Friday, November 8, 2019

Jelly Filled Parade - Smart Cookie Quilt and Giveaway!!

I was super excited when my good friend Vanessa from Lella Boutique  asked if I wanted to participate in a Parade for her new book Jelly Filled.    And I am thrilled today to get to share the quilt I made for the parade along with a giveaway ;)


I absolutely loved Vanessa's first quilt Charm School, a Charm Pack friendly book.  And if you can't tell from the title of her new book Jelly Filled, this book is all about Jelly Rolls!!!   


I got to make the Smart Cookie quilt from Jelly Filled and I just love this awesome design, doesn't it just shine!!!    You all know I love a good star quilt, and Stars combined with a Log Cabin design, and then to make it all interlock, brilliant!!!  This quilt just has so much movement, and I just love the twist Vanessa put on traditional blocks.  And it was so fun and fast to piece :)  


And I know that this is a "Jelly Filled" quilt, but I actually used a Half Yard bundle instead of Jelly Rolls :)   But can you blame me??  And soon as I saw the design of this quilt, I just knew it would be perfect for a bundle of New Ombre Colors  that I had.   I just loved the ideas of the Log Cabin parts of the blocks being an Ombre gradient of lights and darks.   It took me a little while to figure out how to get it all cut, but it was totally worth it.  Wouldn't you agree!!!


And  I took some pictures along the way of cutting, Just in case you want to make an Ombre Smart Cookie as well :)   You can just use the following directions along with your Jelly Filled Book instructions.  And if you have any questions, don't hesitate to email me :)

So first off, for the quilt top you will need:

 12 Half Yard Cuts of any Ombre Fabric (I used the New Colors bundle)
        - From the pattern, these will be used as the 12 Print Fat Quarters as well as the Cream Fabric.
             Cut according to the instructions below using the pattern for sizes :)

 2 Yards of White Grunge or White Solid
          - From the pattern, this yardage will be used as the Black Fabric
             Cut according to the instructions in the pattern ;)

Do the following 4 steps for each of the 12 Half Yard cuts.   The top or darker part will become your "print" pieces and the bottom or lighter part will become your "cream" pieces

Trim the 2 sides and top and bottom of  the Half Yardage piece so you have (2) 17 1/2" x 20" squares.  Keep the two squares stacked on top of each other with wrong sides together.


Cut a 2 1/2" x 17 1/2" strip from the top and bottom of the trimmed squares. 
Then cut the remaining square vertically into (2) 12 1/2" x 15" rectangles and (2) 5"  x 15" rectangles.  Set the 5" x 15" rectangles aside for a moment.


From the (2) 12 1/2" x 15" rectangles cut horizontally to make (12) 2 1/2" x 12 1/2" in 6 rows.

 The top three rows along with the Top 17 1/2" strip cut in the step above become the Print Rectangles from the pattern and you will use the "or 12 Fat Quarters" instructions from the Pattern to cut the Print Rectangles Designated below.

The bottom three rows along with the Bottom 17 1/2" strip cut in the step above become the Cream Rectangles from the pattern.  Follow the size directions below and take note of which pieces go in Block 1 (making 2 per Half Yard Piece) and which go in Block 2  (making 1 per Half Yard Piece).


 And finally, grab the (2)  5" x 15" rectangles that were set aside.
  From the first rectangle cut (2) 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" rectangles to use for the "cream" fabrics in Block 1
  From the second rectangle cut (3) 5" x 5" squares to be used in the Step 2 directions of both Blocks


And now you are all set to piece your quilt!!!   And then when it is all pieced together, you can quilt and bind it and have an awesome Ombre Smart Cookie quilt as well ;)    I decided to quilt mine with an all over bubble swirl ;)   And I used a Rainbow variegated thread and I just love how it adds to all of that ombre goodness of the quilt!!! 


And of course, it creates some gorgeous texture as well!!!   I used a black grunge binding and it finishes off this ombre rainbow just perfectly :)  Isn't it just so fun!!!  The quilt finishes at 84" square so it will make for an awesome quilt to take on a picnic or snuggle up in. 


And that is my Smart Cookie quilt from Vanessa Goertzen's new Jelly Filled book, made using the gorgeous new Ombre Fabrics by Vanessa Christensen.    And I absolutely love, love, love the way it turned out!!!  Thank you so much to Vanessa for having me along this fun parade :)  And be sure to check out Vanessa's blog for lots more quilts from Jelly Filled!!!


