Saturday, September 16, 2017

National Sew a Jelly Roll Day

Apparently there's a day for everything. I had no idea that September 16th was National Sew a Jelly Roll day until it kept showing up in my social media feeds, along with pictures of delectable quilts and jelly rolls. Well ... it worked, because suddenly I was seized with the urge to sew a jelly roll quilt.

I sort of have a love/hate relationship with jelly rolls. On one hand ... I love them because they're so adorable and so convenient. But mostly the adorable thing. On the other hand, I've gotten far too many jelly rolls that are either too wide or too narrow, and they make precision sewing difficult ... like it isn't hard enough as is! (I've even gotten some bowed strips ...) But despite my best efforts, I still managed a little collection of jelly rolls.

Well, it's time to use some. I've spent some time looking for patterns, and getting ideas of what I want to do. I collected my top contenders into a Pinterest board.

After careful consideration (and there's quite a few on there that I plan to make) I think I'm going to start on Zen Cabin!

The jelly roll I decided on is Urban Artifacts by Leslie Tucker Jenison for RJR Fabrics. It's one of my favorite collections this year. Before I started, I measured ... and sure enough my strips were a smidge too narrow. Well ... that's the good thing about not using a quarter-inch foot, and using my standard zigzag foot but adjusting the needle position. I was able to sew a smaller seam allowance, and pretty much get my blocks to come out the size it's supposed to be.

I'm so excited to keep going! I think it will be a great quilt, and my, I just love that fabric!


  1. Love those fabrics is right!!! Another hate thing about jelly rolls are the flex of fabric from the zigzag edge. But they are cute as cake, for sure. My sister and I are jelly roll sewing together today. Have a great Sew a Jelly Roll Day!!!

  2. You do have a nice collection of jelly rolls. I've had problems with precuts from RJR so I'm glad you were able to still sew. I love the pattern you picked and can't wait to see it a photo of the whole quilt.

  3. Liz, I agree it is painful when the 2.5 inch is not really 2.5. Adding the extra step to measure your precuts isn't fun. But I too have several jelly rolls in my stash and will I am sure continue to buy more. Now on to the fun stuff. Great choice of pattern and can't wait to see the finish!

  4. Great choice of pattern...although I like a lot of the patterns you chose. It will be an awesome quilt.

  5. Both your choices are terrific. This is my year to sit and watch, next year I'm in. I love your collection; inspires me to add to mine.

  6. I have similar issues with jelly rolls, the bowing and not being 2 1/2". I really like the quilt you are working on, great colors!


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