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Jelly Roll Trix

June 6th, 2007

Jelly Roll trix… just add milk and watch em grow. Ok, not with milk. BUT… with an Easy Angle and Companion Angle you really can seem to make the Jelly Roll’s grow. There are so many great patterns for Jelly Roll’s hitting the market (Nicole is making a beautiful one… go see it!), but I want to make something from a non-JR pattern too. With a 2½” strip, there is a way to make your strip width “grow” to make a 2⅞” half-square and a 5¼” quarter-square. If you’re using a non-Jelly Roll pattern that calls for these two measurements… here’s your answer!

Easy Angle: For a 2⅞” square, cut a 2½” x 3¼” rectangle and use the Easy Angle and cut into two half-square triangles.

Your final result:

Companion Angle: For a 5¼” square, cut a 2½” x 13½” rectangle and cut into four “quarter-square” triangles. Discard the ends - or save them for another project.


Your final result:

An extra added bonus is half of your dog-ears are magically trimmed. I use the rulers for dog-ear trimming on other projects too. I also find it hard to cut into a piece of fabric to make say a 5¼” square when I have plenty of 2½” strips or I only have a 2½” strip. Using the Companion Angle I can avoid cutting a big square. I love these rulers and think if you’re someone who’s addicted to Jelly Roll’s (and who isn’t!), these two tools will add big bang to your JR bucks!

I have a new Moda Holly Jolly Jelly Roll that stares me in the face waiting to be made into something. Waiting, waiting, waiting!  But for now all I seem to be doing is repeating over and over… Holly Jolly Jelly Roll, Holly Jolly Jelly Roll, Holly Jolly Jelly Roll, Holly Jolly Jelly Roll, Holly Jolly Jelly Roll…

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32 Responses

  1. The fabulous Amy allegedly said:

    I am turning one into a quilt that will look like 1/4 of a Trip Around the World. I have my tube sewn together, now “just” to sub-cut, unsew a tiny bit on each, pin like heck & re-sew… (You might have noticed the “just.”)



  2. The fabulous Darlene allegedly said:

    Well, look how smart you are, Missy! Thanks for the lesson.

    And, that you very much now I’ll be singing Holly Jolly Jelly Roll all day! LOL



  3. The fabulous Darlene allegedly said:

    oops that’s suppose to say “thank you” duh!



  4. The fabulous Mary allegedly said:

    Monica, this is so cool — but so much like math it scares me! ha ha ha! I’m still reeling from all the instructions the girls at the quilt shop threw at me yesterday when I took in my late mom’s unfinished bits and pieces.



  5. The fabulous Jane allegedly said:

    Great tip! I just purchased these rulers last week and I can’t wait to put them to use. I have several sets of 2.5″ strips just calling me to use them in my next project.



  6. The fabulous Nancy allegedly said:

    Ms. Zombie,

    Huzzah! Huzzah! I bow to you and your crafty intelligence! You are my hero! I have not used the jelly roll yet, but I now have a brand new way to look at it once I do. Thank you!



  7. The fabulous Lizzy House allegedly said:

    I posted the contest!

    I just love corresponding with you.

    have a great day!

    Lizzy



  8. The fabulous blop allegedly said:

    Another “toot” for your “toot”…that is fab.
    Great job, my friend!



  9. The fabulous Pam allegedly said:

    I have been waiting to see if someone posted this. There are also Omnigrid rulers that do the same thing, the 96 and 98. I have those, but the EZ tools are much more user friendly! Nice work!

    And just as a side note, wonderful graphics as usual. You kick the rest of us out of the ballpark!



  10. The fabulous Sara, The House of Charm allegedly said:

    Thanks for linking to my Momma’s site! Ha ha, she’s getting me excited about working with Jelly Rolls too.



  11. The fabulous Michelle allegedly said:

    I’m almost positive I shouldn’t buy more fabric - but I think you’ve given me an excuse to do just that!

    I know I have the Easy Angle ruler - so luckily I won’t have to get that too.



