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.
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.
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.