Friday, August 30, 2013

Jelly Roll Race

 This is a fun project that people have been making recently. It gets its name from the fact that it is common to start with a pre-cut roll of forty 2-1/2" strips.  Each strip is at least 40 inches long, so when you sew them end to end, they make a long strip that is at least 1600 inches long.
I started this one a while ago, but I just quilted it yesterday, and I am pretty happy with how it turned out, it measures about 50" x 65"
These are instructions for how to make one, 
You will need:
   One 2-1/2" strip pack Or cut from your stash a lot of 2-1/2" strips-- They can be all different lengths if that's what you have, just make sure that you have enough to make a big enough quilt
   Binding: .5m
   Backing 2.6m
   Batting, rectangle at least 52" x 66

You can sew the ends of the seams together differently to get different looks:
1.  Use a straight seam — just lay the two pieces right sides together 
2.  Bias seams. – this is like how you usually sew binding strips together.  Place the ends at right angles to each other, right sides together and sew a diagonal seam, cut away the extra fabric.
3.  Sew a 2-1/2" square between each of the strips.  You could use pieces cut from the binding fabric or another accent fabric, or cut them from the ends of the jelly roll strips.
Before you sew all the strips together, cut a few in half at random places so that you will have some variation in where the seams will fall.
Sew all the 2-1/2" strips together, end to end, to make one extra long strip! (1600") Press the seams all to one side.  (Use one of the
Place the beginning and the end of the long strip right sides together, and sew the seam, which is very long.  When you get close to the end, cut the ends and untangle it, and finish sewing the seam.  Press the seam to one side. 
Put the beginning and end of this 800 inch strip together and sew the seam again, just like you did before.  Now it will be twice as wide and half as long. 
Do this 3 more times.  You’ll have a rectangle at this point.  Trim the sides evenly. 
 You can either quilt it now, or add borders if you like.  

You could also dress it up by appliqueing a letter or silhouette somewhere on to it, or some dresden plates or some english paper pieced flowers.. 

Layer the quilt with batting and the backing, and quilt it.  Binding can be cut in 2-1/2" strips. 

1 comment:

  1. these are such fun and so quick to make, and look great!


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