Happy Jolly Bar Jazz day!
It is my pleasure to show you my version of the Fat Quarter Shop’s new Shortcut Quilt pattern called Jolly Bar Jazz. This pattern calls for 2 Jolly Bars (5” x 10” precuts exclusive to the Fat Quarter Shop) and 5 1/4 yards of a background color of your choice. I chose to work with Stacy Iest Hsu’s Howdy line and Bella Solids in Latte. I was looking for a background color to match the adorable boots from this fabric line and I think I got it!
This pattern consists of 12 large 17” x 17” blocks that come together very fast!
You can find the FREE pattern HERE.
To trim the those point units, I used a 6 1/2 inch Creative Grids Quilting ruler and my Matilda’s Own rotating mat.
I used the lines on the rotating mat to make sure the block was lined up.
I placed the 6 1/2″ Creative Grids ruler right on the center lines.
Then I trim and spin, trim and spin, trim and spin….super fast! This is the only rotating mat I’ve ever used, so I can’t speak for other brands. I do like the markings on this mat and also the texture on the surface. I would definitely recommend it if you are looking for a rotating mat!
This large quilt finishes up at 65” x 84”. I decided to free motion quilt it using the little Howdy boy and his lasso as my inspiration. I used Aurifil 40 weight #2314 (beige) and just went for it! I almost chickened out and switched to my walking foot at the last minute, but I said to myself, “You’re going to hate yourself if you don’t go for it!” Kind of what I tell myself about working out in the morning! I went for it and kept looking at that lassoing Howdy boy! I’m calling it “Lasso Loops” 🙂
I decided to make the Howdy girl doll panel for my daughter to go along with this quilt. Have you seen the Stacy Iest Hsu You Tube video from the Fat Quarter Shop where she explains how to make her doll panels? Well, we have in my house! I was watching it one day and my 4 year old daughter started watching it with me. She became obsessed with the video and has watched it at least 50 times! She has the whole beginning of the video memorized and sometimes she even sets up her own “videos” with her fabric box and her Play Doh “rotary cutter” as she calls it! It’s hysterical! HERE is the link to that video just in case you haven’t seen it yet. Thanks to Stacy Iest Hsu, my daughter knows all about Polyfill and puckers! And she quotes Stacy all the time saying, “It gets a little tricky…I know” just like Stacy!
She has been asking me to make her the Howdy girl for a while now, and I figured her birthday was the perfect time. I bought the Howdy “Sew on the Go” suitcases for her to keep her doll in along with the pillow and quilt (I still have to make the cute little horse from the panel). My daughter’s favorite part of playing with dolls right now is changing their clothes, so I decided this little Howdy girl needed some more skirts! I used some of the scraps I had left over from making the quilt and made her 3 additional skirts to play with and keep in her case. She loves it!
Here she is!
And her additional skirts! I added some trims I had and I also added the adorable border from the panel to the pink gingham skirt.
I really enjoyed making this quilt and I would definitely use this pattern again! The Fat Quarter Shop has a bunch of fun Jolly Bars to choose from (or you could cut a Layer Cake in half, of course). They also put together an awesome quilt kit featuring Creekside fabric. You can find the quilt kit HERE.
Thank you for taking a look at my version of the Jolly Bar Jazz quilt!