Jelly Roll Race–Part 2–When 1 becomes 3!

When we last spoke I had just finished the Jelly Roll Race Quilt front. I mentioned that I was making this quilt for my friend Audra’s new baby boy, Reece. Well the quilt front we finished was quite large. My intention was not for a twin sized quilt, but rather for a play date throw-down in the grass rough and tumble quilt.

With that said I decided to break up the Jelly Roll Race quilt into three sections. Deciding on the first two was easy, but how to make the third took a little deliberation. That’s when after much discussion with Roxy I decided to continue the race one more time through the machine.  Let me just tell you, that was one long quilt front!

At this point all I needed to do was to decide where to ‘rip’ out the seams to create three quilt fronts. This came down to some pretty easy math; add up the strips and divide by three!  

Jelly Roll Race – Part 2 – When 1 becomes 3!

Now that I have the three fronts it became apparent that I would need sashing and a border to set off the ‘race’ as well as make it the final desired size. I knew that it would need something going in since the width was only 2ft and I needed more than that for a baby quilt. Before adding the sashing and borders it was necessary to ‘square’ up the quilt fronts to make them true and even.

Jelly Roll Race – Part 2 – When 1 becomes 3!Jelly Roll Race – Part 2 – When 1 becomes 3!

I chose a white on white and a white on green polka dot fabric. Using the same concepts as the My Sunshine Quilt I cut the white on white into 2 ½” strips and the green into 4 ½” strips. In the end they will be 2” and 4” after the 2- ¼” seam allowances. In the same manner as the My Sunshine Quilt you will stitch the sides and trim the strips down and then stitch the top and trim the strips down. Remember to trim your edges and salvages so you are working with straight edges.

In the photo below you can see where I stitch off the edge of the bottom of the quilt. After you complete the stitching you will want to trim the edges down. This takes the guess work out of measuring your sashing and give you a perfect finish every time!

Jelly Roll Race – Part 2 – When 1 becomes 3!

Here is the quilt front with the completed sashing. Starting to take shape!

Jelly Roll Race – Part 2 – When 1 becomes 3!

Ta da! The final quilt front with the green dot border! Don’t you think it frames the ‘race’ nicely?

Jelly Roll Race – Part 2 – When 1 becomes 3!

In this process I discovered Sulky thread for quilting. Man do I love it! You have to be careful with threading and tension, but it makes quilting go so much more smoothly than before. I chose to quilt the borders and then every third Jelly Strip row.

On a side note, it took a bit for me to get the tension correct on the Sulky thread. Translation…I had to rip out quite a bit.  Well, look who was more than eager to help.  Needless to say he is yet again in the hinder category.

Jelly Roll Race – Part 2 – When 1 becomes 3!

Time to bind and these quilts are done! Look for them on my Etsy shop soon!

Jelly Roll Race – Part 2 – When 1 becomes 3!


Next Up…disappearing 4-patch with Dori! Here’s a sneak peak!

Jelly Roll Race – Part 2 – When 1 becomes 3!

Jelly Roll Race – Part 2 – When 1 becomes 3!

Happy Quilting! Let’s chat again soon!


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 


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.



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



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…


Step 1: Clean up your edges.


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


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. 


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


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


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!


Are you ready?

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