And a Parade wouldn't be complete without a Giveaway!!!   C & T Publishing has a copy of Jelly Filled for one lucky Happy Quilting reader!!!    


GIVEAWAY CLOSED - The Winner is #31 - Congrats Kira!!!

And entering is simple.    All Entries are welcome, including International Entries.  Please just be sure to leave an email address if you are a no-reply blogger ;) 

ENTRY - Simply leave a comment telling me what is your favorite pre-cut to sew with ;)  

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Monday November 11th, when I will announce a winner on this post :)  Good Luck!!! 

Thanks for popping in today and each and every day.   I hope you have a Happy Quilting Weekend!!!

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128 comments:

  1. Jelly rolls are my go-to precut!

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  2. I love all the precuts! I think I use charm packs the most often.

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  3. I like layer cakes. And thank you, Melissa, for showing us how you quilted the quilt! I always appreciate that.

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  4. I love charm packs and jelly rolls. I also use a lot of fat quarters.

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  5. Hi,Use them all,but Charm Packs are my favorite! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. I haven't used many precuts. I would love to win this and use the jelly roll that's been sitting in my room fo a long time.

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  7. I love fat quarters and layer cakes. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  8. Beautiful quilt! I love layer cakes.

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  9. I like 10" squares since I can go in many directions with this size.

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  10. I love jelly rolls. The book would be just perfect!!

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  11. I like layer cakes for their versatility but jelly rolls are great too.

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  12. I like jelly rolls but struggle with what to make with them.

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  13. I love charm packs - great for patchwork quilts.

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  14. I like the convenience of the jelly rolls, but unless I have a specific use for one, I just buy fat quarters.

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  15. I like all precut, but probably have the most jelly rolls. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  16. I love all precuts but especially like the fat quarter bundle because I can usually make at least 2 projects if not more from a bundle.

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  17. I prefer to use jelly rolls and then layer cakes. Thanks

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  18. I love using fat quarters and charm squares! The fat quarters have quickly become my new favorite because they are so versatile!

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  19. I love using layer cakes and jelly rolls. Looks like a great book.

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  20. Jelly rolls, of course! But I also use a lot of charm packs and mini charm packs!
    julie.mirdoch@shaw.ca

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  21. Picking a favorite precut is like picking a favorite ice cream flavor! :) I have been using a lot of layer cakes lately, but just picked up the Charm School book, so I forsee using a lot of them in the near future. Jelly rolls are fun, too, so I guess I love them all!

    Sandy A

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  22. What a coooool quilt! Love it!! Would love to win this book...thanks for the chance!!! I love using Charms & fat quarters...but currently have been using many jelly rolls as well... (Guess I am a proven fabric addict huh? giggle...)

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  23. I seem to buy more layer cakes (I guess thinking I can get 4 charm packs out of it, if I need to) but I also LOVE jelly rolls.

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  24. I love them all, especially jelly rolls and layer cakes!

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  25. I love all precuts for different reasons, I alway use jelly roll strips for binding so I don't have to cut my own. Thank you for a great giveaway. x

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  26. I love this quilt.

    I'm not sure I have a favorite precut. If I'm angry sewing, then a layer cake because it comes together quickly. Strip piecing is mellow. Charm packs make sweet small things. I guess they all have a place in my sewing.

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  27. I use FQs mostly but I do like the jelly rolls as well ... BUT (lol) I have a box full of charm squares and mini squares just because they are fun ... don't use them but ... it's fabric after all.

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  28. My top choice is fat quarters, but I like layer cakes too. I love how your quilt turned out.

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  29. I love thw versatility of fat quarters.

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  30. I seem to buy jelly rolls the most of any precuts.

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  31. I'm torn between layer cakes and jelly rolls!

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  32. Current favorite is Fat 8ths. There are a lot of charm, jelly roll, and even FQ patterns that can be adapted to use F8. More versatile than you would think.

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  33. I have enjoyed using all the precuts, with different purposes or parameters in mind. But probably the one I buy the most is charm packs because they are not so big of an investment, and can be used to make quick table runners.

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  34. It seems I have more charm packs than anything else, since I love to make charm quilts and runners, Jelly rolls come in a close second

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  35. I alternate between jelly rolls and layer cakes. I love your quilt😍

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  36. My favorites are charm packs and jelly rolls as well.

