Sunday, June 12, 2011

Jelly Roll 1600+

The Jelly Roll 1600+ went well although it was interrupted frequently.  Not that I don't want to talk on the phone with family or visit with friends, it's just that I didn't get as much done yesterday as I had planned.

I did keep track of the actual time spent so I could report back.

It took approximately 50 minutes to sew all 50 strips of fabric together, mitering ends of strips as you do for binding, snipping threads, trimming selvedges and corners, and pressing seams open.

Things went smoothly... no surprises.

After cutting off 18" of one end of the very long fabric strip...

...the jelly roll 1600+ began!

The first lap took 32 minutes total... fairly easy to do.

The second lap took 21 minutes... mostly because I had to unfold the two sewn-together strips all the time... which slowed me down.

The third lap took 10 minutes... even though I had to open up fabrics, it was much easier with four strips sewn together rather than two.

The fourth lap took 5 minutes and...

...the fifth lap took 3 minutes... totaling 71 minutes or 1 hour, 10 minutes.

Things I learned:

Adding fabric strips does not make the quilt top longer... only wider.  The quilt top turned out to be 60"x64" instead of 48"x64".  I don't want an almost-square quilt so I cut off 10" off one side to make the flimsy 50"x64".  (More on this later.)

If you want a focus fabric (in this case, the fish fabric), a jelly roll 1600 isn't the best way to go about it.  It would be better to sew the strips with attention to where the focus fabric is placed.  

If you noticed, I have a "trout pond" at the top of the quilt flimsy.   I'm thinking of unsewing one seam and adding some of the "trout pond" to the bottom of the flimsy where there are fewer fish.

Stay tuned for more adventures at Fish Camp Trout Pond!

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For complete instructions about how to make a Jelly Roll 1600 quilt top, visit Heritage Creations.


  1. Thanks for the information on the Jelly Roll 1600. I really like yours. The trout pond is cute. Hugs.

  2. Nifty concept. I'll have to try that sometime.

  3. It turned out great, I saw the clip and was surprised that they were so fast...

  4. This is a great idea for a quilt guild workshop!!!

  5. You get interupted when sewing too??? YOur quilt looks great.

  6. Very cool! I understand the 1st part of sewing them all together for 1 long strip, but I'm confused how you make the rows.

  7. This was amazing! I had seen someone do a similar thing a long time ago using scraps. They posted how to calculate the finished size of the quilt by using the initial length of the strip. I actually have one of these started. It is a neat way to use up the left over binding strips!

  8. Love the trout pond LOL - someone told me that 53 strips would make the quilt about 64 x 75.... so I have the 53 strips cut and that is all I have proven so far ;-)

    Great job!!!

  9. I just made my first two jelly roll quilts. I love them. The first one I did not cut the 18 off the long piece, and using BLISS, I absolutely loved the finished quilt top. The second one I did, I cut the strip off the long piece, and found that, although I didn't notice a big difference, it seemed to randomize the cuts a bit more. I have not put backs to them yet, but I am anxious to do so, and use these pretty, scrappy, quilts. I love yours too!!!!
    PS Mine did NOT take me only a bit over an hour! I guess I am a bit of a pokey puppy! Tis my first visit. I shall be back.

  10. Awesome! I cut a JR to work on here in Wyoming, figuring the cutting part is the messy part.... When I can steal a few minutes, I'll get it out to sew, and now I have an idea of how long it might take. Cool!

  11. This is an awsome quilt. I've read about this quilt but never saw one completed. Thanks for the time line. I have a bad habit of timing everything I do that is repetative so I love to know going in what time I need to beat.tee hee. Selina

  12. Blackened tale-still-aflappin' trout is one of my favorite ways to prepare this yummy fish!

  13. I've seen quilts like this and wondered if there were "instructions" or if it was just random. Thanks for the info. Your quilt looks great--even the fish pond.

  14. i hear you about wanting to get stuff done, and then the phone rings ~sigh.~ that usually happens to me once J Man is in bed & I have MAYBE an hour to do me stuff, and usually chris will phone just as i settle into get something creative

    oh i love that trout pound. i think that is going to look awesome when it is all done.

  15. You're a hoot! Thanks for the rundown on the 1600+ Good to know about the "only wider not longer" thing. I'm thinking about getting into my bins of 2.5" strips and making one up that way.