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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Wee Bee fun

Yesterday was jelly-roll race day at our bee and oh boy did we have a lot of fun!  We came prepared with our jelly roll strips pieced end-to-end and were rarin' to go...

 except for a little detangling action!  Details... always details...

And we were off!  I was inspired...  I was fantastic...  my machine was a-whirring!!
... I was sewing without thread! 

Just after Lynora took my picture (about 2/3 of the way thru my first round) I realized my thread had slipped the needle at the very beginning ... all I was doing was making neat little holes in my strips!  Well.  Dang.

Okay, I got me set up again and I was off!  I was inspired ... I was fantastic ... my machine was a-whirring!!  I asked Marlene to take my picture, quick!!

I'm rolling now!  at this point I'm on my third round.  Of course, I'm also far behind everybody else!

And the winner is...
Gwen, better known as Miss Speedy!  She finished in about 45 minutes, isn't it beautiful?

Other pretty finishes...

and last but not least...
mine, woot woot! 

We had a great time doing this race, I highly recommend it!   This is also a quick and easy way to make a baby quilt, just use fewer strips instead of the entire jelly roll - thanks go out to Heirloom Creations Shop for their YouTube video. http://www.youtube.com/user/HeirloomCreations.

And so, with the food eaten, the leftovers divvied up, and the room put back into order, we said our goodbyes til the next time...

Sew forth and sew on


  1. Oh what fun! Seems you enjoyed both the journey and the destination. Interesting how all are the same process but look so different.

  2. All of your Bee members quilts are beautiful!
    I’m a new quilter and this is exactly the quilt I have wanted to jump into (I keep asking for a “ribbon” quilt). Can you give a few hints on how you all assembled the quilts?


  3. They all turned out beautiful. The race is such a fun time - we did it in our guild and only a few participated - the looker ons were sorry they didn't join in once the quilts started to take shape.

  4. I'd love to participate in a jelly roll race, but I can't get my quilter friends interested. All of the ones completed in your race look great, but I really like your batik one in particular. I've seen some of these quilts finished with appliques over some of the vertical seams, which can be cute too. I also saw one that used a black square between each vertical seam and that looked pretty cool too.

  5. The strip quilts look great and I think your colour choices for Orca Bay (blacks) look amazing !

  6. I call that "air-stitching" and it isn't fun, but it's better that Un-stitching. Nobody around here has invited me to do the Jelly roll race. Maybe next year I'll have to just do one by myself. I have a few Jelly rolls.


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