Celebrate National Sew A Jelly Roll Day
What is a jelly roll? It goes by many names, but the trademarked name, Jelly Roll, is by Moda fabrics is a 40-42 piece fabric bundle of 2-1/2″ strips of fabric. The fabric is cut “straight off the bolt” so each piece is as wide as the width of fabric, 42″-44″. Pick up your own Jelly Roll in a variety of different colors and styles, here. There are many tutorials featuring the precut pieces and today I wanted to share with you a few things created here in the studio over the years. Celebrate National Sew a Jelly Roll Day with these quilt ideas.
Batik Braid Quilt
This is by-far the most popular tutorial on my blog, to date. It may be one of the older how-to’s posted, but it is still a great one. See how easy it is to create a braided look with your fabric using this Batik Braid tutorial.
The Infamous 1600 Quilt
This is the first quilt style that had me busting open my purchased jelly roll fabrics. It is a simple pattern and free tutorial (from the internet, not from me) where you stitch the short ends of the 2-1/2″ cut pieces together to form a strip, roughly 1600″ long. Yes, 1600″. From there you fold the strip, sew a seam, fold again, sew a seam, fold again, etc. You’ll see what I mean when you watch the Jelly Roll Race on this sewing tutorial.Adding Military Fabric to 1600″ Quilts
The Jelly Roll Race or 1600″ quilt (linked above) is addicting. I did notice, though, that I could incorporate my own fabrics to create a more interesting look when blended with precut 2-1/2″ strips. I ended up making quilts and adding fabrics for each branch of the service, for a special project. I had help on this big collection. Thanks to my weekend sewing team! Mixing military uniform fabrics and bright quilter’s cottons is the foundation for my book, Deploy That Fabric. Check it out.
Cut Your Own Roll
Once I started cutting and adding in military uniforms, I realized, I could easily cut my own jelly roll. Lord knows, I have a small bit of fabric to work with. I’m guessing you do, too. The next quilt in my project showcase features orange and green fabrics. The twist: These strips are 3″ wide to make for a bigger quilt. Neat trick, right? See more quilt pictures here.
This orange quilt turned out really well once I covered it in quilted feathers.
With any leftover precut pieces, either from a jelly roll or from quilt binding, which most quilters cut to be 2-1/2″ x width of fabric, you can make this small ruffle bag. The ruffle is scrap pieces! And by the way, how fun is that? Saving all the binding strip scraps to later have your own wildly unique “jelly roll.”
Scrappy Dresden Wedge
Using the precut pieces to create strip-sets, you’ll be able to achieve a very scrappy look on your next giant Dresden wedge quilt. Learn how to lengthen the wedge template and create a nearly 36″ diameter scrappy Dresden.
Serger Strip Quilt
One thing I love about jelly roll quilts is that they largely start with straight-line-sewing. No points are matched; no intersections are pinned. For this reason, you can really jam-out the first few steps on a serger. Check out how easy it is to serge up strip-sets and make subcuts to create this dynamic quilt.
Scrappy Trip Around The World
My quilt guild hosted a “Scrappy Trip Along” quilting project following the pattern provided by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville. I ended up making three quilts using that pattern, during that summer challenge. This Scrappy Trip Around the World was one of my favorites.
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