For my May jelly roll quilt project, I decided to double-duty it and use it as an opportunity to also complete my H2H charity quilt. My swap partner sent me this palette
I chose these fabrics to go along with the palette
(Thimble Pleasures in Chapel Hill was the perfect place to shop for fabrics to match the palette. Since they arrange their store by color, it was easy to hone in on one color at a time without getting too distracted.)
And then I started flipping through my Jelly Roll Quilts book to find a quick! and easy! pattern. I settled on "Garden Trellis." Here are a couple of other great versions of the pattern. I made my own jelly roll on this quilt, by cutting 2.5" strips from all the yardage I got to go along with the palette. Since I didn't have enough "light" strips to follow the pattern exactly, I got 3 yards of a white tone on tone and cut that into a bunch of 2.5" strips and considered the palette colors my "dark" strips.
Maybe my brain was a bit slow in May, but I had a tough time translating the pattern instructions to real life, since once again, I refused to shell out the money for a specialty ruler. Not wanting to repeat the fiasco from January, I decided to turn to the Internet for advice. The pattern uses a basic "strip tube" technique. Luckily, Missouri Quilt Co. posted a whole video on how to use this technique for strippy quilts with a regular square ruler. They used 3 strips per unit, instead of just two, but you can watch the video to get the basic idea.
Leap Year and Steel Magnolias. It's definitely a pattern to keep in your queue for when you need to pull together a project quickly.
This quilt will be on its way to Sarah next week so her church can add it to the distribution pile for the kids in St Bernard Parish, La later this fall. This community was especially hard-hit by Hurricane Katrina. I hope whomever receives knows I was thinking about and praying for them and their families while I made it!
Just under the wire, I'm linking up to Sarah's H2H linky party. (nothing like being the goddess of the last minute, eh?)
Started: May 2012
Finished: May 2012
Machine-pieced, machine-quilted, machine-bound
Fabrics - various.