• Sewing,  Tutorials

    How to Piece Pyramids from Jelly Roll Strips

    I’ve had a set of brown and pink jelly roll fabric strips in my stash that I purchased last year without a specific plan in mind.   I decided to use them to create a quilt with pyramid shapes. If you don’t know what a jelly roll is, it’s a package of precut strips that measure 2.5″ by the width of fabric, usually around 42″ to 44″.  If you don’t have a precut roll of strips, you can simply cut the strips yourself from any quilting fabric. I used a 7″ pyramid quilting ruler which is simply an acrylic equilateral triangle ruler.  All three sides are the same length with 60…

  • Quilting,  Sewing,  Tutorials

    How to Calculate How Much Fabric You Need for a Simple Quilt

    When I used to work at a fabric store, the most common question I received was this: “I’m making X, so how much do I need?” If you’re not following a pattern, you can get overwhelmed with the fabric measurements and either over buy or shortchange yourself. Either way, it’s unhappy for your bank account and your sanity. This article will guide you through the process of calculating how much fabric you will require for a quilt made with easy square blocks. How big is your quilt going to be? Crib size? Lap quilt? Table topper? California King? There are no rules when it comes to how large you want…