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Jelly Roll Jam Quilt Along – 1 of 4

This post is part of a quilt tutorial series by Teri ‘s Jelly Roll Jam Quilt-Along. You can join in anytime, the links will be up permanently! Please see below for links to all posts.

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I have several friends interested in making a baby quilt, so I decided to start a quilt-along for a fast and easy quilt project to get them off to a good start AND for anyone else that would like to make a super cute Jelly Roll quilt.  I’m a bit nervous about hosting a quilt-along, but willing to give it a try, so hope you will join me!

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I believe this quilt-along is suitable for all skill levels, but my intention is to write this tutorial for new quilters with detailed instructions from supplies to the final quilting and binding, so you oldies can skip over the stuff you already know! You can join the quilt-along at any time, and feel free to follow along at your own pace.

When I first started quilting I struggled a lot until I found all the wonderful videos on YouTube, and best yet, they’re FREE! So for this tutorial I am using an excellent video from YouTube as a guide for creating the quilt top called Jelly Roll Jam.

Jelly Roll Jam Video by Fat Quarter Shop 

The video features fairly simple, straightforward piecing that will let your beautiful fabric shine. Final quilt size is 36-1/2″ by 36-1/2″, perfect for a special little one.

In this post I will provide you with the supply list and schedule and you can watch the video to see if you want to join in on the fun!

Pattern:

You can download the Jelly Roll Jam Quilt pattern here.  The pattern has your fabric requirements and instructions that correspond with the video.  The required Jelly Roll can be purchased at your local quilt shop or you can order it online. My quilt shop has a very limited supply of Jelly Rolls, but you will find a huge selection to pick from at the Fat Quarter Shop.  Click on the Jelly Roll photo to see the different fabrics included in the roll.  I am going to use Wishes by Sweetwater for my quilt.

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Unrolled:

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Check out these links for finished Jelly Roll Jam quilts for ideas on fabric selection:

V and Co.
Red Pepper Quilts
Piece N Quilt
Angela Yosten

You can also google Jelly Roll Jam quilts for more.

Supplies:

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  • Required fabric (see Jelly Roll Jam pattern, you can get 2 quilts out of 1 Jelly Roll)
  • Batting – 40″ x 40″ (I use Warm & Natural or Quilter’s Dream, crib size works for this quilt)
  • Rotary Cutter (any discount store or Amazon)
  • 6-1/2″ x 24-1/2″ Quilting Ruler (I like Creative Grids)
  • Grided Self-Healing Quilting Mat (similar to this, or JoAnn’s has a nice selection)
  • Quilting Curved Basting Pins (similar to this)
  • Cotton Thread, good quality (I use Mettler silk finish 50 wt., but there are many other good brands, Aurifil is pretty popular in the quilting world)
  • Premium starch
  • Frixion black pilot pens (erasable when ironed, had problems removing red)
  • Misc. sewing supplies:  scissors, seam ripper, Frixion marking pen, quilting glass head pins or clover head pins

Sewing Machine Presser Feet

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The above are the 3 presser feet I use the most when quilting.  The first foot, a quarter inch piecing foot, has an edge guide that your fabric presses against as you sew your blocks together to help you achieve a straight and accurate quarter inch seam.  If you don’t have a quarter inch foot, there are tricks to get an accurate quarter inch seam that I will cover in my next post.

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The second, a walking foot, comes in handy when you are doing straight-line quilting.  This foot keeps the bottom fabric feeding at the same speed as the top fabric, ensuring even stitches.  This foot can be a little pricey, so you may want to do a few quilts before you make that investment.  Below is an example of straight-line quilting.

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You may choose to use the third foot, free motion or darning foot, to quilt this project.  This foot usually comes with most sewing machines, and if not, is inexpensive to purchase.  If you have seen quilts that have an all-over, wiggly, meandering line that doesn’t cross itself (stippling), that was done with a free motion foot.  See photo below, I stippled the background on this pillow.

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Note:  Presser feet are machine, and sometimes model, specific so make sure you get one that will work with your sewing maching.

So, what do you think? Want to join me for some sewing fun on these cold winter days? If so, tune in next week to check out my quilt top photos and additional quilting tips! Experienced quilters, feel free to post addtional advice and tips on supplies, piecing, etc.

Happy sewing!

Teri of The Hummingbird Thread

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