I needed two baby quilts in a hurry and was thrilled to find the Jelly Roll Race pattern online. The instructions are excellent, so I will not add additional ones here.
Before I found the pattern, I bought two jelly rolls at Seams Like Home, which has a big selection for Anchorage but small for anywhere else. Naturally, there were no “baby” rolls, but I prefer brights anyway. The rolls were “Grunge” from Moda Fabrics (the solids) and Rowan’s Kaffe Fassett Spots.
I used 17 strips. I cut each strip in half, making each strip 21″ long instead of 42″, so that the colors would change more often: After all, the baby quilt is significantly smaller than the one shown. Then I sewed them end-to-end, as instructed. I used the recommended chain-piecing technique, which was fast and fun.
After sewing all of them, I had something that looked to me like prayer flags. I just snipped the threads between each one and–voila–had one super-long strip.
Before beginning to sew the sides together, instead of cutting off 18″ (for the large quilt), I cut off 9″.
I don’t know if it was necessary to change the measurement, but I do know that a cut is necessary: Otherwise, the strips will all start and end in the same place instead of looking random.
This is only the third baby quilt I’ve made–and I’ve never made a larger quilt. A personal lesson I learned is to stitch 3/8″ seams instead of 1/4″. This is because, despite using a 1/4″ presser foot, my seam allowances are not perfect. The following showed up after I washed and dried the quilt.
In fact, after mending this I found a second, similar spot. Aargh! Hopefully a 3/8″ seam allowance in the future will prevent this.
I did use a 3/8″ seam allowance on the binding, where something similar occurred on my previous quilt. I had no problem (such as the above) AND the binding looks better with the extra 1/4″ inside it. I used a shot cotton for the binding and back; its softness made it nice for hand-stitching but it was somewhat challenging to make lie flat on the back.
I hand-embroidered the name before machine-quilting.
The Jelly Roll Race quilt was fun and easy to make; I highly recommend it!