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One of the recent trends in the quilting world is the “Jelly Roll Race.” The premise is that you pick a jelly roll (collection of 40 strips cut at 2.5 inches), sew them end to end, then fold and sew the long seams until you have a strip quilt approximately 50×60″.
My “warm up lap” took several weeks, since I worked on this in between other projects. I used diagonal seams, but some quilters use straight seams, or filler squares, or triangles to make it interesting. Here are all the strips in a bag as I’m cutting the excess from the diagonal seams. I thought I saved the jelly roll label, but alas, it’s gone. Pretty batiks in tans and blues. I wanted a masculine palette so that I can donate this to Quilts of Valor.
Lap 1 was pretty easy. It took me about 20 minutes. The night before, I sat down with some pins and prepped the strip so I wouldn’t have a big twist at the end. It’s hard to keep track of something like 42 yards of fabric! Lap 2 proved to be more difficult…
The biggest challenge was unfolding the fabric to keep right sides together at the same time you are trying to prevent twisting in your 20-yard strip! I ended up with a KNOT. I did a fairly decent job of finding the middle to cut the strip in half and kept the machine humming along 🙂
Now to decide on borders? It’s a nice size for a lap quilt now, so maybe just a dark blue binding. Fun, fun project. Anyone interested in swapping 2.5-inch strips for a virtual jelly roll race?