In the quilting world, a jelly roll is a set of fabric strips, usually 2-1/2 inches wide by 44 inches. Moda makes jelly rolls but I'm not sure if other fabric companies do. I know some quilt shops make their own jelly rolls for sale. Anyway Moda's jelly rolls consist of all of the fabrics in a certain line. One strip of each. Usually there are 40 strips in a jelly roll and they look like this (this happens to be a picture of the jelly roll I'm about to post about).
OK blogger just lost my entire post after the picture. I am not happy. I'll try to remember what all I posted.
OK I was never planning to make anything from a jelly roll because I prewash all of my fabric. You cannot prewash strips-they'll fray too much. So if I was going to use a jelly roll, I would have to use all new unwashed fabric. Well I came across a sale and you know the rest. I bought a jelly roll (just like the picture above) at 40% off. I found a pattern in Quilt magazine that uses one jelly roll to make a lap quilt. It looked easy enough. Thursday night I sorted the colors (took maybe 20 minutes) and Friday I made the entire top-in one day. ONE DAY!! I've never made anything this big in one day! And it turned out very cute, if I do say so myself. The pattern calls for a border but I think this is big enough without one. It's about 50 x 60 inches. Plus I'm too cheap to buy fabric for the border. I have to buy for the backing and binding as it is. Anyway this is the pic of the top (if you look closely at the far right side, you might see a hand sticking out. That is the hand of Sammy's new American Girl doll, which is called Sarah. Sara. One of those.)
I'm going to order some fabric for the binding and backing and when it's all done, I'll post it again. I'm almost afraid to quilt it for fear of ruining it. And I really hope those red centers don't bleed when I wash it.