  12. The fabulous Nicole allegedly said:

    OMG, that Companion Angle is EXACTLY the tool I need for my jelly roll blocks!!! I have been fudging around using a big clear square ruler that doesn’t have the diagonal line in the right place. I have got to find one of those Companion Angles right away. I knew I could do better with the right tool.



  13. The fabulous Cottage Magpie allegedly said:

    You are so brilliant! I wish I could come up with technical brilliance like you. All those rulers make my head hurt (and I have a degree in Computer Science, if you can believe that). Thanks for you! ~A :-)



  14. The fabulous kathleen allegedly said:

    Oh my gosh, how cute is that jelly roll! I just love looking at textiles… I could so easily become a fabric pack-rat! :)



  15. The fabulous Amanda allegedly said:

    I’m glad you are smart and can teach me things my brain would never think of! :)

    I have used these tools before and I love them, too! I can’t wait to try your technique on my 2 1/2″ strips!



  16. The fabulous Doe allegedly said:

    Holly jolly jelly roll, holly jelly jolly roll, hollah jollah jilly lorr..Oh yeah, i’m rockin it!LOL!



  17. The fabulous Christiane allegedly said:

    oh my gosh , a tutorial on my favourite tools. without Easy Angles,all sizes, I ‘d be lost.
    a real tool savvy.
    are you up to christmas projects?
    It’s too hot here… well, I think I ‘d rather choose a little bit of red and white for some crisp little doll quilt. with strips ……:-)



  18. The fabulous ~ robyn allegedly said:

    Thanks for the tutorial! You have given me the Jelly Roll Blues! Which is ok seeing how jazz is cool. Now mind you, the meaning of the term jelly roll in fabricland is totally different than what it means in Blues and Jazz history…don’t ask. Anyhoo… love the tut, love the fabric links and…now I’m wanting a real Jelly Roll in the food kind-of-way. Got Coffee??



  19. The fabulous Pam allegedly said:

    I passed up a wonderful jelly roll this past wk…now I am kicking myself…oh well…maybe next time! Not that I don’t have enough WIPs and UFOs going already!



  20. The fabulous Kim Sherrod allegedly said:

    I need me some jelly rolls to go with my muffin top!



  21. The fabulous Angelina allegedly said:

    I really thought at first that you were talking about baking, then immediately following that I thought you were talking about some kind of crazy aqua pet or sponge toy.

    I really never imagined you were talking about quilts until I followed the links.



  22. The fabulous Toni allegedly said:

    EXCELLENT!! Thanks for sharing this great trick! I love jelly rolls, plus with using scraps at 2.5″ strips there’s a lot to go around. I just purchased “Another Can of Worms” book and am enjoying the opportunities to use my jelly rolls!!



  23. The fabulous Anne Sutton allegedly said:

    You are one smart cookie! I am just amazed at how you figured this out! This my dear, is true genius! You need to make a category for this post so everyone can find it later on. I’m going to have to blog about it too and send people over. I think I have one of those rulers somewhere! BRAVO!!!!!



  24. The fabulous Marisa allegedly said:

    Cool tips, thanks. I’m a ruler addict too.



  25. The fabulous Kelli allegedly said:

    Oh man I am clueless to all of this. I was expecting a post on pastries! I have to go back and reread the details.



  26. The fabulous Laurie allegedly said:

    Fantastic! THANKS! I will have ‘ta give this a whirl!!



  27. The fabulous Angela allegedly said:

    I am loving that Holly Jolly fabric. I have a few of the charm square packs — need to get working on those!



  28. The fabulous sharon allegedly said:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my “angle” rulers. Never thought about using them with my Jellies.
    Thanks for the lesson.



  29. The fabulous Helen allegedly said:

    I recently brought these two rulers but haven’t used them yet! Very inspirational post on how to use them! Cheers!



  30. The fabulous Sara, The House of Charm allegedly said:

    Where are you? We miss you…



  31. The fabulous Tiffany allegedly said:

    Hey, love the tip! I own a shop, and people are always asking me what to do with jelly rolls. I’ll be sure to point them to this post!



  32. The fabulous jelly roll fabric allegedly said:

    Very crafty… and precise.



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