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I've only worked with a Jelly Roll one time. I just unrolled it and started attaching the strips. I just bought a Christmas Moda fabric one to make a bed runner for the holidays. I decided to separate them and alternate colors and shading. How do you decide to use the strips? I just hope, it looks balanced when I'm done. Do they roll them a certain way so that they will look balanced when you sew from the top of the pile of strips to the bottom?

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Comment by Pam/NY on September 30, 2015 at 8:06am

There's never a silly question!!! Tips are great...

Comment by Joan on September 30, 2015 at 7:58am

 Very informative post and comments.  I've never thought of a jelly roll in the ways mentioned.  Always trying to reinvent the wheel and go through the fabrics to analyze where they would do best, cull out the duds, come up with a good design,  resize the block to accommodate the 2 1/2" strips, etc., etc.    Learning the secrets of quilting here, 6 times 7 is 42, so make six piles, duh!!  Could be why the few jelly rolls I have just sit on the shelf looking pretty.

Comment by Sharon Reeves on September 29, 2015 at 8:11pm

I've many jelly roll quilts, but never from a jelly roll. I separate the strips into 6 piles and 7 in each one. I try to put a solid  next to print or whatever and just sew. I never know how it is going to turn out with the same prints or solids matching or not. However, it always turns out nice and the kids love them. Most of them have been for Project Linus.

Comment by Barbara Graham on September 27, 2015 at 2:20pm

I'm glad you are working with a Jelly Roll and am curious about your results. I won a Bali Pop package which is much the same. I just don't know what to do with it.

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on September 27, 2015 at 1:01pm

 I love the strips (although the "pinked" edges kinda fuzz up my machine!).  I'm a separator and try to avoid sewing two similar strips together, and I will pull any solids to insert judiciously where needed.  I love the batiks and have been happy with sewing three strips together then cross-cutting them and resewing the shorter sections rail-fence style.

Comment by Ally Bryant on September 25, 2015 at 2:14pm
Pam hope you show us when you have it finished. Neat idea doing a Christmas bed runner.
Comment by JB on September 25, 2015 at 1:54pm

I did one quilt using the jelly roll race method.  It turned out beautiful and my friend loved it when I gave it to her for her birthday...but I do have issues with having the same fabric butting up against itself - which happens in the jelly roll race quilts.  I don't like the same fabric to touch if I can avoid it. I do like that the fabric is coordinated...and cut!  Can't wait to see what you make.

Comment by Jodi Cramer on September 25, 2015 at 1:16pm

Global warming?!! That made me chuckle.

Comment by Pam/NY on September 25, 2015 at 6:22am

PQ-thanks for the link...cute projects for leftovers!

Roxann-I am the same way about matching fabrics and colors. I did separate these, so hope it looks okay! I should be more concerned about global warming! lol

Comment by Roxann on September 25, 2015 at 5:56am

I always separate my pre cuts and choose what's pleasing to my eye. I love scrappy quilts but my brain won't let me just willy nilly fabrics together. I like to consider my style as planned scrappy. I have so many customers and friends just grab and sew and I do love the finished product, but when I try it my brain says eww that doesn't match. Which is why I love pre cuts. Always from one line but looks planned scrappy when finished. I also have an issue with putting same pattern different background colors side by side. Like if you have the same floral design on two fabrics but one is blue background and one is green. And now you know why I never get many quilts finished. I take too long trying to put fabrics together. I do try to add at least one or two I'm not that into to add interest because I do tend to be too matchy if I don't. Good luck, can't wait to see it!

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