Fat Quarter Shop was getting ready to launch their second round of Jolly Bars, a 5” x 10” precut that is exclusive to them, I jumped at the opportunity to design a quilt using the rectangles. At last, here is Country Road, with pieced houses, machine appliqued details, and lots of quilting!
The Jolly Bars are now available in four different Moda Fabrics collections: Petite Prints by French General, Lakeside Gatherings by Primitive Gatherings, The Boat House by Sweetwater, and Red, White and Free by Sandy Gervais. Each Jolly Bar comes with an exclusive, super easy pattern. I chose Petite Prints by French General and, as soon as I received it, I decided to take full advantage of the size of the precut.
I selected rectangles which had a duplicate for the front of the houses. Then, a contrasting rectangle for each roof. Instead of a beige or creamy background, I opted for white. The houses came together very quickly as I bypassed a lot of fabric cutting by using the precuts. Each finished block measures 13-3/4" x 8-3/4" and the entire quilt measures 38-3/4" x 59-3/4".
I searched my stash for fabrics for the windows, doors, and architectural details on the eaves. I finished them by adding a button on each door. Next I cut the unused rectangles in half lengthwise to make the four-patches.
The quilting is simple as you can see from the picture on the right. It took me about 10 hours to quilt it (in the ditch, the roofs, straight line on sashings, very small meandering everywhere else). This project was pieced and quilted with Aurifil 50wt. Most of the applique was done with Aurifil, too (Sulky, if I did not have the color I needed in Aurifil).
Fat Quarter Shop is hosting a blog hop today for the launch of the new Jolly Bars. Each participating blogger is showcasing an original design. Here is the lineup for the blog hop:
Andy of A Bright Corner
Amy of Diary of A Quilter
Dana of Old Red Barn Co.
Denise of Pieced Brain (you are here!)
Vickie of Spun Sugar Quilts
Allison of Quilting Mumma
Lorna of Sew Fresh Quilts
Stephanie of The Modern Sewciety
Now, for the giveaway: Fat Quarter Shop is giving away a Jolly Bar of your choice! Just leave me a comment letting me know how you would use a nice package of precut rectangles in your quilt. If you follow me, leave me an extra comment for another chance to win. This giveaway is open to all of you, regardless of where you live. Make sure I have a way to contact you, should you be the lucky recipient. This giveaway is open until Friday, November 28, and the winner will be announced on Monday, December 1st.
One more thing: Fat Quarter Shop has another surprise for you! For every Jolly Bar collection, they have sneaked in four Golden Tickets, and each is a $50 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop! That means, there are sixteen total Golden Tickets that are up for grabs, but they are only in the first batch of Jolly Bars, so you must pre-order for a chance to get one. Click here for more information.
Fun way to start the week, right? Check out the other blogs and have an awesome day!