Quilting on a Snowy Weekend

For the last three weeks, I have been piecing the Jewel Box quilt from Brenda Henning’s book Strip Therapy 5.   

Don’t those soft pastel batiks glow against the dark plum grunge fabric?  The biggest problem I had with this quilt is that the jelly roll had pinked edges which I find a challenge for accurate piecing. 

All the blocks made, laid out & pinned in place and – as you can see, this quilt is bigger than my design wall.   

The completed quilt top.

I cut the remainder of the block strip sets into 1 1/2″ segments for the second border.  I think it looks like a ribbon running over and under the background fabric.  The best part is that there are no leftovers from the pastel jelly roll.

The other change I made to the pattern was to cut the outer border width at 4 1/2″ instead of 6 1/2″, making the finished size of my Jewl Box is 78″ x 94″ instead of 82″ x 98″.

Now that this quilt top is finished, it is time to load the EPP quilt top Rose Garden on the longarm.

As for the “snowy” part in the title – it started snowing here yesterday evening and is still snowing as I write this post.  So far there appears to be around 12″ of accumulated snow and –  as you can imagine –  I am so happy that I am working from home and don’t need to worry about driving to work tomorrow.

Have a good week,


2 thoughts on “Quilting on a Snowy Weekend

  1. Libby in TN

    Those pastels really do glow! I have the same problem with pinked jelly rolls, actually jelly rolls in general. I’ve been thinking about all my Colorado blog buddies this weekend. Twelve inches for us would be totally debilitating!

    1. Marlene Post author

      I checked my bin of jelly rolls and was surprised to see how many of them had pinked edges. I guess I had better add more jelly roll quilts to my list. The best thing about Colorado is all the sunny days. By Tuesday the roads were dry and snow was melting. Most of the state is in drought conditions, so a heavy wet snowfall, especially in the mountains is always welcomed.


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