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Thread: Making your own Jelly Roll

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    Has anyone ever made their own Jelly Roll from scraps or pieces of fabric not large enough to make an item? I would love to use up all the "little" pieces of fabric that I have stashed. Need the width and length of a Jelly Roll, then I probably can go from there. I imagine it is just sewing strips end to end. Need advice. Thanks, Mary

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    jelly rolls are 2 1/2" wide by the width of fabric cuts. They are packaged in the stores by laying all the strips on top of one another and rolled into the jelly roll. Is this what you were asking. I hope I understood what you meant.


    edit: then you sew, cut and resew as you wish to make the pattern that you like or you can cut the strips into squares, traingles, etc then sew them into your blocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maryb44662
    Has anyone ever made their own Jelly Roll from scraps or pieces of fabric not large enough to make an item? I would love to use up all the "little" pieces of fabric that I have stashed. Need the width and length of a Jelly Roll, then I probably can go from there. I imagine it is just sewing strips end to end. Need advice. Thanks, Mary
    The main attraction of a jelly roll is they have one 2.5 inch by the WOF strip from every fabric in a collection. That's typically 40 different fabrics.

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    I just made up a bunch. I tried to include 5 of each fabric or 8, at least in numbers that would add to 40. If I am making tube quilts which takes 4 fabrics, then I make the jelly roll with 10 of each fabric in it.
    Lots of books on jelly roll quilts.

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    The name brand jelly rolls are rolled by machine. Have you ever tried re rolling one? If you don't get it rolled tight the middle will fall out. If I cut my own strips I hold them together with a big metal desk clip lengthwise.

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    precuts that I bought were off by a half inch.I will not buy them any more-I can cut better than that.I was very disappointed with the lack of accuracy-messed up my project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolph33
    precuts that I bought were off by a half inch.I will not buy them any more-I can cut better than that.I was very disappointed with the lack of accuracy-messed up my project.
    I've heard that before, that the jelly rolls (and other pre-cuts) are often not the width they are sold as.

    With the stash I have ... I just cut my own for whatever project I want to do!

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    Moda has always had perfect precuts. I won't buy any other brand of precuts.

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    I was thinking of making some. I just used a jellyroll from Moda and really enjoyed working with it.
    It would be fun to go in my stash and make my own!

    PS. Bellaboo- I didn't see your post. My Moda jelly roll was perfect! :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    Quote Originally Posted by wolph33
    precuts that I bought were off by a half inch.I will not buy them any more-I can cut better than that.I was very disappointed with the lack of accuracy-messed up my project.
    I've heard that before, that the jelly rolls (and other pre-cuts) are often not the width they are sold as.

    With the stash I have ... I just cut my own for whatever project I want to do!
    we are more accurate than the pros,lol. some parts were 2.5 in ,others anywhere from 2-2.25 all on the same strip.

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    I have one from CT, haven't done anything with it yet.

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    Thanks for all the ideas. I will try and use up some scraps, 2.5 wide and sew them end to end until I have the with of fabric (44/45")long. LOL I won't try to roll them into a "jelly roll". Don't think I could get it tight enough. I will try to make 40, 2.5 wide X 44/45" long, then sew them together. I watched the tute on U-Tube and it looked like fun. Again, thanks everyone. Mary

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    Moda has always had perfect precuts. I won't buy any other brand of precuts.
    AMEN!!

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    I just got done cutting a bunch of 2 inch strips out of browns. Going to put them in a container so when I am ready to make a quilt with them they will already be cut. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolph33
    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    Quote Originally Posted by wolph33
    precuts that I bought were off by a half inch.I will not buy them any more-I can cut better than that.I was very disappointed with the lack of accuracy-messed up my project.
    I've heard that before, that the jelly rolls (and other pre-cuts) are often not the width they are sold as.

    With the stash I have ... I just cut my own for whatever project I want to do!
    we are more accurate than the pros,lol. some parts were 2.5 in ,others anywhere from 2-2.25 all on the same strip.
    Who is to say that WE aren't the pros here? ;-)

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    There are 3 books available by Pam and Nicky Lintott with cute easy quilts to make from Jelly Rolls, either precut or from your own stash. The titles are "Jelly Roll Quilts", "Layer Cake, Jelly Roll and Charm Quilts" and their newest book "Two From One Jelly Roll Quilts". These books have great pictures and easy to follow instructions. One tip I read was to cut a 2 1/2 " WOF strip each time you cut a new fabric and before long you will have your own collection of "jelly roll" strips.

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    Ive run into that same problem with charm packs..... some of the squares were cut in half!! Couldnt return it since I had kept it over a year befor using it. very frustrating!
    Quote Originally Posted by wolph33
    precuts that I bought were off by a half inch.I will not buy them any more-I can cut better than that.I was very disappointed with the lack of accuracy-messed up my project.

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    If you use a lot of the 2.5" strips and have the Accuquilt cutters, you can make a gigillion in an afternoon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    Moda has always had perfect precuts. I won't buy any other brand of precuts.
    I agree - the Moda jelly rolls are exactly perfectly cut.

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    What an excellent idea. I had thought about this but never did follow through on it. May do it for my red/white/blue quilts.

    Quote Originally Posted by Holice
    I just made up a bunch. I tried to include 5 of each fabric or 8, at least in numbers that would add to 40. If I am making tube quilts which takes 4 fabrics, then I make the jelly roll with 10 of each fabric in it.
    Lots of books on jelly roll quilts.

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    like the idea of cutting a strip ftom every fabric

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    Quote Originally Posted by whinnytoo
    Ive run into that same problem with charm packs..... some of the squares were cut in half!! Couldnt return it since I had kept it over a year befor using it. very frustrating!
    Quote Originally Posted by wolph33
    precuts that I bought were off by a half inch.I will not buy them any more-I can cut better than that.I was very disappointed with the lack of accuracy-messed up my project.
    If your charm pack is a Moda brand I'll bet that you will find that the one that is cut in half has at least 1 or more full size ones in the pack. I have had some cut in half but there was always at least 1 full size one just like it in the pack. Jelly rolls, charm packs, layer cakes, are the names Moda gave to their precuts and were the first fabric company to make precuts. I think they are wonderful to work with.

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    THe LQS by me will cut them for you. She has the machine that cuts strips so 2 or 3 of us all pick out the fabrics and in seconds she has the strips all cut. we can also get cirlces and the other shapes for the machine cut for really cheap. It's like the AccuQuilt for stores. fantastic stuff really!

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    Friends in my quilting group take binding leftover from quilts and just keep sewing them together end to end. This works well if you use 2 1/2 inch binding. Then, they cut the strips into quilt width lengths and sew them together two by two, etc. to make a scrappy quilt. They don't bother trying to plan or "randomize" and the quilts are beautiful.

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    I have made many "quilts" using this method ... cut my stash in 1 1/2", 2" or 2 1/2" widths ... length is whatever it is ... sew using the jelly roll method and create a new piece of material which can be cut or make a quilt top ... queen and king take less than a day ... now I have more room for material ... quick and fun baby quilt or birthday gift! Remember to reverse the sewing order of each row so it does not buckle.

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