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National Jelly Roll Day

Saturday, 16th September was National Jelly Roll Day and we celebrated with our Open Day.  We had a brilliant day with so many lovely customers visiting and joining in with all the fun.

We kick started the day with two free classes.  Margaret showed us how to use the Creative Grids Double-Strip Kaleidoscope ruler and how amazing the design can look when using a jelly roll in our Two to Tango quilt. Then in Ileana’s class, she demonstrated the brilliant Creative Grids Multi-Size Flying Geese & 45/90 ruler – there were lots of jelly roll quilts made using this ruler and our free pattern giveaway for this class was for our Geometric breeze which you can download here.

After our two free classes there was time to walk around and see all our quilts from our latest book Jelly Roll Quilts in a Weekend which all had little clues attached for our Jelly Roll Quiz. There was lots of tea and cake plus Chris had both our longarm machines in action for everyone to see. 

Our shop was a hive of activity with a huge selection of brand spanking new Moda precuts which are so new that even the bolts haven’t yet been released.  Dee and Sue were our shop girls and did a fantastic job of making our shop look absolutely dazzling. 

In the afternoon Margaret hosted our Make a Jelly Roll Quilt. Quilters with all skill levels were invited to make a block which eventually will become a quilt for charity. We were so impressed how eager and enthusiastic everyone was and it truly was a great afternoon. We had several ladies who had never made anything before and they were thrilled with the results.  We are just in the process of finishing the quilt and will post pictures soon.

What was amazing about the day was how everyone was there for the simple reason – to have fun doing something that you love. Aren’t we lucky to be part of such a lovely quilting community! 

So a big thank you to everyone who came and took part and of course to all our wonderful Quilt Room staff who all bent over backwards making sure the day was a success.  If you were unable to come or perhaps are thinking about visiting us – here is a little video of behind the scenes.

Oh and Mary Foster was the lady who won one of our quizzes and received this great bundle of goodies!

Tabby Road Twist – dessert roll pattern

What can you make with a dessert roll and more to the point – what is a dessert roll?

This yummy sounding precut is made up of twenty 5in wide strips, each cut the width of the fabric (approx. 44in).  Roughly speaking, there is about 2.5m of fabric in a dessert roll – the same as what you would find in a jelly roll.  Back in 2013, we wrote our book, Dessert Roll Quilts showcasing 12 quilt patterns and we continue to champion how versatile dessert rolls can even though it often takes a back seat to it’s better know cousin – the jelly roll.

We recently stumbled across a free pattern by Modkins which formed the inspiration for our Tabby Road Twist pattern.  We have adapted the pattern to be used with dessert rolls and have added in some fun borders too.  This is a really fun quilt to make and uses the partial seaming technique which is easy to learn if you’ve not done this before.

To make this quilt all you need is one Dessert Roll (twenty 5in strips) plus a fat quarter for the middle square and four fat eighths to go with the border. We can’t get enough of Tula Pink’s Tabby Road collection and so our quilt is made with one of our Tabby Road Twist Dessert Rolls and one of our Tabby Road Twist Finishing Packs.

Just click on the link below to download and print off the free pattern and away you go! This is suitable for beginners.

Chris had great fun longarm quilting this with some fabulous custom quilting. She quilted geometric lines going across each of the four main units, a detailed cross-hatch in the centre and then a fun pattern in the borders.

We hope you enjoy working with this great precut and if you do make it, we would love to see some pictures posted on our Facebook page!