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Thread: Jelly Roll "race" quilt - HORRIBLE

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    I made my last one on my serger and it was so fast!!! Try that for a change. Its a good gift quilt when you need something fast.
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    sorry you didn't enjoy this project. We made these at our Project Linus gathering and we had a blast. But, we did take a break here and there so we didn't sit constantly at the machine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chester the bunny View Post
    I made a jelly-rollish kind of quilt but used scraps from the 2 1/2" box. I added friendship stars willy nilly to add something to it.


    This is a great looking quilt! Love how you added the stars! Gives a strip quilt a lot of interest. I've put this one on my To-Do List.

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    Here is a picture of one of mine after I pieced the jelly roll portion.



    And here it is after I got done with the "extras". I really liked. So much so that I kept if for myself!


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    That really looks cute. i can see why you kept it.

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    I did one a couple of months ago & love it! I love running the sewing machine fast, not measuring, etc. I even wrote a column for our newsletter about it, I also love the finished quilt.
    I'll definitely do another & would love to be in an organized race.
    But that is why we are so fortunate to have so many choices, methods, etc, if we all just did the same thing there would be no fun.
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    Sorry you are having such a bad experience with the jelly roll race quilt. I just completed one and loved it. I used the Bali Pop Cappuccino and I am now in the process of appliqueing fall colored leaves on it. Everyone in my sewing crowd loves it and the colors. I am actually getting bored with the appliqueing of the leaves. LOL. Didn't realize how many ins and outs and arounds leaves have until I started zig-zagging them!
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    A group of us get together for a retreat each year and we try to have a project that we all work on while we are there. Last year we made the Jelly roll race quilts. I am attaching a picture of them laying on the banister at the retreat house.
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    I've made two in the past couple of weeks. The main criticism I have is that the jelly rolls I used for the second one had too many repetitions of the same fabrics, thus creating too many places where the same fabric was side by side.

    I also discovered that I prefer the look of the diagonal joining, even though it is a bit more work. And I also think if I do another one I will cut the strips in half as well. That may help with getting more variety in the piecing.
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    I enjoyed making the 2 I did for my DD's teachers. But I did take lots of break since I had just had major surgery. It was nice to sew without alot of "work" to it. I plan to make another one when I find the right jelly roll.
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    I did one once. ONCE is the key word here. Never again. B-O-R-I-N-G
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    I've done a good bunch of these and found it to be a fun way to make a quilt top.............I was NOT in any hurry, and took my time, and I find that pressing each row is a better way to put it all together.........and you do need to get up and move around every so often........I try to not sit longer than an hour, without getting up and moving around..go get a cup of tea or some water.........or whatever.............I have always just used my scrap pieces, so never went to the expense of buying special fabrics for it............using the different fabrics gives you a ton of different looks............I have done one in all solids, and then I did one all with kids prints, and then I did one that is all pink fabrics (that is the pretties one so far, i think).........I also did al blue prints and it was a nice one too..........the only thing with using your scraps is to be sure and not use more than one piece of each one.......so you dont have 2 just alike, lining up when you are sewing it together........I have also done 1 1/2 in, 2, 2 1/2 and 3 inch widths..........I like the 2 1/2 the best.............this is a fun "pattern" and its well worth your giving it a try, at least once..........I am thinking of doing the next one in flannels.............let me see if I can figure out how to get a picture on here of the pink one.............
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    opps, I am not at all sure WHAT got loaded on here, but I bet it isnt what i was trying to do.........so sorry......looks like I need to review the posting attachment part again..........plese forgive a case of DUH here............
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    I made this twin size donation quilt for a teen girl at The Baptist Childlrens Home. The fabrics were so soft. It really turned out pretty. I loved that the quilt came together quickly. I used raspberry polka dot on the back. I know she loved her Christmas gift as much as I loved making it for her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmrenno View Post
    I made one with Christmas fabric and I enjoyed it. I cut my own strips from my Christmas fabrics. I gave it as a gift and it was well recieved. Its a great way to use up fabric from your stash!
    I'd be open to using stash fabrics--------but to buy strips to sew together in the jelly roll style---------NO!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrannieAnnie View Post
    I'd be open to using stash fabrics--------but to buy strips to sew together in the jelly roll style---------NO!
    I cut my own strips too- it ended up being a less than $12 top. Since I can never find good sales on jelly rolls- that was certainly better than $40!

