Friday, July 29, 2011

SUPER FAST Jelly Roll Quilt

Okay, I maybe a little late for the party.....
but have you seen this video?
I couldn't believe it.
Piece a jelly roll top in 35 minutes?
(That's the record time).
I was fascinated to say the least.

Of course, I had to try it.
It took me about 90 minutes
start to finish.

I started with 2 half price jelly rolls from JoAnn's.
Each one contained 20 strips.
You need 40, or 1600 inches. 
The most important thing to remember is to cut the first strip in half.
(you won't need it)
This enables the seams to be staggered.
Next, sew all the strips together, end to end, on the diagonal.
I believe this is what took so long to do.
Or sew it seams.
I just picked a color, at random, no set pattern.

Then, find the two ends of the long strip and stitch, right sides together.
Cutting loop apart at end.
You now have a L-O-N-G (800") strip that is 2 jellyroll strips wide.

Find the 2 ends and stitch again.
Your strip is now 4 strips wide and 400" long.
 Repeat stitching ends 4 more times
 your piece should be 32 strips wide.
Your Finished!
My top measures  50" x 62".
Add a border and you've made a nice size lap.

Clear as mud?
Here's the tutorial from

Last night I kept thinking about the box of 2 1/2" strips I have cut.
My strips were 22" long so I chose 40 and used the same technique
for a baby quilt. I didn't time myself but is went together QUICK.
This one I pieced the strips together straight edge.
Really scrappy.
Just what I had on hand.

Finished size approximately 34" x 50"
Notice the strips are vertical?
With a little more thought I maybe able to make it work!

What a wonderful charity project for our guild.
Can't wait to share it with them next month. 
Let me know if you try it!
Or have made one.


  1. Cool video! I'm amazed with quilting. I have never seen a quilt I've not loved. All unique and special. Your two came out lovely. I so want to try to make one of my own someday.

  2. I love how yours turned out! I've seen the video way back & it's still on my list.

  3. I like your blog and your jelly roll quilts are so pretty.
    Id like to make a king size. I think making 4 tops from 4 jelly rolls then sewing the four together (two on top and two on bottom) would be too big though.......

  4. Loved the tutorial! Am keen to try and make one of these quilts - love the idea of a baby quilt too.


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