July 8th, 2013

Paganelli Jelly Roll Race

by Julie Hirt

I made this Jelly Roll Race quilt for my mom last year and forgot to take pictures before I gave it to her.  It’s one of my favorites; I love this fabric collection!


The fabric is Flower Power by Jennifer Paganelli.  I found 2 of these jelly rolls on ebay last year (they are really hard to find) and bought them both.  I’m hoarding the other roll until I find *the* pattern.


Jelly Roll Race quilts come together so fast and I love the patchwork look they make.  42 strips make a super throw size quilt.

The backing is a Denise Schmidt fabric – it’s like the most perfect orange. I wish I had bought more of it when it was available.  The binding is a Kona solid.


Since it was for my mom I embroidered a little quilt label onto it.


To make the Jelly Roll Race quilt I used this method.  Here are the basic steps:


  1. Take a jelly roll set and sew each strip end to end.  You’ll have a super long (140 feet!) 2.5″ strip of fabric.
  2. Cut 18″ off one end so it will be offset (thanks lattegirl40!)
  3. Grab both ends, place the fabric right side together and sew all the way down.  When you get to the end just cut the fabric that’s folded together. This will shrink your length and double your width.
  4. Repeat step #3 a until you are happy with the size.
  5. Trim the cut sides so they are even.

I’ll be hosting a giveaway later this week as well as participating in Plum &  June’s Blog Hop!


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22 Responses to “Paganelli Jelly Roll Race”

  1. You forgot to mention cutting 18″ off the first strip so that it will be off set!
    Beautiful quilt!!

  2. Great colors! Love it!

  3. Great quilt! Thanks for the instructions. I never know what to do with a jelly roll.

  4. Pretty quilt! I know what you mean about the “perfect orange.” It’s quite elusive!

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  6. Thanks for the instructions. Will definitely be making a throw size for my porch glider. Just need to decide what colors I want and I wish I could find that orange material also.

  7. I would like to have the free pattern and instructions to the free Paganelli Jelly Roll Race quilt cover if possible Thankyou

  8. how big of a quilt will 1 jelly roll make? I need a queen size quilt.

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  10. How many strips for a full or twin

  11. I’m new to all of this, any instructions on how to put the quilt together on a standard OLD machine?

  12. Hi Julie Just saw your jelly roll quilt on Fave Quilts. I bought a Jelly Roll thinking this would be ‘easy.’ Too terrified to start! What seam allowance do you allow for the seams? Yours looks wonderful. Wish me luck when I pluck up the nerve. Come and hold my hand in England, please.

  13. I have read so many tutorials on these jelly roll quilts. It wasn’t until I read your lesson that it clicked. I’m so excited that I’m rushing off to cut my own pieces rather than wait for the ones I’ve ordered. Have you ever do e this indenim?

  14. Do you stitch in the ditch with this pattern

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