Jelly Rolls

Aren’t new jelly rolls the cutest things? 

So beautiful that they can be hard to even open! But I did. 

 This was a gift from Daughter #1. Isn’t it lovely? This is Amy Butler’s Hapi line.  The only downside to precuts to me, are the pinked edges. The strips are 2 1/2 inches wide. But is that measured from outer edge of the pinking to outer edge? Or is it from valley to valley? Or do I use the valley on one side and the peak on the other? 

I decided to use my strip cutter die to remove all doubt. I ironed my strips and stacked them up. I very carefully lay them on the die. 

 See the bits that were shaved off? Now I know to line up my pieces with the outer edge to get a perfect piece.  

 

 This can get a bit messy but it is worth the effort.  

 So a jelly roll from this manufacturer is a bit wider than 2 1/2 inches. Your mileage may vary. 

One of my personal challenges with precuts is how best to use them without any waste or leftovers. I’ve been playing with some designs in EQ7. 

 I’m still thinking on this. What is your favorite pattern for using jelly rolls?

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About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing kids, and a librarian. I have been making traditional quilts for ages but have ventured into art qulting in the last several years. I also love to knit socks and mittens and dye my own fabric. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
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4 Responses to Jelly Rolls

  1. Cécile says:

    Believe me or not, but I never used a Jelly roll !

  2. I think jelly rolls are very seductive and very hard to open! I do find the width measurement a bit of a pain though so I’d agree it’s a good idea to cut them to an exact measurement. I made a quilt using a pattern from Pam & Nicky Lintott’s ‘Two From One Jelly Roll Quilts’ book and found the corner stones cut from jelly rolls did not fit true to the sashing I’d cut from a piece of fabric so making everything line up was pretty fiddly. Despite that I’d recommend any books by the Lintott’s – mother and daughter quilt shop owners – they’ve specialised in patterns using pre-cuts and the instructions are clear and easy to follow. Liking your patterns on the computer – I still use graph paper and coloured pencils!

  3. Kathy says:

    I can’t wait to see what you decide to make with that jelly roll.

    I agree that jelly rolls are so cute and a little too cute to open. I’ve only made one quilt from jelly rolls – Primitive Gathering’s Primitive Picnic quilt.

    I would have never thought to trim a jelly roll with a strip die … we could do the same with any pre-cuts. I make a quilt using pre-cut 5″ squares and they were not all the same size. I didn’t have my GO then, but it did make me leery of using pre-cuts. But now that I have my GO, I could trim them all to the same size … of course, with my GO, I can make my own pre-cuts, can’t I? 😉

  4. Carol Woosley says:

    Only once did I try a jellyroll.I found to my sorrow that Kaffe Fasset’s woven stripes jelly roll was scant cut–and I was using it for framed equilateral triangles! Layer cakes provide the same wide variety, and allow many more cutting options. There is a certain sameness in quilts with 2″ (finished) strips.

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