Jelly Roll Race Quilt

I saw several Jelly Roll Race Quilts and thought it would be a fun idea.  If I had a jelly roll I wanted to just use up and did not have a specific pattern I was wanting to create with it.

Then I found this bright and cheerful jelly roll on sale at Tuesday Morning.  For less than $15 I had a jelly roll of juvenile prints perfect to create a quilt for Kate’s 100 Quilts for Kids {check out this post for more info on the quilt drive}.  Off to the races I went… very, very slowly… as in this is supposed to be a one hour project… two episodes of Design Star {‘sew’ happy Meg won, squeal!} and the entire Book of Eli movie {118 minutes}… I have a completed quilt top.  Yay!

I have to say that it was not as quick as I thought it would be.  Hey, you are sewing an entire quilt top here so it should take ‘some’ time.  Getting this done in one evening is pretty good as far as I am concerned.  I am tickled pink at the end quilt top.  I love how the variety of fabrics in the jelly roll come together using this quilting design/method.  I didn’t do a ‘true’ jelly roll race quilt.  Some people had mentioned that the pieces can get quite cumbersome towards the end.

So I just pieced all my strips together and then cut them to 55″.  The finished quilt top will probably square up to be 50″ by 60″.  I am planning on using a butter yellow sheet for the backing, and then self bind the quilt.  The yellow will bring out the fun yellow throughout the prints.

Here is a quick journey through this quilt’s creation;

The strips freshly unrolled from their roll.

Here is the rest of my haul from Tuesday Morning.  I am planning to use one of yellow sheets from the set in this picture for the backing/binding fabric.

The strips become one long piece…

… and then were cut into 55″ strips.

And these strips became a quilt top…

…and one more photo {please ignore the time on the clock Mom}

You can see here that there is some serious squaring up to do.  But isn’t it a fun quilt?  I think it is going to make some child smile really, really, really big!

Once finished, this quilt will be going to a Bastrop Wildfire Family {Modern Day Quilts Drive info}.

UPDATE: Check out my Project Progress Post for Work In Progress Wednesday, 9.14.2011

UPDATE {9/19/2011}: Link for Jelly Roll Race Directions

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

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WIP ~ July 8th, 2011

Officially finished = quilted, washed and in use!

Ms. E’s Fresh Flowers quilt.

I used embroidery floss I had on-hand to tie this quilt.  I had plans to do some machine quilting, and then decided finishing was more important.  214 knots later… Ms. E is in L-O-V-E!

This quilt has already gone through the wash several times since she is carrying it around the house with her.  Amazingly the knots have stayed in.  I was really unsure if they would or ‘knot’.  It is very neat that they are staying in so well. 

Quilt Stats:

Name: Ms. E’s Fresh Flowers Brick Quilt

Made For: Ms. E, formerly known as Ms. Diva

Fabric: Fresh Flowers by Deb Strain for Moda; backing was a Moda Print from LQS; Yellow Ruffle, premade ‘ribbon’ from Hobby Lobby sold by the yard; Orange End Ruffle, material off bolt at Hobby Lobby, pinned and sewn.

Batting: Warm and Natural off the Bolt

Size: 34” by 40” or ‘sew’

Quilting: Hand tied with embroidery floss

Dates: Start: Jan 2011; Finished: June 2011

Pattern: by Kimberlee

~ Works In Progress ~

Postage Stamp Quilt; on hold and fabrics being used now for the Rockin Robin Quilt Along.

Rockin Robin Quilt Along; fabrics choosen {see Postage Stamp Quilt link above}

Sugar Pop HSTs; 40 charms pieced with gray, cut, and ready to press and trim.

‘Lovely’ Quilt for me; 2 of 12 cabin blocks done, next cabin block laid out and ready to sew.

Ms. V’s Fresh Flowers Quilt; have plan, next step… start cutting.

This is going to be a quilt as I go project.  So I need to cut 15 squares of batting, backing and top fabric to get this quilt started.

Skill Builder Quilt Along; selected fabrics, need to piece together the first three blocks.


This is going to be a fun Christmas quilt, for ‘I’m don’t know yet’ {LOL!}

Summer Sampler Series; picked fabrics to get started with, but will be adding more to balance out the ‘values’; waiting for first post on the 11th {not behind on this one… yet} ~ This will be donated as part of the 100 Quilts for Kids campaign.


Ready, Set, Snow Snowball Tablerunner; have a plan, need to start piecing

Puppy Quilt; still need to baste and quilt

Fresh Flowers Liberated Wedding Rings Tablerunner; quilted, need to get the iron out and get the binding completed.

And that should wrap up my WIP update.  I was hoping to make more progress on this list over the weekend, but I got several Kitchen Valances completed for Mom instead.  Since these had been on the back burner for a while, it feels really good to have these off my plate.  Thank you Lord for my serger!!!  It certainly makes creating curtains ‘sew’ much faster.

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

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Kate is hosting a giveaway to get the word out about 100 Quilts for kids.  She is giving away five prizes this weekend to help get the word out.  The actual quilt donations will be Sept. 15th, but it isn’t to early to get your quilts ready for donation!  Giveaway entries close June 13th.

Head on over to Swin, Bike, Quilt to enter and/or grab the button code to help her spread the world.  Let’s put these sewing skills to use, and bless some one’s life with our gifts.

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!


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~ About Me ~

I'm Kimberlee, the owner/creater of 'The Spunky Diva'. Here is a little about me... In addition to my love of blogging I adore all crafts, sewing, quilting, improving my non-existent cooking skills, and playing with my two girls. We have a 'collection' of animals around the place to keep us busy; two 'huge' dogs, a cat, kittens, several horses, and assorted wildlife. We live east of Austin, Texas, in the middle of farm country. Here at 'The Spunky Diva' blog I get to share daily life moments, fun crafts, sewing and quilting progress/finishes, and brag about my 'Babies'. Thank you for visiting and sharing some of your day with me!


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