How to Make a Patchwork Quilt: Tips for Using Jelly Rolls

I know quilters who enjoy piecing quilts and quilters who enjoy free-motion stitching quilts. But I don’t know too many whose favorite part of quilting is cutting the fabric–especially if they’re preparing to make a large patchwork quilt. Cutting takes a long time and it can be back-breaking work.

unexpected treasure patchwork quilt pattern lisa chin
“Unexpected Treasure” patchwork quilt pattern
using jelly rolls, by Lisa Chin.

Pre-cut fabric packs like jelly rolls have made this aspect of quilting easier–and who doesn’t love to see those colorful fabric patterns all rolled up together?

You can make a patchwork quilt with jelly rolls simply by strip quilting, literally stitching the strips together. Or, you can cut them up and rearrange the pieces into patchwork patterns like herringbone, chevron, or log cabin. Many quilters like to alternate the pre-cut jelly roll fabric with a neutral shade, such as white, giving the quilts a modern look.

Jelly rolls are so easy to use, you hardly need much advice. But there are a few points to consider before using jelly rolls to make a patchwork quilt. Contemporary quilter Lisa Chin (who blogs at somethingcleveraboutnothing.blogspot.com) has used jelly rolls extensively, and offers the following tips and tricks:

Jelly Roll Tips by Lisa Chin

1. A jelly roll is usually 40 strips of 2.5″ x 44″ fabric from one fabric line. Roll sizes can vary by manufacturer. Two jelly rolls from the same line can have variations; don’t count on them being exactly the same.

2. Do NOT wash the strips unless you are ready to deal with lots of loose threads and extreme ironing. Some manufactures do recommend steam ironing the strips before using to align the fibers.

patchwork pattern with jelly rolls lisa chin
Lisa alternated jelly roll strips with white fabric to
create this striking patchwork quilt design.

3. Use a lint roller on each cut side of the jelly roll before unrolling to eliminate as much loose lint as possible. There is a LOT of lint due to the pinking of the strips.

4. When you unroll the fabric check the width of the strip from pinked edge to pinked edge to determine where your ¼” seam will hit. Most of the time you will be measuring a ¼” in from the top of the pinked points.

5. Jelly rolls are convenient to use and are a great way to get a small selection of a complete line of fabric. There are also solid color jelly rolls available that are great to use for sashing and binding. There are a lot of patterns available made specifically for use with a jelly roll.

Lisa’s quilt Unexpected Treasure, made with jelly rolls, appeared in the 2012 issue of International Quilt Festival: Quilt Scene. You can now purchase this patchwork quilt pattern, along with other quilt and patchwork project patterns from that issue of Quilt Scene.


P.S. Do you use pre-cuts? Why or why not? Leave your comments below.

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190 thoughts on “How to Make a Patchwork Quilt: Tips for Using Jelly Rolls

  1. Yes, I use precuts, especially jelly rolls and layer cakes, quite frequently because they are easy to use and I don’t have to do much cutting. I have to cut on my dining room table and it’s very hard on my back.

  2. As a new quilter, I am finding precuts helpful in making sure that my pieces are accurate! I am using a jelly roll right now to make a baby quilt. I also have a layer cake and some charm packs just waiting for the perfect project! 🙂

  3. Yes, I have used a layer cake, charm squares and two jelly rolls to make quilts and table runners. I have several others i have “collected” and are waiting for inspiration to strike!!!

  4. I love anything that helps me make a quilt faster. With working full time it is wonderful to just have the ability to just “get started” on the weekends and see progess instead of just a pile of cut pieces with more to do… 🙂

  5. I have used jelly rolls before and I wasn’t to sure where to measure the 1/4 inch seam allowance thank you for the information. I also liked the tip about using the lint roller it will save me stopping to clean and oil my machine half way through the project.

