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A quick and easy quilt pattern is the Jelly Roll Race. Jelly Rolls are sets of 2-1/2″ strips, usually packaged in groups of 40 to highlight a designer collection of fabrics. The race part came in when a group of quilters decided to see how long it would take to make a quilt from a jelly roll. The first step is to sew the strips end-to-end, creating a 1600″ length of fabric. The strip is then folded in half and sewn along the long end. Repeat the process…folding and sewing, several times to create a lap-size quilt.
This pattern is ideal for beginning quilters and charity efforts because you don’t have to worry about precise cutting and it goes quickly. Once the strips are joined in step one, you can finish the quilt top (before pressing) in about 45 minutes. There are several variations – join the strips on a diagonal vs a straight seam, add spacer triangles or squares, slice two finished race tops in half to mix and match, etc.
I chose a jelly roll with batik fabrics to make a masculine QOV top. It’s a little smaller than the recommended size, so I need to add some borders.
And, I can make my own Jelly Roll if I ever get my 2-1/2″ bin of scraps organized!