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Thread: Jelly roll race HELP!!!

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    Jelly roll race HELP!!!

    I have tried this pattern 3 times and each time I get 3-4 color the same right next to each other. I cut 18" off the first strip-alternate light and dark-still comes out with too many strips the same color next to each other. Any suggestions???

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    This usually happens because after you make each cut at the end of the long seams, a couple strips will kind-of wrap around from the end of one row and onto the next row because the end of each seam usually ends at the middle of the strip.

    If you are talking about several values of color conglomerating in one spot, I can't help you there . I usually just add a border of a contrasting fabric and it balances everything out.

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    It's not possible to not have some strips of the same color next to each other since it's folded in half in the middle of the strips. They come out however they come out.

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    You could cut your own strips and not have two alike. That is the only way. I cut 3 inch wide strips for a bigger quilt for the same amount of sewing time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    You could cut your own strips and not have two alike. That is the only way. I cut 3 inch wide strips for a bigger quilt for the same amount of sewing time.
    Well, now isn't that smart! My biggest complaint about this pattern (along with the original poster's of having similar or same colors too close together) is how many strips it takes to get the depth right. But using wider strips would solve that problem nicely.

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    You could cut your own strips and not have two alike. That is the only way. I cut 3 inch wide strips for a bigger quilt for the same amount of sewing time.
    why didn't I think of that??

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    You could cut your own strips and not have two alike. That is the only way. I cut 3 inch wide strips for a bigger quilt for the same amount of sewing time.
    I don't think this works. As someone said earlier, because of the way it's cut and sewn, you will still get the same strip of fabric next to itself - the top half will be sewn next to the bottom half. However, I think you might avoid this if you cut the fabric BEFORE stitching it, and turned one side 180 degrees.

    Clear as mud? lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    I don't think this works. As someone said earlier, because of the way it's cut and sewn, you will still get the same strip of fabric next to itself - the top half will be sewn next to the bottom half. However, I think you might avoid this if you cut the fabric BEFORE stitching it, and turned one side 180 degrees.

    Clear as mud? lol
    Also remember, using wider strips only makes the quilt longer--not wider. If you also want it wider, you need to use more strips.

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    I didn't have any two colors next to each other using the 3" all different strips. I may have been just lucky though. The quilt was wider as I used about ten more strips then what is in a usual jelly roll. I cut and then laid out the strips and sometimes sewed the opposite sides together to get the look I wanted. It's the fastest mineless sewing to get a quilt top done in a couple of hours.
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    If the repeat bothers you, why not just undo the seam and do a bit of turning and twisting. I did it on one of mine and was quite satisfied with the end result. I like the idea of 3" strips, BellaBoo.

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