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    Default 4 Styles of Jelly Roll Race quilts

    This fall, my local quilt shop asked me to teach a class on how to make a jelly roll race quilt. While most of us learned via the internet, YouTube, etc., the shop owner and myself hope some would like to learn during a face to face class.

    The variable in making a jelly roll race quilt is this--what fabric to use and how to finish the quilt. My quilt shop does not carry jelly rolls, so we want to sell fabric that they have in stock. So, I made up some demonstrations quilts to show how it can be made many different ways. Many forum members have commented in the way I quilt my jelly roll quilts, so I'll share with you the different ways they can be finished.

    The jelly roll quilts end up being more or less the same size. They are about 63-72" long (depending on if it has a border and how wide the border is), and generally about 45-55" wide--also depending on borders, but somewhat on how the strips are built.

    To make a quiilt that ends up this size, you want to use at least 40 strips in the quilt. The number of strips in your beginning strip of fabric shows up in the width. They will all end up about the same length, because you use 2-1/2" wide strips, and you will have 32 rows of 2" strips after they are sewn with a 1/4" seam. If you stray a bit and make your seam narrower or wider, it will affect the length a bit. But remember you can't add width except by bordering once it is sewn.

    Here are the samples:

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    Made from two jelly rolls with 20 strips each. Quilted using low loft poly batting, on the regular sewing machine SITD method, narrow border
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    Made using Moda Grow with Me jelly roll--40 strips. Quilted using low loft poly batting, FMQed (using longarm) using a meander quilt pattern, with border design. Narrow border
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    Made using fat quarters--you need 80 fat quarter strips (7 from each fat quarter). Quilted using Warm and White on the regular sewing machine, SITD method. Narrow border.
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    Made using yardage, 7 2-1/2" strips from each 1/2 yard of fabric(licensed Clifford the Big Red Dog fabric). Quilted using a pond meander stitch on the long arm FMQ style. No border.

    They all have a very different look, depending on how they are quilted. They also have a different feel. I would classify the order I've posted them from the softest to the stiffest. The Warm and White makes a less pliable quilt, but I have not washed any of these, so it may soften up after being washed.

    Good luck, if you have any questions about jelly roll quilts, let me know, I've made a bunch of them! Working on another one right now, it will be really different--stunning or not, I'm not sure yet, but the fabric is very different!
    Last edited by Jean Sewing Machine; July 24th, 2012 at 10:27 AM.

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