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  37. What a gorgeous quilt! My favorite pre-cut to sew with is fat quarters. I just feel like they give me more options. That said! That doesn't stop me from collecting all other sizes of pre-cuts too. ;o)

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  38. Jelly rolls are a fun way to quilt quickly!
    Mary
    paletteofthewild@hotmail.com

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  39. Jelly rolls and layer cakes are my favorites.

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  40. I like fat quarters because I like to pre wash my fabric.

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  41. Your quilt is GORGEOUS!!!!! I would never in a million years have figured out the cutting. Thanks for the awesome tutorial!!! I like layer cakes and fat quarters the best.

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  42. I used to like charm packs (and still do!), but have grown to love fat quarters because you can do so much more with them! If I'm feeling poor, I buy charm packs. Love you quilt and great tutorial!

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  43. I have some jelly rolls that need to find their perfect quilt. I probably use fat quarters most, but I love ALL fabric cuts. 😁 Thanks for the giveaway!

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  44. Layer cakes are my favorite pre cut! Thank you!

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  45. I like all precuts but if FQs are considered precuts, I definitely use FQs the most. However, I also feel layer cakes are very versatile.

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  46. I like the versatility of layer cakes.

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  47. This is the cutest quilt. I love your creation with these superb colors

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  48. Love this!!!! I was trying to figure out the block pattern on instagram and then relied it's from the new book I was just reading about!!! I like fat quarters personally. ☺

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  49. It is hard to choose my favorite precut but the first quilt I made was a jellyroll quilt and I was hooked right away. Love your quilt!

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  50. Thanks for sharing the tutorial for such a beautiful quilt! My favorite precut is a fat quarter....so versatile!

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  51. My favorite precut is the layer cake.

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  52. Jelly rolls are my favorite pre cuts, I just find I can do so much with 2.5" strips! But I am always looking out for new ideas and patterns and this book looks just the ticket!

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  54. I favor layer cakes as they give me a little more room for longer cuts. Jelly rolls are fun though, and I have some of them too!

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  55. I have never used precut. Will have to try it someday. Thanks deanbren87@gmail.com

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  56. I use, and love, them all but I tend to use layer cakes and fat quarters as they are so versatile. This new publication looks like it is one I need. Thanks for sharing.

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  57. I love all of the precuts as well but my favorite is the jelly roll.
    wlshandmades(at)twc(period)com

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  58. Charms are my favorite precut.

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  59. I tend to favor jelly rolls but thank-you so much for the instructions. This is a winner.

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  60. Charms!! Of course a layer cakes makes 4!!!

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  61. I like the layers cakes best, but I love jelly rolls and charm packs, too!
    bestbelle2010@aol.com

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  62. Fat quarters are my favorite pre-cut - though I have a bunch of charm squares & jelly rolls waiting to be sewn up. Thanks.

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  63. I love all precuts, especially jelly rolls!

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  64. I've always loved fat quarters, but lately it's Layer Cakes that have me sewing more!
    duchick at gmail dot com

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  65. I love big old Fat Quarter Bundles!

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  66. Love them all, probably have more fat quarters.

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  67. Fat quarters because you can do so much with them.

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  68. I like to sew with FQs or even F8s!

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  69. I actually LOVE working with jelly rolls! thanks for the chance to win this awesome book ~ fingers crossed!!

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  70. Between the time I read the question and the time I reached this box, I changed my mind three times!! But I'm going to say layer cakes because there are so many possibilities, and stick with that answer.

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  71. Tough one but currently jelly rolls are at the top of the list followed by charm packs. Going to try a layer cake soon.

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  72. As a beginning quilter I've only used the layer cake precuts so far.
    ctopp@richhill.k12.mo.us

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  73. I like fat quarters because I have more options with them. Your quilt is so beautiful. The book looks great.

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  74. I like the options fat quarters bring. Your quilt is awesome. Very cool how you used the ombre fabrics.

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  75. I tend to use FQ's the most as they have more options to them. Love the quilt!

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  76. I love jelly rolls, but I really like precuts of any kind!!

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  77. I love all the precuts but I seem to have more jelly rolls and layer cakes than any others. Thank you for a great giveaway. Love your quilt.

