Throwback Thursday: That time I accidentally made a quilt that was 7 feet long

“Make a Jelly Roll Race Quilt,” they said. “It will be fun,” they said. “You can make it in less than an hour!” they said.

Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Co and my mother both said it would be fun and easy to make a Jelly Roll Race quilt for my now-husband for our one-year dating anniversary.

My mom even had some jelly roll strips left over from a few different projects that I could merge into one jelly roll for the project. I was broke at the time, so I was IN.

She suggested one twist on the quilt top – making a strip set and cutting it into squares to add a little interest. Bonus, she said, would be that it would make the quilt top a little longer. Helpful because the man is tall.

What did I know? It was only my third quilt ever (I think).

If you’ve never made a Jelly Roll Race quilt, you sew all the jelly roll strips (2.5 inch strips that are 42-ish inches long) together end-to-end. Then you cut and sew and cut and sew and Jenny Doan can really explain it better than I can so I’ll link the video at the end of this post.

I followed all those directions, with my mom’s suggestions, to a tee. I cut and I sewed and I cut and I sewed and I cut and it took me WAY longer than the promised hour. And when I unfolded the quilt, it was… SURPRISE!!! SEVEN FEET LONG.

(Excuse the messiness of my mom’s sewing room from 6 years ago.)


My husband is tall, but he’s not THAT tall.

So… I cut the bottom off, added a couple of blocks of fabric, and sewed them horizontally to the sides.

It turned out to not be a COMPLETE disaster. Thankfully.

And it’s a nice Full-sized quilt.

It was a further disaster when the backing I ordered didn’t come in on time so I had to rush out to a local shop and spend a fortune buying a second one. I was flying out to visit my then-boyfriend two days later and NEEDED for this to be DONE.

Having never made anything close to this size, I struggled SO HARD to quilt it. I’ve never cried so much over a project before or since.

I tried a cool square/rectangle free motion quilting pattern that I really enjoyed.

I added a custom tag to the back that is way too sappy and personal to include in this post, but it was song lyrics that still mean a lot to us.

The quilt is currently on our guest bed! It’s showing a little bit of wear, because it’s been loved and washed too much. But that’s okay. Let’s be real. We are ALSO showing a little bit of wear.

Pattern: Jelly Roll Race with some modifications. Video tutorial by Jenny Doan from Missouri Star Quilt Co here.

Fabric: My mom’s stash. Who even knows? Thanks, Mom!

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