I hope you’re ready to pick some fabrics for the Lucky Star quilt! If you’re using a commercial jelly roll for your version, your work is almost done. Here are the different options you can consider when it comes to jelly roll quilts:
- Use a commercial jelly roll. For Lucky Star, you’ll still need to pick some additional fabrics for the background, inner borders, and outer border, and it’s never too late to make a bold choice in those areas. Try choosing a fabric for these elements that are from a different manufacturer or designer to add some variety. Lynn will always push you to avoid white as a background, so try stepping outside your comfort zone a bit.
- Use a commercial jelly roll and swap out 10% of the strips for fabrics from a different line. For the lap size, that’s 3 strips. For the twin size, that’s 4 strips. For the queen size (you’ll need more than one commercial jelly roll for that size), that’s 5 strips. The intention here is to add some interest but adding a different scale of print, a solid, or a stronger value contrast than the commercial jelly roll comes with.
- Choose all your own fabrics and make your own jelly roll. In the video above, we started with a few pieces from the Rhythm line by Dan Morris from friend of the show QT Fabrics and added in a mix of solids and prints in a variety of scale and density.
While we’re using yardage to cut our jelly roll strips (more on that next week!), you can use fat quarters or fat eighths if that’s what you have the most of in your stash. Cutting two strips from the fat quarter or fat eighth that measure 2 1/2 x 21″ will get you the equivalent amount needed and you won’t run into issues with the piece size with this pattern, so go crazy and pull fabric to your heart’s content for the next week before we tackle cutting.
- Aug 6: Introduction
- Aug 13: Picking Fabrics
- Aug 20: Cutting
- Aug 27: Stitching Blocks
- Sep 3: Piecing the Top
- Sep 10: Selecting a Quilt Design and Quilting
- Sept 17: Bonus Content, and what to do with your leftover pieces
Click through to our shop to see the pattern and the fabric requirements to see if you want to dive in and participate; on the pattern page, click on “Description” to see the fabric requirements. The videos in the series will be freely available even if you’re not participating in the quilt along, and we’d love to see what you make! Tag your social media posts with #luckystarquiltalong and @TheStitchTVShow to share your progress, or come post pictures in our Facebook group What’s Up Stitches!