Design Wall Monday

What a good, busy week! I’m always more productive when the sun is out and a little higher in the sky, and I feel better too.  I must have a little SAD.

Have you see the super-quick strippy  quilt called the Jelly Roll Race or the Jelly Roll 1600?  With one 40-strip jelly roll, you can make a throw-sized (60 x 48 or 50) quilt.  If you want it a little bigger, you could add borders.  It’s called the 1600, because once you sew 40 2.5″ strips together (binding style), you have about 1600″ in length.  It’s called a race, because some groups are bringing their jelly rolls and fully wound bobbins to get together for a top-making race.  Either way, it spells fun.

Jelly Roll 1600

I accidentally got my slippered toes in the picture, but I left them there for scale.  Click HERE for the site with the video and instructions (Heirloom Creations).

I’m working on my Melly & Me bags I started in Texas.  So cute, and a perfect size:

"Meadow", by Melly & Me

Then I hit a bump in the road.  My Gammill 6500 had a big flare-up of its bobbin casing problem.  End of sewing for the night, and a trip to the sewing machine store today for a new bobbin casing.  This machine seems to work fine if I don’t use the thread cutter, and I’ve been using the thread cutter since we got back from Texas.  When will I learn…

And going onto the Gammill (which is humming along just fine) is a quilt for DS#3 Rob (appropriate since today is his birthday!)  Here is a folded corner of the quilt:

Rob's 9-Patch

A 9-patch scrap quilt, made entirely out of my scraps bin (and the navy blue was off my fabric shelf).  It’s been sitting around, waiting for someone to quilt it.  I guess it’s going to have to be me!  I think it’s pretty much aged to perfection, and now is the time to get it quilted and bound and out of my house.

I’ve been working like crazy on place mats for a presentation on feathers.  I have 12 place mats quilted (six yellow, six green), and each one is done with a different feather style (this one isn’t bound yet).  I also bought fabric to make six more for the dining room.

Here is a leafy “feather”, Kim Stotsenberg style.  (Kim’s site is also where I first saw the Jelly Roll 1600 quilt.)  Be sure to check out Kim’s site, and also consider her Just Leaf It book in the right-hand column.  It’s a favorite of mine.


A posting doesn’t seem complete to me unless I sneak in a bird picture.  How about a Reddish Egret photo, taken in Charlie’s Pasture, Port Aransas, Texas:

Reddish Egret

Mystery give-away starting later this week.  Don’t know the day yet.  Little bit different rules.  Finally decided on a prize!  Things are coming together…

To see what other quilters are working on, go to Judy L’s Patchwork Times and check it out!


5 thoughts on “Design Wall Monday”

  1. I really like that strippy top. I think I will do that with some of my thousands of 2.5″ strips in my drawer. That would be perfect for Linus quilts.

  2. You Jelly Roll quilt looks fabulous!!! I had so much fun piecing mine and could stop laughing the whole time!

    Thanks for the mention of Just Leaf It. I just had more printed… mmmm thinking I may do a video soon. 🙂

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