Monday, September 30, 2019

Jelly Beans Mini

Cutting it close on the last day of the month to show another quilt from the June thru September Book of the Month choice, Accent on Angles (affiliate link) - the Jelly Beans Mini.

Jelly Beans Mini quilt draped

Though certainly not 'mini' - this quilt measures approximately 43" x 49" - I'm labeling it mini because it's smaller than the original Jelly Beans quilt in the Accent on Angles book (affiliate link), which is 55" x 55".

original Jelly Beans quilt

And I'm thrilled that I had just enough fabric for the borders - those three are all gone. 

Jelly Beans Mini quilt quilting

Quilting was the easy Bayside pantograph, keeping with all the movement in this quilt. And more yardage disappeared into the backing - yeah!

Jelly Beans Mini quilt and backing

With this third finish, 

Jelly Beans Mini quilt

it's time to retire the Accent on Angles book (affiliate link) back to the bookshelf, and move onto another selection for October - look for that on the 1st.

Happy Quilting!

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Saturday, September 21, 2019

FREE Jelly Roll Patterns!

Happy National Jelly Roll Day!! How about 12 FREE Jelly Roll Patterns to celebrate?

This quilters-only holiday is in it's third year, and a great inspiration to use up those jelly rolls! And to get you started, choose from these beautiful FREE patterns below - it's hard to choose just one! (updated 9-2020)

Avignon from Moda Fabrics


Ins and Outs from Jo's Country Junction


Vortex from Wilmington Prints, tutorial available on video,

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Jelly Roll Ripples from The Fat Quarter Shop, tutorial also available on video,


Inspired yet? With the onset of cooler weather, I see many of these quilts in fall fabrics - both Halloween and leaf themed. Maybe one of these patterns, like this one from Jo's Country Junction,

Jimmy John

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or Dottie from Moda Fabrics,

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or maybe this Strip Tube Quilt from A Bright Corner.

                                         How to make a strip tube quilt - a jelly roll quilt tutorial from A Bright Corner

And how about these? Jungle Path Baby Quilt from Sew Crafty Jess,

                                     Jungle Path Baby Quilt

or Meet in the Middle from Jo's Country Junction,

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and definitely Skinny Strips from designer Holly Hickman


Let's not forget Mixed Bag from Moda,

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or this Heart Quilt from Quilting in the Rain.


My! So many FREE patterns to choose from - I want to make them all! Of course, I probably don't have time for that, but feel free to choose your favorite and start sewing!

Also, check out these jelly roll friendly books (affiliate links):

Happy Quilting!

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Friday, September 20, 2019

Just Batty!

It's getting to be that time of year when all things Halloween creep out of the shadows. My newest quilt creation - Just Batty - fits in just fine!

Just Batty quilt in the wild by QuiltFabrication

Above, a rare sight of bats hanging out in the wild during the daytime, and below, seeking the shadow of a tree,

Just Batty quilt in the shadows by QuiltFabrication

while here, the bats got spooked and are taking flight! 

Just Batty quilt taking flight by QuiltFabrication

Ahh, reminds me of our visit to Noosa Heads, Australia a few years ago. Every night before sunset, the parrots would squawk like crazy while flocking to the trees, en masse, to settle into sleep. Then silence. And as the sky darkened, small, careening black shapes flew overhead as massive colonies of bats took flight in their search for food. We never tired of witnessing the brief moment of mass movement of birds every night - it's really quite the sight!

So, I have to say - I'm in love with this quilt!! Have you ever made a quilt that made your heart sing when laying out the blocks? Or feel such joy when the quilting brings it all to life? Well, that's this quilt for me, and it will be going onto my All Time Favorite list at the end of the year.

Just Batty quilt lap size by QuiltFabrication

Suitable for the confident beginner quilter, Just Batty is composed of one block, and uses the same background fabric for each one. The fun part is creating a variety of bats from different blacks, and adding sparkle with several oranges - a great way to use fat quarters! 

black fat quarter variety and oranges for sparkle for the Just Batty quilt

Because I want Just Batty to be one of your favorite quilts this Halloween season, the multi-sized pattern (wall, crib, lap, twin) is available at the QuiltFabrication Etsy shop. And with super easy block assembly, there's plenty of time to add bats to your Halloween decor!

Now, how about some close-ups? The background is a silver colored print, and the backing another grey full of swirls to go with the quilting.

loops and hooks quilting and backing on the Just Batty quilt

The quilting uses a dark grey Glide thread called Anchor, and the redrawn, by me, EZ Loops pantograph. 

loops and hooks quilting on the Just Batty quilt

I loved the loops and hook element in the original pantograph, but not the repetition - way too boring for this quilt!

So, with the help of the photocopier, I singled out one motif, mirrored it, rotated it, re-positioned it, and joined it to two identical motifs to create my own pantograph. I'm calling it Loops and Hooks.

Loops and Hooks pantograph

Complicated, yes, but oh so worth it! These new all-over loops and hooks really accentuate the flying bats for a perfect pairing. BTW, did you know I offer longarm quilting services? I would be happy to quilt this pantograph on your Just Batty quilt - just shoot me an email: quiltfabrication (at) gmail (dot) com to discuss prices and shipping.

Just Batty quilt by QuiltFabrication
Yes, I'm Just Batty over this quilt - 
Happy Halloween!

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Monday, September 16, 2019

More FREE Pumpkin Quilt Projects!

It's fall, which means pumpkin season! To add to last year's popular Eight FREE Pumpkin Quilt Projects, I've compiled a group of 5 new pumpkin projects to add to the list!

Along with the cute and fun pumpkins from last year, there's this scrappy beauty of modern prints from Sassafras Lane,

                                    Free Patchwork Orange Mini Quilt Pattern 

quilt-as-you-go pumpkin mug rugs from the Patchwork Posse,

                                        quilt as you go mug rugs pumpkin

quick and easy pumpkin coasters from A Few Scraps,


a pumpkin block tutorial, made into a runner at Sew Lux Fabric,


and an adorable modern pumpkin wall hanging designed by Amanda of Jedi Craft Girl.


In the pumpkin spirit now? I am, as I'm decorating with the Pumpkat Patch runner,

Pumpkat Patch table runner by QuiltFabrication

another runner made with the pumpkin applique block,

pumpkin applique block by QuiltFabrication

and over on the sofa, the Pumpkin Harvest lap quilt.

Pumpkin Harvest lap quilt by QuiltFabrication

Love all those pumpkins! 

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