Seeing Red

Do you ever get on a roll and one thing leads to another? That’s what’s been happening in the studio this week.   Saturday’s guild meeting was a jelly roll race, and I’ve had this luscious red batik jelly roll a friend bought for me a couple years ago. I love it so much I didn’t want to risk messing it up. (I know….)  I decided to take the plunge and use it for this project, with no idea how a monochromatic jelly roll quilt would even look.

First things first: sew aaaaall those strips together end-to-end. Very boring.


After trimming the seams I was left with a pile of bits that could not be wasted, so I had some fun and made wee 3-1/2 ” blocks….


And here’s my finished quilt top. I used my wee blocks to spice things up a bit. (Notice that piece of black and white love? That’s the one I didn’t have enough of for my snowball blocks. And I love love love it. And I really wanted to use it on something that lives here, because I tried to find more of it and I can’t.)

I’m in love with this quilt!  I named it “Red All Over”, and now I have to decide how to quilt it. In the theme of keeping it real, I trimmed too close when I squared it up. I hate when that happens.  In hindsight, I wish I had done that before sewing that top border on, but it is what it is and I think it will look intentional when it’s finished…like I meant for the blocks to run off the page, so to speak. For now it’s out where it makes me happy every time I see it.



  1. Lois Bates says:

    Looks great! I love the white and tiny scrap blocks.

  2. Pat Winters says:

    Good job Joy! Those squares look like Morse Code.

  3. So very pretty, Joy! Perfect color scheme for Valentine’s day! Love your blog ox

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