I would love to make an Xmas blanket for my two boys. I have a new sewing machine! Have not used it yet as have been ill since I bought it but have ordered some Xmas fabric squares from e bay...i got 120 x 2.5" I have realised belatedly that its it enough but I can soon get some more... I was hoping to just sew the squares together, use wadding to pad it and plain fabric for the backing and then just use the squares as the quilt pattern... Iyswim? Does that sound ok/do able?
Sounds fab! Hubby wants me to knit a jigsaw blanket for the Camper and it's gonna take ages, wish I had a sewing machine! Yeah, I'm knitting hte squares, joining together for the pattern, backing and wadding it.
My advice would be to buy bigger squares - especially if you are going to make them one each! (For a single bed sized blanket you will need over 1000 x 2.5" squares). You can always add the smaller squares as a border around the bigger squares in the middle.
The great thing with jelly rolls is you sew them all together, then cut then into strips the other way (the same width as the jelly roll) and then stagger the squares to make your quilts, sew up so that no two matching fabrics are next to each other. (You can also stagger them by moving each strip a square further around, but if you make a mistake it will stand out and look odd).
Sew up the strips, and you have finished the top. Much easier than piecing together squares.
I confess I have become a bit obsessed with quilting or patchworking, and have been wasting a lot of time indulging this passion on YouTube researching
So, for a jelly roll quilt have a look at this by the Missouri Quit Company
And also for more ideas on how to sew a few strips of jelly roll together, then cut it to give you more patterns look at this one
You have to get past the fact that the presenter is very sweet and you can clearly loves all things quilt but they have some amazing videos and they are straight forward and easy to understand as they don't skip any steps, they film all of it.