  6. HI –I LOVE JELLY ROLLS –I thin I like the colours best and of course the convenience.–The most fun I had was making a quilt with left over strips that were given to me. I would like to send a picture but me and this machine are not in sink sometimes —–Keep up the good work –all of you

  7. I love working with jelly rolls and pre-cut. About 80% of all the quilts I make are with pre-cuts due to all the variations that I can create with just my forty strips and some backing fabric or with piecing a second jelly roll together to create a reversible quilt that friends and loved ones cherish for years without me having a to. And breaking the budget. Thank you to whoever it was that started the idea of sell pre-cut fabric!

  8. I generally do not use pre-cuts. The one jelly roll I bought was not a consistent 2 1/2 inches wide and had to be trimmed, which sort of defeated the reason for buying. I have bought charm packs on occasion to get the broad range of fabrics, usually a color-based pack not a designer’s line. Cutting may take a little effort but you can get exactly what you want, no limits. And, most importantly, I have a huge stash that I am trying to reduce, so I hardly ever buy any fabric at all.

  9. Because I have arthritis in my hands and more specficially my fingers, using pre-cuts allow me to save my fingers to held material as I sew, thread needles, use scissors sparingly just to clip threads. Pre-cuts are truly a blessing to me.

  10. Pre-cuts are a wonderful way to do a quick and easy quilt. The color and patterns are already coordinated and the best thing is the cutting of the strips are already done.
    Susan

  11. Pre-cuts are a wonderful way to do a quick and easy quilt. The color and patterns are already coordinated and the best thing is the cutting of the strips are already done.
    Susan

  12. I have mixed feelings about precuts. I don’t like the lint or that I don’t have the choice about pre washing. However the hits about delisting and steaming may help me, I do love them for sampling the entire line for designers I love so I don’t have to order just from the Internet. I also love them for the simplicity of using the solid colors to fill out a block. I am doing a baby quilt that alternates 4 x 6 inch fancy cut horizontal and vertical rectangles. I am using white 1 inch 43″ cuts on each end of the 4 inch side to create 6 x 6 inch blocks. I think that avoiding cutting narrow one inch strips makes this worthwhile. I am also doing a learning quilt with Leah Day that is a free motion quilt as you go in 12 inch squares and I am very happy using layer cakes for this.

  13. Yes, I use precuts, it gives me a different perspective when it comes to color selections. I pick the initial roll because a predominate color strikes a cord…but I am always surprised when I open it up and find something a little unexpected:) I get inspired and end up going shopping for more fabrics in a new color scheme. So in some respects it’s good and in others not so much:)

    Seriously, it is a great way to get the creative juices going when you feel you’re in a rut and need a little push!

  14. I sometimes use pre-cuts. They are a great way to sample an entire fabric line. But sometimes I cut the pre-cuts (especially layer cakes) which makes me wonder if I’m defeating the purpose!

  15. I just purchased my first pre-cut bundle. I made a patchwork wide mouthed zipped pouch and I love it! Not having to fuss with the fabric and cutting was wonderful! I am a fan of the pre-cut bundles now!

  16. Jelly rolls are WONDERFUL for sashing & bindings. Charm packs are fantastic for quick pinwheel. Just to name a few 🙂 I actually enjoy cutting, but when you are up against a deadline, precuts are a great help.

  17. Yes, I use jelly rolls, much easier than doing a lot of cutting, would rather create than spend time cutting. Also like seeing the fabric collection all together, gives me ideas on putting fabrics and colors together. Makes me think of color combinations I won’t normally put together to give a project that extra pop. Working on a quilt with a papillon fabric collection jelly roll from Windham, also have a jelly roll papillon fabric from Moda. My dogs are Papillons(french for butterfly) so these fabrics have a special meaning to me. Thank you for the tips. Papmom Mary

  18. I love using Jelly Rolls, all the fabrics coordinate and makes selection of an additional background fabric so much easier. They give you such a wide variety of fabrics without having to buy yardage. The only problem is I want them all and it’s hard to pick just one or two for a project.

