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freshlypieced 3:27pm, 24 March 2011
I know several of you have asked about using a jelly roll. You CAN use a jelly roll, but since you'll be starting with 2.5" strips instead of 3", you will end up with a smaller quilt. I haven't done the math, but I'm guessing it will finish out at around 50" square instead of 62".

If you're using a jelly roll, follow the block-planning instructions exactly as posted on my blog, arranging your jelly roll strips into color progressions for each block. Once you have your blocks all planned out, here are the modifications to the cutting instructions:

Cutting instructions - prints:
We're going to cut the prints on a block-by-block basis, so grab the strips you laid out for your first block, and let's get cutting.

If you have seven prints in your set:
1. From the top strip in the set, cut (1) 2.5" square. This will be the center of the block.
2. From the bottom strip in the set, cut (4) rectangles, 2.5" x 4.5".
3. From one of the middle strips in the set, cut (4) rectangles, 2.5" x 4.5". (I almost always used the strip that was three from the bottom.)
4. From each strip in the set except the top strip, cut (4) 2.5" squares.

You should now have (25) 2.5" squares and (8) rectangles 2.5" x 4.5." Keep these pieces grouped together and labeled as "Block 1." (I use ziploc bags to store my pieces, one ziploc for each block). Repeat the cutting process for each of your other eight sets.

If you have six prints in your set:
1. From the top print in the set, cut (1) 2.5" square. This will be the center of the block.
2. From the bottom print in the set, cut (4) rectangles, 2.5" x 4.5".
3. From one of the middle prints in the set, cut (4) rectangles, 2.5" x 4.5". (I almost always use the strip three from the bottom.)
4. From each print in the set, including the ones you've already cut from, cut (4) 2.5" squares.

You should now have (25) 2.5" squares and (8) rectangles 2.5" x 4.5." Keep these pieces grouped together and labeled as "Block 1." (I use ziploc bags to store my pieces, one ziploc for each block). Repeat the cutting process for each of your other eight sets.

If you have five prints in your set:
1. From the top strip in the set, cut (1) 2.5" square. This will be the center of the block.
2. From the bottom strip in the set, cut (4) rectangles, 2.5" x 4.5".
3. From one of the middle strips in the set, cut (4) rectangles, 2.5" x 4.5". (I almost always used the strip three from the bottom.)
4. From each strip in the set, including the ones you've already cut from, cut (4) 2.5" squares.
5. Choose one print from the middle of the set and cut an additional (4) 2.5" squares.

You should now have (25) 2.5" squares and (8) rectangles 2.5" x 4.5." Keep these pieces grouped together and labeled as "Block 1." (I use ziploc bags to store my pieces, one ziploc for each block). Repeat the cutting process for each of your other eight sets.

Cutting instructions - background solid:
• Cut 5 strips measuring 5" by 44" (width of fabric). From one of these 5" strips, cut 4 pieces 5" by 6.5." From each of the other 5" strips, cut 2 pieces that are 5" by 12.5", and 1 piece 5" by 11." (So you should have a total of 8 pieces 5" by 12.5," and 4 pieces 5" by 11.")
• Cut 14 strips measuring 2.5" by 44" (width of fabric). From those strips, cut (72) 2.5" by 4.5," and (72) 2.5" squares.

Cutting instructions - contrasting solid for borders:
• Cut 12 pieces 2.5" by 5."

As we get into the piecing instructions, the piecing will be exactly the same, but your finished sizes will vary.
loraclare 4 years ago
Thank you so much for posting this!
anaskewview 4 years ago
Please tell the sizes of finished block for the 2.5" and 3" versions. I think I have overlooked it somewhere. Thanks
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freshlypieced Posted 4 years ago. Edited by freshlypieced (admin) 4 years ago
I haven't posted that yet (it's in the piecing instructions), but first we'll piece subunits that are 8" unfinished (for the standard size) or 6.5" unfinished (for jelly roll users) and the completed Supernova block will be 18" unfinished (standard) or 14.5" unfinished (for jelly roll users).
anaskewview 4 years ago
thanks . . . wanting to do queen size bed quilt so need to know how many extra groupings I will need to cut. So very happy you're doing this quiltalong . . .put your first posting of it in my bookmarks immediately.
Blue.Ridge.Girl PRO 4 years ago
Lee, you are so sweet to figure all of the dimensions out for us using either 3" or 2.5" strips/blocks! I am so looking forward to this quilt-along :o)
lel6419 4 years ago
Thanks for the great directions. You made it so easy!
xx Nicke 4 years ago
excellent! i think i will use a jelly roll instead!
Thanks for the alternate directions - I have a christmas jelly roll lying around that would be fun to use for this project.
capitolaquilter 4 years ago
Any idea what the cut size of square & rectangle would need to be to finish out at 12.5" raw and 12" sewn in finished?
I made on , and diving into a Bali pop ASAP for another one. Thank you for the directions for the 2.5" strips.
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