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Time for borders

I sew many quilts for charity, mainly Quilts of Valor.  (When there is another quilter in the family and only one other sibling, there are not many in-house requests, LOL!!)  Back in January one of my students asked me to perform in the staff talent show at my high school.  Since I prefer to sing in a choir, I thought of a way to showcase my true love. I set up a machine backstage, and introduced myself to the audience and explained that I was going to take the long strip of fabric (prepared jelly roll strips) and turn it into a quilt top.  While the other acts performed, I put the pedal to the metal.  Phew, I was worried that I would have to stop short due to time constraints, but the show director added one extra song, and I cut the threads just as that piece ended.

TA DA!!!image

I love the combination of the lighter blue and the different neutrals in this line from Moda. (I think it is called “Red White and Free”)

I also had a sewing day with students from the National Honor Society, and they made the blocks for this Yellow Brick Road quilt:image

I had the thought to use both tops to make a reversible quilt, but I talked myself out of that.  It seems like cheating when I can easily make two quilts and honor two of our dedicated service members.

My traditional jelly roll top finished at 51×63, which is too small for QOV (they request a minimum of 55×65, and the preferred size is 60×80).  So, I found some red fabric in my stash and added another 2″ border and on my last shopping spree I found that great navy blue dotted fabric.  I loved it so much I bought the end of the bolt, about 2.5 yards!!  I am adding a 4″ border of blue so the quilt should end up about 63x 75.imageI will have to dig deeper in the stash to find pieces for a backing, and then I have the perfect pantograph in mind for the quilting.  I hope to have this done in a week or so in order to share it with the students who organized the staff talent show before school ends.  By the way, I got a cute Santa trophy for “Most Unexpected Talent.”  It was a fun night!


Jelly Roll Races

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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!


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