Swap Item reveal and a jelly roll race quilt

My swap partner for the Ugly Fabric Swap Part 2 received her item so I can reveal what it was now! I picked up a black messenger bag and did some embroidery on top.

I think the little dolls turned out cute! I thought the name would be bigger but at least it didn’t come out looking wonky.  My partner was pleased with her item so that makes me happy.

Since the last podcast I got a wild hair and decided to pull out a jelly roll and do a jelly roll race 1600 quilt.  I’m happy with how it turned out!

Mom if you’re reading this and you want to be surprised for Mother’s Day stop reading now. You were warned!




This is the Bittersweet jelly roll from Benartex Fabrics.  My mom picked it out and her initial request was for me to make it into a Mondo bag.  Then she saw how big the Mondo bag really is and asked me to do something else with it. So I did!

I thought it needed a border so I added one on when it was finished.  It’s hard to see in the bad camera phone photo but the border has green leafy vines and it pulls out the green in the jelly roll strips.  I took the photo before ironing the border so it looks kind of wrinkly but it really lays flat.

Now the top is rolled up on a trim bar waiting to be basted into a quilt sandwich! I’m hoping to do that tomorrow.

Here are my thoughts on the jelly roll race quilt:

  • Anyone that said they finished their top in under an hour has to be lying or they have super wonky seams.
  • Make sure you have a few bobbins wound ready to go
  • Be prepared for that first seam to take forever
  • I’d estimate start to finish (including mitering the strips together) the top took about 3.5 hours total. Still, not bad.
  • My worry about the long string of fabric getting twisted seemed to be unfounded, it didn’t get twisted at all while I was sewing
  • I want to try it with a Robert Kaufman brights jelly roll now since every strip is a unique color
  • I would definitely make this top again and possibly go borderless!!

I’m toying with the idea of using my embroidery machine to quilt the top! Now I just need to find the right quilting pattern.  No idea what thread I’m going to use yet.  Possibly a cream.


  1. I would agree Katie about the time frame. We had one of these races at our fall quilt camp last year and I finished mine next to last of ~30 women, but at least I could say my seams were really 1/4″ and they were straight.

  2. The Jelly Roll race is on my list! I have a jelly roll that I am keeping just for that. The colors are great in this one. Beautiful job!

  3. I think the border adds so much to it. Looks great.

  4. I love it! I’ve been thinking of doing this too 🙂 So many projects…need more time! The messenger bag is adorable.

  5. Zina (Z Any Mouse) says:

    The messenger bag came out super cute, and I can’t figure out which was the ugly fabric! The border on your jelly roll race quilt looks great. Your mom will love it.

  6. Wow, I love Your quilt top! Can’t wait to see it quilted! Was it as fast as Jenny demonstrated it on the video? I’m just wondering…

    • No, like I said in my post I think the total amount of time it took to do the top was 3.5 hours (not including borders). But I’m a slow sewer too, I am pretty careful about my seams.

  7. Did You make the bag? The dolls look adorable!

    • The bag was a blank messenger bag that I picked up at Jo-Ann Fabrics. They have a bunch of blanks so I used a coupon 🙂

  8. The hunter green for the border is perfect! I love it.