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Thread: Jelly Roll "race" quilt - HORRIBLE

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    Quote Originally Posted by mom-6 View Post
    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.
    VERY IMPORTANT: Remember--- that if you cut all the strips in half, you are going to have to add a couple more strips to your collection --to add to the length to make up for all the extra seams you are sewing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by burchquilts View Post
    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.
    If you are truly racing, ironing slows you down.

    I saved mine until the end, and since I press to the side it was quick to do the whole.top.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skittl1321 View Post
    If you are truly racing, ironing slows you down.

    I saved mine until the end, and since I press to the side it was quick to do the whole.top.
    I also ironed mine at the end and ironed all the seams one direction. That was also "out of the box" for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tngal22 View Post
    I just bought a Jelly Roll yesterday as a Daily Deal for $17! Can't wait to get it.
    I ordered one today from MO Star (it's the daily deal) & I'm amped about it, too! Yay! Sales & fabric... what else do you need (oh yeah... time).
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    i did the jelly roll quilt. No racing. made a few tops that were interesting just in time for my machine to caputttt

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    Quote Originally Posted by ctipton View Post
    i did the jelly roll quilt. No racing. made a few tops that were interesting just in time for my machine to caputttt
    Pictures? Please
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    I've done a couple of the "race" quilts, although I did them at home by myself. I didn't find it boring at all. One of them I cut the 2.5" strips myself from every piece of left over pink fabric I had in my stash. I didn't worry if the lengths were 44" or not. I sewed the strips together on the diagonal because I think they look better that way. This quilt has turned out to be cute as all get out - because of the various pinks (some solids, some prints), it looks like "Arizona Sunset," so that's what I've named it. It is for a great niece who is a 4 year old little diva and I'm about finished with some of the straight line quilting. I'm using straight lines 1/4" away from the seam lines on every other strip, including sewing around the ends (making the quilting lines a long rectangle every other strip). I'm going to then do some fancy stitching in a few places and then applique her initials on it and probably add a few pink bows. The backing is a pretty sparkly "lime" green with the butterflies of all different colors - pinks, purples, yellows, etc. It's going to be really cute if I ever get finished with all the quilting lines!!!

    I've also done one in the Texas 2.5" jelly roll. There are a couple of strips I wish I had left out of the stack because they just do not fit in. But it will be cute when it is finished. The backing fabric is a red with bluebonnets on it and it will wrap to the front instead of having an applied binding. I'm then going to cut out some appliques of Texas in that red fabric and place them in several places on the front of the quilt. I'm making this one to hang over the leather sofa in our den. I'm a native Texan, lived here all my life, and never in my born days have I had a single piece of Texas art or craft in my house. I'm 64 years old - guess it's about time!

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    Two of my daughters and I did the Jelly Roll Race quilt this summer. We did not race however. We did sew and visit and had a wonderful time. They also found a box of pinwheel blocks that I had made out of scraps and confiscated them for a row across the top and/or bottom of the quilt. It really added pizzaz. We turned out three nice quilt tops in one day and had time to eat out and go to the quilt shop and enjoy each other's company. I have made a couple since and I like the way they turned out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish;
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    and here is a progress of mine after I decided to cut it up into "stamps":
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    I LOVE it after you cut it into stamps! What a great idea!

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    Does anyone know the mathematics of these quilts? What size do they end up? What if you used more of less strips?
    Is it possible to plan a different size? Or is it you just get what you get?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluelady View Post
    Does anyone know the mathematics of these quilts? What size do they end up? What if you used more of less strips?
    Is it possible to plan a different size? Or is it you just get what you get?
    Just take a pen and paper and do your calculations as you play with it.

    One jelly roll is normally 40 strips ... so those 40 strips @ 40 inches give you 1600 ....as in Jelly Roll Race 1600 x 2" (finished seam).
    Of course, it's a little less, because of all those seams, but whose counting?
    Then when the first seam is sewn you have 800 x 4"

    2nd .... 400 x 8"
    and so on .........



    So if you used 50 @ 40, that'd be 2000
    1st .... 1000 x 4"
    2nd ..... 500 x 8"
    3rd .... 250 x 16
    125 x 8
    62-1/2 x 32
    31-1/4 x 64

    As you can see the the sizing kind of goes wonky on this one.

    However, if you try other numbers .... 55, 60, etc. you may find it works more to your liking

    And of course, who says you have to stick with 2" (finished) strips?
    You could cut other widths.

