Who doesn’t like a quick quilt from a Jelly Roll? I do but I don’t like the Jelly Roll Race Quilts so I decided I’d make a Strippie quilt from one of my Jelly Rolls.
I pulled a Jelly Roll off my shelf that had a lot of lights – I’m using 16 lights and 16 darks for a quilt that will measure about 40 x 64. Your width will be dependent on how wide your strips are selvage to selvage and how much trimming you have to do.
I sewed 16 strip sets, one light to one dark, pressing toward the dark, and laid them out on the floor moving them around until I got a pleasing arrangement with my colors and then I started sewing them together in pairs until I had sewn the last seam which joined the two halves of the top together. Keep pressing those seams to the dark strip and DON’T press that last seam yet.
I like to keep my sides even by trimming my strip sets to the shortest strip before pressing each time I sew two sets together. By the time I’m finished my sides are pretty even. I do this at every step, just like I do with my Quick Strippies.
When you’ve sewn that last seam, don’t press it. Now it’s time to decide where you want your cuts. I moved my mat to the floor because I don’t want my fabric slipping around when I’m trying to make a long cut. This left side is pretty even and I didn’t trim it at all. My top is folded in half for this part.
My first cut was made at 10.5 inches in from the left side. I chose that because I could use my two rulers together and make sure my cut was accurate.
As I scooted my rulers up, I made sure to use the lines on the ruler to match up with the seams to keep everything nice and square.
After making the first cut, I decided I’d use my 4 inch ruler to make my second cut. Again, you can use any measurements you choose.
My Jelly Roll had 3-4 strips of each fabric and I could have chosen to take 4 strips and cut them in half to border my slice before reassembling it but I didn’t choose to this time.
And here’s my finished top
I even have enough strips left for a scrappy binding.
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