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Project Pinterest: One Jelly Roll Race Quilt = Two Baby Quilts

Someone somewhere on social media casually mentioned a Jelly Roll Race quilt… and I’d never heard of it before.  So i looked it up and discovered yet another quilting phenomena!  The claim is that you can make an entire quilt top out of one jelly roll in one hour… and there are Youtube videos of quilt guilds hosting “races” to see who can finish a quilt top first.  I was intrigued and thought it just might be perfect for my next quilt, so I started pinning away…

The only problem was… after I made the quilt top, I didn’t like it!  It wasn’t terrible, I just didn’t love it… too many of the same colors and same fabrics bunched together.  The randomness is supposed to be a good thing, and I loved each fabric individually, but I just didn’t like how it all came together.

So I went back to Pinterest and started looking for variations and I found this pin…

which reminded me of other strip quilt blocks… like Chinese Coins and Rail Fence.

I started slicing and dicing the quilt top and made two smaller strip quilts… a Rail Fence and Chinese Coins.  I wouldn’t say this is the most efficient way to make either kind of quilt, but it could be a good solution if you’re not enamored with the Jelly Roll Race quilt.

And now on to the quilts!

The Amateur Librarian // One Jelly Roll Race = Two Baby Quilts

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Jelly Roll Race Quilt 

The Amateur Librarian // One Jelly Roll Race = Two Baby Quilts

Time: 1 hour to construct the top is the claim… but it took me more like 2 hours

Cost: Around $20

Supplies:

  • one jelly roll (40 pre-cut strips of coordinating fabric measuring 2″ x 42″)
  • sewing machine and thread

Finished Size: 42″ x 70″

Instructions:

You can find a lot of tutorials online to make a Jelly Roll Race quilt, from videos to written instructions.  I used this tutorial that I found through Pinterest.  I used a jelly roll of the Modern Roses fabric collection.

The Amateur Librarian // One Jelly Roll Race = Two Baby Quilts

The claim to fame is that after preparing one long strip (which should equal around 1,600 inches long), then you can sew the quilt top together within an hour.  The first row you sew will take the longest, and in theory you should cut your time in half with each subsequent row.

The Amateur Librarian // One Jelly Roll Race = Two Baby Quilts

 

The Amateur Librarian // One Jelly Roll Race = Two Baby Quilts

I timed myself and it took me almost 2 hours, but it was easy and fun to see it come together randomly!

Prepare first strip: 30 minutes

First Row: 50 minutes

Second Row: 30 minutes

Third Row: 15 minutes

Fourth Row: 10 minutes

Fifth Row: 5 minutes

Total: 1 hour, 50 minutes!

As you know, the only problem was… I just didn’t love the finished quilt top.  So I started slicing and dicing… and came up with two quick baby quilts that I really love!

The Amateur Librarian // One Jelly Roll Race = Two Baby Quilts

 

The Amateur Librarian // One Jelly Roll Race = Two Baby Quilts

 

The Amateur Librarian // One Jelly Roll Race = Two Baby Quilts

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

The patterns are classics that I’ve always wanted to try, and really simple to put together.  I bought a few yards of grey fabric for borders, and in the end I still had fabric leftover from the Jelly Roll Race quilt top… I could probably make at least another baby quilt, but I decided to leave well enough alone and save the scraps for another day.

Below are the two simple baby quilts created from the Jelly Roll Race: a Rail Fence quilt and a Chinese Coins quilt!

Rail Fence Quilt 

The Amateur Librarian // One Jelly Roll Race = Two Baby Quilts

Finished Size: 42″ x 50″

Instructions:

I cut the Jelly Roll Race quilt top into 10-inch columns, and set aside half for each baby quilt.  For the Rail Fence block, I separated each column into strip sets of four.  Each column had sixteen strips, so I got four blocks from each column with a total of 20 blocks.  I squared each block to 8 inches, then arranged in a Rail Fence pattern.  I liked this site for different layout ideas.

