As part of our trip to San Francisco, David and I got to meet the newest member of our extended family. There is nothing like holding a week old baby! My favorite thing about a gathering of people around a new baby is that really, everyone just stands around staring at the baby. It’s very exciting :) To add to the excitement, I made a “jelly-roll race quilt” for the new one. Are there things more exciting and reminiscent of a race than a quilt? Don’t answer that.
A friend told me about jelly-roll race quilts and I just had to make one. I started with a “jelly roll”, which is pre-cut set of quilting cotton strips.
Then I sewed each strip together, end to end, into one long strip. At that point, it was about 1600 feet long and one piece wide. Then I folded that in half and sewed down one side, leaving me with an 800 foot long and two piece wide quilt top. I just kept folding and sewing down one side (and cutting the fold on the end as needed) until it was roughly square (60″x56″). It sounds a little complicated, but trust me, it is a fast way to get a nice looking quilt top. Then I just added the back and the batting, quilted by stitching over the existing lines (stitch in the ditch) and then added the binding. I embroidered her name and birthdate on the orange and white chevrons on the back. True to form, I waited until the last minute but I got all the hand stitching on the binding done on the airplane on the way out there.
Note to Maggie: Ignore all the stuff above about how easy this quilt was to make. It was SUPER hard and SUPER complicated and took a ton of time. And I totally had it done way ahead of time, not at the last minute. :)