilt in 2013 and it was around 10:30 PM on New Year's Eve that it was finished....that one will be for another day.

Thanks for stopping by and happy quilting!


  1. Love your bright and happy fabric flavors. Reminds me of my daughter.

  2. Good grief...re-sizing a quilt on your first try! Pat yourself on the back! I've been blogging for little over a year and I love it. Your blog is very pretty. I love the name you chose!

  3. What an awesome first quilt. I love the bright colors. I have made three quilts similar to this one. It is a fun pattern. I have also wanted to make a bigger one. Thanks for sharing. :)