2020 National Jelly Roll Day

September 19, 2020 was National Jelly Roll day and I decided to tackle two projects; 1 UFO and 1 new project. Since September 19, fell on the weekend I figured I would have plenty of time to at least have 1 completed or have both completed to the point of labeling and binding would be left to do.


TABLE RUNNER: you can find the pattern and instruction on the Youtube channel of Missouri Star Quilt Company https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjGifl2m_3k&t=407s

JELLY ROLL BRAID BY TINY ORCHARD QUILTS: you can find the pattern and instruction on her Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-f1tLIaErM


TABLE RUNNER: I think it took me longer to cut the fabric than it did for me to sew it together. My only suggestion would be to lay the set out before sewing. I did find myself sewing a few sets to the wrong side. I did purchase the binding tool. I must say it had been a great investment because I can use it for other projects and assistance with making my own binding.

JELLY ROLL BRAID: While this was the easiest project, it took the longest for me to piece together because I am a pin person; I have to pin everything.


TABLE RUNNER: I will quilt this with the stitch in the ditch method.

JELLY ROLL BRAID: I am still debating if I want to send this quilt to the long armer, or straight line quit it myself. If I quilt it myself, I will follow the chevron pattern.


I am still searching for the perfect label, but I will be printing them from my home printer and a cute design. I will take left over scraps and create a boarder for the labels so they will not look so plain.


I will hand bind both projects. Yes I knew there is at machine version but I want to practice and perfect my hand sewing skills. I also have noticed when I bind by the sewing machine I still have to go back and hand stitch a few sections.


TABLE RUNNER: this project did not have to travel far because I gifted it to my father to add a little TLC to his living room table.

Baby Crib Quilt: this project will be packaged and delivery to my cousin and husband as they await the arrival of their second daughter. The entire family is excited.

What did you make for 2020 National Jelly Roll Day? Tag me on INSTAGRAM

Stay tune for an upcoming post as I break down in full details my two projects. I will post the links here as well.

Learning New Stops, Quilting

Parallel Universe Mystery Quilt

When people ask me to do something and they are unclear of my vision or final outcome, I tell them “JUST TRUST THE PROCESS”. Today my quilt mentor told me, used my own words against me and told me “Just Trust the Process” . SO here I am signing upon for the Parallel Universe Mystery Quilt hosted and taught by Gyleen Fitzgerald, Ebony Love, and Latifah Saafir.

I am a current student of Mrs. Gyleen, I’ve followed Ms. Ebony for years but this will be my first time engaging with Ms. Latifah. I can not put into words how excited about this class series. Not only will I have the opportunity to study under 3 quilting “powerhouses” , but it brings me astonishing joy that they are 3 African American women who have and still are breaking barriers in the quilting industry. Not only do they design quilts and patterns, but they design their own quilting tool. Like WOW!!!!!!!! (shaking with joy).

Because this is mystery quilt and paid class I am unable to post to my social media pages my progress, but I will blog about the class and show off my quilt when the class is over and my quilt is completed. I hope some of my readers will be able to join me in this journey of 6 weeks of learning with 3 astonishing quilt masters, with an end result of 1 amazing quilt….. What a great way to start off 2021.

Instructor Backgrounds

Gyleen Fitzgerald: www.ColourfulStitches.com

Gyleen Fitzgerald makes quilts that blend color, pattern, and texture to provide a contemporary essence in traditional quilting. Her strength as a quilter is demonstrated by the infusion of engineering tools and innovative techniques to simplify visually complex quilts. She shares her enthusiasm for quilting through interactive lectures and workshops. As a writer, Gyleen centers on haiku poetry, quilt project books, magazine articles and children’s books.

An avid quilter, Gyleen has earned Best of Show honors and as a publisher, she is a Gold Medal winner for Quilts: Unfinished Stories with New Endings. She is best known for inspiring Trash to Treasure Pineapple Quilts and the creation of the Pineapple Tool by Gyleen.

Gyleen has appeared on The Quilt Show and Lifetime TV promoting a contemporary spirit in traditional quiltmaking.

Ebony Love, created LoveBug Studios as an outlet for her creative energy and to feed her soul. Over time, her business has changed and grown from taking commissions & creating custom quilts for clients to teaching the love of quilting to others. Ebony’s teachings are primarily online, but she also travels to guilds and shows to teach in person.

Latifah Saafir is known for her bold and innovative modern quilts. Combining her training as an engineer with her lifelong passion for sewing, Latifah creates designs that are graphic and contemporary, featuring challenging techniques with meticulous attention to detail. A co-founder of both the Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild and the worldwide Modern Quilt Guild, Latifah currently teaches workshops to guilds around the country.