The Amateur Librarian // One Jelly Roll Race = Two Baby Quilts

 

The Amateur Librarian // One Jelly Roll Race = Two Baby Quilts

 

The Amateur Librarian // One Jelly Roll Race = Two Baby Quilts

 

The Amateur Librarian // One Jelly Roll Race = Two Baby Quilts

The Rail Fence panel measured 31″ x 38″ and I added six-inch borders of grey fabric on all sides.  I quilted a simple grid by stitching in the ditch and used cheater binding to finish it up.

The Amateur Librarian // One Jelly Roll Race = Two Baby Quilts

 

The Amateur Librarian // One Jelly Roll Race = Two Baby Quilts

Chinese Coins Quilt 

The Amateur Librarian // One Jelly Roll Race = Two Baby Quilts

Finished Size: 42″ x 50″

Instructions:

From the other half of the Jelly Roll Race quilt top cut into 10-inch columns, I further sliced them into 4-inch columns.  I used 3-inch strips of the same grey fabric for sashing.  I found this tutorial helpful for layout ideas.  I added six-inch borders of the grey fabric on all sides, and the quilt top was done!

The Amateur Librarian // One Jelly Roll Race = Two Baby Quilts

 

The Amateur Librarian // One Jelly Roll Race = Two Baby Quilts

 

I quilted another simple grid to tie it to the other baby quilt and used the cheater binding again to finish it off.  This time I used a zig zag stitch to attach the binding, inspired by Stitched in Color’s tutorial, which I think will hold up in the wash better.

The Amateur Librarian // One Jelly Roll Race = Two Baby Quilts

 

Two quilts for the price of one… I like it!  Baby quilts are so much easier for my little home sewing machine to handle, so I didn’t mind losing the size of the original Jelly Roll Race quilt top.  Plus, I still have plenty of scraps left over… who knows where they will end up in the future!

The best part about making twin quilts is that the colors matched my BFF’s beach wedding palette of coral and mint/aqua, so it seemed serendipitous that one should be for her and one for me.  Now we each have one half, just like those BFF heart necklaces from middle school… how appropriate!

Woohoo for Pinterest… and I’m  also linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish Friday :)

Project Pinterest: DIY No Sew, No Holes Quilt Hanger

I had an AHA moment last weekend when it came time to hang my new Hillside Houses quilt.  I was searching Pinterest for ideas, and there are all kinds of hanging sleeves and rod pockets to add to a quilt to hang it… but my quilt was all finished and I didn’t feel like adding any new seams.  But when I saw the pin below, using a stick of wood and 3M hanging strips, it gave me an idea to hang a quilt with no extra sewing at all… and even better, no holes in the wall!

DIY Quilt Hanger 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY No Sew, No Holes Quilt Hanger

 

Time: 5-10 minutes, plus one hour for the 3M hooks to set

Cost: Around $15

Supplies:

  • two 3M hooks ($4)
  • cafe rod ($6)
  • curtain rings (pack of 7: $5)

Instructions:

1. Extend the cafe rod to the length you want to help determine the placement of the 3M hooks on the wall.  I used a level too… but still had to move the hook after the first try, so I obviously didn’t do it right, ha!  Install the 3M hooks according to package directions, which usually includes letting the seal “set” for an hour before putting any weight on them.  (I know from experience that leaving out this step usually results in a crash in the middle of the night…)

2. Slide the curtain rings onto the cafe rod and hang your quilt or wall hanging on the hooks!

The Amateur Librarian // DIY No Sew, No Holes Quilt Hanger

 

The Amateur Librarian // DIY No Sew, No Holes Quilt Hanger

Yep, two steps – no sewing hanging pockets or sleeves to the quilt, and no holes in the wall!  (For more info on my Hillside Houses quilt, read my post here!)

The Amateur Librarian // Hillside Houses Quilt

Even though I couldn’t find this exact idea on Pinterest… it inspired yet another Eureka moment once again!

