Hello and happy Tuesday! Today I’m sharing a little bit about my friend Vanessa Goertzen’s new Jelly Filled quilt book. This book is a fabulous book with 18 different jelly roll projects you’ll love. Because all of the quilts are made with jelly roll strips, they are also so very scrap friendly. Many of the quilts can be made from your stash…or of course from your favorite jelly roll.
I’m talking today about the Checkerboard quilt in the book which I chose because it’s so wonderfully scrap friendly. I have lots of left-over 2 ½″ strips from our fabric collections and decided this would be a perfect project for some of them. Plus, it’s definitely a scrap friendly quilt, so I’ll also be able to pull from my scrap bin.
My Checkerboard Blocks…So Far
I used scraps from my market quilt sewing with our Summer Sweet fabric collection along with Harper’s Garden scraps to make my first three blocks. I’ll be making four blocks from each of our first nine collections to give me enough patchwork blocks for my quilt. I’m really excited about this one!
Checkerboard Quilt Details
There are 36 patchwork blocks in the Checkerboard quilt with plain blocks, setting triangles, and a simple border. This one is going to go together quickly! I can hardly wait to make some more blocks. Because they are strip pieced, they work up quickly, and I can also use them as leaders and enders while sewing other projects. I might not be able to wait too long to finish this one, though!
I’ve been trying to decide on which of the three fabrics pictured above I’d like to use for my alternate blocks, setting triangles, and border. I’m leaning toward the blue one right now! I might audition one of our yellow Summer Sweet prints as well which would really make it a happy quilt!
Jelly Filled Giveaway
First, you’ll want to stop by Vanessa’s blog (Lella Boutique) each morning this week where she is sharing a different chapter from the book each day. She’ll also let you know where you can go to enter that day’s giveaway. And C&T Publishing is giving away a copy of Vanessa’s book to one of my readers. Simply leave a comment on this post mentioning whether you store jelly roll strips by collection, by color, or by the roll because it’s hard to untie them! I’ll pick a winner Monday morning, November 11th.
More on Jelly Filled and Jelly Roll Strips
- If you’re looking for a copy of Jelly Filled now, you can find it here.
- For more tips on Jelly Roll Quilts and strips, read this post.
- And for even more tips on sewing with strip sets and jelly roll strips go here.
- And for tips for pressing strip sets go here.
The Checkerboard quilt from the Jelly Filled Quilt Book is a fun and fast jelly roll and scrappy quilt that is sure to be a favorite.
Good luck with the giveaway! Happy quilting, and thanks so much for stopping by!
I store my jelly rolls in some circular boxes that once held chocolates! They are the right size and it means that the fabric does not get dusty or faded.
I label the boxes with the name of the collection and keep each collection together.
Thank you for showing us your blocks – I think the blue is perfect for the alternate blocks.
Cindy Bacon says
I have only 2 currently. I purchased them to make a rug.
Would love to make the log cabin qut using jelly rolls.
Julie Kennedy says
I tend to unroll my jelly rolls to admire all the pretty fabrics, but then I roll them back up again and stash them away. Maybe winning a copy of this book will motivate me to use some of them!
Valerie Pyland says
I never unroll them!! They are too cute to break open until I know for sure what I’m making!
Rachel Hewlett says
I love looking at them still all rolled up on my shelves. I can’t bring myself to unroll them before I’m ready to start stitching them into something!
Sandy Allen says
I leave them rolled up because they are too cute that way! ? And when I need them, I know all the strips are still there.
Kandra Flavell says
I store them in a basket, in the original packaging until I use it, then the extras thrown back in.
Very cute quilt!
Kris Pedrow says
I leave them rolled up because I love how cute they are.
I always have to unroll my jelly rolls to admire. It seems I always pull a few out to audition for other projects. I love the selection!
Kim Harrison says
Some jelly rolls are used for decoration until I use them. Then leftover pieces ate stored with other strips.
Della Morse says
I would love to win a copy of the book this would get me started on my jelly road adventure!
I store my extra strips by type. Whole Jelly rolls stay packaged and on display until I take the leap and open them up for a project.
Cathy Smith says
I roll them back up after taking a peek!
Marty Stanchi says
Definitely by the roll! They are hard to unwrap, but I can’t wait to use some. I loved her Charm School book.
T Holzer says
Sherri, your quilt is going to be gorgeous! And checkerboard allows for lots of beautiful quilting with the larger squares. Thanks for this chance and have a great day!!
