|My Jelly Roll Race quilt top all ready to layer, pin, and quilt!!!|
So this is how we did it. I am borrowing a photo from the internet for one of the explanations as I didn't photograph my entire process!!!
Jelly Roll Race
1) You need one jelly roll. A jelly roll usually is a roll of 2 1/2" strips with around 40-44 strips in it. Here's a really cute one!!!
I did not buy a jelly roll because I have TONS of watercolor, 2" fabric strips, and need to use them up!! I decided to put a white strip of fabric inbetween each watercolor fabric and used 44 strips.
2) Next, sew your strips together, end to end, either on the straight of grain, or on the bias=you would need to cut your strips on a 45 degree angle, then sew together. You will end up with an extremely long strip of fabric when done, really, really, really long!!!
Some quilters add a square inbetween each strip, like a complimentary color, black, or white.
3) Press your seams open or to the side.
4) Accordion fold the entire strip. This will make finding both ends to begin sewing with easier and will help prevent the entire strip twisting about.
5) On one end, cut half or 18" off the end and discard to your scrap fabric container. This will offset the strips when you start sewing.
6) Now, find both ends of the large strip and with right sides together, sew your first seam, from one end to the other. This will take quite a while as it is a very long strip. When you get to the end you will have a fold, cut the fold off and press your strip either open or to one side.
7) Accordion fold your strip again.
8) Find the beginning and the end, right sides together, and sew your next seam. Trim off the fold at the end.
9) Repeat this 3 more times. You will do a total of 5 sets of seams to get to your finished quilt top. I pressed the first seam open, then pressed my seams when I was done with all the sewing, which worked really well!!
|One more seam to go and her quilt top will be done|
|And done!! How beautiful!!!|
More photos of the group
|This was one, by Megan, of two already done for us to see and learn from|
|This is the other one that was on display for us made by Marjorie|
|Shirley's quilt top, I love the colors and the way they turned out!!!|
|Beautiful colors on this one, Alene sewed this with Megan's jelly roll.|
|Barb's Christmas quilt. I love the white squares on this one, reminds me of snow, perfect for a Christmas quilt!!|
Take Care, Happy Quilting, and keep those rotary cutters sharp!!! Martha