Project Pinterest: Hillside Houses Quilt

I haven’t hung a single piece of art in the new apartment because I can’t figure out where to put anything!  I walk around from room to room holding this frame or that and just can’t make up my mind enough to put a nail in the wall.  My mama is visiting this week so I’m hoping she can help me make some decisions.

One thing that I knew I wanted to do, however, was make a new quilt to hang above the couch in the living room.  I’ve had the quilting bug lately and I’ve been sewing non-stop these past couple weeks!  Last week I mentioned that I’ve been looking to Pinterest for inspiration… and here’s the pin that I settled on for the living room quilt:

The source link takes you to the Esch House Quilts pattern called Third Street neighborhood.  I’ve never used a pattern by myself before, and there were times when I struggled a bit because I’m used to blog tutorials with oodles of photos for each baby step, but I figured it out and I’m happy with the end result!

I used a navy and white/light blue color palette instead of the black/white prints from the original quilt and made the wall hanging size (48″ x 40″).  It reminded me of that song “Little boxes on the hillside, little boxes made of ticky tacky” and in my head I referred to this quilt as my little houses on the hillside, hence the name!

Hillside Houses Quilt 

The Amateur Librarian // Hillside Houses Quilt

Pattern: Third Street Neighborhood by Esch House Quilts
Finished Size: 40″ x 48″

I won’t go into specifics of the process since I used a copyrighted pattern – you can go to the source if you want to make one of your own :)

But here are a couple in-progress pics along the way.  I had a lot of fun putting it all together and learned a lot about reading a pattern!

The Amateur Librarian // Hillside Houses Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Hillside Houses Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Hillside Houses Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Hillside Houses Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Hillside Houses Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Hillside Houses Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Hillside Houses Quilt

For the back, I used one big piece of this solar system-looking blue print with specks of gold (from JoAnn’s… it’s still a novelty to me that there are actually fabric stores near by!  I never found a single quilting store in San Francisco and I’m so used to ordering online that instant gratification feels like such a luxury).  This quilt reminds me of a dark midsummer night, so I liked the idea of a sky on the back.  I also used the cheater binding again – saves an extra step!

The Amateur Librarian // Hillside Houses Quilt

Before I hung the quilt on the wall, I rigged this “display” using the bar stools and some tape.

The Amateur Librarian // Hillside Houses Quilt

The cats enjoyed the quilt fort while it lasted :)

The Amateur Librarian // Hillside Houses Quilt

I quilted with straight lines, stitching in the ditch of each column and outlining each house.  It is definitely a goal of mine to learn how to free motion quilt in the future, but I’m still learning (aka struggling) with just straight stitch quilting.  I think FMQ would give a lot more interesting texture in the negative space, especially because after washing the quilt I had trouble with bunching, which I think could’ve been prevented with more quilting (and probably pre-washing, since it was one fabric in particular that didn’t play nice with the others).

The Amateur Librarian // Hillside Houses Quilt

Here’s the quilt hanging in the living room – the only thing up on the walls after a month of living here!

The Amateur Librarian // Hillside Houses Quilt

(And actually… I still haven’t put any holes in the wall!  More on that later, I had another AHA Pinterest moment…)

I really like the colors, and once it was up I noticed how many blue things are already in the living room… the built-ins have lots of little bits of blue…

The Amateur Librarian // Hillside Houses Quilt

the curtains are blue…

The Amateur Librarian // Hillside Houses Quilt

blue books…

The Amateur Librarian // Hillside Houses Quilt

the throw pillows are blue… and look – even hubby is wearing blue!

The Amateur Librarian // Hillside Houses Quilt

 

Three cheers for Pinterest, once again!   I’m  also linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish Friday… it’s been a while!

Quilty Stitches Sampler Along : Rolling Stone block

I really didn’t mean to start another sampler… but when I found Little Miss Shabby’s Quilty Stitches sampler along, I just couldn’t resist!  Cross stitching has been a great stress relief during all the packing and moving… it’s nice that it’s so portable and easy to pick up when I only have a few minutes of rest.

Sixteen different quilt blocks in a cross stitch pattern.  Two of my favorite things!