    So pen and pencil ... and your favourite cuppa and calculate away!
    (and yes, some of the other numbers do work in better proportions than the 50 I did for you)
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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    If you're not actually racing, can't you just get up and stretch once in a while? Or is it so hypnotic that you feel you have to complete the seam? I know I sometimes get started on something and can't tear myself away, even when I know there are better, more important, and more pleasurable things that I could be doing.
    It's the hypnotic part that would get to me. I don't think I could stare at the foot for a long time. I would be cross eyed after 5 minutes straight!!! And my bum would go numb! So would my feet!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom View Post
    I started a Jelly Roll "race" quilt - you know - sew them all end to end, then pick up both ends and sew them lengthwise and continue.

    I did this as a "backdrop" for some applique I wanted to do, I thought this was an "easy" way to have a backdrop that had some pizazz to it instead of just a plain cloth.

    Easy?

    NO WAY!

    The technique is easy enough (even if I did purchase yardage and cut the 2.5" strips myself), but sitting at a sewing machine for that amount of time is not my idea of fun!! That first row was a killer!

    I remembered there is a reason my ironing board is set up on the opposite side of the room from my sewing machine. I LIKE and apparently NEED the small breaks away from my machine.

    I thought I was going to die from boredom!!!
    I did this jelly roll race with a group of my friends and I finished first after about 45 minutes and had the whole thing sewed and done! Did not see it as boring but great fun! It went super fast!
    I did one for my husband and another for me with wildflowers fabric jelly roll.
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    LOVE your quilt ChesterTheBunny! Your colors are lovely and the stars add just the right amount of pop!

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    I have completed several of these using only 20 strips to make baby quilts. I always lay the strips out to make sure I am going to like the results. If not I can change where they go.

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    Although I am fascinated by the idea of making a quilt top this "easily", I do think it would be sooo boring to sew those first few seams.

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    I would like to try one - for the backing I would get a large scale print and quilt it from the back. These sound more and more interesting!

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    I have never enjoyed these. But they look great with batiks

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    I have made three of them and thought it was a fun diversion. Not much thinking involved. You don't have to iron it until you are all done. I didn't race on any of them, but I did like it.
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    How do you lay them out before hand to figure out where they will lay/end up on the top?

    Quote Originally Posted by cwcquilters View Post
    I have completed several of these using only 20 strips to make baby quilts. I always lay the strips out to make sure I am going to like the results. If not I can change where they go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caroloto View Post
    How do you lay them out before hand to figure out where they will lay/end up on the top?
    Caroloto ... I too am wondering ... if it's a true "race" quilt ... I'm not sure how one would be able to predict the end result.


    CWQuilters ... please do share! Thanks!
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    Ugh, I love jelly rolls but I do not like horizontal or vertical strips just pieced together, it turns me off totally. You're a better woman than I. LOL
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    You don't really plan which piece goes next. The trick is to cut 20" off the first strip. That way the seams will be staggered. I also saw someone make one with a 2 1/2" square between each strip. The squares were all made out of the same fabric. It made a nice variation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gzuslivz View Post
    You don't really plan which piece goes next. The trick is to cut 20" off the first strip. That way the seams will be staggered. I also saw someone make one with a 2 1/2" square between each strip. The squares were all made out of the same fabric. It made a nice variation.
    Ok I used 42 strips 2 of each color/same fabric, grabbed the first one of the same color/type and put the second one off to the side. Did this with the whole pile, then turned the pile of same color type and turned it over so I restarted with the same colors on the next 21 strips. Once I finshed sewing the 1600 give or take inches I did cut the 20" off the first (beginning) strip. I then grabbed the one end and the other end and started sewing those two together right sides. It ended up that several of the same colors ended up being sewn together producing a 4' strip, some only having a few inches where the other color strip started. Plus even with me thinking I had the dark colors and light colors divided apart enough when I first sewed the strips together, I ended up with the dark colors grouped together. I was thinking maybe you had away to plan it out so that wouldn't happen towards the end. Many of us had the same colors on top of each other and focus in one spot.

    I ended up cutting mine apart due to the focus be drawn to one area. I decided I didn't want to rip out many many seams and since it would be like redoing most of the quilt I first cut about 6 1/2' off each side, then ripped out the center left, folded them in 1/2 and did a 60 degree cut. Then layed it out in a diamond pattern, placing the colors from the ones I cut off to the other end. Sew it together, place a 2 1/2" border, placed a 2nd border of the 6 1/2" strips which now I cut each to 3" so it would go around the whole border. and I put on a 3rd border of 4 1/2". Instead of re-sewing lots of seams and ripping I ended up sewing only 5 not counting the borders which would of been needed anyway to finsh the Jelly Roll quilt. Many of the other in our group (most) on Monday night meeting when we showed them to the group that didn't make it to the race said they ended up taking them apart and rearanged them.

    As fun as it was to get together for the Jelly Roll race I myself don't think I would make another one.

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    Same thing happened to me but it was an OBW and I have to say it was a boring experience to piece, possibly because all same size. The fun was arrangement.
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