  19. Yes, I do use pre-cuts – and sometimes I cut out my own strips or charms. Love the ease of getting a quilt together real fast, but find I sometimes do have sticker shock when seeing the ‘new’ prices of pre-cuts. Thanks for a chance!

  20. I use pre-cuts as often as I can. I like jelly rolls except for the fact that some times you will get one that has not been cut properly and that can be a waste. You #4 comment is one to remember.

  21. Lord no I don’t use them! Jelly rolls usually cost between $40 and $45, and contain less than 2.25 yards of fabric! Even if I did have that kind of money to spend, I wouldn’t. Fabric is expensive enough without paying $20/yard for it!

  22. I have used jelly rolls and charm packs so far. Jelly rolls are so versatile. You can make a multitude of small projects and a variety of quilts especially paired with solid jelly rolls.

  23. I love pre-cuts, but I especially love working with jelly rolls. There are so many great patterns out there for these pre-cuts. I like that I can make a bed size quilt with one jelly roll and some background yardage! And you can do a lot more than just strips – I’ve made stars, and patch blocks…all kinds of things. One of my favorite parts of using a jelly roll is that you can easily strip piece a few and then cut from those strip pieces to make very intricate looking quilts!

  24. I don’t use the jelly rolls very often because they are expensive. However, when I see a pattern callling for 2 1/2″ strips, I cut my own from my stash….which never seems to be depleted by these little bits of snipping. But I do use charm squares occasionally because they do save time!

  25. I don’t particularly like the precuts since someone else picks all the colors and prints. I prefer to pick my own fabric and cut my own pieces. This is probably because I don’t care for scrappy look quilts. Just my personal opinion.

  26. I stated earlier that I used precuts – as some of you have mentioned they are costly:( I usually only purchase when I can use a coupon or there is a special of some kind. Most of the precuts that I have purchased, have each, been used on multiple projects (which, for me, seems to help take the sting out of the cost). I like to use them when I am making multiples of the same thing…totes, table runners, pillows, etc. This way all of my friends or family get the same thing but just a little different. When you look at the items together you can tell that they have some of the same color values – yet each piece is special because I picked out a color to add to the project that is a favorite of the person receiving the item. Hope this makes sense.

  27. Yes, I use jelly rolls quite frequently. When I first started using them I was not sure that I would like them as they were colors and patterns that I would not normally put together. However as piecing two tops in different patterns I found that much to my amazement the fabric worked. Now when I go to the fabric store the first place I go is to see if they have any new jelly rolls or charm packs available. I work a full time job and so having time to actually piece and quilt and not have cut is a blessing and I am amazed at the quilts I can now finish.

  28. Yes, I use jelly rolls quite frequently. When I first started using them I was not sure that I would like them as they were colors and patterns that I would not normally put together. However as piecing two tops in different patterns I found that much to my amazement the fabric worked. Now when I go to the fabric store the first place I go is to see if they have any new jelly rolls or charm packs available. I work a full time job and so having time to actually piece and quilt and not have cut is a blessing and I am amazed at the quilts I can now finish.

  29. I am new to quilting and have not used a jelly roll yet. It is on my quilting bucket list though!

    Thank you for the tips and the giveaway! Tips are copied and saved.

    Happy Thursday,
    Gwen

  30. The leftovers from a jelly roll make it easy to make a small lap quilt for charity to be given to nursing homes, homeless shelters and other institutions. then you have a quilt with good fabric, great colors and patterns but not a lot of time or work involved. It’s a win/win deal.

  31. The leftovers from a jelly roll make it easy to make a small lap quilt for charity to be given to nursing homes, homeless shelters and other institutions. then you have a quilt with good fabric, great colors and patterns but not a lot of time or work involved. It’s a win/win deal.