The first quilt block revealed was the Swoon block.

The Amateur Librarian // Quilty Stitches Sampler Along

The second block revealed goes by a few different names… Odd Fellow’s March, Old Maid’s Ramble, or San Diego, but my favorite is Odd Fellows Chains, so that’s what I called it!

The Amateur Librarian // Quilty Stitches Sampler

I just finished working on the third block, Rolling Stone!

The Amateur Librarian // Quilty Stitches

Here are a few progress pics:

The Amateur Librarian // Quilty Stitches

 

The Amateur Librarian // Quilty Stitches

 

The Amateur Librarian // Quilty Stitches

 

The Amateur Librarian // Quilty Stitches

 

The Amateur Librarian // Quilty Stitches

I’m not going to stress out if I don’t keep up with each block as it comes up, but I’ll try!  I’m already behind… the fourth, fifth and sixth blocks have already been revealed.  Oops!  Stay tuned…

To Craft List

I seem to go in cycles of not crafting so much, and then all of a sudden my head is filled with ideas and I’m jotting down lists left and right of projects I want to start.  I think the last quilt I made was last September, and I didn’t sew at all for a few months… and then it was time to pack up and move across the country!  But now I’m all moved in and the guest room is all set up for crafting… and I have a million ideas!

So I thought I’d set down some of those wandering ideas in one place.  Pinterest is great for collecting inspiration, but sometimes I need a physical list to stay focused.  I’ve shared lists like this before… not necessarily a To-Do-For-Sure list, more of a Maybe-I’ll-Do List.  Those are fun too!

To Craft:

  • Biscornu

What’s a biscornu??  (You might ask.)  I’d never heard of one until they started popping up all over Instagram on my favorite cross stitcher’s feeds.  These pincushions have quite a quirky shape and look like such a fun accessory!  My tomato pincushion from a million years ago is getting overloaded, so this would be a fun addition to the craft room.

I bought this exact pattern from Satsuma Street and she has a tutorial on her blog for putting it together!

  • House quilt.

I’m hoping to make a wall hanging for over the couch in the living room, with the idea that I can switch out the quilts whenever I want new colors, or for holidays, or when the mood strikes.  I think it’ll be fun to decorate with fabric, and there’s no nail holes to spackle when I want a change!  Houses have really been speaking to me and I think they would be so cute in the living room.

I am in love with this pattern by Esch House Quilts – in fact, I already bought it and am gathering fabrics to put it together.  I’ve never actually used a pattern before, so I hope it goes well.  The pattern is in black and white, but I think I’m going to do navy blue and white.  But I love the black/white palette of the original… so maybe I’ll make a mini version as well!

  • Jelly Roll Race quilt.

One jelly roll, one hour = one fast quilt!  At least that’s the claim.  I’ve always wanted to make a strip quilt, and this seems like a fun way to use a jelly roll (40 strips of fabric from a coordinating line).  I’ve even seen some variations where you slice up the quilt top to make a Chines Coins or Rail Fence quilt… this could be another option for the living room, if I like the colors of the fabric line.

  • Strippy Table Runner.

I’ve had this on my mind for a while, and I think I’m going to give it a try.  It seems pretty easy with a really cute finished product – and there’s so many possibilities!  I especially like the idea of using holiday-specific colors for an easy decoration that can be used each year.

  • Mermaid Cross Stitch.

I actually don’t have a pic, but trust me… it’s adorable!  There’s a mermaid and a puffer fish and little houses on the beach… I actually bought the pattern from Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery a couple months ago, and I’m glad I did because it’s no longer available!  I have all the fabric and floss, so there’s nothing stopping me but having enough time to get started.  So far I’ve framed all of my cross stitch projects but I’d like to look into other ways of displaying the finished product.  A mini quilt with the cross stitch as a center panel would be pretty cool… I don’t have a nautical collage wall anymore, but I still have those two nautical mini quilts, and this could be the perfect addition to make it a trio!

  • Hoop Art.

