Today I am over at Missouri Star Quilt Co. blog showing off this adorable baby quilt I made. I used an older video tutorial from their YouTube channel called the Jelly Roll Race. Surprisingly, I had never heard of such a sewing technique before. It was so quick and easy, however, that I am positive the Jelly Roll Race will become my new “go to” quilt for gifts.
I chose a jelly roll with KONA solid colors from Robert Kauffman called Overcast. So, how did I settle on these colors out of all the hundreds and thousands of option at Missouri Star Quilt Co? Let me show you how I choose the perfect color pallet for my quilts. It’s not technical, but can take a bit of time.
For my tutorial reboot quilt I knew I wanted to make a baby boy quilt, which narrowed the options a little. I looked through the jelly rolls on Missouri Star’s website and clicked on the sample button (circled in red below).
Clicking on the “sample” button will show you what the 2.5″ strips look like together. I take a screenshot of my favorites. From the start I LOVED this Overcast solid roll! Once I picked my favorite Jelly Rolls (I had about 5 favorites), I searched for backing and binding options. The backing and binding are usually just coordinating fabrics from the same line, but not always. For example, I like tiny prints for my quilt bindings so I searched for small prints in red. Once I found one I liked (Dot Com-Cherry by RJR Fabrics), I took a screenshot of it. And I do the same with the backing fabric. Since I planned on using the KONA blue solids, I wanted a fun printed backing. I found the perfect, most cuddly backing by Robert Kaufman called “On the Go.” Thus entered the airplane theme.
My worst fear comes at this point. I am not going to checkout and purchase those fabrics if I don’t know that they will really look good together. I am the type that has something look amazing in my head and then once it’s complete I feel like it’s not really that amazing. So I put the screenshots in a collage! I collaged about 3 different ideas for my baby boy quilt idea and the airplane one just caught my eye. Check out the other options I had: Boy Scouts of America collection by Riley Blake Designs Tide Pool by MODA FabricsBy the Sea by Riley Blake Designs
I love picking fabrics and trying to find the best coordinates for the perfect quilt. I ultimately choose the solid strips and airplane backing because of the simplicity of it all. Once I finished the Jelly Roll Race tutorial, it dawned on me that the blue/gray stripes looked like a sky. So I created the airplane applique and sent it off to the quilter. She had the same idea with the stripes being the sky and she quilted beautiful swirls in it. LOVELY, right?! (You can check out her other custom work on Facebook at Quilt Finishing.)
For the entire tutorial and tips and tricks head to Missouri Star Quilt Co. blog. I am thrilled to be a contributor today!