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

26 Feb 2014

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. The winner of the Jelly Roll from Moda is: GinaGrowe! Gina, we will contact you for your mailing address.


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lknunez wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 9:13 AM

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.

vicnorm wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 9:18 AM

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! :)

njgreen wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 9:20 AM

I love using jelly rolls. I like to sew them together and then use a ruler to cut them into triangles, squares, etc. This make a fun and easy quilt.

Jusmom1 wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 9:20 AM

I just LOVE precuts, lol.  Cutting is probably my lease favorite part of quilting, and precuts help me get around that necessary part!  Thanks for the chance to win!

njgreen wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 9:23 AM

I love using jelly rolls. I like to see them together and then use a ruler to cut them into triangles, squares, etc.  This makes a really fun and easy quilt.

Kaylene2 wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 9:24 AM

I am just getting started in using jelly rolls.  I was always one to precut my fabric. But, I have started to build a collection.

on 27 Feb 2014 9:25 AM

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!!!

kaewert wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 9:27 AM

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...   :)

on 27 Feb 2014 9:29 AM

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.

on 27 Feb 2014 9:31 AM

I've never tried using pre-cuts. I do like the results....I'll put it on the list...the long list...lol.

Ppoggio wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 9:31 AM

I'm new to quilting and have never used precuts. I think it's time to try them out. Cutting fabric is hard on the back.

on 27 Feb 2014 9:31 AM

I use precursor because they give me a new way to look at designing a quilt

Busy bee2 wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 9:36 AM

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

on 27 Feb 2014 9:40 AM

I have never purchase Jelly rolls as I have plenty of scraps and small piece of fabric but sure would be fun to try one.  

kjbehr wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 9:40 AM

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!

abbyfuller wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 9:41 AM

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.

on 27 Feb 2014 9:44 AM

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.

on 27 Feb 2014 9:45 AM

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

on 27 Feb 2014 9:46 AM

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

on 27 Feb 2014 9:49 AM

I use for color coordination and getting the whole line.

on 27 Feb 2014 9:49 AM

I use for color coordination and getting the whole line.

SandraC@31 wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 9:57 AM

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.  

carole66 wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 9:59 AM

I've never used a jelly roll before. Would like to try it!

sew822 wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 10:04 AM

I use jelly rolls to make quick 1600 quilts for fund raisers. I also like charms and layer cakes.

sew822 wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 10:04 AM

I use jelly rolls to make quick 1600 quilts for fund raisers. I also like charms and layer cakes.

Baanderson wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 10:07 AM

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!

CynthiaW@9 wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 10:08 AM

As a fairly new quilter and having never used a jelly roll, I would love to win this!

jklmengland wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 10:12 AM

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!

Lawrenhf wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 10:12 AM

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!

maryhawtho wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 10:13 AM

I am a beginning quilter and wondered about how to use jelly rolls. Now I know.

Thank you.

barefootT wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 10:14 AM

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.  

Jeweldee wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 10:19 AM

Never met a Jelly Roll I didn't love!  

clcquilt wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 10:19 AM

Love, Love, Love precuts....Jelly Rolls, Layer cakes, charm packs, I use them all. I even use the mini charms to make a mini twister.  It was so much fun!

papmom wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 10:21 AM

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

on 27 Feb 2014 10:22 AM

I use precuts.  Mostly jelly rolls and charm packs.  Love the convenience.

on 27 Feb 2014 10:23 AM

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.

schiba99 wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 10:25 AM

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!

on 27 Feb 2014 10:25 AM

I like using precuts for certain projects.  I don't use pre-cuts a lot.

CindyW@49 wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 10:27 AM

I've only started quilting recently and have just purchased my first pre-cuts.  I'm excited to give it a try -- it's got to be better than cutting!

sharkie wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 10:30 AM

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.

Sueanne2 wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 10:33 AM

I love jelly rolls and layer cakes.  You can just dive into your project without all the cutting.  what a time saver!

helen527 wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 10:34 AM

Love the quilt.  I've never tried jelly rolls, I'll have a look next trip to the fabric store

helen527 wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 10:34 AM

Love the quilt.  I've never tried jelly rolls, I'll have a look next trip to the fabric store

DonnaFreak wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 10:39 AM

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!

rgs454 wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 10:40 AM

I have not yet used jelly rolls for my quilts but this is a great inspiration to try them.  Thanks for the great post.

Jereena wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 10:45 AM

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.

