Thanks to a link posted in the November issue of the Anchorage Log Cabin Quilters, Inc. newsletter, I located this Super Fast Jelly-Roll Quilt Pattern. It just so happens I had a roll of batik strips just waiting for the right project to inspire action. Mindless piecing projects like this one help facilitate my ability to enjoy what I call 'mind traveling' during simple sewing procedures. For me, this is meditative productivity at its best! The only thing that would make it more enjoyable is sharing it with a friend.
Since my dear and longtime friend Molly, whom I met through ALCQ 20 years ago, now lives in Maine with a four hour time zone between us, we rely mostly on the internet to keep us reasonably connected. I knew she had a Jelly-roll or two in her fabric stash and with her new sewing room just begging for activity, I thought it would be fun to work on this project simultaneously. Think of it as a long distance Quilt Retreat. When I proposed the idea, Molly said let's do it, send me the steps one at a time and treat it like a Mystery quilting class. Yay ~ sewing with a friend is always fun.
Well... I woke up this morning to two emails Molly had sent telling me she was well underway on her piecing! Gee whiz, I hadn't even made coffee yet. Thus the 4 hr. time difference I made reference to earlier. I was stunned and thrilled Molly was going great guns and having fun sewing - once she found the power cord and got reacquainted with her machine. I had some serious catching up to do!
I'm posting the beginning steps of my Jelly-roll quilt as well as the completed top. Hopefully Molly will send me a photo of her finished quilt top to share with readers also.