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Thread: Strip Quilt -How fast

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    Thanks for posting the pic. I love it! I agree that your version is nicer.

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    I will takethe time at the end of each long strip sewing to straighten it out - at least somewhat. That way there isn't too much bunching at the end that has to be cut thru. It also depends on whether you sewing the strips on the diagonal or butt them together. We did it at a retreat early this year and the timing was between 1 hr 15 min for the fastest to about 2 hours. I also length the stitch one click. I think it is just as secure but goes a bit faster. I had rather take the time to straighten the strips each time rather than take the time fiddling thru the end to retain as much of the strip as possible. One or two at the retreat didn't even cut off the selvedge, that saved time but oh........
    I have even pressed each seam when it is sewed. I think it makes it easier to alighn the next strip.
    So guess the bottom line is just how much time you want to take. A local quilter did one for the center and then added a border made of squares all around. There were 4 rows of squares in a nice color arrangement. Looks great.
    I also made one from one fabric. It was an ombre printed in pastel stripes. I cut the sections length of the fabric rather than cross the fabric. I cut 42" sections from the fabric and then cut the strips. Made a very intereting jelly roll quilt.

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    Never thought to cut the long strips in half- but I do like the way it looks Thanks for sharing

    And how clever to roll the scrap strips until you have enough to do another top
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    I inserted a white block before each strip for a different look, which I really liked. It took a little longer but I liked the affect. I also did a little appliqueing on both sides.
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    How cute! I really like the applique! It adds so much.
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    I recently did 2. Sewed one strip set together in one evening (I am not the racing type), trimmed all the seams and pressed them open. Sewed the top the next evening. I took care to straighten out the strips before I sewed them but there was one twist in the end (no matter what I did). I will post pictures later.

    Oh, and I couldn't leave the jelly roll alone either. Didn't like the duplicates so I mixed and matched 2 jellies. One turned out real dark and one quite light. I like them both. Just not sure how to quilt them now.

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    Just completed my jelly roll race quilt. The utube I watched seemed to tell how long it takes to make the strips into a flimsy, but they are already connected when you begin the timing. I connected the strips like they were binding so the angle shows. The connecting of the strips took 45 minutes. I had a small jelly roll from Tuesday Morning with 28 strips or so. I made sure I didn't have a twist in my first seam. When I got to the very end I cut the piece, then brought the end to the top and made another seam. Fun and fast. I added a 1.5" border then a 4" border. Not sure how to upload photos onto this site Will learn the photo part another day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacThayer View Post
    Were I not such an obsessive compulsive perfectionist, I'm sure I could stitch much faster. But then my pieces wouldn't be as precisely cut. And my blocks wouldn't come out square. etc. etc. I am happy this way. My husband and family love me this way. No medical professional has ever wanted to medicate me for this. It's just my personality. But I won't be entering any "jelly roll races", that's for certain! I'd come in dead last!
    Well, I'd meet you at the back of the pack because I've been working on my Jelly Roll Races for what seems like eons. (1) I have a wonky right knee that can only bedn & press the foot pedel for so long before it starts yelping, (2) I have a puppy dog who seems to think "Mommy sewing = I need to go in & out & in & out" (LOL), & (#3) I'm anal. My diagonals have to be good. My strips have to be pressed first. I have to stop & trim the seams after I sew the diagonals... oh, I'm sure watching me would be pure torture! But, I'm enjoying the process (except for trying to wrangle all the strips the first couple of "rounds") & that's all that matters. Well, that & that the top looks at least presentable when it's done. I think I'll name mine "Tortoise Race"... LOL!
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    Oh Rebecca your so funny. I love the Tortoise Race name. It took me quit a while just ta sew the strips tagether 'cause I was doin' somethin' else at the same time. It took me basically 3 evenin's ta sew the main part & 4 months ta make the borders, so I think I'll borrow your name for this quilt. 'cause I'm not through yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kathdavis View Post
    ...I also did a little appliqueing on both sides.
    A "little appliqueing"??!! This is absolutely beautiful. The white blocks are very cool in there, too. :-)

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    I love not only the fastness of this typeof quilting but the look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunnye View Post
    Sharon b, we sound like sisters! I can never do anything fast or simply. Just sit back and enjoy our SLOW ride!
    I must be the missing triplet If I try to speed things up everything goes wrong. I believe that it is all about the journey not the destination. Enjoy and show us the end result.

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