This One’s for Muggs – The Jellyroll Race

This One’s for Muggs – The Jellyroll Race

Jellyroll from Moda

A friend of mine, Muggs, asked for an easy quilt to make so I wanted to show her the Jellyroll Race. I mentioned jellyrolls in my first post. It is a genius marketing idea where the entire fabric line is cut into 2 1/2″ strips and rolled up together.

For the Jellyroll Race, cut off the selvage of the strips (the ends that sometimes have writing on them or little holes) and then just start sewing, right sides together end to end. This is a great time for chain piecing. If you are unfamiliar with this term it means sewing piece after piece without cutting the thread on your sewing machine. Finish sewing one of the pairs together, lift up the presser foot on the sewing machine, grab the free end of the last piece added and place the next piece right sides together and keep going. You end up with loops of fabric connected by thread that you have to clip but after that you have a very long continuous 2 1/2″ wide string of fabric.

strips sewn end to end
Jellyroll Strips Sewn End to End

Next, you need to find both ends of this long string of strips.I didn’t have anyone around to help me so I tied one end to my fence and stretched it all out. You wouldn’t have to do that but it is a lot of fabric to handle. If you have the time and inclination, you can press all the seams open before you put it together. ** You need to cut off ~ 20″ of one end of the long strip. ** This makes the rest of the piecing look staggered. You don’t want the seams to line up when you sew it together.

Once you have done that, put the two strips right sides together and start sewing. Your fabric strip is only 1/2 as long as it was originally but it is still a lot of sewing. As you near the end, cut the loop that is forming from the two strips being sewn together and stitch all the way to the end. Press open the two piece strip set and once again, find the end and make another loop, sewing along the long edge.

Quilt top
Full Size Quilt Sewn from Jellyroll

Keep doing this until you get the width you want. As the quilt top gets heavier, I like to pin the area I’m sewing. I stopped when the top measured 52″ X 62″. This is a nice size for a throw size quilt. If you want to make it bigger, you could add borders. I’m not sure where this quilt is going so I will just live with it for awhile on my design wall.


4 thoughts on “This One’s for Muggs – The Jellyroll Race

  1. Muggs is getting a lot of cs5711 love this week, my last blog post was for her as well. She deserves it, what a sweet person she has turned out to be. My frame of reference for quilting has always been my grandmother. She made quilts for everyone in the family, I still have mine. They were made with so much love, what a perfect way to demonstrate love to someone, give them a thing you made by hand that they can literally wrap around themselves on cold lonely nights. I always realized that there was a great deal of craft involved in making them, you are doing a fine job of illustrating the “how to” of that craft. Very impressive!

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  2. HAPPY!!! HAPPY!! HAPPY!!!!!! Thank you so much for doing the Jellyroll quilting post for me!!! I have bunches of little bits of fabric (from making headbands) that I save and usually take the little bits to sew and make cat toys with. I’m pretty sure I have enough for a twin quilt!! With much gratitude and thankfulness that you took the time to make this blog!! Sending out love to you! Muggs cs5711


  3. I had no idea quilting was so complex. As a way to create patterns, this is a very difficult craft. You need to match up so many things, patterns, fabrics, colors, even threads used — this is such an intricate type of crafting that I think anyone who takes it up could truly be a comjputer genious.


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