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2nd Annual Jelly Roll Race
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Date: 11/20/13 10:51 PM

We had so much fun last year that we're doing it again!! It's time to get your strips together and your machines revved up!

For those not familiar, a jelly roll race is a friendly competition to join 1600 inches of fabric together in less than one hour. At the end, you have a completed quilt top!!
If you are new to quilting or just have lots of fabric scraps, this is perfect!

This video gives directions and some looks at the finished project.
Missouri Star JellyRoll Race

A jelly roll is a bundle of 2.5" wide fabric strips. The term "jelly roll" is used by Moda fabrics and is 40 2.5" strips of fabric, averaging about 42" long. The length depends upon the fabric collection width. Other companies have the strip bundles also and call them design rolls. If you decide to use a premade bundle, make sure that it has 40 strips. Some come anywhere from 20-35. You do want to have a total of 40.

It is also very easy to make your own. You can cut your strips from a fat quarter collection or yardage from stash. You just need to make sure that you have the 40 strips.

Before Race Prep
1. Acquire or make your 40 strips
2. Join the ends of the strips together..either end to end or at a bias angle.
3. Make sure that you have several bobbins wound and extra spools of thread.

Race Day
1. Make sure scissors and bobbins are easily reachable
2. Take the two ends of your strip (1600" long) and matching right side to right side sew them together as fast as possible!
3. Cut the ends and re-match ....sew and cut..repeat until it's the size you want.

The time we are aiming at is 60 minutes or less....There are ones who say it can be done in 40 minutes...but I have doubts!!

RESULTS

SouthernStitch(mary)
Used Juki 2010TLQ
Aurafil thread for piecing
2 bobbins for the joining and piecing
Took 2 hours and 12 minutes to completion
Measures 54 by 63 before squaring. Perfect lap quilt!

Montarville
Time: 1 hour 19 minutes. The first seam took me 33 minutes.
Machine: Husqvarna Emerald 118.
Number of bobbins used: 2.
Size before squaring: 53'' x 64''
Fabric used: Sweet Serenade jelly roll, by Moda.

Larisa
Time 1.07.
machine used: Kenmore 12-stitch, 23yo machine that I'll keep until it can no longer be repaired
Thread used: coats and clark all-purpose
Bobbins: 1 full, 2 partial, so I guess we could just call it 2 bobbins
Fabric: Fabric Editions - Creative Cuts, 2 packs, "Textured

KathySews
Seus on the Loose
1 hr 5 minutes
Just under 2 bobbins
BabyLock Symphony sewing machine

SewNanny
Time: 58 minutes (no, I'm not fudging)
Machine: Bernina 630 (pedal to the metal)
Number of Bobbins for piecing: 1 full bobbin (see photo of amount of thread left over)
Fabric: Moda Everlastings
Thread: Mettler Silk Finish Cotton 50 wt.
Size after Pressing and Squaring: 49 1/2" x 64"

Franksdottir(Barb)
Kona solids
1.5 hours

SSchwab
Singer L-500
Fabric: Independance Trail
2 Bobbins
2hrs 5min and 37seconds

Maia
126 minutes at sewing machine (quite a bit of clipping threads as edges unraveled, lining up edges, untwisting...

25,237 stitches (not including short seams)

Short seams done with 40wt Mettler cotton on 440QE ahead of time.

My first jelly roll stroll done on 820QE with Aurifil 50wt cotton mako, color 2600-super blending light grey

Rough top before pressing, squaring, trimming is *approximately* 52x64 "

Jann
69 minutes
70/10 needle
3/4 of one bobbin
machine Brother Super Streamliner --mid 1950's vintage

MichelleT
Time to sew the top: 1 hour 14 minutes
Bobbins: not including sewing the strips together, just over one bobbin.
Size before squaring up 52.5 inches by 67 inches

SewTina
1 hour 4 min...add 10 min for straightening.
Singer 9960 1.75 bobbins.


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Date: 11/21/13 9:36 AM

I am definitely going to participate, but I am not racing, it would take all of the fun of it out for me. So those who don't want to race for whatever reason can join me in taking our time, and making a jelly roll race quilt top without headaches.

I will be interested in, and in awe of, those of you who can do it in the shortest possible time.

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Date: 11/21/13 11:14 AM

It really looks like fun, but I watched the video and still have no idea how to do it. Are there any other tutorials? I wonder how you figure out how to make the size you want.

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Date: 11/21/13 12:53 PM

The quilts come out to be about 50" x 60". You can increase size with borders. I know people are talking about making double bed size and such, but you'd have to add another jellyroll and I think that would be too much for me to handle!

The instructions really are simple...
1. Join the ends of each strip together..you can do this at a 45 degree angle, like you do for bias binding..or just butt the two ends together.

2. This is where the race starts.....First...cut about 18" off of the first strip. This will not be used. It's done so that the strips will not line up exactly.
Take each end of your long strip and place right sides together, then sew the long edge until you get to the fold. Cut at the fold..take that end and refold up to the other end and sew again, repeating the process. It takes about 4 or 5 seams to reach the size. Do check on the sizes as you get towards the end. O've seen some very narrow and long quilts come out because one cut and fold too many was made.

I hope that this helps...

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Date: 11/21/13 12:58 PM

I've seen blogs now that they are claiming that their quilds are doing the race in 40 minutes...obviously have no twisting problems like I do, and lots of practice!!I think that would take the fun out of it for me also...

Do keep track of how many bobbins you use. I thought that was really interesting last year. I really think that my vintage bobbins hold almost twice as much as the modern...and I know that machine is faster!!

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Date: 11/21/13 1:21 PM

i made one with 3 jelly rolls, but i had to do a little cutting after it was all sewn together to make it fit my king size bed. it was long enough but not wide enough, so i added some wiiiiiiiiiiiiide borders. LOL.

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Date: 11/21/13 1:46 PM

40 minutes? More like 400 for me. Gee, it is supposed to be fun and not the Olympics of quilting.

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Date: 11/21/13 2:06 PM

Good Grief!!! I congratulate you on that..I've ended up with strips wrapped all around my machine in trying just to do the 45 degree thing..also wrapped around the chair and twisted!! How did you do all that without getting twisted???

I think I'd try making two...maybe 60 strips each and then joining together....

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Date: 11/21/13 2:12 PM

Some do see it as the Olympics of quilting otherwise there wouldn't be so many trying to beat the 60 minutes.....but do whatever is fun for you...

This is a chance to relax from the holidays, use some scraps play with friends, or get your first finished top of the year. Whatever...
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2013 21.0
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Date: 11/21/13 2:12 PM

I'm going to play along, but will probably not race. When I get in too big of a hurry, I always end up making mistakes.

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