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From: gholloway
Date: 08-02-2007, 03:27 PM (1 of 8)
I was looking at the hancock sales flyer and saw this advertised. It is precut 5" squares and then a roll of 2 1/2" strips that are like 42" long. I was just wondering if anyone has ever seen them, used them or anything.

User: gholloway
Member since: 06-07-2006
Total posts: 58
From: ddreev
Date: 08-02-2007, 03:51 PM (2 of 8)
I think what you probably saw are usually called charm packs( 5 inch squares) and Jelly rolls (2 1/2 inch strips by the width of the fabric). The pack or roll is made up of all the fabric from a certain line of fabrics so they all coordinate. I think people who want to make a very scrappy quilt like them because of the variety it gives them and it saves a lot of cutting especially if you are using 2 1/2 strips. I hate cutting those...

Dorothy D.
Dorothy D.
User: ddreev
Member since: 05-29-2007
Total posts: 69
From: vickki
Date: 08-02-2007, 09:01 PM (3 of 8)
I was at my local fabric store today and they are called Jelly rolls...They were quite expensive $50.00..
User: vickki
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From: Bama
Date: 08-03-2007, 10:13 AM (4 of 8)
I have seen swaps on the internet too, where quilters swap "noodles" of fabric they cut from their own stash.
My LQS shop carries the jellyrolls in florals to use in watercolor quilts. It would save you alot of time if that's the size of strips/squares that you need.
I have bought bundles of 5" squares lots of times.
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From: HeyJudee
Date: 08-03-2007, 01:19 PM (5 of 8)
What I don't like about buying jelly rolls or noodles is that you can't wash before sewing. If you don't wash the noodles then you shouldn't wash the borders, backing and binding beforehand either. So it is one of the times you would have to wait til the quilt is done and then wash to see how it turns out...whether everything shrinks evenly or if some of the fabrics run.
TTFN from
User: HeyJudee
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From: plrlegal
Date: 08-03-2007, 08:47 PM (6 of 8)
When I buy new fabric, I always cut a 2-1/2" x width of fabric (after selvages are removed) strip and add it to my collection of "worms". A noodles is 1/2 of a worm (22-1/2" strip). I have a book that is called "Open a Can of Worms". All of the patterns use 2-1/2" strips x width of fabric. There are some really amazing patterns in this book.

User: plrlegal
Member since: 05-19-2001
Total posts: 318
From: MotherInLaw
Date: 08-05-2007, 11:42 PM (7 of 8)
Oh that's great..........that's all I need. something else to remind me of FOOD!!! I quit watching the cooking channel and the shopping channels because of them making food and now I have to avoid the quilt shop because they are naming fabric after food!!!!! :shock: What Next???????? LOL

sorry ladies I couldn't resist!!!!!!!
I'm regressing back into my youth, I just have to figure out how I'm going to convience my body to come along with me.
User: MotherInLaw
Member since: 06-25-2005
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From: ninifav
Date: 08-08-2007, 12:26 AM (8 of 8)
MIL, you are making me laugh!! By the way, I put your quilting event at Lakeside Shopping Center on my calendar...will try to come by...I'm still laughing at/with you...Paula
User: ninifav
Member since: 09-06-2004
Total posts: 204
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