It’s been so hard to keep this final reveal secret for so long! But today is the day, and I cannot tell you enough how much fun it was to make this Jolly Bar Jazz Quilt! It’s one of Fat Quarter Shop’s Shortcut Quilts, which means it’s a free pattern with a video that you can watch on YouTube and it comes together really quick! I had the pleasure of working with True Blue by Zen Chic for Moda Fabrics. Fat Quarter Shop has these Jolly Bar cuts that are 5″x10″ which is a fun size to start off with as far as a precut goes because it’s just big enough to build a good size block with. These Jazz Quilt blocks came together really fast! The blues and greys and patterns are so modern and perfect for this quilt design! I really love all the different hues of blue in this collection and when laying out the pieces I went with a semi random placement. I tried to keep a good mix of light and dark prints scattered evenly. Here I was playing around with placement of the blocks.

Once the quilt top was pieced it was just a matter of giving it a good press before basting. I actually used an IKEA duvet cover that I split into two pieces for the backing. The number of quilts in my house have grown but none of them have the plush feel like that of a down comforter. So I wanted to attach the second piece of the duvet cover to the back and make the quilt top into a quilted duvet cover if that makes sense. That way I’ll be able to put in a down comforter in between and it’ll function as a lighter quilt as well as a heavier comforter for those chilly chilly winters here in sunny hot California. Yeah, I’m making fun of myself, but it does get cold! I didn’t want to attach the second half of the duvet cover until getting some photos of the quilt top and washing it first, so that’s now on my to do list! Yay, the ever increasing to do list……aaaaah!

For the yummy quilty photos I once again returned to my trusty spot at the library gardens. It’s got these rustic benches, greenery and just the right amount of cover so that there isn’t too much direct sunlight during the day. Plus I’ve always pretty much got the place to myself everytime I’ve been here. And I am on a wavy stitch binge so that’s what I decided to go with for this quilt. I used Bella solid in white for the sashing and binding and Lecien Cosmo’s tsu mu gi thread for the quilting. Oh and I can’t forget to mention that I used Warm and White batting because I wanted the white to show as white and not dull looking by using natural colored batting. Gotta say I love how it turned out!

It’s a big quilt and it took up the whole width of the bench!

Trying to capture the whole quilt here……

I stepped on it too many times and had to constantly brush off the dirt…that was the hardest part of wrangling this white bordered quilt!

And a full frontal, still a big quilt right, even with the top row hanging over the back of the bench….husband approved and all…can’t get any better than that!

The surprise yummy part of making this quilt was all the scraps….the most delightful chunky scraps! Like a whole mountain of them! I started to piece them together in an attempt to make an improv quilt so wish me luck! It’ll be my first time just going with the flow and piecing together with no pattern or order so it’s exciting in a “no control” kind of way! Eeeek! Have you made an improv quilt? I would absolutely love to see! Tag me on Instagram or Facebook, or email me! 

I had a blast making this quilt for Fat Quarter shop and I hope you had fun following along with my progress on Instagram and the final reveal here on the blog! Make sure to check out Fat Quarter Shop’s blog to see all the other quilts made by some awesome quilty bloggers! Until next time friends!

xx, Elise

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