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Thread: The jelly roll quilt I made from my scraps

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    When I see pictures of the quilts posted on the Quiltingboard I so often wish I could see the photos of the quilt as it is being created. That is how I am going to post this and I hope you won't mind lots of photos.
    The jelly roll quilt I made from my scraps
    I started cutting my squares May 10, 2010 and finished the scrappy jelly roll quilt today. It was a hobby, not a job so I didn't do a 40 hour work week. I did spend a phenomenal amount of time reading, learning, researching, practicing and reading again. One of the best tools I had was this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wprg5vzkuGw which came from one of the Quiltingboard posts from 2009. http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-17400-1.htm.
    I enjoyed remembering whose stash the fabric came from, when I got it and what they may have been using it for.
    I enjoyed remembering and applying the knowledge, tips and tricks I have learned on the Quiltingboard. Some of you will remember telling me some of these things in some of our posts.
    Some of the good sewing habits I used: ( An asterisk * denotes the ones I learned on the Quiltingboard)
    *Started a Quilting Diary, journaled each time I worked on the quilt and documented my work with digital photos
    *used my walking foot
    *used a Schmetz 75/11 quilting needle
    *used the June Taylor Shape cut
    *used a sharp rotary blade
    *made good use of my folding tables and ironing 'wood board'
    *used my design wall
    *starched and pressed each seam, rolling them into a jelly roll.
    *seamed strips from the jelly roll into a quilt top
    *starched and pressed each strip seam
    *added a 3 1/2" sashing strip around all 4 sides
    double stitched around all 4 sides and then trimmed the raw edges.
    *cut a 31/2" binding strip, pressed it in half with right sides together, *attached it to the backside of the quilt, *mitered the corners, and *stitched in the ditch from the top side to the bottom side.
    *mitered each end of my binding strips together when I finished off the binding.
    *was patient with the machine, sewing on slow+ speed letting the walking foot have time to function properly.
    *was careful when moving the quilt with the walking foot raised so I didn't break the little plastic grabber thingy.
    *did not put straight pins in my mouth.
    Some of the not so good sewing habits I used:
    used a 1/2" seam rather than the standard 1/4".
    I had to sew over 5 spots on the binding where my I 'slid off' my stitch in the ditch. (An inch or so only per spot and I was proud of that!)
    I broke one needle sewing over a straight pin.
    I used the rotary blade on about 1 yard of the binding strip knowing it needed to be sharpened yet I waited to sharpen it.
    I did not use leaders and enders.

    The back side
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    Scrappy Jelly Roll Quilt from my scraps
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    I had help
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    His name is Oreo
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    Wow! That is some jelly roll! lol

    I love the quilt. Great job! :)

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    Awesome! Nice way to use up scraps.

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    Very nice! I love all the colors.

    What size did you make the squares. I just started quilting, but it would be nice to cut my leftover pieces into blocks to use later. If you said above, I'm sorry I overlooked it. I don't know what the standard size of blocks in a jelly row is as I have never bought one!

    Thanks for sharing!

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    Oreo is adorable! Your jelly roll scrap quilt is interesting. I like the randomness.

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    Boy, you did a REALLY nice tut on this. I felt like I was right there. Hope you do more. I really enjoyed this.
    Thank You Sooo Much :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    Wonderful quilt. I like that you had all the reminders of what we should do in your thread. I will print it out and post it in my sewing room. Your reminders of what not to do are helpful, too.
    Is Oreo litter box trained? He sure is a cute guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by no1jan
    Very nice! I love all the colors.

    What size did you make the squares. I just started quilting, but it would be nice to cut my leftover pieces into blocks to use later. If you said above, I'm sorry I overlooked it. I don't know what the standard size of blocks in a jelly row is as I have never bought one!

    Thanks for sharing!
    Thanks, I enjoyed using everything I learned. I was just sewing strips together so the width of the squares was 3", the length was about 2 1/2" on some and 3" on some. Just whatever I could get out of a swatch of fabric. I kept the 3" width so my strips wouldn't get all cranky on me. As far as cutting your blocks to get them ready to use later we have several posts on the best sizes to cut them into. Use the search field on what size do you cut your scraps. There are some great ideas in the post you will get. A store bought jelly roll (I am sure) has a standard size but I don't know what it is. /Regards, Dorothy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marjpf
    Wonderful quilt. I like that you had all the reminders of what we should do in your thread. I will print it out and post it in my sewing room. Your reminders of what not to do are helpful, too.
    Is Oreo litter box trained? He sure is a cute guy.
    Oh, you are too sweet. Thank you.
    Yes, Oreo is house broken. He has his own little potty and his own little pooper in his own little cage. We let him play in the sunroom for awhile when we are out there. He is so sweet and he is really spoiled. He was our granddaughters 9th birthday present. Yep, he lives at Camp Grandma&Grandpa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luv-e
    Boy, you did a REALLY nice tut on this. I felt like I was right there. Hope you do more. I really enjoyed this.
    Thank You Sooo Much :thumbup: :thumbup:
    Thanks, I took a ton more pictures but I didn't think anyone would want to see all of them. That video on the binding was so helpful I just couldn't believe it.
    I also wish more members would include the 'building the quilt' photos in addition to the photo of the quilt. There are so many of us out here learning from them. Oh,,, on that video I saw her backstitch with her walking foot!!!!!! Yep, she did it more than once... I thought it would break a needle or something but she did it so I did it a time or two (holding my breathe!) and it worked just fine on my machine to..

