Jelly Roll Race Baby Quilt

DSCN1295I 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.DSCN1287

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.DSCN1291

Before beginning to sew the sides together, instead of cutting off 18″ (for the large quilt), I cut off 9″.DSCN1292

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.DSCN1293

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!

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One thought on “Jelly Roll Race Baby Quilt

  1. Nice job! This is something I would make. I always see beautiful jelly rolls but I never know what I would do with one. Now I have an idea for making something quick and beautiful with a jelly roll.

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