Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Jelly Rolls - my new book

I have just finished book #3, sent it off to the publisher and crazy or not, I am starting book #4. This will be a book with fewer pages (48 page count) and it will focus on patterns and projects.

It's interesting how this book came about. Since January I have been buying fabric Jelly Rolls. I have never been tempted to buy jelly rolls even though they have been around for years, but all of a sudden I just couldn't help myself. As my column of jelly rolls grew and grew until it was about 36" tall (I stacked the rolls one on top of the other on my cutting table) I had no idea what I would be doing with them.

The Jeramy Landauer, the owner of my publishing company, Landauer Publishing Corp called and asked if I would be interested in doing a book featuring fabric jelly rolls. YES! I said.

I have been working with fabric strips for years. Here is a quilt that I made in 1988 using strips that I sewed into vertical rows, holding a few brightly colored strips back to applique over the top. I cut out the border along the edge of the curved design and appliquéd to the top on one side and left it free form on the outside. Next I cut out some of the little figures in the fabric, scattered them over the surface and appliquéd them in place. I called it Move Over Miro. It's the first art quilt I sold and sometimes I am sorry I no longer have it.

Move Over Miro by Jean Ann Wright

Fast forward 25 years for my second venture into sewing random strips together to make a quilt. Yesterday I finished making the quilt top for the first quilt in my coming Jelly Roll book. I have been intrigued by the "1600" methods of sewing strips together. I wanted to do something a little bit different so after sewing one long strip I used a formula to cut and sew the strips in units, cut the units up then sewed them together again and made this quilt. All it needs now is quilting and binding. Yumm!

Sweet "1600" – Mixed Berries with Mango

1 comment:

  1. Really looking forward to this book. I too, have been getting intrigued by jelly rolls - though I haven't bought anywhere near as many as you have! - and am not finding a whole lot of great patterns on which to use them.