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    I am unable to do any sewing at the present time due to surgery on my right rotator cuff and a split tear in the bicep tendon and other problems in the arm.......I have to type with index finger of my left hand....LOL As soon as I get back to sewing, I will post pix.

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    This is great! I've had 2 Xmas jelly rolls that I got back in '08 and had planned for this exact look for a bed quilt . . . only I figured I'd have to sew ends together, measure length, cut, then sew strips together, and repeat. Very time consuming. Wasn't looking forward to that and that's why I haven't done it yet. I LOVE how easy this will be to get exactly what I've pictured in my head for a long time now but in a quick and easy way. Thanks so much to you both for the written and pictorial tutes!

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    I've seen jelly rolls anywhere from 30 to 60 strips! Just look at the measurements before you buy.

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    Noooo, I didn't know I got such a good deal!! The pack was originally $12.95 with 60% off - $5.18 for the pack. Not bad!!
    I haven't unrolled it yet to see what's in it. Well, guess what - I just opened it - there are only 17 pieces - not 40 - the package obviously was marked wrong - oh well, it's still a good deal. The pieces are each 4.5 x 40" - ah, that's where the 40 comes in. How long are the usual jelly roll pieces? I'll make this work somehow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ragann63
    I've seen jelly rolls anywhere from 30 to 60 strips! Just look at the measurements before you buy.
    Truer words were never spoken - - I am on the prowl for those 60 strip jelly rolls

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodster
    Noooo, I didn't know I got such a good deal!! The pack was originally $12.95 with 60% off - $5.18 for the pack. Not bad!!
    I haven't unrolled it yet to see what's in it. Well, guess what - I just opened it - there are only 17 pieces - not 40 - the package obviously was marked wrong - oh well, it's still a good deal. The pieces are each 4.5 x 40" - ah, that's where the 40 comes in. How long are the usual jelly roll pieces? I'll make this work somehow!
    okay - - so, you purchased about 2 and 1/3 yard of fabric for 5.18 - - still not a bad deal ...
    most jelly roll pieces are cut the width of the fabric, so they are 2.5" wide x 40 -42 inches long.
    So fun to see how/what you do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by betlinsmom
    I dont have a jelly roll to my name but, I do have lots of fabric: How wide a strip is a jelly roll, please?
    Jelly Roll strips are 2 1/2 inches wide, cut width of fabric. I've done this method using scraps I cut up, all different lengths. You just have to measure each scrap as you go so that they add up to 1600 inches. It turns out awesome! I call it my "walk down memory lane" quilt because I see all the different fabrics I've used in the last few years. Super fun!!!

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    I have been thinking about how color placement might dictate how scrappy the quilt might turn out.
    What do you suppose my quilt would have looked like had I taken all the color families and kept them together in the first operation of sewing strips together, end to end?
    I have all of the Nicki and Pam Lintott Jelly Roll books and one of the things I noticed what they separate the jelly rolls into either color families or lights and darks before cutting.
    What would my quilt look like if I took a jelly roll and starting with the darkest or lightest and then moving up the color wheel, so to speak, so that all the darks are on one end and the lights on the other?

    one tip: I probably would have had a straighter edge on one side of my quilt if I had gone ahead and stitched the length clear to the end, and then used a ruler and rotary cutter to cut the steps in half at that time. As it is, one of my edges is relatively straight, while the other side has a definite bow in it.

    And, while I was thinking about squaring up that bowed edge, I realized ... if I took and stitched the whole thing into a tube, I could then cut varying widths and maybe have an attractive bargello of sorts. Keeping in mind that each cut will lessen the width by half an inch, it might just be "cutting off my nose to spite my face" ... however, it would definitely look more scrappy.

    oh, the possibilities.
    I sure appreciate the generosity of those who share their pattern ideas.

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    how many ways can we spell compulsive/obsessive? I am what I am, and I am getting better! (Of course, which way am I getting better, eh? LOL)
    Anyway, with this jelly roll, I sewed all the strips together in color families. I thought a picture of the roll, the unrolling (isn't that always fun?), the way the colors will be fed into the machine for the first long strip, and then the final project.
    And! Since I had one more jelly roll in that container, I took a picture of the next roll that I will be working with - - tonight!

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    my NEXT jelly roll
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    the way I decided to sew the strips together
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    the finished quilt -- AMAZING!
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    I was at my favorite quilt shop this morning for a free class, and looked at the jelly rolls. I'm going to take my daughter back so she can pick one out, as it will be for her room. I can't WAIT!!! Yours looks fabulous!

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    hubby missed his bedtime to help me take the final picture

    the beginning jelly roll
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    17 lights and 23 red family and blue family
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    In our small bunkhouse, it is a pretty big quilt ... wrong angle, but you get the idea
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    There is way too much light for my tastes, but for practice purposes, it is a pretty good indicator of what to look for for color ways.
    I might suggest, for those of you who want a scrappier Super Fast, stitch the seams open because if the pieces are cut in half or whatever, you most assuredly will end up with seams coming together at an inopportune time.
    I am sure there is a formula of some kind that can help us utilize the pattern to its best ability, but I haven't settled on it yet