Debbie Myers says
I store them by designer/collection for my favorite designers and the rest I store by fabric type. I also have a bin for just precuts if they don’t fall into either of the first two categories. I leave them rolled up until I’m ready to use them.
Becky Turner says
It Depends I store all the rolls together when most of them are one color pallet or another.
The ones that are all over the place go all together. When I break them open there is no telling where the pieces will wind up
Jenni Shirley says
I store my jelly rolls by collection and have a strict “do not untie” rule until I’m using them. They are just so pretty all tied up!
Myra Bugg says
I love a good jelly roll! I untie them and look through them gently without getting them too messed up then roll back up!
Janice L says
I usually keep my jelly rolls together until I use them, but after they are opened, I will sort any leftovers by color unless it is a designer whose collections I keep together.
Sally Christiansen says
By the roll, they are to pretty to untie!
I store by the roll…until I use them. Any leftover strips get stored together with other strips.
I keep them rolled up until ready to use. I love looking at those happy rolls! And I love your quilt blocks. Can’t wait to see your finished quilt with all your fabrics!
I leave them tied up until I’m ready to use them.
I keep them rolled up!
Rhonda Campbell says
I keep them rolled up and stored by color family. I like to unroll them enough to get a sneak peek first though!
Melissa Koehn says
Usually leave them rolled up. Once in a while I unroll to admire them then roll back up to store.
I keep them rolled up until I need to use them.
Brenda Shippy says
That is going to be a gorgeous quilt! I love scrap quilts. I store all my jellyrolls in stacks still rolled up until I am ready to use them. Thenks for the chance to win this book.
Carol Putnam says
I leave them rolled up, such a luscious view!
Esther G says
I usually use the whole jelly roll in a project so I don’t have random strips in my stash.
As a new quilter, I have honestly never considered unrolling a jelly roll before I am ready to use it, but what a great idea. I can see this as a benefit to my scrappy dilemma!!! I love the look of scrappy quilts, yet struggle with wanting everything to coordinate ? I am definitely going to try unrolling a few and mixing things up! THANKS for the great tip! Hoping to win a copy of this book for my birthday this weekend ?
Jennifer A Gately says
I have to unroll them to pet and admire them! Plus it gives me inspiration! I have many jelly rolls, patterns with exact measurement would be lovely!
I leave mine rolled up, displayed in a cabinet in my sewing room where I can admire them until I have the absolute perfect plan for them. I have Vanessa’s “Charm School” book and it is full of great patterns so I’m sure her new book will be just as lovely.
Geneal Yardley says
I don’t have very many jelly rolls, but I leave them rolled up and take out a few colors at a time. Then I roll them up again. I entered a comment but when I came back and didn’t see it I decided to try again.
I store mine just by the roll
Carolyn Highotwer says
I store mine by the roll
U keep mine by the roll!
Kelly D says
I leave my jelly rolls rolled. I love to see the colors all rolled together. Opening them, even when I have a wonderful purpose for them, is very difficult!
I keep them rolled up because they are so pretty. And, because I can never roll them back as nice
I leave them rolled up. Just finished piecing a Christmas jelly roll quilt.
Lynda H says
my strips bought by the roll are stored the way they come. I have a great boot box that I store all the 2.5″ strips that I cut from scraps, and all the leftover bindings. I also have bags of scraps that are waiting to be cut into strips. I have a ton of scraps and have never made a scrappy quilt. I am a control freak (or type “A”) and just cannot bring myself to reach into a paper bag and “take out the next piece”.
I have only a few jelly rolls, so it is easy to keep them as is, stored together on a shelf. Thank you for this offer, and for showing us your next quilt! You are a great blogger, and I check your blog daily : )
I keep them rolled until I have a planned project. After using what I need, I cut the rest into certain sizes (scrap user system) for future scrappy projects.
Thanks so much for this giveaway opportunity!
Kathy Bertsch says
I only have one jelly roll stored, I use them when I get them! Would love to try some of these quilts in Vanessa’s book!
I store them by collection so I know just what I have!!
I leave them rolled up so I know they are complete. But I do take a lint brush to them if they’re not in plastic. Really helps cutdown one the mess when I do start to use them. 🙂
Anne Dawson says
I store them by the roll. I try to roll them back up after I unroll them but the never look the same ?
Cute quilt! I store mine by the roll, since I usually make a quilt using most of the fabrics from a roll. The scraps go in my jumbled scrap collection.
Jan altomare says
I don’t untie them nail there is a plan.
Lola Zo says
I use both methods, if I bought a roll I keep it as a pretty roll, but I don’t always use all of he strips so I store those by color.
