Friday, June 2, 2017

Jelly Roll Railway Quilt

Today I am so excited to share my newest quilt finish, Jelly Roll Railway.  And I just have to say, I am so loving those bold solids!!!    I just love a classic black and white quilt, and throwing in a red background, well that is just all the more fun :)

It's no secret that I love the Shortcut Quilt Patterns that the Fat Quarter Shop makes up for pre-cuts ;)  So when I was asked by them if I wanted to quilt along with their newest shortcut quilt made for Jelly Rolls, I was so super excited and of course, all over it!!!

I knew right away that this quilt would be perfect as an Alma Mater quilt.  I know I have said it before, but I am so glad my Alma Mater's colors are Red, White, and Black!!!  I just love getting to make quilts in this awesome color combo.   I played with the placement of the Red, White, and Black in just about every color combination layout there could be, and in the end, liked this one best :)

And I am so glad this quilt had a big border.  I love how it lets the design float and adds to the 3D effect.  Sometimes when I look at it those stripes are floating right off the background.   And I strayed from the pattern layout just a bit by alternating the corner blocks on the pieced strips.  I love how it gives the look of quarter triangle blocks in black and white.  So fun!!!

When it came time to quilt, I went with a favorite all over design of echoed paisley's.   This is so super fun and fast, and I love the extra movement it gives the quilt.  I made up this Free Motion Quilting Video Tutorial on how I do this design a while back, just in case you want to give it a try ;)

I finished it with a solid black binding and I love the way it just sets off the design.   And now it is all done and I can just add a little SUU logo applique (This is how I do my complex logo applique's ;)   and then it will be all set for homecoming and just perfect for someone to take to the game!!!  At 60" x 76" it really is just the perfect size for a stadium quilt.

And that is my Jelly Roll Railway quilt :)   And if you happen to have a Jelly Roll lying around that you want to make into your own Jelly Roll Railway quilt.  And be sure to watch the You Tube Video Kimberly made that has some great tidbits on how to get this quilt to come out just perfect ;)    And there is lots more Jelly Roll Railway inspiration from some of my blogger friends over at the Fat Quarter Shop !!  It is so fun to see what changing up the fabric does to give a quilt a whole new look ;)

And I have had several people ask how to make this quilt in this exact layout of red/black/and white so here I figured rather than typing it again and again in emails, I will just add the info here ;)

You are still making just 1 set layout of the block. 

Here is how much you need of each of the three fabrics :)

Red - 2 3/4 Yards
          8 Strips 6 5/8 x WOF   - 53"
          7 Strips 5 1/2 x WOF   - 38 1/2"  (Border)

White - 1 1/4Yards
           12 Strips 2 1/2 X WOF - 30"
             3 Strips 3 3/4" X WOF - 11 1/4"

Black - 2 Yards
            12 Strips 2 1/2 X WOF - 30"
             3 Strips 3 3/4" X WOF - 11 1/4"
             8 Strips 2 1/2" x WOF - 20"  (Binding)

Here is what you need to cut from each Fabric:

Your Fabric A Strips (24) 2 1/2" strips should be cut from Black and White
               . . . (12) White 2 1/2" x WOF Strips and (12) Black 2 1/2" x WOF Strips

Your Fabric B squares   (48) 6 5/8" squares should all be cut from Red

Your Fabric C Squares (48) 3 3/4" squares should be cut from Black and White
                    . . . (24) White 3 3/4" squares and (24) Black 3 3/4" squares

Your Fabric D Strips (7) 5 1/2" x WOF Strips should be cut from Red

Your Fabric E Strips (8) 2 1/2" x WOF Strips should be cut from Black

Then the piecing is just like the pattern .  Just be sure in the Block Assembly to Strip Piece 2 White and 2 Black Strips together in alternating order of Black, White, Black White.   Make Six Sets and sub-cut as directed.

When laying out your blocks, piece 2 Red B Triangles, 1 Black C Triangle, and 1 White C Triangle as shown in  the below block diagram.

Then when piecing your Quilt Top, be sure and  alternate your blocks as shown in the below Quilt Diagram paying close attention to the black and white triangles.  They should alternate.   Finally add your border ;)

I hope that helps everyone who wanted to make this quilt in the same fabrics and layout that I did ;)  If you have any other questions, just let me know :)

And that's all for today ;)  Thanks for popping in to share my newest quilt finish ;)     

I hope you have a very Happy Quilting Day!!!

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  1. I love love love your quilt. When I went to Fat Quarter Shop, I couldn't find the pattern. Any suggestions?

    1. Ahh, thanks so much Debbie ;) Just check back at Fat Quarter Shop in a few minutes. It will be up super soon ;)

    2. Got it! Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Wow, Melissa! How awesome! I can't believe how different our versions are by just changing fabrics.

  3. This looks wonderful. I like the hourglass block idea!

  4. This is so striking! Love the curvy quilting with the contrast of the very square piecing. :)

  5. wow that is beautiful, I love the red, black and white combo, classic yet cool.

  6. Holy cow! That is dramatic! Amazing version of the pattern... and exactly opposite of mine... so very fun to see!
    (p.s. Have I told you that I love using your bread recipe you shared)

  7. How lucky that your quilt holder has three hands!

  8. All your work is just so precise and crisp. Look at that piecing! And your choice of colors makes everything pop!

  9. <3 <3 <3 Love it! Just a pow!

  10. I said on instagram but just needed to repeat myself, WOW. The dramatic change in this quilt just by fabric choice. I would never thought to do this combo, but I may not do a few just like this. I may be a theif, but I'll give you all the credit.

  11. Put ULL on it instead and send it my way. Our colors are the same. :) I imagine I'll have to make my own, right? It's very striking and bold. You'll be the envy of everyone around you at HC. Beautiful!

  12. Stunning!!! Love how bold and graphic it is, and I love your change of the corner squares to two colors instead of one. Great quilt!! Hugs, H

  13. Hi Melissa,
    I just love this color combination - is there anything better than black and white and red? Love this quilt - it is really eye catching, and that wide border does make it seem like the center is just floating. Great job! ~smile~

  14. I love this quilt. Very cute.

  15. Oh! Wow!! I love your version best❤️❤️❤️

  16. I have really enjoyed seeing all the variations of fabrics that the quilters are making. Color truly makes all the difference in the world. Your red, black and white is stunning. The quilting is nice too.

  17. Wow, what a fun beautiful pattern.
    I love the colors, very striking

  18. Eye popping and so striking, love it!!

  19. That is such a bright and brilliant quilt! What gorgeous colours to really show off the pattern :)

  20. What a lovely quilt! Thank you so much for your machine quilting tutorial with the paisley motif. I watched it last year and now use that design on about 1/3 of the quilts I make. I love how it looks and people compliment me on the machine quilting. You're really an inspiration!


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