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    Cute helper,nice quilt!!!

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    That quilt is great - love jelly rolls. thannks for the progress photos we should all do that as you can forget from one quilt to another what worked and what didn't. Thanks for sharing I certainly have learnt.

    Oops forgot - love Oreo

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    I just today bought a digital camera, of course I have to learn how to get the pics on the computer and then on the board but I love the idea of a series of pictures for a project. I really do learn visually.

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    Love the quilt. Especially appreciative of the pictures....always think a picture is worth a thousand words. Wish I could cuddle Oreo!

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    You did a show and tell and a tute in one post!!!
    Love the way you did this and I am also going to print out the instructions b/c my brain is like a sieve :D
    I asked you the other day how you quilt the King and Queen size (from a post about it) but you may not have seen my question.
    Do you hand quilt them, send them out??
    Love this quilt and thanks again for the great tute!!!
    Oreo is adorable with the perfect name too!!

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    Well!! How fun your thread is! I love how your top came out. The main unifying tan/beige and blue really was a nice touch. I have never seen such a huge jelly roll! They normally are 2 and a half inches wide. Is that what your came out? Great way to use up all those scraps!
    Isn't it funny how much you learn just by reading the board? It is pretty amazing really how much we remember when you go to quilt something.
    Oh I used to have an indoor rabbit named roger. I know not very imaginative. But, he sure was smart and fun to have around. Seeing you little guy makes me miss him. He was a dutch lop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    You did a show and tell and a tute in one post!!!
    Love the way you did this and I am also going to print out the instructions b/c my brain is like a sieve :D
    I asked you the other day how you quilt the King and Queen size (from a post about it) but you may not have seen my question.
    Do you hand quilt them, send them out??
    Love this quilt and thanks again for the great tute!!!
    Oreo is adorable with the perfect name too!!
    Beautiful quilt! I wish I had your self disipline and followed the basics better. I feel like such a hacker!
    :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    You did a show and tell and a tute in one post!!!
    Love the way you did this and I am also going to print out the instructions b/c my brain is like a sieve :D
    I asked you the other day how you quilt the King and Queen size (from a post about it) but you may not have seen my question.
    Do you hand quilt them, send them out??
    Love this quilt and thanks again for the great tute!!!
    Oreo is adorable with the perfect name too!!
    I didn't see your question the other day. I will go on your user id list and see if I can find it.
    How do I quilt the Queen and King size. I put my mouth guard in and start grinding my teeth. :lol: :lol: Honestly, I just wing it depending on the quilt. If it is decently square I can start at one end and just keep rolling it. When the roll gets to big to go under the throat of the machine I start from the other side or other end. I only know how to do a straight stitch for quilting on the sandwich. I saw a really good video the other day showing how she did hers. Let me see if I can find it and I will put it here.
    Nope, I couldn't find it but someday I will and I will pm you with it. In it she shows how she uses her left and her right hand as the quilt is going under the walking foot. Having watched her do it that way really helped me on this quilt. Sorry I didn't see your question earlier./Regards,Dorothy

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    I love this. I love how you went from the lighter and more "spaced" to darker and tighter.

    I also appreciate that you gave us a step by step photo series. I had wondered if anyone did that and am happy to see that someone did.

    Look forward to seeing more!

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    Wow! Oreo needs extra lettuce! He did a great job with quality control...it's beautiful, you did a great job!
    Kind Regards,
    MaryAnna

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    Very nice! I love your assistant - I miss my bunnies!

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    wow that is great, I have not worked with jelly rolls yet. making it from scraps is a cool idea and it turned out so nice!

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    What a wonderful quilt, and Thanks for the instructions, I really could understand them, and sometimes thats hard for me with out actually doing it! GREAT JOB!

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    Awesome! I love it! I need a way to use some scraps!

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    Dorothy, what a great tute and a great quilt. It did not occur to me to make my own jelly roll quilt, but I love what you did. Such a good idea!

    Tell Oreo and Tom we said hi!

    Love you,
    MJ

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