  32. I like to start with those jelly rolls, but I always add some pieces of my own. I like that they are cut so straight. It’s one less thing to worry about. My own cutting has a tendency to crookedness.

  33. I’ve used precuts several times and enjoyed using them. The resulting lint was annoying, but they were a time saver from cutting, and it was nice to get so many different fabrics together.

  34. I have one precut jelly roll — it stares at me when I go to my sewing space….. I have made a modern quilt using strips, but of different widths. My current jelly roll needs a companion — yours would find a great home with me! 🙂

  35. yep..i do love a jelly roll. they are so easy to work with. I sometimes keep easily made lap quilts in my car. there are just days where you meet people who are having a hard time so…I just get a quilt to give them and it always puts a smile on their faces….

  36. I just purchased a lot of precuts, jelly rolls, (great for sashing) layer cakes, and charms. I find I am more likely to sew projects with precuts. Not all precuts are equal. I find the ones at quilt stores (or online) are the best especially from the quilt designers.

  37. I just purchased a lot of precuts, jelly rolls, (great for sashing) layer cakes, and charms. I find I am more likely to sew projects with precuts. Not all precuts are equal. I find the ones at quilt stores (or online) are the best especially from the quilt designers.

  38. I’ve never used precuts before but have been curious about trying some out. I really enjoying the fabric selection process, though, so I’d probably combine precuts with selections of my own. Gotta keep things eclectic!

    I normally don’t mind cutting out my fabric myself, although it can be physically taxing.

  39. I have used them on occasion….they take the dilemma out of which colours to use and usually give a very modern look. I have a lovely quilt top awaiting quilting which I made in a day with a black and white layer cake and a vivid batik jelly roll…so easy!

  40. I won a great prize that included charms and jelly rolls and have enjoyed using them to make some cute kids’ quilts. I also won a GoBaby so I will be precutting my own pieces.

  41. I won a great prize that included charms and jelly rolls and have enjoyed using them to make some cute kids’ quilts. I also won a GoBaby so I will be precutting my own pieces.

  42. I won a great quilting prize that included jelly rolls and charms as well as fat quarters and full one yard pieces. I have enjoyed making quilts for little girls with them. I also won a GoBaby so I will be making my own precuts soon.

  43. I currently don’t use many precuts mostly for economic reasons and my huge stash. When I do use them I like the time saved not having to cut and cut to get to my project.
    i would love to win a jellyroll because I have project in mind but haven’t taken time to cut yet and of course the fact that t’s coordinated for me saves more time.

  44. I love the idea of jelly roles and recently used one. At the same time I enjoy assembling my own colours and motifs and the jelly roles are unfortunately way more expensive than buying fabric and assembling pieces. There are some beautiful pre cuts out there and they are a constant temptation 🙂
    I will simply work on my cutting technique in the meantime.

  45. While the concept of using precuts is good, I find the actual execution is not always the best. You pointed out one of my two primary complaints: 1) for the smaller pieces (squares, hexes, and jelly rolls) prewashing is not really an option and I really, really like my fabric washed before I use it. My number 2problem is fabric not cut on the straight of grain … not so much far too frequently. The biggest culprit is fat quarters. I frequently lose several inches straightening them. If you are going to sell me 18″ you should be darn sure you give me 18 USEABLE inches.

  46. I love pre-cuts! I have used and will continue to use all types of pre-cuts. I have too many projects I want to make so anything that saves me time is welcome in my sewing room. I also am not the best at picking fabrics for my projects. With pre-cuts I don’t have to worry about that.

  47. I like to play with jelly rolls, because I can experiment with small pieces of fabric in lots of patterns, but not a lot of cost. Then if i like what I’ve done ,then I can ecpand it with larger pieces.

  48. I have enjoyed making a “jelly roll plus.” That is, taking a jelly roll and adding in fabrics from my stash to create a larger quilt. I even created my own “jelly roll” from stash fabrics and enjoyed the challenge of putting together a nice mix of fabrics.