Lisa Verizzi says
I definitely keep mine rolled until I am ready to use them. After that I still store them together.
Ginger Wessels says
By the roll!
Mary Jo Duffy says
I leave them in the roll after unrolling. I don’t want to get them mixed up with my other stash items.
barbara woods says
leave them on the top shelf so any one can admire them
Pris Phillips says
I store my jelly rolls in the rolls until I’m ready to use them.
Linda Stutzman says
I leave them in a roll until I am ready to use them.
Cindy Gardner says
Color and by roll!
I store mine in rolls. if I have more fabrics of the collection, I store the roll with them.
DEB WORTHMAN says
I store my jelly rolls in the roll along with the backing fabric and pattern. That way I’m already to sew.
Joann ONeill says
I store by the roll…but always take a peek when I first get a new one….Future Inspiration! Right!
Kathy Gombis says
I keep the jelly rolls on a shelf where I can see them and ‘re-arrange’ them every so often. They make me happy. Thank you for the chance to win this delightful book!
Heather Hanzlik says
I keep them rolled up until I’m ready to use them.
JANICE HOPPER says
I store them by the roll and never unroll them until I am ready to use them.
Sherrie Smith says
I leave them rolled up until I am ready to use them.
I store my jelly rolls by the roll (until I unroll them and then any leftover strips go in my 2.5” strip box). I LOVE the background fabric you used for your checkerboard quilt.
Kathleen Davis says
I store jelly rolls in a cabinet. They are not in any particular order. They take up two of the shelves inside. Is that too many?
I have to keep them next to the glass in my fabric cabinet so I can just admire their beauty ?.
leftover strips are stored by color or fabric line.
I can’t bear to enroll my jelly rolls until I’m ready to use them. They’re just too sweet (no pun intended!) to unroll!
I store jelly rolls in the package, dont open them until I’m ready to use them.
Bethni Lee says
I store by the roll….sometimes, much of the time, I’m scared to undo it, and don’t know what to do with it. But I have so many, so now is the time…I need this book to help me with patterns!
I store leftover strips by collection… Jelly Rolls don’t last long here!
I just have them all together in a basket. I love jelly rolls. So easy to use. Great quilt.
I store them in stacks, still in the roll. I only unroll them when I’m ready to use them.
Trudy S. Doiron says
I like to break open my jelly rolls and use bits and pieces here and there. I do have a few that are still rolled up.
Helen L says
I store them all rolled up: it’s hard to pull them apart, plus when it’s time to sew with them I know they will all work together perfectly!! 🙂 Hugs, H
Leigh Ann says
By the roll!! Can’t untie them!!
I keep them rolled up so I can use them together. My scrap 2.5” strips are sorted by color.
Sharon Cheyne says
I keep mine rolled up. Right now I just have a couple and I have them displayed on a cake stand?
Penny Huffman says
I leave them as a collection until I get ready to sew. I can enjoy them as sewing room decor until then.?
Sharon Aurora says
I don’t have any jelly rolls but if I did I would probably unroll them so I could look at them.
Liz Horgan says
For me–by the roll! I definitely have trouble untying them!!
Definitely rolled up-otherwise a strip or two wander off!
Karen Carpenter says
I leave my jelly rolls tied up. They are just too cute!
I have never used a jelly roll. Perhaps this book could open a whole new world of fabric collecting ! Love the idea of using The jelly rolls to display in my sewing room. So many options with these cuties. As always, thanks for the inspiration!
Janet Wilcox says
I leave my jelly rolls rolled up because I think they are so cute, and because I can never get them rolled back up tightly so they never look as pretty as they did when I bought them! Once I’ve opened them, I store any leftover strips by color. Cute patchwork quilt and great idea to use it as leader/enders project!
I like to keep them rolled up – they look almost like candy!
Jessica Christensen says
I keep my jelly rolls rolled up until I’m ready to use them, but once I’m finished with the initial project, I still continue to store them by collection.
I leave them rolled up in a basket until I’m ready to use them. Leftover strips all go in a bin
April Lopez says
UNless I have a specific plan for them I keep them in their rolls and store on a shelf because they are works of art.
I store by the roll 🙂
I store my Jelly Tools by roll until they’re opened. The I store them by color.
Jane Hostetler says
I unroll them, organize them, press them, organize them again, mix and match with other things in my stash…every jelly roll is like Christmas morning and I can’t wait to tear into it! Plus, I always have a project or two in mind when I see a jelly roll that inspires me and I want to start working on it right away!
