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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 10 October 2012
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781844487547
  • Stock: Temporarily Out of Stock
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 120
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: $34.99
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Sew Jelly Roll Quilts and Gifts


by Carolyn Forster

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Book Description
  • Jelly rolls offer a quick and easy way in to the world of quilting, making this an ideal book for beginners as well as more experienced quilters.
  • The added bonus of coordinating gifts sets this book apart from its main competitors.
  • The clear instructions and beautiful photographs make this a wonderful book for those who are new to sewing but who also want to achieve stunning results, quickly.

A jelly roll is a roll of pre-cut fabric strips, manufactured and marketed through United Notion's hugely popular Moda division. United Notions are the largest supplier and distributor of quilting fabrics, pattern books and other products associated with quilting. The fabric strips in a jelly roll are a standard width and length (2½ x 44in) and there are usually 40 strips a roll, enabling quick and easy piecing for craft projects. All of the quilts in the book can be made using a single jelly roll, through extra fabric is needed for the edging and backing fabric.

This book contains information on materials and equipment, as well as basic stitching techniques, layering and basting, quilting (by hand and machine), binding, labelling and laundering. There's even a section on cutting your own strips for those who prefer to use their own fabric choices rather than a pre-cut jelly roll.

Each of the nine projects consist of a different quilt design, together with a gift item made in a coordinating fabric, including stylish bags, a cushion, pot holders and key fobs. Full instructions for each quilt are provided, together with step-by-step photographs for the accompanying gift. Stunning photography throughout and clear, step-by-step instructions make this an ideal beginner's book.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
What is a jelly roll? 8
Fabrics & threads 10
Basic sewing equipment 12
Cutting your own strips 14
Stitching the patchwork 18
Basic quilting materials 24
Layering & basting 27
Quilting 30
Binding 36
Labelling & laundering 40
Quilt size 41
Woven Dreams 44
Humbug Doorstop 48
Flower Garden 52
Spring Door Wreath 56
Sunny Days 60
Book Bag 64
Ripples 70
Beach Hut Key Fobs 74
Sewing Spools 80
Lavender Stack 84
Ohio Star 88
Japanese Bag 92
Tea Time Treat 98
Coffee and Tea Coasters 102
Autumn Floor 106
Autumn Cushion 110
Sweet Sixteen 114
Nine-patch Biscornu 118
Templates 124
Glossary 127
Index 128

Extra Information

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About the Author

About Carolyn Forster

Carolyn Forster started making quilts when she was a teenager and went on to study Textiles at the University of Bath. Since graduating, she has taught patchwork and quilting both in the UK and the USA and has had her quilts featured in a number of books and magazines, including Fabrications, Popular Patchwork and Patchwork and Quilting. Carolyn lives in Tunbridge Wells, UK with her husband and son.

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Make it Today

April 2015

Make any jumbled jelly roll work for you with this ingenious guide. As well as nine quilting projects you'll find a range of co-ordinating projects that include a key fob, cushion, pot holder and crafty bag. With little fuss, minimal supplies and clear step-by-step photography, a beginner can really cut their quilting teeth on this starter guide. Plus all of the quilts in the book can be made using a single jelly roll.

Popular Patchwork

Aug 13

There are quite a lot of Jelly Roll books on the market, but Carolyn Forster's new book is particularly well written and has an excellent selection of patterns. Jelly Rolls are very attractive buys for lots of us, but are even more desired by anyone with a smaller stash and those looking towards making their first quilt. Carolyn's basic instructions in her introductory chapters cover lots of ground, and indeed would be an ideal introduction to patchwork and quilting in general for any newcomer to the craft. There are forty-plus pages devoted to basic patchwork and quilting skills, all of which are well described and clearly photographed. An additional welcome feature is the inclusion of a mini gift project accompanying each of the nine quilt projects. This allows you to tackle a small patchwork item before you take on a full-size quilt. The full-size projects are varied in design, and level of ability, from simple squares and strips, to cotton reel and Dresden plate designs.