  49. I love jelly rolls and charm packs. I love Accuquilt dies as well. anything to making cutting fabric a breeze, especially if it is already done for you. Thanks for offering the wonderful strip quilt pattern. Always a winner when jelly rolls are involved. Thnaks. Candy Thomas

  50. I have just started using jelly roll strips. It’s challenging to figure out how to use the strips without it being obvious that it is precut fabric. I love the challenge! Right now I’m spending time on the couch catching up on Project Runway while creating small applique squares to use on various projects. No one will guess that I took a shortcut!!

  51. I just started using them. I previously had the opinion that using them was analogous to making a cake with a cake-mix, which I abhor. But I just might be a convert.

  52. I love jelly rolls and charms – made 5 quilts so far with these precuts. Not only do you get the entire selection of material (go MODA!) but the sizes are perfect for either sashing (jelly rolls) or doing log cabins (jelly rolls) or having square and triangles (charms). I haven’t tried a layer cake – but how fast would that make up a quilt!
    I also like yardage simply because the Ghastlies just don’t look right as a jelly roll!
    Thank you for a chance to win a jelly roll. Gina in Springfield, IL

  53. I’ve used pre-cuts in the past, but never jelly rolls. For some reason, I admire them in shops but don’t buy them. Maybe if I won a jelly roll, I’d become a buyer! lol!

  54. I’ve never used precut. I’ve always cut my own guess til now i like then challenge, but the more i read about jelly rolls and charm packs, i really need to reconsider using these.

  55. I absolutely love to use precuts, especially jelly rolls and layer cakes, altho I have also used charm packs. I like the variety of fabric designs in one collection; much faster than picking out 40 different fabrics from yardage. I also hate the cutting part; so slow and tedious. (Good thing I wasn’t quilting before the rotary cutter came along!)

  56. I just love jelly rolls and other pre-cuts such as charm squares, as the design possibilities are seemingly endless, and the fabrics always co-ordinate! Thank you for the chance to win.

  57. I often drool over the jelly rolls, and in fact after I had tediously cut strips for my last project I rolled them into my own jelly roll to keepthem all in one place. Unfortunately my budget doesnt run to buying the pre-cuts, so I guess i will continue to drool unless I win one!

  58. I am brand new to quilting. I watched the strip quilt episode using jelly rolls a few days ago.. Hooray! I’m in love. I’ve already made 7 lap quilt tops and one twin size jelly roll top, within 4 days! I like that it is very creative, no counting, no precise cutting and sewing, among other things. As a bonus, I found a SUPER deal on jellyrolls at a warehouse with donations, returns, etc. from Target and Walmart. I paid only $1 (yes, that is correct) for each jellyroll. I have been saving them as I decided what to use them for. I found the directions to be clear and very easy to follow. Thanks so much!

  59. I’m brand new to quilting. I watched the episode on jellyroll quilting a few days ago and boy was I inspired! Not tedious, no counting, complicated steps. I’ve already made about 7 lap quilt tops and a twin size top! As a bonus I’ll have to add that I got a SUPER DUPER bargain on my jellyroll strips. A nearby warehouse had the jellyrolls for $1 per pkg….yes that is $1 each. I’ve been collecting them and trying to decide what to use them for. I’m addicted to jellyroll quilts now. Thanks so much for the simple and clear instructions that have inspired my creative new hobby.

  60. I have used pre-cuts for only a few small items, but have wanted to get more into using them as I love the collections available and the convenience of use. Thank you for the great tips for using the pre-cuts as I would not have thought of the lint roller or tape to remove the strings.

  61. I have never used pre-cuts, but I’ve looked at a lot of patterns that use them and they look wonderful! I’m planning on taking the plunge and buying some this year.

