I just finished sewing up a lovely new pattern from Fat Quarter Shop called the Jelly Belly Bars Quilt. It’s made from a jolly bar precut and a jelly roll precut, but I went rogue and made mine from a layer cake and, because the fabric I wanted to use for my frames didn’t come in a jelly roll, I hand-cut my frame strips.
Back in October, I posted on Instagram that I really wanted to make a low-volume quilt. When I started brainstorming about what fabrics to use in my version of the Jelly Belly Bars Quilt, I thankfully remembered that desire and decided to move forward with that look in mind.
I used Modern Background Colorbox by Zen Chic for my prints, and the frames are Bella Solids in the “Ruby Ice” color (SKU# 9900-169).
My quilt looks a little different from the others you’ll see today because I added an outside border onto mine because the quilt as written finishes at 54.5 x 60″, and I’m just a little taller than average, so I knew it would be just a little too short for me to use it comfortably. I actually had a layer cake of the Modern Background Colorbox, so I just cut it in half and used the second set to piece a border. Finished size with added border = 63.5 x 69″, which makes for an awesome-sized throw that will cover my toes.
For the backing, I used the “Sky Blue Picnic Basket” print (SKU# 24075-15) from April Rosenthal’s “Orchard” fabric collection. I then bound the quilt with some more Bella Solids “Ruby Ice”.
The quilting was done by Ashley of Hen House Quilting. I said that I wanted something modern, but not sharp; rounded if possible. She picked out this quilting design and I couldn’t be more pleased. It’s turned out exactly like I wanted. Sweet, while still managing to be modern. I absolutely love it.
I mocked up a number of brainstormed ideas for this particular quilt, and I’d hate for them to go to waste, so I thought I’d share them with you, just in case they inspire you to go make a Jelly Belly Bars quilt of your own!
Thank you, Fat Quarter Shop, for inviting me to sew along with you! You can visit their post about this new Jelly Belly Bars quilt pattern on their blog by clicking here.
Or, you can just jump on over to Fat Quarter Shop and download a copy of the Jelly Belly Bars quilt pattern for yourself! You can also buy a Jelly Belly Bars quilt kit, and backing kit! Happy sewing!