Wednesday, December 5, 2012

A Jelly Roll Race

Usually at our retreat, there is someone that comes up with something that "catches on" whether it be a piece of fabric that the rest of us can't live without, or a pattern, or just an idea of something that a lot of us want to do.  Well this past retreat, it was a jelly roll race.

On Thursday evening after being treated to a great meal provided by Lolly's over in the downstairs of the Davis Mercantile building, several of us decided we were going to race.  We had planned this ahead of time, so of course we had to shop for a jelly roll.  I'm not sure how this happened, but each of us ended up buying a different jelly roll, so it was fun to see the finished quilt tops at show and tell.

 I had quite a bit of technical difficulty when I first started.  I sewed the first five strips together at right angles and then I got all that tangled up in my machine thread.  It took 4 of us to get my mess untangled and to rip out my mistakes so I could keep racing.  I swear I watched the You Tube video of how to do this.

This is my top made from Moda's Marmalade.

This is Gay's quilt made from Moda's Vintage Memories line.

Cheryl's is made from pretty blue and tan batiks.

Fiona's is made from American Jane.

Pam's is made from Blitzen.

This photo is blurry, and I'm not sure of the line of fabric or the maker.  Is this Nancy's maybe?
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Rosemary made all 3 of these Dr. Suess quilts during the retreat even though she came from the other side of the room to help me untangle my mess.

Kim's made from a honey bun (1 1/2" strips).  I don't remember the fabric line, but it turned out to be a nice sized table runner.

We had lots of fun and laughs, and if you have a jelly roll laying around I recommend that you watch the video and give this a try.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!


  1. I have wanted to try this maybe this weekend I will give it a try, I just happen to have a jelly roll here I could use!
    thanks for the show and tell, LOVE yours
    the colors are so happy are you going to put a border on it?

  2. I watched the video, and I want to make one of them now, too. How many strips do you sew together, all 40?

  3. I've been meaning to make one of these for a while now! Thanks for the reminder! :0)

  4. What a fun time you ladies had at the races! They are all beautiful! I've made a few and they always turn out great.

  5. Love these jelly roll races and the end results. Here is a fun thing my work guild did. We had lots of older but nice stash fabrics. We cut it up and make 40 jelly rolls, mixing up the fabrics. Had a fun race day with door prizes for participants, made tops and donated them to charity, for the full story
    Stop over and read my post...see the tops.

  6. They all look so different too. Very nice.

  7. I watched a YouTube video of these jelly roll races once. Very entertaining!

  8. I love the fabric you used, LuAnn. I made the same quilt, also in a race with blog friends from all over latinoamérica and Spain, last year, but I still have to quilt it.
    It took me a few hours more than the video said!!!

  9. Our sewing group did this. It was so bizarre, noisy and fun with a little bit of crazy thrown in. Makes a nice quilt, though. Glad you had a chance to do this, LuAnn... fun, eh?!

  10. They look great! I've made two of these tops after watching Jenny at Missouri quilting video. Took me a lot longer than 45mins though lol. I've want to put at least two borders around them before backing them.

    Peg x

  11. Sounds like you had loads of fun. All of the jelly roll quilts look great.

    After the holidays I'll just have to make one for myself.

  12. So fun racing with friends!

  13. Yes, the jelly roll race was fun. Using the narrower strips made things a bit more difficult. Need to finish that up someday, but not for a gift, so it must wait.


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