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Thread: The endless jelly roll quilt

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    Senior Member kclausing's Avatar
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    Hi, all.
    I saw a message on this board awhile back about creating a quilt from a jelly roll by sewing the strips end to end then bringing it end to end and stitching down the length of it, then repeat, and repeat, etc...

    Well, I undertook this idea and decided I was going to make it king size (probably should have started with a small quilt first). Hundreds of strips later and a couple weeks, I am almost done - with the first round of stitching down the length. From my figuring, i will have to stitch it down the length 5 times before it is done. But each time, I won't have as much length to stitch, so it should get better as I go.

    I've got to say, for anyone looking to undertake this, the most difficult part is how you lay out the strips AFTER you stitch them. Sine you have to take the one giant strip end to end and stitch down the length of it, you have to make sure it is laying flat first (no twists). This is a pain and time consuming. I make sure that as I stitch the length I kept the stitched length folded upon itself in multiple stacks as neatly as possible, so when I get to the next round of bringing the ends together that I take the end from the first stack and from the last and starts stitching - or at least that's my plan... we'll see how it goes.

    Anyone else endeavor this pattern on a queen or king?

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    I've seen this done but have never attempted it. It's on my list. Thanks for the heads up. BTW, I stack my strips the same way for making Bargellos.

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    Yes I made a queen size. I too started out trying to keep the long strip neatly folded, but quickly gave that up with the cat playing with it and the kids tripping over it. So I just worried about the part I was sewing at the time and just cut the twist off at the bottom when I got to it. I only lost a few inches, but my sanity was well worth it.

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    I did one, they called it a super fast jelly roll quilt. I thought I was never going to finish sewing end to end - approx 1700 inches of fabric from end to end.
    Mine took 1 and a half jelly rolls.

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    I made a full size one but that's the largest I've done. It was lots of fun! :)

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    can you show a picture? I would love to see it..
    Quote Originally Posted by kclausing
    Hi, all.
    I saw a message on this board awhile back about creating a quilt from a jelly roll by sewing the strips end to end then bringing it end to end and stitching down the length of it, then repeat, and repeat, etc...

    Well, I undertook this idea and decided I was going to make it king size (probably should have started with a small quilt first). Hundreds of strips later and a couple weeks, I am almost done - with the first round of stitching down the length. From my figuring, i will have to stitch it down the length 5 times before it is done. But each time, I won't have as much length to stitch, so it should get better as I go.

    I've got to say, for anyone looking to undertake this, the most difficult part is how you lay out the strips AFTER you stitch them. Sine you have to take the one giant strip end to end and stitch down the length of it, you have to make sure it is laying flat first (no twists). This is a pain and time consuming. I make sure that as I stitch the length I kept the stitched length folded upon itself in multiple stacks as neatly as possible, so when I get to the next round of bringing the ends together that I take the end from the first stack and from the last and starts stitching - or at least that's my plan... we'll see how it goes.

    Anyone else endeavor this pattern on a queen or king?

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    Senior Member kclausing's Avatar
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    I just looked back at my calculations. I needed 138 WOF strips. once sewn end to end, that makes it 6072 (not accounting for seam allowances, 6003 inches accounting for seam allowances).

    It should finish at 93 x 125 with seam allowances.

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    Here is one that I did last year, it is just under queen size.
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    Not much to show yet, still in the stitching mode. Here it is stacked up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DebsShelties
    Here is one that I did last year, it is just under queen size.
    That is cute.

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