Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Jacks - Fast & Fun Lap Quilts Book Tour

 It's Week 7 of my Fast & Fun Lap Quilts Book Tour and today I am sharing the Jacks quilt! This quilt is the cover quilt on the book and I just love it.  This is probably the last "fast" of all the quilts in the book, but it can still be whipped up with lots and lots of chain stitching ;)  There are some more no -waste lattice units and a whole bunch of stitch and flip corners.  And you have to love the scrappy binding to finish it all off, so cute!!!

Here is the introduction I wrote about Jacks in the Fast & Fun Lap Quilts Book.  "When I was a child, whenever we had recess indoors at school I always wanted to play jacks.  It was the best.  Designing this quilt brought back many fun memories of playing my favorite game.  I hope it will for you as well.  Jacks is made of a lot of tiny stitch-and-flip squares, but don't be overwhelmed.  They're fast to finish with chain piecing, and the result is a great quilt to snuggle up in."

When writing this book, I tried to give you all of the tips and trick that I would share if I were teaching a quilting class.  This is my favorite tip from the Jacks quilt.  Cutting out quilts is actually one of my favorite parts of making a quilt.  I know, kind of crazy, but I just really enjoy it.   And some of the reason I so enjoy it is because I can do it super fast.  Below is a tidbit on how I cut so many squares so quickly, hopefully it will help you speed up your cutting as well  :)

Jacks was made using Paisley Rose fabrics by Crystal Manning for Moda Fabrics.  All the quilts in Fast and Fun Lap Quilts are made with 1 Layer Cake/10" Stacker and a background fabric.   You will use 40 of the 10" squares for this quilt so you really use up just about every last piece.  This quilt finishes at 62 1/2" x 77 1/2", making it a perfect lap size quilt for snuggling up in.    

I had so much fun custom quilting each of the quilts in Fast & Fun Lap Quilts .  For this Jacks quilt, I quilted little loop d loops in the main part of the background and echoed the center "star" of the block with pebbles.  Then I quilted wishbones on the spokes and left the center unquilted so it would pop.  a I used 402 So Fine thread to blend perfectly into the white background and all of the prints.   I know, your shocked right :) 

And that is my Jacks quilt, the seventh lap quilt in my new Fast & Fun Lap Quilts book !  You can find the Fast & Fun Lap Quilts book in your local or online quilt shops,  C&T Publishing, or if you would like a personalized signed copy, you can order from my Etsy shop.  And if you make your own Jacks quilt, I would love to see it!!  You can share your quilts with me on social media using hashtag #happyquiltingwithmc and #fastandfunlapquilts and tag me @happyquiltingmc or you can email me a picture at   

And speaking of making a Jacks Quilt, my good friend,  Melanie Call has made up her own Jacks Quilt using Dwell Fabrics by Camille Roskelly for Moda.    She used Chambray Grey on the background and I just love the way it makes all of those beautiful colors from Dwell just sing!!  Didn't Melanie's quilt just turn out amazing!!!   It is an absolutely stunning finish!!    You can see all the details at Melanie's Instagram, ABitofScrapStuff

And while you are visiting Melanie at ABitofScrapStuff, be sure to enter her giveaway. She is sharing a Dwell Layer Cake with a Happy Quilting Reader so you can make a Jacks quilt just like Melanie's!!!  How fun is that, You can enter the giveaway at her Instagram.

And that is it for today, thanks for popping in for Week 7 of the Fast & Fun Lap Quilts book!

I am just so happy to share this Jacks quilt and be sure to pop back in on Friday when I will share a second version of the quilt.  

I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting Day! 

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  1. Such a pretty quilt Melissa!

  2. Hi Melissa - I just received your Fast & Fun Lap Quilts book. I own around 200 quilting lie. Your book just made it to #1 in my collection. It’s the first quilting book I purchase that I know I will make more than one of the quilts - it’s just deciding which one to make first. Thank you so much for the easy tips included and such detailed information for cutting and piecing. I can’t wait to see the next book you produce!


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