Ever since I heard about jelly roll quilts and jelly roll races, I wanted to try one. But for one reason or another, I never found a roll that I liked or had other projects going….it just never seemed to happen for me. Until these Christmas holidays when I realized that I had one whole day (December 26) for myself. So I grabbed 13 shirts my significant other had previously dedicated to go to Goodwill (yeah…they were still sitting in my sewing room) and started to take them apart. I apologize for not having a picture of these steps. Just imagine a pile of shirts, hangers, buttons, and lots of lose threads.
Let me tell you, it’s not as easy as it looks or sounds taking shirts apart. I started with my rotary cutter but soon became tired of being so exact and just used scissors instead. I cut 2.5″ strips as much as I could, but also cut 2″ and 1″ and everything in between for other quilt projects. In the end, I had a HUGE amount of strips – and yes, it did feel overwhelming. Thanks to my Facebook sewing friends, I felt encouraged to follow through.
So I made 2.5″ squares to connect the different strips with.
When I sewed the strips to the squares, I tried to be as random as possible. I had seen other jelly roll quilts where like fabrics overlap/touch and I did not want that to happen. Well, little did I know that despite all the randomness, you will end up with like strips touching. A regular jelly roll yields a 1600″ strip that you sew together. I measured my long strip and ended up at 3358″. SAY WHA???? Crazy! Enough for two quilt tops. So I cut the strip in half and began sewing quilt top number 1.
I am sewing on a Singer Simple and though I wanted to make this a race quilt, this machine doesn’t do anything quick or fast. If you’re in a hurry, this dame of machine makes sure you run into every problem under the sun to slow you down. Bobbin issues, tension issues, tread breaking etc. When I had the first row sewn, I felt defeated and thought I would never get this done. But I kept going and about one hour later, I had a quilt top!
As you can see, there are like fabrics touching but overall it is still pretty random. It also has a very modern look, which I like a lot.
The next day I went to make quilt top 2 and here’s the result:
Isn’t it amazing how much these two quilts look like siblings? I love it! Here’s a side by side of the two.
I plan on adding two borders (wide dark blue, light blue, wide dark blue), and use a shirting fabric as backing. For the binding I plan on going with the blue I’ll use in the border. So excited! I have to wait for a fabric sale to be able to afford all this fabric and batting but I’m looking forward to having this complete!