Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Life is a Highway - Blogger's Quilt Festival

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: Star Surround

Spring 2014: Appliqued Flowers
Spring 2014: Geese Migration

Fall 2014: Wiggle Time
Fall 2014: Vertical Scraps

Spring 2015: Scrappy 9 Patch

Quilting is more fun than Housework
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.

Linking Up:

Crazy Mom Quilts
Amy's Creative Side


gayle said...

I'm having a wonderful time watching all the quilts showing up in this online festival. So many pretties!
And thanks for the links to your previous quilts - I enjoyed seeing those, too!
The only thing better than making quilts is looking at quilts. (Well, there's knitting, too, of course. I need sweaters to wear while making quilts!)

Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl said...

Very nice! Having pattern options for precuts like jelly roles is awesome, so I will definitely file this away in the memory banks. :)

em's scrapbag said...

Great use of a jelly roll.

Sandra Walker said...

Another great quilt, Cindy! Love the colour combination.

Rosa said...

Fabuloous quilt.Good luck!

Lorna McMahon said...

That is a fabulous design and I love the border fabric you chose. Pulls it all together so nicely. Such a fun pattern!

Jasmine said...

I can see why they wanted a pattern. It is such a fun quilt to use up all the pieces in the jelly roll. Love it!

Wendy said...

it's a lovely quilt, well done for using all that jelly roll!

Val's Creative Life said...

I think that song is going to be stuck in my head today!! LOL!!! It feels good to get a jelly roll of the shelf and into a quilt! Yours came out fun!

Patti said...

I have the same road 15 jelly roll just waiting to be used. Hmmmm!

Lara B. said...

I love both of those lines of fabric Cyndy and think your jelly roll quilt is perfect! I love the dark contrasting squares you have used and the borders you added too. This is an excellent way to use a jelly roll!

Jayne said...

Love this! Such a great pattern for those jelly rolls that seem to sit far too long!

Terri Ann @ said...

I love this take on the jelly roll run. It's so neat how the Sweetwater collections blend so well together, it kind of makes me want to start hoarding their different collections to make a mega Sweetwater quilt at some point, is that crazy??

Very impressed that you started this by sewing your stash, I gotta do more of that :)

Terri Ann @

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