Friendship Bracelet Quilt Pattern Version 2

friendship quilt
I’ve been wanting to play with my Friendship Bracelet quilt pattern again. Someone once asked if this pattern could be done with pre-cut jelly rolls, and after the Jelly Roll Race quilt and the Echo Star, I decided to actually try it. I thought it should work, but wanted to sew one up to be sure. Plus, this quilt is so quick to sew up, I knew it would be a relatively fast project.

friendship quilt
Leave it to me to say out loud that I am not one to do a quilt in only one line of fabrics, and what do I do? Shop for lines of jelly rolls to turn into this quilt! I decided on a jelly roll of Denyse Schmidt’s newest line Shelburne Falls. I love all of Denyse’s fabric lines, mainly because they feel more gathered and less matched up.
But then, what solids to pair with the prints? On the original Friendship Bracelet, I used colors of sand to contrast with the “bracelet” strips. After an evening staring at my Kona color card, I decided to continue the beach theme with this new version play with some “watery” blues.
These colors and fabrics were looking kind of wild together early on, there’s a lot of contrast. But stitch things together and cover them with quilting and suddenly they all look pretty happy together!
friendship quilt
I backed it with a black print from the same line, and did a scrappy binding combining one of the blues from the water strips and what I had left from the backing. After pin basting using my favorite new method, I machine quilted it with straight lines using my walking foot. Soooo boring to do, but I love the texture!  And I am loving Aurifil 50 wt thread, it quilts beautifully, not too thick, and it’s strong.
Pattern available here

  • Erin | house on hill road

    March 14, 2013 at 5:44 am

    you are fast! and it does look so good with the straight line quilting. i know what you mean about boring, but the texture is wonderful! (and the aurifil? worth it? i’ve been wanting to try it, but i can’t find it locally so i’ve been hemming and hawing on whether to order some.)

  • Larissa

    March 14, 2013 at 8:32 am

    Love the masculine feel of this quilt! Always looking for good color combinations for my boys. The straight line quilting is perfect with this pattern.

  • Seanna Lea

    March 14, 2013 at 8:54 am

    It looks really awesome.

  • amisha

    March 14, 2013 at 9:39 am

    it is fantastic! the blues are perfect with those prints. and i love the texture of the straight-line quilting!

  • Rossie

    March 14, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    “feel more gathered and less matched up. ” — yes, that’s such a good way to talk about how her fabrics go together!

  • Deb from Bernina NW

    March 18, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Yay! – that color of Aurifil is pefect. That thread can be quite a chameleon. Your quilt is beautiful.

  • blair/wisecraft

    March 18, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Thank you so much for your help Deb! The thread is great and choosing a color was so with your help!

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