Racing with strips

Racing around to get a quilt for a gift, or just something to do in an afternoon to keep you out of mischief?  This is the one for you.  Better known as a Jelly Roll Race, this is the easiest quilt you will ever make!

The finished size is approximately 61″ x 52″

What do you need?

  • A jelly roll, or 40 strips of fabric cut to 2,5″ wide.  This does work best with different strips, so either raid your stash or left overs, or get a jelly roll.  Many fabric stores now keep their own curated rolls, and just call it something else.
  • Thread to match
  • Sewing machine

And then for quilting:  Backing fabric, batting and thread for quilting.

And then for binding:  I used a ready to use binding roll from my local fabric shop.  They’re handy to have around for quick projects.  Read this blog post for instructions on making and using your own binding.

Racing with a fabric strips


This couldn’t be easier.

  1. Join all your strips on the short side.
  2. Cut half of the first strip away….and then just fold in half and join together on the loooooong side.
  3. Continue to fold in half and join on the long side until you’ve got a rectangle of approximately 60 x 50″.

Now, I did stop to press my seams.  It’s not required, but it makes it much easier when you get to the end, and it’s a good habit to have when your piecing.

Straighten your edges, and get to quilting.

Now off you go and get to making!

Lavender greetings, and Happy 2020!


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