Well I did it. I have been wanting to try the great Jelly Roll Race Quilt Challenge for a while. I have searched many websites and the idea was more or less the same on all of them.
Open a jelly roll and start sewing.
Sorry for this blurry picture. I almost had forgotten to take a picture of the jelly roll and had started to untie it. Then I had to take it quickly as I was determined to finish the quilt top by dinner time and it was already pushing 3pm.
This is a bright jelly roll. Not really my style of fabric but it was cheap.....on clearance at Walmart for $4.00. Perfect for trying this challenge without spending a lot of money in case I didn't like how it turned out.
Taking the jelly roll apart, I stacked the different fabrics in piles and arranged them in the order I found most appealing.
Now for those of you who have not heard of the 1600 Jelly Roll Quilt, you start sewing the jelly roll strips end to end in the order you placed them. Once done, you will have a very long strip of fabric approximately 1600 inches long....a BIG pile like this!
Next cut 20 inches off of the beginning of the long strip of fabric. It makes no difference which end. This is an important step as it will stagger your seams.
Now find the two ends of the strip and put right sides together. Start at one end and sew the whole length...when you get to the end, cut the loop. You will now have a very long strip that is 2 jellyroll strips wide. This step took me approximately 45 minutes!
A little side note....you can press the seams open but it isn't really necessary as they won't be in the way.
Now, find the two ends of the long strip again and put right sides together and begin sewing again. Don't forget when you get to the end loop, cut it. You will now have a strip that is a 4 jellyroll strips wide.Again, find the two ends of this long strip and put the right sides together and sew away! Once you cut the loop at the end, you will have an 8 jellyroll strips wide strip.
Next, join the two ends of the long strip, put right sides together, sew and cut the loop at the end. Your strip will be 16 jellyroll strips wide.
One more time people! Find the two ends of the long strip, put right sides together, sew all the way down, cut the loop. You will end up with a 32 jellyroll strips wide quilt top!
It worked! I ended up with a quilt top approximately 50" x 64". I am going to use this as the 'center' of my quilt. I still wish to add a border but need to find the perfect matching fabric for that...or maybe I will go with a bright solid. I haven't decided yet.
This challenge was fun and I will definitely make another one. Dinner was about 30 minutes later than usual so not too bad. It took a little over 2 and a half hours. The task that took the most time was refilling the bobbin! Next time I will make sure I have four filled bobbins ready to pop in and out.
Sir Humphrey seems to like it too!
There was a contest held a while back...sorry I don't have the link to share....it was just something I ran across while researching about the 1600 Jelly Roll Quilts and the quilt that was made the quickest was by a lady who finished hers in 35 minutes! Now that machine must have been a humming!
There is another variation here if you would prefer to make a rag jelly roll quilt. I like the looks of that one as well so will give it a try this winter with some cozy wintery fabric.
Have you tried the Jelly Roll Quilt Challenge yet? Such a fun and fast way to make a quilt for that special someone. Remember to give your loved ones a hug!