 

At one time I thought I’d add a few hoops to my nautical collage wall, but I never did… so now I have a whole pile of hoops and no plans for them (I use a Q-Snap for my cross stitching).  There are so many cute ideas… and I especially like the wrapped hoops for coordinating a bunch of mismatched hoops.

Since I’ve actually already started on a couple of these and have materials for others, maybe this list might be more realistic than past lists… or maybe not!  It’s fun to keep looking and planning and brainstorming too.

Does anybody else have too many ideas and too little time?

Once Upon a Time Cross Stitch Sampler: March

I’m doing the Once Upon a Time cross stitch sampler from Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery.  Each month features a different fairy tale, and it’s so fun to find out what story will be revealed next!

March was the three little pigs, hiding from the big bad wolf!  I brought this project on the plan from San Francisco, started working on it in the hotel room, then packed it up again to move into the new apartment.  Once our furniture arrived and the cats too, I could finally set up my favorite stitching scenario – on the couch watching HGTV with a cat or two close by.  I’m still working on the borders as I go, and loving this sampler so much!

Below are a few progress pics…

The Amateur Librarian // Once Upon a Time Cross Stitch Sampler

 

The Amateur Librarian // Once Upon a Time Cross Stitch Sampler

 

The Amateur Librarian // Once Upon a Time Cross Stitch Sampler

 

The Amateur Librarian // Once Upon a Time Cross Stitch Sampler

 

The Amateur Librarian // Once Upon a Time Cross Stitch Sampler

 

The Amateur Librarian // Once Upon a Time Cross Stitch Sampler

 

The Amateur Librarian // Once Upon a Time Cross Stitch Sampler

 

The Amateur Librarian // Once Upon a Time Cross Stitch Sampler

And her are January, February, and March all done: 

The Amateur Librarian // OUAT Sampler

 

The Amateur Librarian // Once Upon a Time Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Once Upon a Time Cross Stitch Sampler

The Amateur Librarian // Once Upon a Time Cross Stitch Sampler

 

The April block was just revealed… I can’t wait to get started!  I’ll try to keep up each month, so stay tuned…

Project Pinterest: Organize Books by Color

You might have seen my new favorite feature in our apartment from last week’s High Five for Friday post - my color-ordered bookcase!  I’ve seen plenty of intriguing pins featuring the “chromatic arrangement” of books… AKA rainbow order… so with a blank bookcase and boxes of books, I decided to give it a try.   I love the results!

But first, a few of the pins that inspired me:

 

 

There’s not much to it… but here’s my rendition!

Organizing Books by Color

The Amateur Librarian // Project Pinterest: Organize Books in Color Order

Time: 1-2 hours

Cost: Free!

Supplies:

  • empty bookcase
  • books

Instructions:

Create stacks of books with spine colors of each color of the rainbow.  In addition to ROY G BIV, I also made stacks of white, ecru/beige, brown, grey, and black spine colors.

The Amateur Librarian // Project Pinterest: Organize Books in Color Order

 

The Amateur Librarian // Project Pinterest: Organize Books in Color Order

 

The Amateur Librarian // Project Pinterest: Organize Books in Color Order

Start arranging books on the bookcase!

My general color spectrum went in this order: White, Ecru/beige, Pink, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Brown, Grey, Black.  Of course there are lots of ways to arrange them in the most pleasing order, but that’s what made sense to me.  It’s all up to your interpretation of each color… yellow could also be beige or brown… but I tried not to overthink it too much.  And of course, it’s hard to resist switching a book or two every time I pass by!

The Amateur Librarian // Project Pinterest: Organize Books in Color Order

 

The Amateur Librarian // Project Pinterest: Organize Books in Color Order

 

The Amateur Librarian // Project Pinterest: Organize Books in Color Order

 

The Amateur Librarian // Project Pinterest: Organize Books in Color Order

The con is definitely splitting up series of books, but since my collection only fills two bookcases I decided it was still worth it.  I probably wouldn’t attempt this project if I had thousands of books to organize… too many hours and it would be too hard to find the book you want unless you remember exactly what color the spine is (which often doesn’t match the cover).  But the pro is that it’s just plain pretty!  And for a small collection, it’s a painless project with a fun result!

