Adding Stars to a Jelly Roll Race Quilt

Happy end of Thanksgiving weekend to all. It was so busy here with five grandchildren that we didn’t take pictures, but we had a wonderful time. It is so nice that during this Covid pandemic that we can see the local grandchildren because they have remained as isolated as we have. Our duties with virtual school for Ezri require that both they and we maintain our distance from the rest of the world as best we can.

I wrote on Facebook that “one of the best things about being a grandma is being able to tell the 5-year old who is worriedly scrubbing the glob of cherry pie off the white tablecloth with her napkin that she doesn’t need to worry about it, Grandma can wash it out just fine and it won’t hurt the tablecloth at all.” And I did wash that tablecloth and there wasn’t a hint of cherry pie left.

Now to quilting – last summer I made a couple of Jelly Roll Race (JRR) quilts for charity. We usually use a 42 strip jelly roll and can make two quilts with wide borders for them. In getting these ready to quilt, I realized that they did not meet the 42 x 62″ measurement that we use for comfort/charity quilts. In thinking about ways to lengthen this quilt, it reminded me of what I had seen on Pinterest showing blocks placed at the top of JRR quilts. Thus, a search of the orphan block bin ensued to see what I could find.

These stars are left over from a quilt I designed for AccuQuilt called “Star Surprise.

And sure enough, these star blocks are perfect to lenthen the quilt to 42 x 64″. To match the inner width of the jelly roll strips I needed 32-1/2″ and the blocks are 6″ finished. So the width needed between the blocks was a total of 8-1/2″ which doesn’t work out to an even number. I started with 3″  between the outer blocks and that left 2-1/2″ to use between the inner blocks. A 2-1/2″ sash between the jelly roll strips and the stars was added and also the top border was stitched onto the top of the stars.

And suddenly our lives have a minor complication. Yesterday Ted said in the morning that he had been achy all night and then about 11 am he was cold and decided to take a nap. This was so unusual. I was working on a quilt project upstairs and when I came back down an hour later, he was in bed with fever and chills. This has really scared me as we have stayed isolated and one wonders how one could be sick with anything at all. Anyway, he had fever the rest of the day and during the night. Will likely take him to urgent care today to find out what is wrong with him. He does not have symptoms of Covid, so must be an infection of some sort. 
 

Author: Marjorie Busby

My blog is about helping other quilters learn to use great tools in their quilting through what I can teach and through finding other bloggers who have good information. In addition, I am a mother and grandmother. Other hobbies include any other stitchery which makes me happy at the moment. I worked in clinical research for most of my career. I am now retired and enjoying every minute.

10 thoughts on “Adding Stars to a Jelly Roll Race Quilt”

    1. Thanks – after I finished the baby’s quilts, I was looking for something to quilt and found these two JRR’s. But I had read Lorna’s email from awhile ago, and it said they need to be 42 x 62″ so that’s what started all this. I have lots of orphan blocks and love the way it dresses up a JRR.

    1. Thank you – we had flu shots a month ago and he has absolutely no Covid symptoms like cough or sore throat or lack of taste/smell or GI symptoms, so we don’t know what it is, but his fever is slowly but steadily going down more like he has a low-grade infection and his body is clearing it. We will check in with the doctor tomorrow.

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