Caribousmom wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 10:49 AM

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!

on 27 Feb 2014 10:50 AM

I use pre-cuts as my hands are so arthritic now.  I do try to cut my own at least once a year; but, I mostly use pre-cuts now when I can afford them.

hjohnston44 wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 10:51 AM

I have never had or used a precut. They certainly would make the tedious job of cutting so much faster!

rmgs wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 10:52 AM

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!

whipplep wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 10:57 AM

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.

Baanderson wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 11:00 AM

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.

on 27 Feb 2014 11:01 AM

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.

on 27 Feb 2014 11:01 AM

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.

dusterbin wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 11:03 AM

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

dianeos wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 11:07 AM

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.

dianeos wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 11:08 AM

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.

trshjhnsn wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 11:13 AM

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.  

nglani18 wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 11:17 AM

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.

shakes wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 11:18 AM

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! :)

on 27 Feb 2014 11:21 AM

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....  

sewingjudy wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 11:28 AM

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.

sewingjudy wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 11:28 AM

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.

susanbv wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 11:30 AM

I use precuts, to add order to my scraps. I love to mix all my scraps to a jelly roll or charm pack, then the overall look is more coordinated.

susan in ct

parallelb wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 11:32 AM

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.

PegG@10 wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 11:52 AM

This summer I'll be teaching 8-14 year old kids how to make a strip quilt.  These tips are invaluable to make it a great experience for them AND me!

on 27 Feb 2014 11:59 AM

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!

rburnitt wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 12:02 PM

I love jelly rolls. Some times I just can't help from buying more and more jelly rolls. They are so easy to use when you need a quick quilt.

on 27 Feb 2014 12:07 PM

I love using precuts.  They add a lot of  variety and color to the style of modern quilts I am making now

visact wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 12:11 PM

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.

visact wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 12:11 PM

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.

visact wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 12:15 PM

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.

on 27 Feb 2014 12:27 PM

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.

on 27 Feb 2014 12:30 PM

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.

foxfyre wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 12:31 PM

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.

Lindatopf wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 12:31 PM

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.

minidolly1 wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 12:43 PM

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.

MaryP@3 wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 12:46 PM

I want to learn to use jelly rolls because there are always such interesting combinations of colors and prints.

debjlewis wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 1:25 PM

I have always cut my pieces but I am loving all the ideas I have seen using the precuts.  It may be time to try then out.

sally13673 wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 1:31 PM

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.

JMSI wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 1:51 PM

I like the pre-cuts, because it is an easy way to get many fabrics that blend together so well.

C Thomas wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 1:55 PM

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

C Thomas wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 1:56 PM

Love jelly rolls and precuts.

boobird wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 2:06 PM

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!!

mlm5 wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 2:13 PM

Never used a jelly roll because there are none available here locally. Would love to try and I'm in a quilting slump so I can use a little inspiration!

suzi@16 wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 2:17 PM

Jelly rolls always look like such fun to use!   It's on my wish list..

cherbearam wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 2:40 PM

I have used pre cuts when I order a kit. I have never used jelly rolls but would love to try!

Rcatquilts wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 2:42 PM

I am new to pre-cuts and am finding wonderful projects to try using them, like this lovely quilt.

on 27 Feb 2014 2:44 PM

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.

janeep wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 2:47 PM

I love jelly rolls, they make some wonderful quilts

NaJo wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 2:50 PM

I have never used jelly rolls, but I would love to try it out.

GinaGrowe wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 3:03 PM

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

reye olsen wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 3:05 PM

Reye

Love anything that speeds up process as well as coordinating fabrics!

reye olsen wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 3:11 PM

Yes, like them. Fun to mix and match with additional fabric.

reye olsen wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 3:11 PM

Yes, like them. Fun to mix and match with additional fabric.

TheresaK16 wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 3:16 PM

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!

Pam Losely2 wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 3:46 PM

Nice information on jelly rolls.  Thanks for the opportunity to win fabric!

PatriciaS@40 wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 3:52 PM

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.

kayben wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 4:17 PM

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!)

Meredith53 wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 4:50 PM

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.

MrsGreene wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 4:56 PM

I like precuts a good deal, and enjoy how versatile they are.  I have not purchased a lot of jelly rolls but have purchased a lot of charms.

on 27 Feb 2014 5:16 PM

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!

ustad wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 5:22 PM

I haven't tried the jelly rolls yet - one of these days I will because I see so many cute patterns that use them.

