Are you ready for another free downloadable pattern? This is Fat Quarter Shop‘s Jelly Roll Railway Short Cut Quilt Pattern. It comes together super fast because it uses a jelly roll from which you pick 20 strips, add background and accent/border fabrics, and begin sewing. Of course, I had to Sew Along!
This is my version, and I am calling it “Color Happy”. Yep, the word ‘happy’ had to be part of its name because of how the colors make me feel. In fact, since the beginning of this year I have made a few quilts with bright colors that make me smile broadly – while most quilts make me go ‘Awww…’, these just stamp a huge smile on my face.
When I received the pattern I was not sure which fabrics to use. Then, I remember the small stash of jelly rolls I have by Hoffman Fabrics, looked through it and found the Indah Pops MYBP #636-Simple. These Indah Pops strips of batik have solids and prints mixed in the package in just the right combination – lots of colors and fun textures for us to play with and create quilty magic. I let the fabrics in the jelly roll sing to me resulting in a different spin on the pattern.
There was then the matter of the accent and border fabric. I did not want to add a color or pick one from the roll that might detract from all the others. So I went to Hoffman‘s site and came upon THE BEST fabric:
This is it: 142-655-Chalk with floating pineapples. Think about it: when looking closely you can find most of those colors from the jelly roll on the skin of the pineapple. Why not black and white pineapple as its colors were already on the quilt? Oh, yeah!