OK, I'll admit it - I do not like jelly rolls. Those pinked edges just aren't for me. They stretch and I cannot get the accuracy that I always strive for in my piecing. What was I thinking, volunteering to make this sample for the shop with 45 degree strip pieced diamonds? Yes, it was not a good decision, but I so wanted to work with this Fig & Plum jelly roll that my shop owner brought back from Portland Quilt Market.
This is my second attempt at making a Jelly Star. Looks pretty good, doesn't it? I will not show you my first attempt. It's in a wad in the closet. I've never had so much trouble lining up seams and having poofy seams - ever. I'm so ashamed of it.
For my second star pictured here, I trimmed the pinked edges off the strips, leaving them 2-1/4" wide rather than 2-1/2" wide. My stars will be a smidge smaller than the original pattern intended, but they will be accurate and will not make me cringe every time I look at all the seams that don't meet. I can just add an extra wide border if I want a bigger quilt.
But this looks dreamy, doesn't it? And these new Fig Tree fabrics are certainly drool worthy. Ok, I'm off to make more stars while I'm on a roll!