The Amateur Librarian // Project Pinterest: Organize Books in Color Order

Once again, hooray for Pinterest!

Quilty Stitches Sampler Along : Odd Fellows Chains block

I really didn’t mean to start another sampler… but when I found Little Miss Shabby’s Quilty Stitches sampler along, I just couldn’t resist!  Cross stitching has been a great stress relief during all the packing and moving… it’s nice that it’s so portable and easy to pick up when I only have a few minutes of rest.

Sixteen different quilt blocks in a cross stitch pattern.  Two of my favorite things!

The first quilt block revealed was the Swoon block.

The Amateur Librarian // Quilty Stitches Sampler Along

The second block revealed goes by a few different names… Odd Fellow’s March, Old Maid’s Ramble, or San Diego, but my favorite is Odd Fellows Chains, so that’s what I called it!

The Amateur Librarian // Quilty Stitches Sampler

Here are a few progress pics:

The Amateur Librarian // Quilty Stitches Sampler

The Amateur Librarian // Quilty Stitches Sampler

The Amateur Librarian // Quilty Stitches Sampler

The Amateur Librarian // Quilty Stitches Sampler

I’m not going to stress out if I don’t keep up with each block as it comes up, but I’ll try!  The third and fourth blocks have been released so I’m already a little bit behind.  Stay tuned…

Project Pinterest: One Pot Pasta

I’m running low on blogging fumes this week, so I dug into my draft folder to see why I could pull out.  I made this recipe while we were still in San Francisco but I never got around to posting about it… so here it is!

I see a ton of “one pot pasta” recipes on Pinterest, and I’ve probably pinned them all.  So I decided to try one!  I picked this pin since it’s a recipe from A Beautiful Mess, and I already know that I like their blog so I had high hopes!

I adapted it some, and it turned out pretty well!

One Pot Pasta

The Amateur Librarian // One Pot Pasta

Time: 15 minutes cook time

Cost: $5-10 but you probably have most of these ingredients on hand

Ingredients:

serves 3-4.

8 oz. (one package) dry linguine
14 oz. (one can) diced tomatoes with juices
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon basil (fresh if you have it)
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup vegetable stock
2 cups water
1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
salt + pepper

Directions:

In a large pot, combine the first ten ingredients listed above (everything but the cheese and salt + pepper).

The Amateur Librarian // One Pot Pasta

Bring the liquid to a roaring boil.  Reduce the heat to a low boil and cook until the pasta is al dente – about six minutes.  Remove from heat and let the pasta sit in the remaining juices for a couple of minutes.  Toss the pasta a bit to give it a good coating.  Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed.  Add the shredded parmesan sprinkled on top when you’re ready to plate.  Tada!

The Amateur Librarian // One Pot Pasta

Pretty tasty, and super easy to clean!

And since I’m still obsessed with the Waterlogue app… how about a pasta painting?  Ooh la la…

The Amateur Librarian // One Pot Pasta

Once again, hooray for Pinterest!

Once Upon a Time Cross Stitch Sampler: February

I’m doing the Once Upon a Time cross stitch sampler from Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery.  Each month is a different fairy tale, and it’s so fun to find out what fairy tale will be revealed next!

February was the Frog Prince, with a big ole smooch!  I’m still working on the borders as I go, and loving this sampler so much!

Below are a few progress pics…

The Amateur Librarian // Once Upon a Time Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Once Upon a Time Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Once Upon a Time Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Once Upon a Time Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Once Upon a Time Cross Stitch

Here’s January and February all done: 

The Amateur Librarian // OUAT Sampler

 

 

The Amateur Librarian // Once Upon a Time Cross Stitch

The Amateur Librarian // Once Upon a Time Cross Stitch

The March block will be revealed in a couple days… I can’t wait to get started!  I’ll try to keep up each month, so stay tuned…

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