  62. I have just started using precuts, think they are wonderful. Have always cut my own strips however there would always be one or two strips that would come out wonky, have never had this happen when using a jelly roll. it is also a very good way to introduce children to quilting. a couple of months ago I bought a ”Lorax” jelly roll , my grandson ( 9 years old) sat at the sewing machine and sewed all those strips into sets of three, we cut them into 6” squares and he made a split rail fence design. out of one jelly roll we have made two quilts, borders were added using solid cotton , am in the process of machine quilting them, once they are completed my grandson is donating them to our regional hospital.
    precuts are a great addition to the quilting world.
    I do so enjoy reading all the newsletters from quilting daily.
    would love to win a jelly roll .
    Jennifer
    Nova Scotia

  63. I love using precuts for gifts for friends. It is a great way to get a number of different fabrics when you only need a strip or two of each design and have a great variety that works together well too! Fun!

  64. I just purchased my first jelly roll! I liked the fact that I could get strips of lots of fabrics that would go together nicely and that I would be able to make my quilt faster.ost important however was that the shop had a sample quilt made with that jelly roll – 16 patch squares of the jelly roll and a slightly mottled off white. Beautiful so I came home with the jelly roll, a light blue mottled fabric for the solid and a mottled darker blue for the backing and binding! The sample sold me on all of it.

  65. I have not used pre-cuts, but am intrigued at how easy it looks.
    I have used strip piecing for 4 patch, nine patch and other similar patterns.
    I am tall, and bending over a table cutting pieces is very tiring.

  66. I am not a big fan of jelly rolls, and when I buy one, I separate the strips into my own strip/scrap organizing system and mix them in with my stash. I know the cutting is a pain, sometimes literally (I have a major back problem), but more and more, the quilts made from jelly rolls come out looking too similar — like canned hash after a while. Also, the fabrics are so “matched” that many quilts lack the depth and interest that comes from a more varied fabric selection. To me, most of the time, the savings in labor doesn’t make up for these deficits.

  67. I am not a jelly roll fan, for reasons others have mentioned: expense, lint, not being cut on grain, a preference for washing fabric first. But also, to me, jelly roll quilts are beginning to all look alike, and just feel boring after a while. The fabrics are also too well-matched, and lack the interest and depth that more varied fabrics bring to a design. Still, I have bought a few for a particular purpose, well mixed with fabrics from my stash. The leftovers get sorted into my strip/scrap bins.

  68. Weird really but I’ve never thought about using precuts, I’ve always bought yardage and cut what I wanted. Although due to increasing arthritis and pain when cutting I think it is high time I gave this a try.

  69. Just started quilting a year ago. I don’t have much space and my small table isn’t convenient for cutting so I use a lot of pre-cuts, especially jelly rolls. I also love that all the fabrics coordinate! Happy quilting everyone!

  70. I really like using precuts because it cuts down on cutting time, of course, but also because you are able to use the whole line of fabrics. Just adding some solid or tone on tone fabric for sashings and borders. Precuts are really a good idea! So far I have made 1 jelly roll quilt….the jelly roll race way and it was fun and quick. But I think I might use my other jelly roll to make this quilt…. I like it.Thanks

  71. I really like using precuts because it cuts down on cutting time, of course, but also because you are able to use the whole line of fabrics. Just adding some solid or tone on tone fabric for sashings and borders. Precuts are really a good idea! So far I have made 1 jelly roll quilt….the jelly roll race way and it was fun and quick. But I think I might use my other jelly roll to make this quilt…. I like it.Thanks

  72. I have never had the pleasure of using precuts. I have so many fat quarters to use up I’ve held off on buying any precuts.

    I would love to finally get a chance to use a jelly roll now with all the cute patterns made especially for them would be wonderful! Thanks for a fun give away!

  73. I love quilting with jelly rolls. I have 12 grandchildren and I’ve found it quick and easy to make quilts for them using jelly rolls. I use a quilt-as-you-go method that turns out great.