640lisa wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 5:28 PM

I started back quilting with jelly rolls. I found my love again!!!!

Drooler wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 5:38 PM

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!

Drooler wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 5:45 PM

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.

angiekt wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 5:56 PM

I love to use precuts. It saves so much time.

C A wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 5:57 PM

No, I haven't used them, but I can see how they would be real time-savers.

bertrude wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 5:58 PM

I love to use jelly rolls and other precuts.  I like to get things done quickly and cutting slows me down and makes me think too hard!  Precuts make quilting fun!

tourmaline wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 5:59 PM

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.

Janeen64H wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 6:26 PM

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.  

pstoutenburg wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 6:54 PM

Yes, I love precuts for quick quilts for gifts for friends especially.  It is fun to use them and there are fun patterns available!  

mayling4 wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 6:56 PM

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

majicfingers wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 6:56 PM

I like precuts as they provide you with a lot of different fabrics for art quilts.

pstoutenburg wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 6:58 PM

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!

amcd wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 7:00 PM

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.

tibbar wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 7:13 PM

I don't normally use precuts, but I have some to try!

chicocalgal wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 9:01 PM

I've used pre-cuts but have never tried jelly rolls.  I would love to win this giveaway so I can try one of the patterns shown on your blog

chicocalgal wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 9:03 PM

I've used pre-cuts but have never tried jelly rolls.  I would love to win this giveaway so I can try one of the patterns shown on your blog

on 27 Feb 2014 9:15 PM

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.

on 27 Feb 2014 9:27 PM

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.

on 27 Feb 2014 9:48 PM

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.

LinCO wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 9:55 PM

yes I use pre-cuts.....and I love the Moda line of fabric....pre-cuts make it easier to do alot of designs  especially in Art Quilts and Modern quilts

texasqwilter wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 10:03 PM

I use precuts a lot because I don't have to do a lot of cutting.

Aegira wrote
on 27 Feb 2014 10:26 PM

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.

Erin Glee wrote
on 28 Feb 2014 12:12 AM

I love pre-cuts!  Fast , easy, pretty and YUMMY!

Christi9 wrote
on 28 Feb 2014 1:26 AM

I love jelly rolls and other precuts. They can not only save time cutting but give you all the colors already together. Gives me more sewing time.

intheattic wrote
on 28 Feb 2014 2:29 AM

Haven't used pre-cuts YET.

Bought several Jelly rolls years ago and guess I am saving them...lol

 Want to do the Jelly Roll race...

Kathy@69 wrote
on 28 Feb 2014 10:25 AM

I'm just starting to use jelly rolls, so far loving them!

kaymac44 wrote
on 28 Feb 2014 10:45 AM

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!

jmn1109 wrote
on 28 Feb 2014 12:03 PM

I like fat quarters and charm packs to get a variety of colors.  I haven't used jelly rolls yet, but will try them in the future.

Mary Groth wrote
on 28 Feb 2014 2:16 PM

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

Mary Groth wrote
on 28 Feb 2014 2:16 PM

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

on 28 Feb 2014 9:33 PM

I just bought a couple charm packs and am looking forward to using them.  Thanks for the chance to win.

shepherd2 wrote
on 28 Feb 2014 9:47 PM

I enjoy using jelly rolls because the fabrics are all color coordinated.

shepherd2 wrote
on 28 Feb 2014 9:47 PM

I enjoy using jelly rolls because the fabrics are all color coordinated.

quiltobs wrote
on 2 Mar 2014 12:49 PM

I use precuts because I am generally in a hurry!  Also because I love a controlled scrappy look, it gives me a wide range of related prints.  

Kat Colbert wrote
on 2 Mar 2014 12:58 PM

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!

jpjquilts wrote
on 2 Mar 2014 1:01 PM

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.

DebbieM66 wrote
on 2 Mar 2014 1:09 PM

I've used charms, but never jelly rolls. Simply because I've never bought one! That's a great pattern to try. Simple, yet so effective!

BJRI wrote
on 2 Mar 2014 1:55 PM

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.

gollinlee wrote
on 2 Mar 2014 2:15 PM

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.

MauiSnicks wrote
on 2 Mar 2014 2:19 PM

Love anything that saves time and inspires!  Yes! to precuts!!!

GailJean wrote
on 2 Mar 2014 2:41 PM

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.  

linlal wrote
on 2 Mar 2014 2:53 PM

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.

yngldy wrote
on 2 Mar 2014 3:28 PM

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!

