A jelly-roll race occurs when a group of quilters get together to sew jelly-roll quilts. The object is to see who can make a quilt the fastest. Quilt guilds often have jelly-roll races to make several quilts at one time to donate to various causes.
A jelly-roll quilt is an easy quilt to make. It is sewn together using precut strips of fabric. Materials needed to make this quilt include a jelly roll of 40 precut 2 1/2-inch fabric strips, a sewing machine, an iron and sewing thread.
Several websites, including the Missouri Star Quilting Company and Heirloom Creations, have tutorials and videos showing how to make jelly-roll quilts. Moda Bake Shop, the tutorial side of quilt-fabric company Moda, offers a tutorial using a traditional jelly-roll quilt.