  74. Pre-cuts like Jelly Rolls are a wonderful time saver. The selection from a line of designed fabric makes your design decisions easier as you fly through assembly.
    I learn more about color and scale when the fabrics are already in front of me, and the quilt project at hand can evolve more easily.

  75. I’ve used jelly roll fabrics before in making quilts. A great way to get a good assortment of coordinating fabrics without a lot of hunting. Quilt shops don’t always carry a large assortment of the of all the coordinating fabrics – so it becomes time consuming finding other brand fabrics or searching for the shop that has more of the coordinating fabrics available. Jelly rolls make it a one stop shop and your ready to sew your inspiration together. Also, I find that there is very little that goes to waste and it is so much faster than cutting all those strips. Yeah for the jelly roll pre-cut concept.

  76. I find that precuts give you a chance to sample a fabric line without or before purchasing yardage. I love the look of mixing a single contrasting fabric with the line for making a statement without using a complicated pattern.

  77. I’m of two minds about precuts. As several others mentionned, they are very expensive if you work out the per-yard cost but, on the other hand, if I cut the strips myself then I should factor in the cost of my time. That would make them a lot cheaper than self-cuts.

    I like the idea of getting a whole line of fabrics and/or a matching set of fabrics in a precut package but someone else has done the picking of the colours. When I look at a line of fabric in the store, there’s usually one (or more) that just don’t appeal to me and I wouldn’t buy them. With the precut, they’re included and I’ve paid for them. I don’t have to use them but then that increases the price of the remaining pieces.

    When my kids used to try and leave the crusts of their sandwiches, I would remind them that that part of the slice cost as much as the centre part. I usually use the unwanted pieces to make something I’m giving away but that’s not always possible. It makes me think of the kids trying to pawn off their crusts on their younger siblings or the dog!

    I am seriously considering one of Accuquilt’s machines which seems to be the best of both worlds.

  78. I am currently working on my first set of precuts. I find that there is less cutting and is easier to handle than yardage. Thank you for the chance to win!

  79. I have used charm packs and the mini versions, have gifted layer cakes but never have sewn with either layer cake, honey buns nor jelly rolls. I AM “dessert” fabric hungry!

  80. I haven’t yet used any pre-cuts, but have a couple of patterns lined up to try. I have worked on one quilt (as yet unfinished) using all strips, and the pre-cut packs would have been the way to go.

  81. I have always cut my own fabrics so I can choose the fabrics and patterns I want to use. I have recently purchased jelly rolls and I am going to use one of them with Lisa Chins pattern for a quilt. Can’t wait to get started!

  82. I’ve used a jelly roll only once and just loved it. I cut the 2 1/2″ strips into 4 1/2″ pieces and then sewed the pieces together randomly. It was a fun way to make a quilt top.

  83. I have never used anything but yardage or fat quarters. I would really love to try using a precut or jelly roll for the experience of using them. I guess I’m just stuck in the ways of still cutting everything and not taking these short cuts.

  84. I have never used anything but yardage or fat quarters. I would really love to try using a precut or jelly roll for the experience of using them. I guess I’m just stuck in the ways of still cutting everything and not taking these short cuts.

  85. I don’t use precuts very often. I’ve always been a bit old school cutting my own pieces from yardage but I do have a couple ideas rolling around in my head that would require them. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win a jelly roll.

  86. PreCuts have not been on my fabric purchasing list. I think I enjoy choosing fabric too much to let someone else do that job for me. After working in a shop for many years, I know there are lots of quilters who dislike having to make choices so precuts are perfect for them.

  87. Precuts are fun to use when you just want to sew something and you don’t want to worry about having to match colors or do a lot of cutting. I don’t use them exclusively, but I love them for those occasional projects where I don’t have to put a lot of thought and effort into what I’m making (but still have it come out beautifully!)

  88. Precuts are fun to use when you just want to sew something and you don’t want to worry about having to match colors or do a lot of cutting. I don’t use them exclusively, but I love them for those occasional projects where I don’t have to put a lot of thought and effort into what I’m making (but still have it come out beautifully!)

