do you have a friend, family member, neighbor, co-worker who enjoys quilting, but you don’t quilt, nor do you know where to begin searching for a gift for someone who does.
one thing about those who love to quilt, they love their quilting gadgets, tools and fabric, so you can’t go wrong if you’re gifting any one or more of those items!
lets get right to the shopping list..
it dawned on me this morning while i was cutting strips out of some aqua and red prints i’ve been collecting, that a DIY jelly roll of your favorite fabrics would be a great gift for a friend, family member, neighbor or co-worker who also has the quilting ‘bug’ aka addiction..
i thought i’d share my technique for cutting quick 2 1/2″ strips aka jelly roll strips.. this likely is not new for the seasoned quilter, and i’m sure there are other ways, but it’s been the technique that gets the job done for me.
note: a standard jelly roll consists of 40 strips of various “dark & light” prints cut along the width-of-fabric [WOF=selvage to selvage].
the gift of a DIY jelly roll.
- create your own unique jelly rolls with scraps, new or vintage fabric.
- your jelly roll does not need to consist of 40 strips, the choice is up to you. a lap quilt can easily be made with half a standard jelly roll [20 strips].
- once you’ve cut your strips, carefully roll your jelly roll, smoothing as you go, and use a rubber band to secure.
- wrap twine or ribbon around your jelly roll, tie, removing the rubber band is optional, attach a note and your gift is ready for the giving.
you have a sewing machine, now what..? where do you begin..? what do you need..? i’ll give you several tips to start your journey, and before you know it, you’ll sew like a pro!