Everything You Need To Know About Jelly Roll Racing.
And probably a few things you don't need to know but are fun to know.
What is a Jelly Roll Race?
A jelly roll race (JRR) is a quilt making method that produces a quilt top that is approximately 50" x 64" from one 40-strip jelly roll fabric collection sewn into a single, super long strip. Once that strip is made, the race begins. Participants are timed on how long it takes to convert that 1600" strip into a quilt top. You can't really tell what it will look like until it's done ... and then it's a special kind of magic!
What Do You Need for a JRR?
You will need:
How Do You Prepare for a JRR?
Unroll your jelly roll. If you wish, sort the fabrics into your desired order (useful if your JRR has fabric duplicates, but you'll probably wind up with similar fabrics next to each other somewhere, regardless ... don't stress over this). Join your strips together end to end. You can either:
What Do I Do In the Race?
Fold the 1600" strip in half, right sides together (RST). Sew the strip together along one edge with a 1/4" seam, sewing from the loose end towards the folded end.
When you reach the folded end, sew off the edge. Use your scissors to cut along the fold so that you can open the strip. Your strip is now two strips (4") wide and only 800" long.
Fold the 800" strip in half, RST. Repeat the sewing and cutting open at the fold. Your strip is now four strips (8") wide and only 400" long.
What Kind of JRR Variations Can I Do?
You can vary the width of your strips from standard 2-1/2", but they still all have to be the same width for the quilt.
You can insert accent blocks or strips in between your strips.
You can alternate the direction of your 45-degree angles when joining your strips.
You can sew after a glass of wine (or two!) and see what happens. Maybe you will discover a new variation? :)
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