Pre-Cut ‘Donut’ Quilt

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PreCut Donut Quilt

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Introducing! Life in the Jungle–Jelly Roll Race!

Hello Fellow Quilters!

Now that the My Sunshine quilt is completed are you ready to move on to our next project? Pay attention this one goes fast!

There is a fun trend out there called Jelly Roll Racing. What is it? Well, it is a way to create a quilt front in less than an hour.  The basic idea is that you will open a jelly roll and then just sew all the strips together.  This is what Roxy’s first quilt will be, but more on that in a bit.

While this quilt is fairly simple it can get confusing if you skip a step.  Have your jelly roll handy? Let’s get started!

What are we using? Life in the Jungle by Doohikey Designs for Riley Blake!

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Step 1:  Sew the Jelly Roll Together –

Simply sew one strip to the next. Don’t worry about the order of the strips it will make sense as we go. Just take the top one and work your way to the bottom.   The method for stitching these together is exactly the same way we connect binding strips.  Place the right sides together and stitch at a 45 degree angle. Make sure the small ends are facing to the right as we will be trimming these next.  Alright time to stitch!

Life in the Jungle–Jelly Roll Race! (notmygrandmasquilts.com)

Life in the Jungle–Jelly Roll Race! (notmygrandmasquilts.com)

The idea is to chain stitch the bottom of one strip to the top of the next one.

Life in the Jungle–Jelly Roll Race! (notmygrandmasquilts.com)

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Yes, you will have a lot of strips! Please excuse all the fuzzies.  I would recommend a lint roller as well. I know we made good use out of it.

Step 2: Trim and Press –

Now that all of your strips are sewn together we need to trim them apart and cut the very large ‘dog ears’. Once you do this you should have one long ‘binding’ strip of fabric.

Life in the Jungle–Jelly Roll Race! (notmygrandmasquilts.com)

I know Baxter enjoyed the ‘dog ear’ confetti party.

Life in the Jungle–Jelly Roll Race! (notmygrandmasquilts.com)

Here is how the strip should look once they are pressed.

Life in the Jungle–Jelly Roll Race! (notmygrandmasquilts.com)

Step 4: Race Away, Connecting the Strip Together –

Pick one end and trim 18” or so.  If you don’t do this all the angled seams will start to line up and it will not give you the variegated look desired.  With right sides together you are going to sew the two ends of the strips together. Careful not to get any twists.  Once you reach the end, (don’t panic, this is going to take a while) you will need to trim the loop part to create two flat ends.  (See Roxy’s photos below for an example. Now, don’t get all up in arms the photo was purely for show. We laid it out and used a rotary cutter to make sure the edges were straight. Smile)

Then, guess what? Yes, put the right sides together from the trimmed end and the other end you started and start sewing again!  Note: YOU ARE MATCHING SHORT END TO SHORT END AND STITCHING LENGTHWISE. Don’t make a long tube, one side should always be open.

With each round you will repeat the trim and the ends together until you have your desired width of quilt.  Each time gets half as long so the strips get shorter and shorter.  Here is a rough video to show you:

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You may want to wind a few bobbins ahead of time and watch every so often to make sure that you haven’t ran out of thread.  It will happen my friends, just you wait.

After you have hit the desired width (the one below is ~48×60)you want you can proceed to spraying, pinning, quilting and binding or you can add a border, etc.  It is completely up to you.  But, let’s just take a moment shall we?! I mean how easy is this?! You don’t even have to decide how to arrange the fabric.

Life in the Jungle–Jelly Roll Race! (notmygrandmasquilts.com)

Now, I am making mine into a baby quilt for my dear friend Audra who got to say hello to her super healthy baby 3 weeks early!  As you can see time is of the essence, but this quilt is too big for an everyday baby quilt.

After much deliberation with Roxy we decided that I could make three out of this one quilt, but how?!  That, my friends, is next week’s post, but until then I will leave you with Roxy’s first ever quilting experience in slide show form!  Seriously, how awesome is she! High-five first timer!

We almost did this entire quilt in a day too! (with only 1 or 2 sweat shop references…Winking smile)

Until next week my friends! Have fun quilting!

-Crystal

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The Sunset of My Sunshine! Front Assembly, Quilting, & Binding!

Happy Sunday Fellow Quilters!

My most sincere apologies for not posting consistently for the last couple of weeks.  The job that pays the bills has been completely insane so needless to say quilting and blogging had to sit dormant for a couple of weeks.  But…I am back now and ready to wrap up this quilt!  How did block arranging go for you?  I’ve only made a couple of modifications since my last post, but that’s just because I missed some pretty obvious stuff.

Ready, Set, Let’s GO!

The easiest way I found to put this quilt together was to pin a bunch of the blocks then sew them in chain fashion.  Here is a photo of how they take shape.  The important thing to remember is when you sew them together to keep them in the right order…or refer to your photo when done.  Or perhaps you like puzzles and this could be a fun little add in to your day. Open-mouthed smile 

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Once you have all of top half pieces completed you will want to match them to their bottom counter part.  Why not stitch all of the rows together and just have 8 long strips? If you feel comfortable doing it that way I say ‘Go For It!’.  I, however, need to make sure that I am matching my center diamonds and seams on a more frequent basis.  Think about it this way. If you mess up matching a center diamond in the middle of a long row you have to take out an entire long row.  If you mess up matching on a 4 patch block you only have to take out two block’s worth of seams.  Here is what the final 4 patch will look like.

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Now that you have all of your 4-patch blocks matched up to perfection we can start to put multiples together.  I worked left to right and again pinned a bunch before I started.  One key tip here is to pin your seams. Yes, you can eyeball and match as you go, but by pinning you take all of the guess work out of it.  As the saying goes, “If you don’t pin now, be prepared to rip it later!” One trick to making sure your seams match is to pin directly through your previous stitching lines. If you match these up you are almost guaranteed a perfect seam match every time. Here are a couple of different methods I use.  IMG_1641IMG_1645

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I chose to stitch all of the rows together which made for smaller matching stitches overall in one sitting.  Look how cute this is! Did you notice the border? So observant! Here’s how I cut them out…

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Step 1: Clean up your edges.

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Step 2: Measure in 4 1/2” in and cut. Repeat through the end of the yardage.

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For your border you will want to cut out 4 –4 1/2” strips of fabric.  Note: If you are only making one quilt then you only need 1/2 of a yard.  But, since I used a full Jelly Roll and am making two full quilts so I need to cut out 8 strips and used a full yard of fabric.  Make sure you square off your edges. Why didn’t I measure and cut the border pieces?  Simply my friends, this is stress free quilting.  We will be sewing and trimming after the fact.  The up sides to this are a) no math and b) you get an accurate cut every time which leads to an overall polished looking quilt.

They key is to start with a little excess on each side. Stitch your 1/4” seams and then trim so the border is inline with the blocks.  I started with the top and bottom and then worked my way to the sides. 

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Once you have the two tops done you can trim those and move on to the sides.

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Here is the finished front, time for quilting & binding!

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As with most of my quilts I decided to stitch in the ditch around the 4 patch blocks.  I wanted to set off the diamonds and give some focus to the quilt.  For quilting and binding please check out my previous posts for the Paradigm Shift.

I have mentioned in the past that Baxter loves being under quilts.  Here is a fun video of him “having” to be under the quilt after I pinned for quilting and then while I was doing the binding. Crazy little dude.

He must always be in a blanket!

  Baxter

Are you ready?

Without further ado…here is the final quilt! I hope Jenny likes it!

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