The jelly roll race quilt. Maybe you've heard of it? For those that haven't, it is one of the quite possible on of the fastest quilt tops you will ever make (I made mine in an hour once I made my strips). I was looking for a project to practice free motion quilting doodle flowers on (I'm still doodling flowers on everything), and this seemed perfect for that.
To make the quilt top-
1. Unwrap the jelly roll (or create a stack of your self-cut strips) and sew them together, end-to-end, at a 45 degree angle, like the photo below (like sewing strips for binding). Throughout this project, there is really no need to worry about which strips will go where, just let them fall where they fall, you won't be disappointed. You will have a 1600" long strip if you have 40 strips. Trim off the tails, but no need to iron till the end. Cut off the first 18" or so of the entire strip, to ensure that your joined seams are staggered across the quilt, and do not end up on the edges.
3. Repeat step 2, your strip gets shorter, yet wider, each time, and you will begin to see your quilt top forming!
4. Continue repeating step 2 over and over until you have your completed quilt top in the width and length you want. (This is where the "race" comes in, a little healthy competition between quilt groups to see who finishes first.)
I spent the afternoon doodle stitching away. A bit rumpled in a few places where I was having some tension problems, but overall I am quite happy with how it turned out. Next time- contrasting thread flowers, for sure.
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