Sunday, January 22, 2012

Jelly Roll Race preparation

I am going on a quilting retreat in two weeks, and one of the "exercises" is going to be a Jelly Roll Race.  Each person prepares  a jelly roll by sewing all the pieces together end-to-end.  When the race begins the two ends are brought together and the long edge sewn together, making a two-strip strata.  Then that piece is sewn together on the lang edge, making a four strip strata.  Etc. until we each have a lap sized quilt top.  And we race each other to get it sewn together.  The race takes 30 to 60 minutes.

So I don't want to spend the money to buy a Jelly Roll, about $30, when I have plenty of fabric in my stash.  I decided to use a set of eight Fat Quarters in bright colors, and I cut them into the 2.5" strips required.  Of course these strips are HALF the length I am supposed to have, meaning I need 80, therefore I added a few other fabrics to make up the amount I need.  And I am going to lose some length in the extra seams, so I added in some of the hourglass "parts" I made for Bonnie Hunter's latest mystery [which I have decided not to finish after making only two parts].

Now I need to sew all these strips together end-to-end.

It's a break from what I have been doing.



Got to church after missing two weeks
Lynne made chicken and dumplings for dinner
Peter and Lynne's company during the football


Mavis said...

What a smart lady you are!!! I can hardly wait to see your jelly roll races quilt with the hourglass units.

Pokey said...

Using your hourglass parts that way will be a great idea, and add a neat texture to the Jelly roll quilt.
I printed out the parts of Orca Bay challenge, and only did the 3" string squares to completion. I really like the finished quilt, but w.o.w. on all those itsy bitsy pieces! Thanks for admitting you did the same thing.

Andra Gayle said...

Looks and sounds like a lot of fun! I might have to try it soon!

Richard Healey said...

The extra hourglass units will make it wonderful. Great idea to add just that little extra too it.