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Military 1600 Quilts

on Sep 17, 2013 in Blog, commission | 1 comment

Remember those Jelly Rolls from last week’s post? I had ordered those for a commission job. 5 Quilts using Military Uniform fabrics. Oh man, these quilts are turning out pretty cool.

jelly roll quilt top

USN Navy Quilt Top

The quilts are made in the style of the Jelly Roll Race or 1600 Quilts. Here’s the kicker though, in order to get a quilt 80″ x 94″, I had to use more than one roll. In fact, I used two rolls + the military uniform fabric. The math works out to this NOT being a 1600 Quilt, but rather a 3744 Quilt. Just rolls right off the tongue, doesn’t it? Three thousand seven hundred and forty-four quilt. Yep. That’s what it is. 3744 continuous inches once the strips are sewn end-to-end.


Ready to SERGE

With SOOOOO much to work with, I decided I should serge the pieces together, since they are all straight seams. That lasted about 20 minutes until I blew the tension on my serger. Does sewing with thicker uniform fabrics screw up tension. No. Maybe a tiny bit, but the reality is, I haven’t had my serger tuned up in years and this was the project it decided to crap out on. Shame.

broker serger


With the super fast serger on the fritz, I had to grab old faithful and get her up and running. Thank goodness for back-up plans. The home sewing machine was a bit slower but still made a great looking quilt.

sewing machine

Ellie the Sewing Machine

Since I have 5 quilts to make, I enlisted the help of 3 friends. I don’t have photos of their quilts yet. I’ll be sure to grab those pictures when the collection of quilts are finished. Look for that soon.

I’m so excited for how this HUGE jelly roll quilt turned out. It was my first time sewing with the Navy Blue Pixelated uniform, too. You’d think after all this time, I would have stitched with it before… but nope. Maiden Voyage, right here. The jelly roll with this quilt is TEXAS fabric, requested by the client.

jelly roll quilt top

USN Navy Quilt Top

    1 Comment

  1. great work! But what is 1600 vs 3744 mean? seams? how did you cut the fabric?


    September 17, 2013

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