Thursday, January 26, 2012

the fastest quilt top ever.....

well, that is the premise anyway!!  
the jelly roll 1600 quilt is comprised of a bundle of coordinating fabric pre-cut into 2 1/2 inch wide by 44 inch long strips. this is called a jelly roll.  fabric stores sell them and they run anywhere from $35 to $45 dollars.  
but with all of the lovely vintage fabric i have amassed, i cut my own strips.  so that took some time...
and then sewing them together end to end (40 of them) took some time too. 18 inches is cut off of one end.  this assures that there will be a random pattern when they are sewn together.
the resulting strip measured about 2 . 5 inches by 1600 inches.  you then join the short ends, right sides together, which is now 800 inches, and sew along the long end.  that took a really long time because it took forever to join the short ends without any twists.  it was 1600 inches long...
when you get to the fold, you cut it and join the two short ends up again 
which makes it 400 inches long. 
 this is repeated three (or four, i don't remember) more times until you are left 
with this....a cool quilt top that measures about 48 x 64 inches...
once the first side was sewn, it went pretty fast from there, about an hour and a half...
the only thing left to do is to add the batting and backing and quilt it....
                    this is the result....

 another pretty vintage sheet quilt.   now i know that most (all) of my quilts  have been some sort of strip quilt but they are the ones that go together the quickest.  i am going to attempt something different next time though.  stay tuned!!  :)

8 comments:

Musings Of A Gem said...

I love it!! I think I will make a strip quilt next time (not sure when though!).

You must have quite a collection of quilts now?

X

Georgianna said...

Wow! This is amazing! So pretty!

I'm impressed – you always have something new and you actually finish projects!

Have a great weekend, my friend.

xo – g

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

I like it! Very pretty~I want to do some quilted patchwork stitching, but am too lazy right now...

contemplativecj said...

1.) You have the best vintage sheet collection. Ever. My parents had that blue set with the white daisies, and it was always my favorite.

2.) About how many sheets would you guess that this quilt took to make?

3.) When you quilted it together, did you just sew next to the straight seems?

I'd eventually love to make one of these for our queen size bed. :-)

redfly said...

Beautiful! I love the modern feel using the old sheets!

Melissa
redflycreations.blogspot.com

Annette - "MyRoseValley" said...

Clever. Very beautiful indeed. Well done.:D Annette

Unknown said...

Your website is great. I had to leave a comment about the sheets in this quilt. My parents had the pink and yellow flower sheets. And then I see the back of the quilt and I had that sheet when I was growing up!! I always find fun and colorful sheets/pillowcases at the thrift store. Thanks for the great idea.

Lisa said...

I just wanted to let you know that i love all the quilts you make. You are a amazing sewer and artist.

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