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    I just bought a Jelly Roll yesterday as a Daily Deal for $17! Can't wait to get it.
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    I had to try this so as I was killing time before a doctor's appointment yesterday (at a fabric store, OF COURSE) I picked up a Hoffman "Bali Pops" batik pack. I had a coupon so it was $22 - not too bad considering it's batiks. (It's a nice pack, only a couple of repeats, and the edges are knife-cut, not pinked) I picked the "cappuccino" color theme with my father-in-law in mind. It went together SO FAST! I didn't pay attention but I think it was only maybe 2-3 hours. I just did straight seams instead of angling the joints - next one I'll do angled and see if I like that better. I didn't press anything either.

    It turned out pretty good but it's a little boring. I'm thinking of either doing the "postage stamp" idea that Peckish posted about, or I was thinking of cutting them into blocks and rotating the blocks around a bit, maybe with some sashing. I haven't done a quilt with sashing before so might be a good time to experiment!

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    I don't mind the look if they have a border or 2 around them and especially a small block between strips.
    It's not the sewing but the final product that interests me but they should be fast either way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skittl1321 View Post
    I took breaks when I did mine, and still got it done in an evening. Breaks are important! It isn't a real race.
    I took frequent breaks while making mine. I wasn't actually racing anyone (tho I'd like to know how quick I could make one) so it didn't matter. I agree... sometimes it can get boring (like chain piecing). I like to get up often, too.

    Do we get to see pix of your JRR? I hope so!
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltingCrazie View Post
    I'm with you I had to do strip sets for my daughters quilt and I to get bored. More power to you guys I love precuts but I haven't seen one of the race quilts that I personally liked its a personal thing I'm to matchy. Good luck hope you finish
    I'm "matchy" too & what I like about Jelly Roll Races is that they take me out of my comfort zone & that's good for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SandScraps View Post
    I tried the race the first time I used the technique. Subsequently, I get up after each row of sewing and iron the seam and then, at the end, the whole thing is done. It takes longer but I find the prospect of ironing all the seams in one go daunting and it feels like ironing laundry and not a quilt top. It remains a wonderfully interesting and fast way to prepare a top in a short time. I now cut a strip off each new fabric, cut it in half and save them for the next non-race jelly roll quilt. It is also a nice way of getting something done when inspiration runs low.
    OK... I'll admit that I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer but aren't you supposed to iron each row as you finish it? That's how I've done it on both of my Jelly Roll Races. I would think waiting till the end would really be tricky.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lilrain View Post
    sure wish I could see a picture of the finished top
    I think there's a whole gallery of them here on the board somewhere...
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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    I make the jelly roll race quilts when I go to a sew day as it's mindless sewing and I can talk and socialize without concentrating on a quilt pattern. I can do up to three in one sew day. I make a lot of them in baby colors to keep on hand for baby gifts and to give to the church nursery where our guild meeting is held. I keep a supply of jelly rolls in my sew day bag and nothing to take but machine, scissors, and jelly rolls. I press all the seams to one side after the top is done. I don't press each seam separate.
    That's what I am doing. I did a demo at Quilt Club in May --on how to do the Jelly Roll Race Quilt. LIke lots of others said--it is not a race--only if you want it to be. A few of the gals in Quilt Club are going to sew one of these quilts at our Sewing Day in July. I, too, am going to. I cut leftover strips from coordinated fabrics that I had leftover from another quilt I made. Then I took each strip and cut in into different sized lengths. I want to make a jelly roll quilt that is more scrappy looking--without the very long lenghts of fabrics. I am anxioius to sew this quilt together. I am like you, and taking this to sewing day so that I cn visit and sew at the same time. It is a quilt that doesn't take high concentration for sewing together so it will be perfect for sewing day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarlaMars View Post
    I did one and I did not enjoy it either. I used batiks and I did not like the way the colors fell next to each other and you know that batiks are beautiful. Very hard to ruin a batik quilt but this jelly roll thing did it. I won't do it again and I am trying to figure out what to do with this now. I guess it will go in the UFO pile until I decide where it should go.
    Interesting. I quilted one for a customer and it was batisks in purples, blues, greens, and that was the jelly roll quilt I like the best of any I've seen. The colors just all seemed to blend well. I did a jelly roll quilt in May and after I had it all done, I took apart about 5 of the horizontal seams and repositioned my rows so I could spread out some of the colors more as some of the colors were kind of lumped together in spots. This is not the greatest pattern for me as I am way to anal about scrappy looking quilts. I need the colors all dispersed evenly. I really like the quilt now that I took some of the rows apart and repositioned them .
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