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    I'm with you - if the directions say that it takes just this many minutes, I know that it will take me twice as long or more. Oh, well - I'm in it for the fun!

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    jelly roll race

    Hi,
    I have participated in the jelly roll race.
    Came in 2nd sewing by myself, and have taught it to my quilt guild.
    The winner had 2 13year olds helping her.
    Please be fair in judging yourself.

    First-the race does not start until all the strips are sewn together.
    There are two ways to sew the strips
    End to end-straight across- be sure you put the right sides together (called the jelly roll)
    or sewn on the diagonal as if you were joining binding (called the lasagna quilt)

    Always remember to cut off 18 inches from one end before you start to sew
    so that all your seams do not line up in a row

    From this point when you bring the ends together you can sew the quilt in 45 minutes
    but you must be able to sew a quarter inch seam without pinning and sew quickly.
    No stopping or snacking.

    But quilting is suppose to be fun so just put the ends together and go for it.
    It will finish quickly as each row of sewing the project gets shorter.

    There is no magic way of sewing without the last end tangling.
    Estimate where the end would reasonably be and cut. When you get to the end just
    put your ruler down and square it off and start all over again.
    Enjoy it--don't try to compare your sewing to speed sewers.

    The reward is the quilt

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    Great post (and quilts)...I would love to try this, but like many others, speed and me (at least in quilting) just doesn't happen. As soon as the words "quick" "easy" or "10 min." bob up I'm done for

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    LOL Earthwalker- I definitely won't win any races but it was fun and makes a nice quilt top- Especially when you have some solids and dress it up with applique
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    For the first one I made (red & black), we sewed in a group and it took us 3 hours from start to finish. When I made my Christmas one (no picture available) it took about 2 hours, just sewing alone and not chatting.
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    Yep I made one and nope it was much longer then an hour even though the stripes were all sewn. I had run out of ideas for new designs for my soldier quilts so I watched the video and figured it would be a great easy one to do. NOT!!!! LOL
    First I had to re-figure the length of fabric strips needed to accommodate the 54" x 78" quilt size. Not to hard.
    Just take the width of finished strips (my was 2" finished) and divide it by the length, then multiple that by the width of the quilt. Although it came to an uneven number of rows, I just dropped one row off and then deducted that from the the width so I could add a small border.
    Then I decided to use up as many scrap pieces as I could from all the soldier quilts I've been doing, again not hard. I think it took me all afternoon sewing them together because I was doing the binding method and of course you know I screwed up a few so I had to take them apart. Who knew I was going to sew backwards and upside down, just to form a long strip. Oh well teaches you to do things a bit slower or become good friends with Mr Ripper, Seam Ripper that is.

    Any who, When all that was done I was to tired to start the "Race" so that had to wait until the next day. I got all excited about getting it done in an hour. Got up first thing in the morning and jumped right into it. It was the LONGEST hour I have ever spend on my machine.

    No! seriously, that strip of fabric wrapped itself around me and held me hostage for at least 2 hours. I battled it with all I had but there was no controlling it's never ending hold. At one point I think it had a Nelson's strangle hold on me. I'm sure I fought it for 2 hours before I emerged the winner!

    So here is what I tangled with. Hope you enjoy it.
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    Both very nice quilts ! Never thought of doing just a couple colors like the black and red hhhmmmmm.... Keep sharing I love seeing them all
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    [QUOTE=sharon b;5104675]I have seen on Utube the women who do the races and get them done in an hour so silly me thought hhhmmmmm if they can do it in an hour maybe I could get it done in about 3-4 hours , right ???


    How long did it take? Once I got them all sewed together, it seemed it took most of the afternoon to sew the folds.
    How do you stop the twisted knot before you get to the end to cut? I started from the fold and got my friend to help me hold it and worked my way to the two loose ends. When we got those even, I went back to the fold to snip and begin sewing. hope this helps.

    Also please post pics so we can see them all I don't have it with me but when I get it quilted, I will post.

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    I posted this earlier taday but I think that it goes here too. Since I did it with the black I had to cut it at the middle so that I wasn't putting 2 blacks together or 2 batiks together. It took me 3 hours to sew the strips together & sew the black to the batiks. The next day I sewed for 2 hours & the 3rd day I finished it in 1 hour. Now I'm working on the borders.
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    I will float twister blocks & squares on point as diamonds, in black borders.
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    The hardest part for me was the pressing. If I have the strips mitered together I can make the top in about 35 or 40 minutes. BUT....The ironing takes forever and is awkward. I now get up and iron after each seam. It is so much easier on me.

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    Put on your sunglasses! Here is the quilt top I made at my retreat. The fabric is "Ruby" by Moda and the red border is matching yardage from Moda. Turned out way brighter than I expected! It hasn't been ironed yet - I heard it is a "bear" to iron!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack View Post
    Oh, Queen, I would love to see this quilt finished....bright orange CA poppies on a black and white background would be exquisite!!
    I found the perfect orange batik for the poppies! I think I'll put all the fabrics together in a project bin and put it in line now!

