Pieces of Pye

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The Jelly Roll

Finally I have been able to put the blocks together for the Jelly Roll quilt I started last week. Babysitting during the school holiday has kept me busier than I thought it would and I only managed to get around stitching the blocks together on Wednesday.  When finished this quilt will be donated as a community quilt. This was a really quick quilt to make.


I still have 4 more Jelly Rolls left, my next project will be to use these pink and aqua rolls. The Jelly Rolls are very pink dominant so I will see if I have any aqua in my stash to tone the pink down a bit!

Hot Pink and Aqua Jelly Rolls

On Saturday I went to Parkerville Friendship day. I had a really enjoyable day and it was topped off by winning a $30 voucher to spend at Bali Girl. I wasted no time selecting fabrics which I am really looking forward to using!

Red and Black Bali Fabrics

I couldn’t resist sharing an image of Abby, I’m a keen photographer and have just upgraded my camera so the little dog has been used as a model.


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Jelly Rolls amd More

During the last week I have been busy doing housework…..and also tidying out a few cupboards where I found several Jellyrolls I’ve been squirreling away. Infact I had forgotten I had them. Two of them were bought at the AQC 4years ago so I felt it was time to put them to good use. I opened them up and spread them out over the table which would you believe had been tidied!

Jellyrolls on table

I decided that I did not want to purchase any more fabrics when using the Jellyrolls and had to use only the Jellyrolls I had with any fabrics I had in my stash. I thought that firstly I would try and use only the 2½” strips in the Jellyrolls. I drew a simple block in EQ7 which would suit my needs. How simple is this. I joined 3, 6½” x 2½” strips together as shown below. There are 2 sets of strips as I  made 2 blocks.

Stage1 jelly roll stitched

I then stitched a 6½” x 2½” to the top and bottom of the strips I had just sewn together so that the 2 blocks I made now look like the photo below. Each block now measures 6½”w x 10½” high.

Stage2 top and bottom stitched to jelly roll

I then stitched a 10½” x 2½” strip to each side of the blocks to give me 2 blocks that each measured 10½” x 10 ½” as shown below.

final strips stitched to sides of block

I finally stitched a 10½” x 2½” strip to the top and bottom of each block to give me the finished blocks as shown below with a size of 10½w” x 14½h”

Finished block

I have made 26 blocks so far and look forward to putting them together as a quilt.

Even though I have been busy cleaning during the last week I did find time to socialise and went to my sewing group the Sandypatchers who met last Tuesday. I just have to share the beautiful quilt Sue a member of Sandypatchers has put together. Sue’s embroidery is spectacular. The quilt is from a book called A Gardener’s Journal by Anni Downs of Hatched and Patched.Sue's Quilt

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My Journal Cover

While I was QuiltWest convenor, I was in the habit of accumulating lots of notes and messages on an assortment of various pieces of scrap paper which I inevitably misplaced. Two years ago I came upon the idea of making a cover for an A5 notebook so I could keep my messages together. I carry this journal with me everywhere and it serves the purpose it was made for. As you can imagine it has become very grubby with 2 years use. I have decided to make a new cover and have written a short tutorial for you to follow. The tutorial is for a cover with a pocket, if you do not want a pocket omit this step.

The original journal cover.The original journal cover

I used 2 fat quarters, plus 2″ strips of fabric cut the width of the fabric for the binding. Fabric width was 42″. I also used a contrasting fabric for my outside pocket and inside flaps from my scrap basket. This is my fabric selection.

My Fabric Selection

Lay the open A5 book on the fabric you have chosen for the outside cover. I have chosen the fabric with the blue background featuring coffee pots and mugs on it as my cover fabric.

Sizing Fabric with book

Trim the cover fabric so it 1″ larger on the top and bottom edges of the book and 1¼” on each of the sides – this is to allow for the insertion of the pocket on the front cover.

Pocket insert

Decide on what size pocket you would like and fold the fabric in half wrong sides together and cut to size.  To insert the pocket into the cover you will need to cut the fabric in half and place the pocket between the 2 cover pieces and then stitch the pocket in using a ¼” seam allowance. Your outer cover should now look similar to the photo above.

Book cover positioned on wadding and backing

Cut a piece of thin wadding and backing fabric 1″ larger on all sides than your outer cover. Position the outer cover on this and pin ready for quilting leaving the pocket loose.Quilting flap pushed to side

Quilt the 3 layers together using any quilting design you wish.

First half of quilting completed

Push the pocket to one side and quilt one side of the book cover. The first side of the cover is nearly finished in the photo above.

Second half quilted flap to side

Push the pocket to the other side of the cover as shown in the photo above and quilt the second half of the book cover.

Resizing book cover

Once the quilting is completed the book cover will need cutting back to size. Place the open A5 book on the quilted piece so that you can estimate what size to cut. I allowed ¾” extra on all sides when I trimmed the cover back.

Measuring height for flaps

Once you have cut the quilted cover to size measure its’ height. This will enable you to cut the flaps for the inside cover. The height of my book cover was 9¾”. I cut 2 pieces of fabric 9¾” x 7½” for my flaps. Fold these pieces of fabric in half lengthways with wrong sides together and press.

inside flap of book cover

Position the flaps on the inside of your book cover as shown and stitch into place along the outer edges with a scant ¼” seam allowance.

Adjusting for a snug fit

Now is the time to check the book fits snugly into the inside flaps.  Insert the book into the flap as shown above and pin along the top, bottom and side edges to ensure a snug fit, don’t make it too tight. Stitch along the lines where you positioned the pins. Do one final check to make sure the book fits into the cover properly before doing a final trim. Cut a ¼” seam allowance from the line you just stitched on all sides.


Join the 2 strips that you have cut for the binding. Fold in half lengthways and press. Bind the book cover with the strips you just cut. The book cover is now finished ready for you to use. I can fit my phone and a pen into the front pocket of the finished cover.

The finished book cover