If you’ve been quilting for a while you’ve probably heard of the Jelly Roll Race. A Jelly Roll is the name Moda (a fabric company) gives its 2.5″ strip sets. The Jelly Roll Race quilt has been around for a while but I think this YouTube video really made it popular. Basically you take all your strips from the Jelly Roll and sew them together for one long (really long!) strip. Then you fold that strip in half and sew the long ends together, clipping when you get to the end. Repeat over and over and ta dah! A quilt top. This is what I did but decided to add more strips to make it bigger. Well it turns out you can’t just do that. Which is how I ended up with two quilt tops instead of one!

It ended up being a “happy accident” (as my printmaking professor would say). Tuesday has a sweet friend who is always swooning over my work. Well he only had to say how much he loves it so many times before I had to make him his own quilt. This was a lot like one he had book marked in one of my quilt magazines so it was a great fit. His (with the blue and green background) has his named stitched in it and then lots of random patterns. I did more of the same for our quilt (this will go in our living room) and also stitched our names and “2017 love mama” in it.

I used Cloud 9 organic cotton solid for the backing. I am so in love with this material (available at Jo-Ann’s. It washes up as soft as a cloud! I am finishing up a quilt for Bennet right now and am using the same material (in pink).

The final size of each of these is approximately 51×64. If you did want to customize a jelly roll race to a size you want I found a handy PDF (after the fact of course).

This was a really fun fast project and I would do it again, just paying more attention to how much fabric I was using!

  • Nora Griffin - Loved seeing that there were posts popping up from you in my blog feed this morning…love these super cute and colorful projects!June 19, 2017 – 2:49 pmReplyCancel

    • Amber - Awe thanks Nora! I love having access to records of my projects so I figured I better start blogging again!June 21, 2017 – 10:07 amReplyCancel

  • Mary Lou Miller - Such wonderful memories this will bring to Gabriel (?) and your family!June 20, 2017 – 11:18 amReplyCancel

    • Amber - His mom says he takes it everywhere, I’m so glad!June 21, 2017 – 10:08 amReplyCancel

I love having a simple knit I don’t need a pattern for to take with me and knit all over the place. This is that pattern for me. I found a blanket I loved on Ravelry and modified the pattern a bit. I cast on in the middle and knit around and around. Every other round I switch colors for a truly scrappy look.

Here are the details for this blanket. It finished at about 34″ square. And links to the first, second, and third blankets. Like I said I love these blankets. They take about a year for me to knit so if you’ve gotten one from me I must really love you!

  • Mary Lou Miller - I LOVE THIS! ❤️June 20, 2017 – 11:19 amReplyCancel

    • Amber - Thanks Mary Lou…. I do too, but I’m wondering if it would be too crazy to knit a giant lap size one?!June 21, 2017 – 10:09 amReplyCancel

  • Jessica - This is gorgeous!!July 1, 2017 – 9:15 pmReplyCancel

I think my rope bowl post might be one of my most popular, based on the comments I’ve gotten. I’m glad you find it so useful. I thought I would update you with a some new bowls I whipped up last night.

Instead of using a store bought rope, cord or twine I made my own. I used this tutorial from My Poppet Makes to make twine out of scraps too skinny to sew with. I like using this technique because I sew a lot and when squaring up and taking off salvages there is a lot of waste that I hate throwing out.

If you want to make some bowls using this recycled twine I have some tips for you. The twine you’ll make will be more thick and thin, but for me that didn’t matter too much. Using a wider zig zag stitch allowed me to catch each side and really cinch it together. I didn’t need to use a jean needle like I do for the rope baskets, a universal worked fine. Because the twine you make is so much more malleable you can either do a flat coaster shape and then tilt up or slowly tilt up for a very round bowl. I used neon green bobbin thread for the smaller bowl (this is the thread color that ends up on the outside) but I ended up like white the most. I think it shows off the color variation. Monofilament thread (“invisible thread”) could also be a choice but I really dislike using that stuff.

The bowl that is 9.5″ in diameter on the top used 4 ounces of recycled twine. The small one (about 6″ across) used about 1.6 ounces of twine. I was surprised how much this little spool of recycled twine made. I had packed the bobbin (a vintage one that was a gift) full over various car rides and kid activities, using a giant zip lock full of scraps. Last night when I went to make the bowls I was going to use it all up… but I still have a lot as you can see. The twine making process can be a bit fiddly at first but it becomes easy. Try to make enough for a small bowl and see if you like it.

Tuesday was so lucky to join a Daisy troop right when she turned five. The troop started in a January so she joined a wee bit early (grade wise), and to keep her with the group she’s bridging to Juniors this weekend (can’t belive it, seriously). I volunteer for our Service Unit and tonight she came with me to recongnize girls bridging to adulthood (something I did 18 years ago!). Since she was all dressed up in her full Brownie uniform I wanted to get some pics. She chose some of the poses.. guess which. I made vests for her and her whole troop because 1). I’m crazy and 2). My mom did it for me when I was a Brownie. I made the skirt because I’m not a fan of the skort uniform thing. She also has a vintage Brownie jumper from the 70s/80s that I have got to get more pics of. She’s asking for me to make her a Junior version of the jumper and I am 100% on board with that because how long is she going to want mom made jumpers?!?

Ya, I made myself a patch jacket from my favorite jacket (I wore it in my engagement pics!). I’m so proud of my Girl Scout. I’m proud of everything I did as a girl with Girl Scouts and it’s fun to be involved again as a parent and volunteer. Earlier this year Tuesday and I went with a friend of hers and her mom to New York City. We were toured the Girl Scouts of the USA headquarters. Amazingly the CEO came out of her meeting when she heard the girls reciting the Girl Scout Promise. She handed them her personal patch and explained how she chose what she did on it because she’s a rocket scientist. It was amazing and I cried. Tuesday has learned so much about friendship, community, and leadership through Girl Scouts. I absolutely can not wait to see what she does as a Junior. In the fall we’ll have another Girl Scout in the house; Bennet will be a Daisy! And I’m going to be the leader. Wish me luck!

  • Mary Lou Miller - So so nice to see you blogging again. I can’t believe how mature Tuesday has gotten. Would love to see Bennett! You are such a great mom!June 8, 2017 – 1:43 pmReplyCancel

  • Julie - So proud of her… and you too❣️❣️❣️XOJune 8, 2017 – 10:49 pmReplyCancel

My friend Sarah and I had a wonderful sewing day a few months ago. We each donated lots of scraps to a few paper bags and went to work pulling out random scraps and making wonky log cabin blocks. This is a method I’ve heard as the Denyse Schmidt method. I’ve never gotten to take one of her classes, but she describes this method in various interviews. I’m not sure if we did exactly what she would do but we did have fun pulling random bits and sewing them together. These two quilts are for sale.

This is my first with absolute random pulls. Making myself use each bit. I sashed it all in an older Cotton and Steel print. for the quilting I did big loops. I’m going to be honest, it’s not my favorite quilt. It was hard to let go this much! Measures 39 x 36″ $125

This second one I like much better. I still did it pretty randomly, but if I really didn’t like something I would pull again. I feel like I was better able to balance the values this way. I also think the sashing I chose sets the blocks off much better. And to me the backing and binding are just right for it. 41 x 52″ $150

If you haven’t tried this method yet I highly recommend it. Even if you just do a few blocks it really gets the creative juices flowing! method

  • Mary Lou Miller - Beautiful! You are so talented!June 20, 2017 – 11:22 amReplyCancel