I’m quite lucky to have a large space dedicated to sewing. I know this. I started out on a dining room table, then moved to a dedicated area in an unfinished basement that was prone to minor flooding when the power went out during a storm. When I moved to another home, I had a very good idea of what I needed and what I would have liked to have–and that home didn’t have what I needed. Fortunately, the house had an attached garage that was easily converted to suit me. Lots of windows, lots of outlets (even one in the ceiling for a garage door opener!), high ceilings with lots of room for shelves…it’s a good thing I knew what I wanted, because the contractor wasn’t quite sure what I do.

Weaving room??!?

At any rate, even with all that space, sometimes I struggle to keep it organized. Of course. One thing I found when I was getting organized was that all of the jelly rolls I picked up on sale over the past few years were accumulating far faster than I was using them. So I decided to make a few jelly roll race quilts. Don’t know what that is? I’ll let Jenny Doan explain it to you.

I prefer to match my strips up end to end vertically rather than on the diagonal. I don’t know why. I don’t care, either. Because the fun (for me, anyway) is that the whole process is decision-free. Except for the quilting, which is still no big deal because you can do just about whatever your heart desires and it will look pretty great. Usually I do a bunch of lines at irregular intervals back and forth across the width, like with my first one:

For a couple of months, I had jelly rolls pieced end-to-end draped all over the place. I finished a few of the tops when I had spare time, but it got to the point where I had to be strict with myself. So I set a goal of stitching one seam on every quilt every day until they were all finished. The first day? It took all day. But then each subsequent day took half as long. And before a week was over I had this to show for it:

Yeah, I had a few jelly rolls.

So far, I have finished one of them. It’s getting shipped off for a silent auction in the morning.

I’m looking forward to working on the rest throughout the year!

What’s overflowing in your stash?



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