Veronica Moen says
I store my jelly rolls by the roll, on stacks so I can see the beautiful fabrics and colors. I feel that since the designer already worked so hard to create such a beauty, why would I want to break it up when I create a quilt? I like to use them together in a quilt, sometimes adding a bit of other fabrics and a neutral. I am excited to make your scrappy quilt block.
I store jelly rolls still tied up nice and neat until I’m ready to use them.
I usually leave mine rolled as I can then stack them! Thanks for the chance to win this great prize!
Stephanie's Woodward says
I usually store Jelly rolls by color, but a few exceptional ones I store by collection. I really love all the bright colors and fabrics in a jelly roll, although I am apt to mix them up.
Stacey Hirsch says
I leave them rolled up! I don’t like to unroll them until I’m ready to use! I love pre-cuts because there is so much you can do with them!
Cheryl Brickey says
I store by roll leaving them rolled up until it is time to use them.
Carol Kuse says
I store my jelly rolls in a clear plastic container in my stash closet so I can see them, but they are protected from the sun.
First, I take a peek at all of the fabrics in the jelly roll and then I roll it all back up, cover it securely and store it where I can see it throughout the days/weeks – that helps me decide when and how I’ll use the jelly roll.
Am afraid if I unroll and store by color, I’ll lose the unique nature of each jelly roll collection.
For me, the fabrics that make up a jelly roll collection are the beginning of a story that will be written throughout my quilt!
Audrey Huntington says
I store my belly rolls b by the roll, but I also cut my own 2.5″ strips that I store by color.
Audrey Huntington says
*Jellty rolls, not belly
Jelly Belly (Beans) uhh… Rolls!!!! ????. Cute…
Lisa Garber says
I store my rolls by designer…or if they Christmas then they are grouped into by Christmas. I keep them all rolled up until I’m “Ready to Roll”
By the roll
Your blues aquas make one feel so happy
Ann D. says
I store the unrolled ones together and the intact ones in a different drawer. Sometimes a pattern won’t use the whole roll so the extra strips go into a 2.5″ strip pile in the scrap drawer. Thank you for the giveaway.
carol thomas says
I store all my helly rolls in a basket.
Madolyn Whitt says
I love this quilt! I have been searching for ideas for an “” Honor” quilt for my daughter and her husband, and the ideas in this design look like a great start! My jelly rolls are rolled up and displayed in a glass bowl. I am relatively new to quilting and don’t have many. I love your posts and have learned a lot from them.
Diane W says
I keep mine rolled up, on top shelf to admire and age appropriately. I dont open them until I need to..
Joyce Ann says
I have quite a collection and could new inspiration,
Jackie Walker says
I leave mine rolled. I like the look.
Karen Seitz says
I store my jelly rolls by the roll, stacked on top of each other and also sideways…to make them fit the shelves — lol. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.
I like to keep them in rolls.
I leave them on the roll until I am ready to use them. I especially want to know the brand name in case I want another roll or want to order more for my backing.
I keep them in rolls and store them together. Well, except for the French General roll that is with other French General fabrics.
Sue H says
I store jelly-rolls all tied up to keep them together. Once I break into them and make a project, I store the remaining strips in color bins.
Love your blog. Lots of inspiration. I could really use the jelly roll book to use up my stash, Of jelly rolls I keep accumulating. I keep my jelly rolls all together. Once used I coordinate the left overs into matching color schemes.
Neena Kirsch says
As a scrap quilter, I like to see all the fabrics…so I store strips by color, rather than in rolls.
Loriann Fish says
I leave mine in a roll until I’m ready to use them. They are stored with my other precuts in a drawer.
By the roll until ready to use them. Leftovers go in the strip bin for scrappy projects.
Beth T. says
I keep the jelly rolls I buy all rolled up, in case I want to use them “as Is”, or even supplement them but make a quilt in which that fabric line is the focus. For the 2.5 inch strips I make, I just put them into a plastic container labeled by width and length, either random or a specific length, so that I know whether I intend it for a Scrappy Trip quilt or just to have ready for a braid quilt, a log cabin, or who-knows-what.
Sharon Browne says
I like to look at them all rolled up and I hate to untie them.
Oooo, I have to admit that several of my jelly rolls remain showing their array of colors. When I use them, I tend to pull the strips I want and reroll them again. It keeps them contained for another viewing and use. I have yet to make a jellyroll project that uses the full roll..