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  78. Jelly rolls and layer cakes are my favorite pre-cuts. Thank you for the chance to win. Your quilt is amazing

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  79. I’m a FQB girl & have only made one quilt using jelly rolls but this book will be changing that!
    I love your twist on this one...ombré fabrics are amazing!

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  80. I really like two pre-cuts the best. Fat Quarters and Layer Cakes-they seem to be the most versatile when I am wanting to make a quilt quickly.

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  81. I don't buy precuts often because I'm poor, but I cut a lot of my scraps into 5" charm squares - so I guess they'd be my favorite since I use them the most! (But I have used a jelly roll once, and I have used a layer cake once, and I enjoyed both of those too.)

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  82. Jelly rolls are my favorite precut.

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  83. I love your quilt! The quilting is amazing! My favorite pre-cut right now are fat quarters, however, I have not tried a jelly roll! Thank you for sharing, Susan

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  84. i like jelly rolls and layer cakes

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  85. I haven't sewn much with precuts other than fat quarters so I can't really say. They all would work for different purposes.

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  86. I'm a big fan of layer cakes - 'cause you can cut them into 4 "charm packs"!

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  87. im a sucker for jellyrolls and fat quarters!!

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  88. I love using all of them because I don't like cutting fabric. I guess layer cakes would be my favorite.

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  89. i love all the precuts! i don't like cutting fabric since i usually manage to make mis-cuts and waste fabic.

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  90. I already have the book, but it’s just amazing to see the quilts made up! They really are prettier than the pictures. Your quilt is just stunning! I had to comment. It helped me understand the pattern so much better. I’ve never bought these fabrics, but now I will!! You did an Amazing job! Thank you for the tutorial!!!

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  91. My favorite precut is a fat quarter.

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  92. I rarely use pre-cuts because I actually enjoy the process of cutting. I do however pick up a jelly roll now and then to keep on hand for those times I need to make something quick and easy for someone in need.

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  93. I don't have one, but entering the giveaway as a gift for my sister. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  94. I usually purchase fat quarters or layer cakes but am always lingering over the jelly rolls. Jelly rolls would have to reduce some of the cutting, right? lol I am in awe of the quilt you made!

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  95. I love sewing with Jelly Rolls.

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  96. My favorite precuts are fat quarters. However, I am making a jelly roll quilt now so this book would be great to have. Thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net

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  97. I love layer cakes and FQs but a good jelly roll is a great pre-cut to use :)

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  98. Fat quarters are so versatile, but you also have to be creative in your use of them because there's only so much to go around.

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  99. I love fat quarters and jelly rolls equally. They are so convenient.

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  100. My favorite precuts are fat quarters. Your quilt turned out beautiful in the fabric you chose.

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  101. I love fat quarters. There is so much have in one!

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  102. I find fat quarters to be the most useful. Thanks for the opportunity to win!
    Kathleen, kakingsbury at verizon dot net

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  103. I prefer jelly rolls. From leftovers I usually make 2 1/2 inch strips too. Thank you for this give away. Great book to make charity childrens quilts with.

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  104. I like jelly rolls and 10" squares. Gosh this is a great pattern!!

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  105. Never met a precut I didn’t like but I seem to use fat quarters the most.

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  106. Jelly rolls are my favorite pre-cut. I like the intersecting aspect of this pattern.

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  107. I like to sew with them all, but my favorite is a jelly roll! Very little cutting since it's all ready done for you.
    yoyopattycakes @ hotmail dot com

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  108. I like them all but I think charm packs are my favorite.

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  109. Jelly rolls are my favorite. Beautiful quilt!
    comer109@comcast.net

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  110. Love your quilt Melissa! Such a brilliant use of the ombre fabric! And I used to collect layer cakes, but the last 6 or 8 months I've been collection jelly rolls for quilts: such fun to see what you can do with them!! Hugs, H

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  111. Received my copy of "Jelly Filled" yesterday, via Amazon. What a fabulous quilting book! Great directions, illustrations, and the progression from beginner to experienced is perfect. So glad that I have a copy.
    Donna Weeks (aka Momma Llama)

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  112. I don't know as I can say which is my favorite pre-cut; I've probably used charm packs and jelly rolls equally, but I also love the layer cakes. They're all winners in my book! And I love your "Smart Cookie" quilt with the ombre fabrics; it's simply stunning! You do beautiful work.

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Thank you so much for your sweet comments. I just love hearing from you!!
Have a Happy Quilting Day :)

Melissa