Friday, September 29, 2017

Jolly Bar Jazz - A Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along

Hi everyone!

I'm back with another Fat Quarter Shop quilt along quilt!

This is a new pattern by the Fat Quarter Shop called Jolly Bar Jazz and it is part of their Shortcut Quilt Series. It's super quick, super easy! There is even a Jolly Bar Jazz YouTube video to help you with the basic construction. All you need is two jolly bars, some background yardage, and a 6 1/2" square ruler.

I used Little Miss Sunshine by Lella Boutique and I'm so happy I did! I think this fabric looks great with the Jolly Bar Jazz pattern.

A few words about basting...

I don't love it.

Show me a person who loves basting, and I'll show you a unicorn. I had an epiphany though. After I finished basting this quilt I realized that even though I don't love basting, I LOVE handling a freshly basted quilt. It's like the quilt comes alive in that moment. It's not just a quilt top and some batting anymore, but all the components have come together to make something greater than themselves. That, my friends, is pretty cool.

I knew from the beginning that I wanted to quilt this one with a serpentine stitch.

So, yeah. Serpentine stitch. I love you, and I hate you. I knew that this particular stitch has been known to cause "shift," that annoying tendency for a quilt top to move as it's being quilted. "Shift, schmift," I said. "I'll take my chances," I said. "Can't be that bad," I said. Hahahaha. Seriously though, I baste really well and I didn't think it'd be a problem.

It was.

For that reason I'm thinking about naming this quilt "Shift Happens" or maybe "Trapezoids Are Cool Too."

But, oh! Serpentine stitch you are so pretty. I love the texture it created. Even more than that, I love how it looks. I used white thread and navy backing, and the contrast is oh so good!

I mean, c'mon! This might be my favorite back of a quilt ever!



Name: TBD
Pattern: Jolly Bar Jazz by the Fat Quarter Shop
Size: 65" x 84" (or roughly thereabouts)
Fabric: Little Miss Sunshine by Lella Boutique, Kona White and Storm
Thread: Connecting Threads Essential Thread in White
Quilting: Serpentine stitch, horizontal lines every 1 1/2"


Linking up with:

Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation
Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts
Can I Get A Whoop Whoop @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hand Quilts


Until next time!
- Sarah


  1. That white serpentine stitch against that navy background looks great! I don't know if this would help with the shift....but having experience shifting when quilting straight lines, I now thread bast a line of stitching across the top of the quilt . By top I mean the side I'm starting on as I tend to quilt from top to bottom.

  2. This turned out SO cute! I love this fabric line and I especially love the honeycomb print. :)

  3. Solid backings with high contrast thread = love! Your version looks lovely.

  4. Shift happens!!! Ha ha! I used a Serpentine stitch on mine as well so I know your pain, but I love it.Your quilt turned out wonderful!

  5. Very pretty! I love the fabric line ... :-) Pat

  6. I am seeing a lot of these finishes turning up-very pretty!