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Thread: How to quilt Jelly roll quilt?

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    Smile How to quilt Jelly roll quilt?

    Those who made the 1600" Jelly roll quilt. How did you quilt them?
    Thanks in advance.
    so many quilts to make, so little time.

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    i large swirling meandering with loop-d-loops, hearts, stars, flowers, leaves, curlycues...all over it.
    hiding away in my stash where i'm warm, safe and happy

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    I did a regular swirly all over pattern with the first. With the next, I practiced various 2" wide patterns, changing at every color change. It cane out great!
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    I had meandering done all over it.
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    I usually do an overall pantograph/meander.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nannyrick.com View Post
    Those who made the 1600" Jelly roll quilt. How did you quilt them?
    Thanks in advance.
    How would you hand quilter? I have made one, still not decided on the quilting...I am a hand quilter.
    Thanks

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    Perfect timing as I just made my first one of these yesterday! I was giving my new Brother SQ9050 a workout (it passed with flying colors, btw! I do need a 1/4" foot though because I am hopeless!)

    Anyway, I'm looking forward to everyone's answers, although I really like the idea of just "improvising" and hiding hearts, words, etc. all over in the quilting.

    My father will be starting kidney dialysis soon, and the quilt will be for him so hiding messages of love and support in the quilting really appeals to me right now.

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    Before I share how I quilted, I wanted to first share what was presented in a recent guild meeting. A member who had made one went to a workshop out of town to support her friend who wanted to do one and this member came back with a LOT of tips:
    - many of the workshop ladies sewed the first 20 strips together and set that aside, then sewed the second 20 together, which prevented The Heartburn of Tangled and Knotted strips since the hummer is so dang long for the first few seams ...
    - many people put all their strips vertically on their design walls and rearranged the strips to better distribute colors because many times in the jelly rolls, you'll have clusters of light or a specific color, and these ladies made the distribution more random or more "pleasing" to their eyes.
    - some "1600 repeaters" had tinkered with their jelly rolls: they put each strip vertically on their design wall and made one cut in each strip somewhere between 12" and 28" from the top (short) edge. They then sewed the top "row" of strips end-to-end together, and then sewed the bottom "row" of strips end-to-end before proceeding with the construction. This made the overall look a lot more scrappy.
    - three of the workshop attendees used the honey buns (the rolls of 1 1/2" strips) instead of the jelly rolls, which made a beauifully generous crib quilt or quilt for a toddler. One of these three honeybun-ers took their cue from the women who cut their strips between 12" and 28" and cut hers into three uneven pieces, since she knew her quilt would be much smaller in each direction, and the end look was gorgeously scrappy and beautifully distributed. Our guild member took lots of photos of this second workshop's results and shared them with us - I really like what these ladies did and have plans to do this second cut technique with future "1600" quilts.

    HOW I QUILTED MINE: the jellyroll quilt was all autumn fabrics, so I selected a medium-scale leaf pantograph in gold metallic thread. For the other (a honeybun), it was a simple diagonal cross-hatch in a complementary variegated thread.
    Last edited by Wunder-Mar; 02-26-2012 at 01:19 PM.

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    I used a pattern called Whoopsy Daisy for all of mine except for the flowers I appliqued on. I kind of outlined those. This is a link to my blog post with mine: http://www.madewithlovebymary.blogsp...up-friday.html

    I had the same problem Wunder-Mar mentions of it being imbalanced. I fixed that with my applique. I intend to try another and hopefully it will come out differently. It is a fun, quick quilt to do.

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    I stitched in the ditch.

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    I did a big meander on mine.

    Pam

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    I hand quilt. I placed random circles all over the quilt. I used an old CD and the tops of two different sizes of take-out's, you could even use a sandwich plate and dinner plate. I used the frixion pens to mark and when I was finished quilting I just ironed out the markings. It turned out great.

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    So glad you asked the question. I wasn't sure how to quilt it either. I really liked your replies. Was able to get a lot of helpful information.

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    I use a decorative stitch running down the center of every row of fabric.

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    I had success using my friends jelly roll scraps ( all black and white strips ) , left over from her strip quilt . I mixed in some colorful scraps to add interest, and I love the result ~ its random , scrappy and pleasing to look at ~ since it is all scraps , it will need 10 inch borders ( maybe red ! ) to make it a good size lap quilt !
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