Jelly Roll Races, that is! Actually, there was no racing involved, since everything was done in the quiet of my own sewing room, and the stop watch stayed in the drawer.
I'm sure you have read about the idea of a Jelly Roll Race, or Jelly Roll 1600 quilt top. I've been intrigued with the concept for a while, but wasn't juiced enough to try it until I saw this post on Jackie's blog. The race part wasn't what did it, it was the no-brainer simplicity.
Take a jelly roll, or the cut-from-your-stash strip equivalent, sew the strips together, end-to-end as you would for binding, then fold the whole darned 1600" length in half to stitch along one edge, cut along one side & repeat the fold/stitch/cut routine until you have a quilt top. You don't have any control over where the strips will land in the finished top, so there is no point in trying to plan the strip sewing order. Ridiculously easy.
So how did mine turn out? The first one was great. It is intended for my nephew and his fiance. Their living room needs some color --it's your basic beige, with a brown sofa and one picture with some teal in it on the wall. I picked a Bali Pop that had blues, teals and some browns. I liked the way it turned out. When it's folded and draped on the back of the sofa, it will bring a lot of color to the room.
OK, so those diagonal joins are still there on the bottom right, but it looks a whole lot better than it did.