i ♥ simple quilts



i was going through old files today and realized i hadn't shown you a few older quilts that i made.  yes, they're simple, but that doesn't mean that i like them any less.  not sure why i forgot about them.  the one above sold almost right away, and the one below was a custom order, so maybe that's why.



this bottom one follows the concept of a 'jelly roll race' quilt.  Not sure what that is?  just google it and you'll find tutorials on it.  it's a very simple way of making a strip quilt.  of course i changed a few things.  i didn't use actual jelly rolls (a roll of precut strips from Moda) but rather cut strips from my own yardage.

i think you can go pretty eclectic with your fabric choices on a pattern like this.  it looks really good when it's not too matchy matchy.

i also cut my strips wider than 2.5", more like 3.5"or 4".  I also sewed the strips together straight rather than on the diagonal, just because I prefer that look.

All in all, a very quick and effective way to make a quilt!

21 comments:

  1. Soooo pretty. Your colour choices make the quilts sing. Thanks for sharing your lovelies!

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  2. I just love your work! Is that a horse fabric in the quilt? If so, can I ask what the brand/designer is if you remember? I'm so inspired when I read your posts! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thank you Therese! Yes, it is a horse fabric, but I'm so sad to say that it's out of print and quite hard to find. It's by Heather Ross, from a collection called West Hill.

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  3. Simple patchwork is a huge favorite of mine. And I love straight line quilting too. Both are beautiful, thanks for sharing!

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  4. These are so wonderful, Jolene! I have made several JRRQ but never used wider strips. I love the look and will be sure to try that next time. My last one was a total potpourri of a bunch of Halloween fabric I was trying to use up with accents of other colors. It was amazing how the fabrics all worked together. I highly recommend JRRQ for letting the fabric do what it will.

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  5. it's so beautiful!! Oh, Jolene.. I bought a quilt book, and will love to try your tree quilt pattern soon. :D

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  6. I love simple quilts and mainly lines and squares.

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  7. Love the 2nd quilt. Any idea what line of fabric the black with large flowers is?

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    1. It's Greenfield Hill by Denyse Schmidt. Isn't it gorgeous?

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  8. Love these! There is just something about simple quilts...especially when they are composed of such beautiful fabrics.

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  9. I love the color combos in both! I just love what you do, especially your fabric choices!!

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  10. Both are beautiful! I just discover you and I will begin with a simple question. But believe me, your answer will help me :)! I use to prewash the fabric and the batting before quilting, but i am a beginner quilter and I am not sure it's ok. These two quilts are made with non prewashed fabrics and batting and after washing get to look like this? because I love them? And how should I wash a quilt? machine wash, hand wash? I admit there is more then one question here, I got carried away by curiosity :)
    Thank you so much,
    Dana

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    1. I'm happy to tell you how I wash my quilts, although there is no right or wrong way to do it. I do not prewash anything. When my quilt is completed I throw it in the washing machine for a regular cycle with warm water. Then I put it on low dry in my dryer. This makes it come out crinkly and soft. I wash my quilts regularly like this, just throw them in with my other loads of laundry.

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    2. Thank you so much Jolene for the answer. I kept some precut bundles of fabric to sew them without prewashing and i can't wait to do this and have your result :) ! your quilts are amazing! such an inspiration to a beginner like me!
      dana

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  11. They are both beautiful! My first "real quilt" was a jelly roll race quilt - very quick and easy!

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  12. They are both really beautiful. I love simple quilts too.

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  13. Complete and total LOVE for these quilts. I will forever be drawn to simplicity...

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  14. Absolutely gorgeous. Love the colors of the fabrics you chose...There's a lot to be said for simplicity. conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  15. These are gorgeous! What fantastic colours, you have such a way with them!

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  16. Love both of them, simply delicious! Thanks for sharing your "jelly roll" recipe. I would love to try one myself...

    ; )

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