Pre-game post for FASHIONISTA Sewalong

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Hello Friends, I hope you have had a good week – and Happy Weekend to you! Just 5 more days on May 26th is when we start on my new Leaders/Enders Fashionista Sew along.

BE SURE TO USE THESE HASHTAGS when you share pictures on your social media:

#fashionistasewalong

#iloveleadersandenders

Since then, I have been asked how to prep jelly rolls if this is the first time using them. I have a couple of tips for you:

#1. Before you unroll, use a small hand held vacuum to gently run over the raw edges of the jelly roll. Alternatively, you may also use a piece of painter’s tape and just rub the sticky side on the raw edges. This will prevent an explosion of fabric dust when you un-roll some jelly rolls. Trust me, you want to use your time to sew/quilt, and not dust – haha! :-)

#2. I do not press my strips before cutting. In the past, I find that pressing can potentially distort the straightness of the strips. I am OCD about cutting my pieces precisely, and it can be a bit of a problem if my strips aren’t straight just so. Your jelly roll strips should come nice and smooth anyway, except for that center crease. So, there is really no need to press before hand.

3. Save your scraps – they make great 2 1/2″ squares that can be used for a fun scrappy postage stamp styled quilt.

TO GET READY:

1. Pattern & fabric yardage information – purchase Quilters World Summer 2022 issue HERE.

Note: You may make your quilt with or without the outer border. I am going to make mine without the outer border for the sew along. So I won’t need an outer border fabric – just a jelly roll & the background fabric. Be sure to add the outer border fabric to your shopping list if you want your quilt to have an outer print border.

NOTE: YOU MAY ALSO MAKE THIS WITH ANY LEFTOVER 2 1/2″ RECTANGLES YOU HAVE SAVED FROM PREVIOUS PROJECTS. THE PATTERN WILL HAVE THE SIZES OF PIECES YOU WILL NEED TO CUT!

2. One 40-ply jelly roll of your choice – purchase HERE or HERE.

Click HERE if you want to make your own handbag quilt with the same fabrics I used.

SCHEDULE:

Week 1: Cutting (May 26)

Week 2:  Pieced strip section (June 2)

Week 3:  Handle section (June 9)

Week 4:  Catch up & Finishing up blocks (June 16)

Week 5:  Sew blocks together to make quilt center (June 23)

Week 6:  Catch up & finishing up quilt top — end of Sew-Along (June 30) with a special assignment!

Alrightie, that’s it from me today! I am catch up on minor housework, and then, I will be sitting down to SEW! See you on May 26th!

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