  89. I keep drooling over the jellyrolls and touching, stroking, thinking on how to use them but unfortunately, keep putting them back on the shelf. Procrastinating far too much. So I will keep my fingers crossed on becoming a winner, then I will have to make something, won’t I?

  90. I have used a charm pack for a couple minis, but otherwise just bought yardage. I am eager to try the jellyroll strips though, as that would save a lot of time for those smaller strips and squares. 🙂

  91. I’m relatively new to quilting and have only made one jelly roll quilt. It was a lap blanket and turned out pretty well. I’m looking to try a more pieced look next time. I’d love to win a new roll to try! Thank you for the opportunity!

  92. I’m relatively new to quilting and have only made one jelly roll quilt. It was a lap blanket and turned out pretty well. I’m looking to try a more pieced look next time. I’d love to win a new roll to try! Thank you for the opportunity!

  93. I have used charm packs before but never jelly rolls. Now that I have bought two I need to use then! Enjoyed the article and I like the idea of alternating the rolls with a neutral fabric. Thanks!

  94. Until I was gifted a couple of jellyrolls as a birthday gift two years ago I didn’t know what I’d been missing! Love layer cakes too! I can get a quilt made much quicker with precision cut strips!

  95. As a new quilter I want to use pre-cuts for efficiency and diversity of fabrics. I have found many fabulous quilts, such as the featured pattern by Lisa Chin which use pre-cuts. Can’t wait to try them!

  96. I have mostly done hand appliqué and just recently started piecing my quilt tops. I would love to try using a jelly roll and not having to cut all the strips.

  97. I have mostly done hand appliqué and just recently started piecing my quilt tops. I would love to try using a jelly roll and not having to cut all the strips.

  98. Sometimes I just want to be able to make something quickly and the precuts help with that. It gives me such a sense of accomplishment I’m ready to go back and tackle those large/more complicated projects.

  99. Sometimes I just want to be able to make something quickly and the precuts help with that. It gives me such a sense of accomplishment I’m ready to go back and tackle those large/more complicated projects.

  100. I’ve fallen in love with layer cakes!! There are great tutorials on all the wonderful patterns you can make with them, and there’s little waste! I find that add a couple of charm packs gives the quilt a wonderful border that ties the fabrics together!

  101. I’m one of the few I guess that does like to cut fabric. I even like to iron it!
    I use jelly rolls because I love the coordination of the fabrics and I get to see and touch each one in a particular fabric line without spending a gazillion dollars.

  102. Hi there, I love using Jelly Rolls because they ate quick projects yet look beautiful. There are so many different ideas for using them and they do not even resemble strips & stripes anymore. The possibilities are endless. Thanks Paula

  103. I dislike jelly rolls for the same reason I dislike pre-packaged quilt kits. Neither encourages me to flex my creativity muscles! I love choosing my own fabrics, making my color choices, figuring out what works and what doesn’t. The cookie-cutter aspect of jelly rolls and kits detracts from my enjoyment of making a quilt. And nothing gets stored in my fabric stash until it’s pre-washed and ironed, making jelly rolls additonally problematic.

  104. I am one of the few quilters who actually likes to do the cutting when starting a new quilt, I have a great cutting table so it makes it easier on my back. I do love the variety you get with pre-cuts though too, and I love the versatility of jelly rolls.

  105. I like using jellyrolls. I have been trying to enter this giveaway for 3 days now. Previously the link did not work & finally got in today. Hope I’m not too late to enter the giveaway.

  106. I haven’t used a jelly roll yet but am intrigued by the patterns and process. My problem is that I am picky about which fabrics I like and tend to use only about five or so in the collection. Unfortunately jelly rolls are not sold by custom choices. I still believe that when the right collection comes along I will indulge in this fun process.

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