You guys! Have you seen the new precut offered exclusively by Fat Quarter Shop? Jolly Bars are precut from Moda Fabric collections and contain 5"x10" cuts of fabric from an entire line. And, each Jolly Bar comes with an exclusive Fat Quarter Shop coordinating pattern.
I've been a Fat Quarter Shop fan for years . . . that's why I've always included a clickable link to their shop right in the side bar of my blog. And when they asked if I'd like to play around with a Lakeside Gatherings Jolly Bar I obviously said yes.
Precuts by their very nature offer ease and convenience to a modern quilter because a portion (or all) of a fabric needed to make a quilt is already cut to size. When I opened my Jolly Bar I started thinking of ideas and sketching plans. My design called for a background fabric and I opted for the pale gray. Once I did some math to figure out dimensions, I started cutting, sewing, pressing and sewing some more. I only had enough of the gray for these few blocks so now my quilt is on hold until I purchase more gray.
With less than a yard of background fabric and one Jolly Bar, I can make about 20 of these blocks and once complete my quilt will measure about 40"x50". Though I might decide to make quilted pillows instead and have them on hand for gift giving over the holidays. Don't you think these colors would work in most people's homes? Hmmm . . . we'll see.
What's even more fun is that Fat Quarter Shop wants to give one of you a Jolly Bar of your choice. To enter visit the Jolly Bar pages at Fat Quarter Shop and then come back here and leave a comment telling me which one you'd pick. I'll leave the contest entry open through Sunday, November 30, 2014. A winner will be selected by random draw on Monday, December 1, 2014. International entries welcome.