Monday, 2 May 2016

Fabric Snippets

I hope you are all enjoying the Bank Holiday although the weather here isn't the best but at least it is relatively dry.  I have a project to show today which incorporates snippets of fabric so I hope Di won't mind if I post it on her challenge this week HERE.  A note here to say that the link function seems to working differently today - don't usually get the address showing up like this but I imagine it will work!

However, on with the details of my make.  At our patchwork group meeting last week I was introduced to the 'jelly roll race' quilt which entails sewing all forty strips of a jelly roll together end to end, folding, cutting and repeating until you have a random quilt top which is reputedly very quick to make.  There are tutorials on You Tube and lots of pictures on Pinterest if you want to see what people have made.  I'm wondering if the effect would be as good using fat quarters (I have lots!) and cutting them into 2 1/2 inch strips but as that requires lots of measuring and cutting I might give that a miss on a large scale.  However I did a few calculations and worked out (hopefully correctly) how many strips I'd need to cut to make a randomly striped bag and as you can see my maths was right.  I finished up with a piece of fabric of the right size to make a handy shopping bag and I've shown both sides in the photos because of course they are different (there is no seam along the bottom) - the piece of striped fabric finished at approximately 16 1/2 x 25 inches.  Fabrics used were all from my collection of batiks and I quilted in the ditch along each seam before making the bag.


  1. Hi Val, Now I read about the jelly roll quilt on the blog of another friend I visit but didn't understand what it was.

    Your bag is lovely. The colours of you fabrics are so beautiful. I'm sure your bag will be greatly admired when you take it out. Barbxx

  2. Wow Val! First of all, fabric most certainly does count as a snippet (or several!) - and this bag is terrific! You must be really delighted with it - it looks so rich and Autumnal. I love it :)


    Di xx

  3. Beautiful bag Val, love those fabrics!
    Val x

  4. Fabulous bag Val beautiful fabrics and a technique definately to try


  5. Fabulous bag Val. Love those earthy colours too. Hugs Rita xxxxx

  6. Oh wow what a fabulous bag, I wish I had your talents! Xxx

  7. A delightful shopping bag, the fabric snippets are so beautiful.

    Love and hugs