Krissy Butorac says
Jelly rolls not only save a lot of cutting time but all the fabrics go together so you get a great quilt no matter what. I do have a hard time dismantling them until I use them but I do unroll them a tiny bit so I can look at them and then tie them back up. Happy Thanksgiving.
Susan Kerkendall says
I never untie them but I do store them by theme. So Halloween rolls are with Halloween fabrics, Batiks with Batiks, etc…
I leave my Jelly Rolls rolled up and packaged until I am ready to use. They are stored in clear plastic containers so I can see them. I have such a hard time using them b/c they are so beautiful by themselves. . .
Mine are kept rolled and stored on a shelf above the window. They are so colorful and I can see what I have. I’m currently making a QOV with jelly roll strips.
First off I love your scrappy block Quilt, and I would use the blue, however I would love to see you post a picture with some of your blocks with the yellow floral to see how happy it did make them… cause I love the idea !!!
I leave mine in rolls unless I have ordered for a specific quilt, they are set around my sewing room & living area for decorating!! I love jelly rolls! And I would absolutely love to get a book to make more quilts with my rolls!!
Thank you for this opportunity!!
Marie Eddins says
Mostly mine are still rolled up! However I have over the years actually unrolled them and made quilts from them! Thanks for the giveaway!
Sharon Osborne says
I store mine rolled up. I am a new quilter so do not have a stash and tend to work on only one or two projects at a time. I buy what I need and use it fairly quickly. I love jelly rolls!
I am new to jelly rolls and only have a half dozen or so. I would love this book to figure out what to do with them. I love the checkerboard quilt.
LAURIE Shain says
I love to stack up my jelly rolls so I can continue to look at them and be Inspired—-and I don’t put away books like these so I can look at them often and get new ideAs every time I read them!! I reAlly can’t wait to get this one!! Hope you are back at Quiltstock next year! It was a blast again! Moda always goes first class….bring your daughter along.
Jean Cameron says
I store by by the roll!
I only have one jelly roll — it is just with my regular fabrci explosion
I love to keep my jelly rolls all rolled up and stack a few! They are so pretty!!
Amanda Best says
Un opened jelly rolls are stored in a basket to display them, and opened strips are sorted by theme; batiks, 30’s, etc…
Leesa H says
I store them by the roll. So easy to just stack them up on the shelf that way.
Ruth Plowman says
I store them by the roll. They are so wonderfaul to look at!
Sherry Gendel says
I store my jelly rolls by collection. Then after I’ve opened them up and used part or most of it, I put all the extras in my 2 1/2 inch strip pile which I go to if I’m looking to make a scrappy quilt.
Susan Stanton says
My jelly rolls are stored in a pretty box on a shelf in my sewing room just waiting for me to pick a pattern and start sewing!
Christine Zinni says
Keep unopened until I use them. Any leftover strips get stored together with other strips.
Catherine Peck says
I leave my jelly rolls in the roll stored in a ziplock baggie with the intended pattern. Leftovers are folded together and stored in my scrap bin waiting for another project.
I store my jelly rolls on end with the cut side out so I can enjoy the swirl affect.
Carrie B. says
I try really hard to leave them in their roll until I’m ready to use them but most of the time I can’t resist opening them! Trying not to fondle the fabric is like trying not to eat chocolate ?. I tend to store the jelly rolls by collection.
Maryanne Richards says
I store my jelly rolls in a clear drawer tower. I tend to keep them rolled until I use them but sometimes unroll and remove strips when I am on the hunt for a particular color. Lately I have been cutting strips from my stash so I have them handy when the mood strikes for a pattern I just can’t pass up.
Becky Bynum says
I’m a relatively new quilter and only have a beginning stash. I love precuts and so far store the jelly rolls by roll. I love the checkerboard quilt you’ve shown!!!
Kathy Parker says
Havent used a jjely roll yet. Started collecting a. few colors, however. Finishing other quils that were collecting while i was ill.
Kristen Arold-Bender says
I always store them by the roll-never open up until I am ready to use them-so hard to manage otherwise ?
Mary B Hibbert says
I store my jellyrolls by the roll because if I unroll then the strips get scattered.
I only have a few but I store my jelly rolls all rolled up, They are so pretty!
Sandy Claessens says
I leave it rolled up until ready to use
Helen L says
I store them by the collection: I have a hard time taking them apart till I’m ready to use them. 🙂 Hugs, H
Terri H says
I leave my jellyrolls rolled until I want to use them. I have an old fashioned cake plate with cover that I use to display my favorites – make a nice decoration for my quilting room.