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    Iron ??? Uh... you mean we have to iron it LOL I haven't tried that yet but I bet it will be a pain- one lady told me she did it after each seam was sewn together .... **** big sigh**** LOL
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    Hum... I didn't press it till I was through! ( It's wrinkled now. I'll have ta press it again!)The hardest for me was pressing that fitted black sheet to cut the black strips. I've got an AccuQuilt Go w/a 2 1/2" strip cutter. I wanted black sateen & couldn't find any till I found a sheet set at Wally World. Eventually I cut 10" strips & pressed "em, then ran those thru the Go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    Old joke - if I'm holding a bee in my hand, then what's in my eye? Answer: Beauty is in the eye of the bee holder. (Sorry, couldn't help myself.)

    We all have different tastes and what appeals to one may not appeal to another I've seen some pictures of the jelly roll race quilts that were beautiful, to me at least. I don't think the purpose in making it is to make a quick quilt, it's to make THIS quilt and perhaps compare your finish time to the race times. It's also to try out this pattern and see if you like it. It's a novelty, but one that is creative and interesting. It can be a fun way to bring quilters together to make quilts for charity. I bought a couple of jelly rolls just for this purpose, though I haven't put them together yet. I'm hoping the guild will have a race and I can make one then.
    Dang, now that is really cute!
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    What are the general directions for the jelly roll race quilt. I know you sew each piece of a jelly roll end to end, but then how do you put it together,I know you sew row by row but is there a rule of thumb as to where to start on the first strip. Do you cut off a certain amount, then continue so the rows are staggered. How wide do you generally go or is it just completely up to the quilter how wide they want the the quilt to be. I know it is simple, but I'm sure it is time consuming and I don't want to blow it just because I didn't follow simple directions.
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    I love the 10 minute block everything comes to gether so quickly, I made a strip quilt didn't like it so I cut up it into bags have nearly finished them,

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    For mine I cut the first strip in half that way all the seams are staggered - then after you have all the strips sewn end- to end you grab the two ends , match them up right sides together and start sewing - the fabric will twist and knot up - just try to get as far down it as you can then when you can't stand it anymore- cut the U as close to the middle as you can - then grab the 2 ends and start sewing again ... it ends up being 5 seams
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    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b View Post
    I have seen on Utube the women who do the races and get them done in an hour so silly me thought hhhmmmmm if they can do it in an hour maybe I could get it done in about 3-4 hours , right ??? WRONG LOL Spent an hour on it Monday and that didn't even get the strips sewn together- so Wednesday finished sewing the strip together- today want to start sewing up the end to end part.

    Have you ever done one if so a few questions :
    How long did it take ?
    How do you stop the twisted knot before you get to the end to cut ?

    Also please post pics so we can see them all I will post after I have it all sewn together
    I made one, and I love it. However, it did take longer than the tute says. It took about an hour and a bit to put all the strips together, but I didn't like how some of the strips lay next to each other. So...I cut it!!! I made blocks and sashed them, and added a border, with a colour that pulled all the strips together. That also made it a bit larger...which is nice on cold winter evenings!! Even if it does take longer than the tute says, it is still a pretty fast process for a quilt top.

    I have started sewing bits and pieces of 2 1/4" scraps together as I am making other items and winding them onto an empty toilet paper roll. When the roll gets big enough, I will make a top out of them. Same process...just a LOT longer to put the strips together!!! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pzazz View Post
    I made one, and I love it. However, it did take longer than the tute says. It took about an hour and a bit to put all the strips together, but I didn't like how some of the strips lay next to each other. So...I cut it!!! I made blocks and sashed them, and added a border, with a colour that pulled all the strips together. That also made it a bit larger...which is nice on cold winter evenings!! Even if it does take longer than the tute says, it is still a pretty fast process for a quilt top.

    I have started sewing bits and pieces of 2 1/4" scraps together as I am making other items and winding them onto an empty toilet paper roll. When the roll gets big enough, I will make a top out of them. Same process...just a LOT longer to put the strips together!!! LOL

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    Actually, I can sew really, really fast. Problem is having to rip it all out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neesie View Post
    Actually, I can sew really, really fast. Problem is having to rip it all out.
    Me too!
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    I was asked to post a pic of my version of the jelly roll 1600. I cut my strips in half, so they are only half the width of the full strips. Then I cut one of the two ends in half again to stagger the seams. I have found I like this look better than the usual long strips.Name:  P1010025(1).JPG
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    Quote Originally Posted by grann of 6 View Post
    I was asked to post a pic of my version of the jelly roll 1600. I cut my strips in half, so they are only half the width of the full strips. Then I cut one of the two ends in half again to stagger the seams. I have found I like this look better than the usual long strips.Name:  P1010025(1).JPG
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    Well, that's cute! Very creative!
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    I like that (strips cut in half) better, too! Looks much more interesting, that way.
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