I have had a road 15 jellyroll sitting on my shelf for a couple of years now. Over that time, I would occasionally look for inspiration on how to put it to good use. I saw many great patterns but my choices were to either make a really big bed quilt or have a bunch of leftover scraps from the jellyroll. Now I do love scraps but if you are going to put out the money for a jellyroll, I really wanted to use every last bit!
Finally, I just sketched up my own pattern and made a quilt. I designed the pattern to use as much as a jellyroll as possible - pretty much all that is left are the selvages. The unfinished quilt was sitting out awaiting binding when many of my longarm quilting clients would stop in and almost all asked me where they could get the pattern. And a few of them wanted to know if the pattern had a border option. When I told them it was an original design, they asked that I make a pattern available.
So I ordered up a second jellyroll (Feed Company by Sweetwater) and some yardage and made a second quilt - this time with a border.
And I wrote up the pattern along the way. I decided to call this pattern Life is a Highway. The contrasting dots remind me of the lines on a highway.
I decided at the last minute to enter this in the Original Design category of the Spring Blogger's Quilt Festival hosted by Amy's Creative Side. Just in case there are some of you with a jellyroll sitting on the shelf needing a good home!
Thanks to Amy for hosting such a wonderful event. I am looking forward to finding some new blogs to follow and getting inspired by all the stunning eye candy!
Here are my other entries over the years:
Fall 2013: Orange and Gray Woven Quilt
Fall 2013: Star Surround
Spring 2014: Appliqued Flowers
Spring 2014: Geese Migration
Fall 2014: Wiggle Time
Fall 2014: Vertical Scraps
Spring 2015: Scrappy 9 Patch
If this is your first visit to my blog - thanks! In addition to the Scrap-A-Palooza series, I host a link party every Sunday called Oh Scrap! Besides scrap quilting, I am always sharing lots of other projects in all different techniques. I love to paper piece, EPP, and hand applique. I hope you choose to follow along to see what I am up to next!
And for those of you wondering how the quilt from the road 15 jellyroll turned out, I will be sharing that soon. I am also making a small quilt version made from some scrappy strips.
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