Jelly Roll Quilt

Have you seen or made a jelly roll race quilt? I have made a couple in the past. The concept is really pretty neat. If you are not familiar, you can see a tutorial from Missouri Star here.

I had these strips leftover from a quilt I made quite a while back. They were originally purchased from Connecting Threads.
I didn’t know what they would add up to but they have aged long enough and I decided they would be perfect for another donation quilt. So I stitched them end to end.
And because I wanted to get these together in a hurry and no precision was needed, I decided to use my serger!

It worked really well for taming all the loose threads on these strips. However, you have to be careful to only trim threads, not fabric, or your top may end up wonky in a bad way.
This is what I ended up with.

My top finished at about 32 inches by 64 inches. It is a little narrow to fit the requirements of the group I plan to donate to so I will add side borders.

If you make one, your finished size will depend on the total length of your strips when they are all sewn end to end. Some of my strips were full length, but many were shorter. I just randomly sewed them together. Some patterns have you sewing the strips together on a diagonal, some have squares sewn at the end of each strip before the next strip is added.

Wanda at Exuberant Color, calls these Random Plank quilts. She has a wonderful chart on this post explaining how big your quilt will end up based on different strip widths and lengths.

If you have never visited Wanda’s blog, make yourself a cup of coffee or tea first. You may be there a while. It is the first blog I read each morning.

Have a wonderful day!

Linking up with Mel’s Quilting RoomFree Motion by the River


About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing adult kids, and a former librarian. I love making everything from traditional quilts to art quilts. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
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10 Responses to Jelly Roll Quilt

  1. What a great idea to use your serger! Jelly Roll Race quilts are fast, but wow using your method they’d be done before I even start!

  2. Looks good, and what a great idea to use your serger. I’ve resisted buying one – never thought I would use it, but you tempt me……..
    And yes, Wanda is my favorite. I have learned SO much from her!

  3. Connie says:

    So much fun to make these quilts. I have used them as scrap busters. Yes my scrap pile is still large. Each time I do another race quilt, I change something. Some are sewn on the diagonal, some have multiple borders, some have squares between each color and I vary the lengths of fabric. Each one has turned out beautifully and is unique. We have started to use this idea to use up scraps and create lap blankets for our church sewing ministry. These are a great beginners project. Thanks for sharing. You always inspire me to do more.

  4. Thanks for linking to my blog. I have lots of leftover pieces from binding and am about ready to do another random plank quilt. I think my favorite that I made was batik but this one will probably be a blend of batik and regular quilting cottons.

  5. allisonreidnem says:

    Thanks for the handy links – great way to discover new things about patchwork and quilting! ☺

  6. This looks great. I love making these quilts, although I haven’t made one in a long time. I can’t believe you sewed it with your serger.

  7. GigTog says:

    Ooooo Katie! Lovely!
    And you used your serger? That’s a great idea! Thanks for the tip!!

  8. Great project for those aged strips! 🙂

  9. Sandi says:

    That looks wonderful! I love the colors. I’ll check Wandas blog out, thank you. Hugs,

  10. Connie Campbell says:

    Looks great Katy!! I have made a couple and they are always fun!

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