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Posted on March 1, 2014

Jelly Roll Race

Baby Quilts/ From: Not My Grandma's Quilts/ Jelly Roll Quilts

Hello Fellow Quilters!

Now that the My Sunshine quilt is completed are you ready to move on to our next project? Pay attention this one goes fast!

There is a fun trend out there called Jelly Roll Racing. What is it? Well, it is a way to create a quilt front in less than an hour.  The basic idea is that you will open a jelly roll and then just sew all the strips together.  This is what Roxy’s first quilt will be, but more on that in a bit.

While this quilt is fairly simple it can get confusing if you skip a step.  Have your jelly roll handy? Let’s get started!

What are we using? Life in the Jungle by Doohikey Designs for Riley Blake!

Life in the Jungle

Step 1:  Sew the Jelly Roll Together –

Simply sew one strip to the next. Don’t worry about the order of the strips it will make sense as we go. Just take the top one and work your way to the bottom.   The method for stitching these together is exactly the same way we connect binding strips.  Place the right sides together and stitch at a 45 degree angle. Make sure the small ends are facing to the right as we will be trimming these next.  Alright time to stitch!

Life in the Jungle–Jelly Roll Race! (notmygrandmasquilts.com)

Life in the Jungle–Jelly Roll Race! (notmygrandmasquilts.com)

The idea is to chain stitch the bottom of one strip to the top of the next one.

Life in the Jungle–Jelly Roll Race! (notmygrandmasquilts.com)

Life in the Jungle–Jelly Roll Race! (notmygrandmasquilts.com)Life in the Jungle–Jelly Roll Race! (notmygrandmasquilts.com)

Yes, you will have a lot of strips! Please excuse all the fuzzies.  I would recommend a lint roller as well. I know we made good use out of it.

Step 2: Trim and Press –

Now that all of your strips are sewn together we need to trim them apart and cut the very large ‘dog ears’. Once you do this you should have one long ‘binding’ strip of fabric.

Life in the Jungle–Jelly Roll Race! (notmygrandmasquilts.com)

I know Baxter enjoyed the ‘dog ear’ confetti party.

Life in the Jungle–Jelly Roll Race! (notmygrandmasquilts.com)

Here is how the strip should look once they are pressed.

Life in the Jungle–Jelly Roll Race! (notmygrandmasquilts.com)

Step 4: Race Away, Connecting the Strip Together –

Pick one end and trim 18” or so.  If you don’t do this all the angled seams will start to line up and it will not give you the variegated look desired.  With right sides together you are going to sew the two ends of the strips together. Careful not to get any twists.  Once you reach the end, (don’t panic, this is going to take a while) you will need to trim the loop part to create two flat ends.  (See Roxy’s photos below for an example. Now, don’t get all up in arms the photo was purely for show. We laid it out and used a rotary cutter to make sure the edges were straight. Smile)

Then, guess what? Yes, put the right sides together from the trimmed end and the other end you started and start sewing again!  Note: YOU ARE MATCHING SHORT END TO SHORT END AND STITCHING LENGTHWISE. Don’t make a long tube, one side should always be open.

With each round you will repeat the trim and the ends together until you have your desired width of quilt.  Each time gets half as long so the strips get shorter and shorter.  Here is a rough video to show you:

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You may want to wind a few bobbins ahead of time and watch every so often to make sure that you haven’t ran out of thread.  It will happen my friends, just you wait.

After you have hit the desired width (the one below is ~48×60)you want you can proceed to spraying, pinning, quilting and binding or you can add a border, etc.  It is completely up to you.  But, let’s just take a moment shall we?! I mean how easy is this?! You don’t even have to decide how to arrange the fabric.

Life in the Jungle–Jelly Roll Race! (notmygrandmasquilts.com)

Now, I am making mine into a baby quilt for my dear friend Audra who got to say hello to her super healthy baby 3 weeks early!  As you can see time is of the essence, but this quilt is too big for an everyday baby quilt.

After much deliberation with Roxy we decided that I could make three out of this one quilt, but how?!  That, my friends, is next week’s post, but until then I will leave you with Roxy’s first ever quilting experience in slide show form!  Seriously, how awesome is she! High-five first timer!

We almost did this entire quilt in a day too! (with only 1 or 2 sweat shop references…Winking smile)

Until next week my friends! Have fun quilting!

-Crystal


Step 2: Originally Posted on 3/10/2014:

When we last spoke I had just finished the Jelly Roll Race Quilt front. I mentioned that I was making this quilt for my friend Audra’s new baby boy, Reece. Well the quilt front we finished was quite large. My intention was not for a twin sized quilt, but rather for a play date throw-down in the grass rough and tumble quilt.

With that said I decided to break up the Jelly Roll Race quilt into three sections. Deciding on the first two was easy, but how to make the third took a little deliberation. That’s when after much discussion with Roxy I decided to continue the race one more time through the machine.  Let me just tell you, that was one long quilt front!

At this point all I needed to do was to decide where to ‘rip’ out the seams to create three quilt fronts. This came down to some pretty easy math; add up the strips and divide by three!

Jelly Roll Race – Part 2 – When 1 becomes 3!

Now that I have the three fronts it became apparent that I would need sashing and a border to set off the ‘race’ as well as make it the final desired size. I knew that it would need something going in since the width was only 2ft and I needed more than that for a baby quilt. Before adding the sashing and borders it was necessary to ‘square’ up the quilt fronts to make them true and even.

Jelly Roll Race – Part 2 – When 1 becomes 3!Jelly Roll Race – Part 2 – When 1 becomes 3!

I chose a white on white and a white on green polka dot fabric. Using the same concepts as the My Sunshine Quilt I cut the white on white into 2 ½” strips and the green into 4 ½” strips. In the end they will be 2” and 4” after the 2- ¼” seam allowances. In the same manner as the My Sunshine Quilt you will stitch the sides and trim the strips down and then stitch the top and trim the strips down. Remember to trim your edges and salvages so you are working with straight edges.

In the photo below you can see where I stitch off the edge of the bottom of the quilt. After you complete the stitching you will want to trim the edges down. This takes the guess work out of measuring your sashing and give you a perfect finish every time!

Jelly Roll Race – Part 2 – When 1 becomes 3!

Here is the quilt front with the completed sashing. Starting to take shape!

Jelly Roll Race – Part 2 – When 1 becomes 3!

Ta da! The final quilt front with the green dot border! Don’t you think it frames the ‘race’ nicely?

Jelly Roll Race – Part 2 – When 1 becomes 3!

In this process I discovered Sulky thread for quilting. Man do I love it! You have to be careful with threading and tension, but it makes quilting go so much more smoothly than before. I chose to quilt the borders and then every third Jelly Strip row.

On a side note, it took a bit for me to get the tension correct on the Sulky thread. Translation…I had to rip out quite a bit.  Well, look who was more than eager to help.  Needless to say he is yet again in the hinder category.

Jelly Roll Race – Part 2 – When 1 becomes 3!

Time to bind and these quilts are done! Look for them on my Etsy shop soon!

Jelly Roll Race – Part 2 – When 1 becomes 3!

 

Next Up…disappearing 4-patch with Dori! Here’s a sneak peak!

Jelly Roll Race – Part 2 – When 1 becomes 3!

Jelly Roll Race – Part 2 – When 1 becomes 3!

Happy Quilting! Let’s chat again soon!

 

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