1griselda1 wrote
on 2 Mar 2014 3:47 PM

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!

on 2 Mar 2014 4:47 PM

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.

on 2 Mar 2014 5:30 PM

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!

mrmrsf wrote
on 2 Mar 2014 5:31 PM

I really like jelly rolls especially since you don't have to do any cutting.  Sure saves time.

mrmrsf wrote
on 2 Mar 2014 5:32 PM

I really like jelly rolls since you don't have to do any cutting.  Sure saves time.

Linda1313 wrote
on 2 Mar 2014 7:02 PM

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.  

kh29isgr8 wrote
on 2 Mar 2014 7:18 PM

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.

kh29isgr8 wrote
on 2 Mar 2014 7:18 PM

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.

freakadilly wrote
on 2 Mar 2014 7:19 PM

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.

sandyp29 wrote
on 2 Mar 2014 7:28 PM

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.

czofkie wrote
on 2 Mar 2014 7:35 PM

I love to use pre=cuts.  You can get a quilt together much quicker using them and there are great patterns to use too!

Becki@12 wrote
on 2 Mar 2014 7:57 PM

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!)

Becki@12 wrote
on 2 Mar 2014 7:57 PM

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!)

on 2 Mar 2014 8:07 PM

Never had used a jelly roll but would love to try them....

so15 wrote
on 2 Mar 2014 8:50 PM

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?

ekbuckeye wrote
on 2 Mar 2014 8:53 PM

I like using precuts when I need a quick quilt or project.  Saves time for construction instead of cutting.

erinkhaugh wrote
on 2 Mar 2014 9:00 PM

Love jelly rolls, especially the great variety of coordinated fabrics!

Vivee wrote
on 2 Mar 2014 9:18 PM

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.  :)

cjc509 wrote
on 2 Mar 2014 9:53 PM

I use pre-cuts because they save time and all the color-coordination is already done for me!

kcfluegge wrote
on 2 Mar 2014 10:18 PM

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!

kcfluegge wrote
on 2 Mar 2014 10:18 PM

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!

caroleeeeee wrote
on 2 Mar 2014 10:36 PM

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!

playdoll wrote
on 2 Mar 2014 10:36 PM

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!

ltsUFOs wrote
on 2 Mar 2014 10:47 PM

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!

ShaudLumber wrote
on 2 Mar 2014 11:20 PM

I have mostly done appliqué and am starting to do more piecing but have never used a jelly roll before but would like go try it

ShaudLumber wrote
on 2 Mar 2014 11:20 PM

I have mostly done appliqué and am starting to do more piecing but have never used a jelly roll before but would like go try it

ShaudLumber wrote
on 2 Mar 2014 11:25 PM

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.  

ShaudLumber wrote
on 2 Mar 2014 11:25 PM

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.  

yoevlud wrote
on 3 Mar 2014 2:43 AM

Never used a jelly roll but really ready to use it!

on 3 Mar 2014 3:06 AM

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.

on 3 Mar 2014 3:12 AM

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.

hhofbauer wrote
on 3 Mar 2014 7:07 AM

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!

Pamela Arndt wrote
on 3 Mar 2014 8:46 AM

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.

on 3 Mar 2014 8:48 AM

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

betingo wrote
on 3 Mar 2014 9:50 AM

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.

gyllstrom wrote
on 3 Mar 2014 10:49 AM

I LOVE jelly rolls!  What great fun!  and this quilt looks like a great application.

Heather4131 wrote
on 3 Mar 2014 11:54 AM

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.

kw1lts wrote
on 3 Mar 2014 1:07 PM

These are great for quick baby quilts and other geometric quilts!

Kathy Adams wrote
on 3 Mar 2014 2:04 PM

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.

nnatek wrote
on 3 Mar 2014 4:21 PM

I love all the brightly colored batik jelly rolls but have never tried using them. Would love to try them out in a modern quilt design.

tflahert wrote
on 3 Mar 2014 4:33 PM

Making the wrapped cloth line bags or baskets are much easier with the jelly rolls.

on 3 Mar 2014 5:44 PM

Jelly rolls let me dive right into a project and get it going fast when the mood to quilt strikes!

sofia m wrote
on 3 Mar 2014 8:49 PM

I use pre-cuts all the time. Jelly-rolls and layer cakes are may favorites.

Pippi4334 wrote
on 7 Mar 2014 5:25 PM

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.