While I was fabric-shopping with friends before Sewtopia Denver, we went up to Erie, Colorado and visited A Quilter's Corner. While we were there I found the Farm Fun collection by Stacy Iest Hsu for Moda. I stood before the shelves for a while pulling fabrics from the collection, and then putting them back...only to pull them out again. I was trying to figure out which fabrics were my favorites and eventually talked myself out of buying the fabrics because I couldn't decide which ones to buy and which ones to leave behind. Then while I was waiting for a friend to get her fabric cut, I discovered a jelly roll of the fabrics from this collection (a jelly roll is made up of 2 1/2" strips of fabric from 1 collection). Only two other times had I purchased a bundle of a collection (fat quarter bundles of an entire collection), I usually prefer to mix and match my own fabrics for a quilt, and I'd never bought a jelly roll, but I was intrigued with the idea of having a little bit of all the fabrics from this particular collection. With some friendly peer-pressure from my friends, I bought my first jelly roll.
A few weeks earlier, I had seen this quilt by Film in the Fridge. She made her quilt using fat quarters, but I thought that I could get a similar feeling using the jelly roll strips. One major difference between our quilts, is that I put 4 rows of the alternating rectangles together, rather than just two. As I was making the blocks, I realized that I was making 16-patches (a la St Louis 16-patch quilts), but with rectangles. Regardless of what we call it, or how it is put together, I'm happy with the result (over all), and enjoyed experimenting.
While I was still at the quilt shop, I purchased enough fabric yardage from the collection to back and bind the quilt. I echo-quilted each short side of the rectangles withing the blocks, and then also echo-quilted down each long side of the blocks themselves.
Today was a snow-day (no school for kiddos) where I live. We got 24" in less than 24 hours and didn't leave the house all day. I took advantage of the time at home to put together the backing, baste the quilt, quilt the quilt, and bind it. No one wanted to go outside to hold the quilt (in knee deep snow) for a picture, so I had to settle for this one folded shot outside (in standing inside with the door open, holding the quilt outside).
This quilt is roughly 49" square. I used all but 4 of the strips from the jelly roll. If I had planned ahead a little more, I would have pulled out 4 of the brown prints from the roll (there ended up being a lot of brown!) and used the colorful ones. Instead I paired up all the strips, sewed them together, cut them apart...sewed them back together, and then figured out how I was going to lay out the quilt. This resulted in 2 extra blocks.
This quilt is posted for sale in my Etsy store. Click here to see the quilt listing.