The Lintotts shot to the top of the popularity quilt polls with their books on jelly roll quilts published by D&C. I used to look at these and whilst I didn't dislike them, they seemed to be rather staid in the colour stakes. You know how I like my colour. Enter Carolyn, who has simply made my heart flutter with this new jelly roll quilt book. Jelly rolls are quite naughty, anyone who loves either fabric or quilting or both, tends to collect these jolly little rolled up pieces and fall in love with the colours. They might even have a tendency to sit in your stash unused. Bring out your jelly rolls and start a new quilt project with the help of this book. Carolyn starts by talking about jelly rolls, fabric, equipment and basics, so even if you are a beginner, you'll be on the right track with this book. She walks you through cutting, stitching, layering, basting and of course quilting, binding and labelling with easy to follow instructions and good step by step photos. So this book is highly usable. Nine quilt projects are given with clear instructions, there are also templates at the back of the book. In addition, there are 9 gifts including a bag, doorstop, wreath and pincushion. I loved all the projects and I'll be surprised if you don't too. This book will give you the confidence to quilt. Move over the Lintotts, this is the best jelly roll book I've seen.-Yarnsandfabrics.co.uk/crafts A beautiful book full of quilts to inspire. As the title suggests all the quilts are based on a jelly roll of fabric which you can buy from most craft or sewing shops. It's absolutely beginner friendly and it answered a lot of my own questions as a novice. It has 34 pages before the projects begin on a wide selection of topics such as 'What is a jelly roll?', 'Fabrics & Thread', 'Basic Sewing Equipment', 'Cutting your own strips', 'Stitching the patchwork', 'Basic quilting materials', 'Layering & Basting', 'Quilting', 'Binding', 'Labelling & Laundering' and 'Quilt size'. There are then nine beautiful quilts which use lovely fabric to inspire you. The photographs are plentiful so you are in no doubt. There is an illustration or photo for each step. There are also other projects such as a patchwork cushion, a bag and coasters which you can use your scraps for. It also has three pages of templates which you don't need to enlarge on a photocopier and a glossary. This book is an excellent introduction to quilting and will also be a fantastic addtion to any quilter's collection.-Sewingisforgirls.blogspot.com A roll of pre-cut fabric strips of standard width and length, usually with 40 strips a roll, provides quick and easy piecing for craft projects and it's called a jelly roll. All the quilts can be made using a single roll, plus the edging and backing. Carolyn outlines everything required and explains cutting strips for those who prefer to use their own fabric. Nine quilt designs and a selection of gift items are included. Stunning photography and clear instructions make this an ideal beginner's book.-Machine Knitting Monthly Sewing with jelly rolls is a great way to minimise cutting time and to ensure your fabrics all go well together. This book has a great selection of projects made with jelly rolls, not just quilts but a key ring, cushion, bags and a wreath. The start of the book is an introduction to jelly rolls (including instructions on cutting your own) and also includes step by step guides to he patchwork and quilting techniques you'll need to make the projects in the book. The projects themselves are spread over several pages and come with lovely big bright photos to guide you as well as colourful diagrams for the piecing and cutting. The projects and quilts are simple enough for beginners to make as all the instructions you need are contained within the book. Also the binding for the quilts is made from jelly roll strips too, there instructions on how to make the binding too. It's nice to see a jelly roll book which contains projects as well as quilts, and I love that several are made with contemporary fabrics too. Also you'll be pleased to hear that there are full size templates in the back of the book (always a big plus). -The Sewing Directory All of the quilts in the book can be made using a single jelly roll, though extra fabric is needed for the edging and backing fabric. Each of the nine projects consist of a different quilt design, together with a gift item made in a coordinating fabric, including stylish bags, a cushion, pot holders and key fobs. Stunning photography throughout and clear step-by-step instructions make this an ideal beginner's patchwork book.-Homemade with Love There are quite a lot of Jelly Roll books on the market, but Carolyn Forster's new book is particularly well written and has an excellent selection of patterns. Jelly Rolls are very attractive buys for lots of us, but are even more desired by anyone with a smaller stash and those looking towards making their first quilt. Carolyn's basic instructions in her introductory chapters cover lots of ground, and indeed would be an ideal introduction to patchwork and quilting in general for any newcomer to the craft. There are forty-plus pages devoted to basic patchwork and quilting skills, all of which are well described and clearly photographed. An additional welcome feature is the inclusion of a mini gift project accompanying each of the nine quilt projects. This allows you to tackle a small patchwork item before you take on a full-size quilt. The full-size projects are varied in design, and level of ability, from simple squares and strips, to cotton reel and Dresden plate designs.-Popular Patchwork
About the Author
Carolyn Forster started making quilts when she was a teenager and went on to study Textiles at the University of Bath. Since graduating, she has taught patchwork and quilting both in the UK and the USA and has had her quilts featured in a number of books and magazines, including 'Fabrications', 'Popular Patchwork' and 'Patchwork and Quilting'. Carolyn lives in Tunbridge Wells, UK with her husband and son.