Homemade with Love

Jun/Jul 13

All of the quilts in the book can be made using a single jelly roll, though extra fabric is needed for the edging and backing fabric. Each of the nine projects consist of a different quilt design, together with a gift item made in a coordinating fabric, including stylish bags, a cushion, pot holders and key fobs. Stunning photography throughout and clear step-by-step instructions make this an ideal beginner's patchwork book.

Sewing Directory, The

Feb 13

Sewing with jelly rolls is a great way to minimise cutting time and to ensure your fabrics all go well together. This book has a great selection of projects made with jelly rolls, not just quilts but a key ring, cushion, bags and a wreath. The start of the book is an introduction to jelly rolls (including instructions on cutting your own) and also includes step by step guides to he patchwork and quilting techniques youll need to make the projects in the book. The projects themselves are spread over several pages and come with lovely big bright photos to guide you as well as colourful diagrams for the piecing and cutting. The projects and quilts are simple enough for beginners to make as all the instructions you need are contained within the book. Also the binding for the quilts is made from jelly roll strips too, there instructions on how to make the binding too. Its nice to see a jelly roll book which contains projects as well as quilts, and I love that several are made with contemporary fabrics too. Also youll be pleased to hear that there are full size templates in the back of the book (always a big plus).

Machine Knitting Monthly

Feb 13

A roll of pre-cut fabric strips of standard width and length, usually with 40 strips a roll, provides quick and easy piecing for craft projects and it's called a jelly roll. All the quilts can be made using a single roll, plus the edging and backing. Carolyn outlines everything required and explains cutting strips for those who prefer to use their own fabric. Nine quilt designs and a selection of gift items are included. Stunning photography and clear instructions make this an ideal beginner's book.

Dec 12

A beautiful book full of quilts to inspire. As the title suggests all the quilts are based on a jelly roll of fabric which you can buy from most craft or sewing shops. It's absolutely beginner friendly and it answered a lot of my own questions as a novice. It has 34 pages before the projects begin on a wide selection of topics such as 'What is a jelly roll?', 'Fabrics & Thread', 'Basic Sewing Equipment', 'Cutting your own strips', 'Stitching the patchwork', 'Basic quilting materials', 'Layering & Basting', 'Quilting', 'Binding', 'Labelling & Laundering' and 'Quilt size'. There are then nine beautiful quilts which use lovely fabric to inspire you. The photographs are plentiful so you are in no doubt. There is an illustration or photo for each step. There are also other projects such as a patchwork cushion, a bag and coasters which you can use your scraps for. It also has three pages of templates which you don't need to enlarge on a photocopier and a glossary. This book is an excellent introduction to quilting and will also be a fantastic addtion to any quilter's collection.


Nov 12

read a review of this book on Amazon and decided to buy it on the strength of that alone. I am not disappointed. It is a fabulous book with something for everyone. No matter if you have never quilted or are very experienced, this book is a dream. Can't wait to get started on the Humbug door stop. I've enough fabric in my stash to make it this weekend. Carolyn Forster has produced the perfect book.-"Witchygirl" (Amazon)

Karen Platt

Nov 12

The Lintotts shot to the top of the popularity quilt polls with their books on jelly roll quilts published by D&C. I used to look at these and whilst I didn't dislike them, they seemed to be rather staid in the colour stakes. You know how I like my colour. Enter Carolyn, who has simply made my heart flutter with this new jelly roll quilt book. Jelly rolls are quite naughty, anyone who loves either fabric or quilting or both, tends to collect these jolly little rolled up pieces and fall in love with the colours. They might even have a tendency to sit in your stash unused. Bring out your jelly rolls and start a new quilt project with the help of this book. Carolyn starts by talking about jelly rolls, fabric, equipment and basics, so even if you are a beginner, you'll be on the right track with this book. She walks you through cutting, stitching, layering, basting and of course quilting, binding and labelling with easy to follow instructions and good step by step photos. So this book is highly usable. Nine quilt projects are given with clear instructions, there are also templates at the back of the book. In addition, there are 9 gifts including a bag, doorstop, wreath and pincushion. I loved all the projects and I'll be surprised if you don't too. This book will give you the confidence to quilt. Move over the Lintotts, this is the best jelly roll book I've seen.

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