Coquette Jelly Roll Race Finish – UFO from 2012…. also a rant about borders

I am working my way through my UFOs and obliterating them one by one. This UFO is from 2012 and originated as a jelly roll race that my mom began sewing and then she sent it back to me to finish. I’ve had the center portion finished for probably a year now but I knew it needed a border. Here’s a (not so) secret thing about me: I loathe borders. I loathe them with every square inch of my soul. You know what though? I mostly loathe how completely transformed some quilts are with a border. How it perfectly frames a quilt and brings it out of itself to a whole other level. How after six hours of measuring, cutting, mitering, cursing, marking and fudging it on you step back and see you aren’t a complete mental case for putting that time in to a “finished” top. So yeah, borders. Who knew?

Another confession: I haven’t done a ton of free motion quilting the last two years. I mostly glance over at Anne and feel bad she hasn’t been let out to play lately. I challenged myself to really let loose on this quilt and play around. This quilt measured 78 x 87 as a nice large lap quilt. I used a sheet backing from Target from their Threshold line that contrasted against the top nicely. The sheets wash up so soft and are perfect for pets on the couch. I used warm and natural batting in the center and only one layer.

I quilted the center of this quilt in hearts and did some graffiti feather quilting in the borders.

This quilt was a gift at Christmas and my last finish of 2017 so I can finally reveal the photos:

Coquette Jelly Roll Race Quilt

Coquette Jelly Roll Race Quilt

Coquette Jelly Roll Race Quilt

Coquette Jelly Roll Race Quilt

Coquette Jelly Roll Race Quilt

Coquette Jelly Roll Race Quilt

Coquette Jelly Roll Race Quilt

Coquette Jelly Roll Race Quilt

Coquette Jelly Roll Race Quilt

Coquette Jelly Roll Race Quilt


  1. Barbara Vickery says:

    Its really pretty!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I think a border really, really helps a jelly rold quilt, and your fabric is perfect. Wonderful quilting, too. Welcome back!

  3. Whoops, that was me!

  4. Man, you are cookin’ so far!!! I cam home from the meeting and finished my Pumpkin BOM top! And had extras and made a table runner. I may have gotten my ‘sew-jo’ back…:)

  5. The border makes that quilt, for sure! It was worth the effort.

  6. Anonymous says:

    As the recipient of the above quilt, I can tell you all the pictures do not do it justice! The colors are vibrant and beautiful. The heart and feather quilting are stunning. It is warm and cozy. And I feel loved every time I use it.

  7. Donna Kirkland says:

    I love it! It looks like a very happy quilt.

    I think a quilt without borders almost looks incomplete but as I am looking at a quilt my husbands grandmother made they don’t have borders. They look great so I think it is up to you how you complete it. I would love it no matter.

    My quilty goal for 2018 is to learn free motion quilting, complete two new quilts and complete two UFQ.

    Have you ever used a software program to design your quilt or help determine size needed for borders, etc.?

    • I’ve got EQ7 and 8 and I’m starting to use them to calculate my borders. I used EQ8 to calculate the mitered border for this top so I’d get an idea of the finished size too.

  8. I too, and not fond of doing borders, but this quilt would not be the same without the borders. I may have to rethink my jelly roll race quilts! Thank you

  9. Lynda Hermann says:

    I too hate borders – whenI get this close to a completion, I just want to FINISH. No matter how carefully I measure (at least three times) and cut, there are times that I get a wavy border and I just want to scream. I know that the key is proper pinning, but I am just not much of a pinner – I hate it when I am sewing along and jam a pin into my finger or get one hung up on my clothing and everything wants to go wonky. I did have one great success last year, finishing up a fig tree pattern that called for a four patch border – tiny pieces – I made them, stitched them together, then crossed my fingers while stitching them on (that was rather hard to do) and surprise, they fit on beautifully……would even consider doing that one again or should I just drop the mike and walk away (smile)

    • Yes!!! All of this. I measure in the center both directions and use that as my calculation. The pinning (or clipping since I use clover clips now) does seem to take the longest.

  10. Did you quilt this on a sewing machine? Beautiful work.

  11. WOW, I love how the borders frame up this quilt, no matter how much you hated putting them on πŸ™‚ Not sure about the method you use for measuring, and why you thought you really needed a mitered border. Either way, it worked out fantastic, and I’m pretty sure your Mom was impressed.

    • I just love mitered borders lol I don’t know why. I like the fact that I can sew all the strips together and then cut the border segments and sew them on all at one time I think. Thanks! My friend was really happy to receive the quilt for Christmas.

  12. Ok… P. S. I love the quilting!! πŸ’—πŸ’—