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodster
    I was at my favorite quilt shop this morning for a free class, and looked at the jelly rolls. I'm going to take my daughter back so she can pick one out, as it will be for her room. I can't WAIT!!! Yours looks fabulous!
    Thank you. The floral one (the second one I made had I don't know, maybe five color families with a variety of textures and print sized), but there were no duplicate of any of the strips.
    The first one was smaller because of the 33 strips, and there were three each of eleven fabrics, and I am thinking I ought to try to duplicate that sample with a different way of feeding the strips in.
    This last one is too light ... 23 blue and red family and 17 strips of extremely light, more white than most families could tolerate, I am thinking ...
    a tip might be - - they won't let you open the fabric up in the store, of course, but look for one that seems to have equal parts of light and dark. In the floral one, there were only about three strips of red ... I could have gone with more
    And, I am not sure if it would have made a difference, but there are two ways to stitch the folded parts ... either right hand side (which is what I have done through all three samples)
    or, flip everything over and stitch down the other side ... at the time, I couldn't see that it would make a difference, but maybe .... I think I will try the flipping it from one side to the other, every other time of stitching on the next one I make, JUST to see what will happen
    oh, well ... two quilt tops today ... I think I have done all right

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    Quote Originally Posted by omak
    hubby missed his bedtime to help me take the final picture
    Wow!!!! you are officially obsessed with the SuperFast JR concept!!! (That's a GOOD thing!) It just goes to show you how fun this whole process is. I'm sure both of the last ones you made will look even better when you get the borders on, (something else to play with) and the quilting finished. I'm always amazed at how a "nice" top turns into a "great" top when it's been quilted.
    Anyway....glad you are having a good time exploring all the possiblities!
    Robin

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    Quote Originally Posted by fromthenestdesigns
    Quote Originally Posted by omak
    hubby missed his bedtime to help me take the final picture
    Wow!!!! you are officially obsessed with the SuperFast JR concept!!! (That's a GOOD thing!) It just goes to show you how fun this whole process is. I'm sure both of the last ones you made will look even better when you get the borders on, (something else to play with) and the quilting finished. I'm always amazed at how a "nice" top turns into a "great" top when it's been quilted.
    Anyway....glad you are having a good time exploring all the possiblities!
    Robin
    LOL ... I just got done reading all of the Bargello thread by danmar ... I am thinking on that last one - - maybe I will cut it up, turn the strips one way or another, perhaps add something here and there and change the look totally ... but, so far is it just "I am thinking ..." at this point, I cannot be convicted of ANYTHING! LOL

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    I'm just finishing up a quilt like this... mine is even simpler. Saw someone selling one like it on Etsy and it turned out so cute. No border and just sewing all the 42" strips together (so just one fabric strip per line). She appliqued flowers on hers. Not sure I'll do that (need to work on the applique).. I'm soooo in love with the charm packs, jelly rolls and turnovers!!! Thanks for sharing this....
    Leigh

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrapsoftime
    I'm just finishing up a quilt like this... mine is even simpler. Saw someone selling one like it on Etsy and it turned out so cute. No border and just sewing all the 42" strips together (so just one fabric strip per line). She appliqued flowers on hers. Not sure I'll do that (need to work on the applique).. I'm soooo in love with the charm packs, jelly rolls and turnovers!!! Thanks for sharing this....
    Leigh
    I think you are talking about a pattern called Lasagna quilt, and it really isn't the same, but I am curious! How many strips did you get with your kit?

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    I love it ---can't wait to try this!

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    ok - i loved this idea but being kinda frugal and time-challenged i went to walmart where they had a jelly roll like think called stripz. i know what you're thinking!!!!
    anyway my sister who also quilts was with me and seeing this was on sale for 9.00 we picked out one that had this gorgeous green material. there was a little bit with white and green and blue. looked really nice. got home and started to sew it and found they hid the really ugly material inside. it is awful -- makes me sick looking at it!
    but being a trooper i sewing it end to end and the more i sewed it the worse it looked. so now i am looking for something to do with this cuz i am definitely cutting the strips apart. i was thinking zipper bags or something. half the material is cute and the other half is ugly ugly ugly. doesn't even go good with it! any ideas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlp
    ok - i loved this idea but being kinda frugal and time-challenged i went to walmart where they had a jelly roll like think called stripz. i know what you're thinking!!!!
    anyway my sister who also quilts was with me and seeing this was on sale for 9.00 we picked out one that had this gorgeous green material. there was a little bit with white and green and blue. looked really nice. got home and started to sew it and found they hid the really ugly material inside. it is awful -- makes me sick looking at it!
    but being a trooper i sewing it end to end and the more i sewed it the worse it looked. so now i am looking for something to do with this cuz i am definitely cutting the strips apart. i was thinking zipper bags or something. half the material is cute and the other half is ugly ugly ugly. doesn't even go good with it! any ideas?
    I rather appreciate Bonnie Hunter's philosophy about ugly fabric:
    If it is still ugly, you just haven't cut it small enough ...
    If it were me, unless I really HAD to have that green stuff, I would sew the strips into a tube ... Iron all the seams really good and flat, because what you want to do is start cutting strips from 1.5 to 2.5 inches and learn about bargellos
    I would take it around to a number of my friends and drop into a faint when that conservative lady "over there" says: That is GORGEOUS!
    One way to find out who your friends REALLY are! LOL

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    You could cut it into appropriate size squares and stuff them to make doggy and kitty bed pillows for your local animal rescue groups. " Dogs are color bling, Gretchen," and they dont care if its ugly just so its comfortable!!

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    OOps I meant color blind!!

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    how fun and easy, i will send this one to my granddaughter she is 13 and just starting to want to quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by betlinsmom
    You could cut it into appropriate size squares and stuff them to make doggy and kitty bed pillows for your local animal rescue groups. " Dogs are color bling, Gretchen," and they dont care if its ugly just so its comfortable!!
    Isn't that a GREAT idea!

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    When you sew the ends together, do you square them up or align them like you do when making a border strip?

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