I purchased a "bargain" Jelly roll on ebay a few months back with no plan of what to do with it. Its " Recipe for friendship" by Mary Engelbert (for Moda) and the design is predominantly featuring cherries. Its a discontinued line and hard to find any fabric to match to make into a quilt so I needed a project that would use just the jelly roll
Joined into pairs
Scrolling though jelly roll patterns I found one for a tote bag using a jelly roll that I liked
Here is WIP so far.
then into strips
Firstly I chose my side panels and cut them into 2.5 inch squared that were laid out into a design, then joined these into pairs and then into strips which were sewn together to form a front panel for the bag. I repeated this with similar prints in blue for the back panel for the bag. Each panel was then edged.
I am really pleased with how nicely my squares all lined up, my cutting and sewing must have been accurate for once.
perfect seam joins
Next I made the end side panels by stitching together 3 lengths of jelly roll strips, and repeated this for each end of the bag. I did the base in the same way.
2 x side panels
The stage I am up to now is the quilting, each section is quilted individually and then all of the pieces are joined together. More postings to follow as the bag takes shape.