Before it’s on your pants 👖 How to de-lint a Jelly Roll f-a-s-t (video)

Jelly RollsIf you’ve ever unfurled a Moda Jelly Roll, you know how fun the experience can be: colors flying, prints sparkling, creativity churning. And you may have also noticed another part of the experience: lint sticking. To your cutting mat, your shirt, your pants, the cat. Sometimes quilting can be a messy business!

Because we love our Jelly Rolls, we carry on with our lint-laden quilting. But guess what? You don’t have to anymore! Sunday Best Quilts coauthor Corey Yoder—who’s also a contributor to Moda All-Stars: On a Roll—has a trick for de-linting Jelly Rolls that only takes a few seconds. Get ready for an “aha!” moment in the short video below:


Reading this post in email? Click here to view the video online.

💡💡💡💡💡💡💡💡 Are the light bulbs going off for you too? What a clever tip—now we can all roll, roll, roll along lint-free!

After you de-lint your Jelly Rolls you’ll be ready to create all kinds of strippy quilts like these!

A putty-colored fabric frame makes these BIG Jelly Roll blocks pop:

Apricot Jelly quilt
Apricot Jelly by Corey Yoder

Make a string-style quilt with squares of foundation paper:

Trifle quilt
Trifle by Janet Clare

Are they Shoofly blocks or Snowball blocks? You’ll enjoy the strippy surprise:

Parfait quilt
Parfait by Sherri McConnell

Here’s another perfect roost for your Jelly Rolls 🐣

Rule the Roost quilt
Rule the Roost by Anne Sutton

Find the patterns for all of these Jelly Roll quilts and more in Moda All-Stars: On a Roll.

See more from Moda All-Stars: On a Roll >>>

Moda All-Stars: On a RollWhen do you typically unfurl your Jelly Rolls?

  • As soon as I get home from the quilt shop—I can’t wait to find out what’s inside!
  • Only when I’m ready to make a project.
  • I haven’t unfurled a Jelly Roll yet—they’re just too pretty to open!

Tell us your Jelly Roll story in the comments!


53 Comments (leave a comment)

  • As soon as I get home from the quilt shop, but of course after I run the lint roller over it. I love to have that closer look at my treasure. 😊

    —Billie Steenport on July 22, 2019
  • I generally leave them rolled up until I’m ready to use – easier to store them this way!

    —Shirley on July 22, 2019
  • I wait until I am ready to use. Good tip!

    —Sandy Trachsel on July 23, 2019
  • Only when I’m ready to make a project.

    —carol on July 23, 2019
  • Only when I am ready to start a project. They store much easier in roll form!

    —Susan E Torrington on July 23, 2019
  • I put my jelly rolls in a drawer until I am going to immediately use it.

    —Fran on July 23, 2019
  • Jelly rolls sit & look gorgeous on the shelf until I’m ready to make something. I keep forgetting to de-fuzz them too – so I sweep a lot & de-fuzz myself & the table & the machine & everything! Guess I should make a sign – use that roller first!

    —Joy B on July 23, 2019
  • I leave them rolled up until I’m ready for a project. They are so pretty on the shelf.

    —Kathy o on July 23, 2019
  • I LOVE jelly rolls! I but them by the dozen! It kills me to open them! Crazy huh? I literally must have 50 on my shelves and I’ve opened about six over the last couple of years (and I quilt all the time! LOL).

    —Jackie P on July 23, 2019
  • I love to look at them, so I ONLY unfurl them as needed. Then I open them up and let them breathe and get a good stretch before using them.

    —Danyse Ford on July 23, 2019
  • Only when I’m ready to make a project.

    —Martha Morgan on July 23, 2019
  • Typically, I don’t open them until I’m ready to sew. This suggestion is a good one. I have a stash of jelly rolls. If I win the book, I could sew them all up and have some fun!

    —Donna Irmis on July 23, 2019
  • I have several jelly rolls as part of my stash, but they’re so pretty to look at that I won’t unfurl them until I find a project for them that I’m in love with and that will show off the different colors/prints.

    —Teri D. Gailey on July 23, 2019
  • I can’t wait. I would open them in the car if it wasn’t for the lint. I don’t know who came up with the idea, but we all love them. 🙂

    —Kay from Cincinnati on July 23, 2019
  • I like to keep the jelly roll in a roll and do not undo until it is time to think about my project.

    —Linda Ferguson on July 23, 2019
  • I leave them rolled up, but I peek a lot. On some of my projects I’ve had to get extra jelly rolls to get the look I wanted. Of course I have a lot left and I see a quick strip quilt in their future.
    Merrily we stitch along!

    —Carol on July 23, 2019
  • Only when I’m ready to make a quilt.

    —Linda Tucker on July 23, 2019
  • I love working with Jelly Rolls! It makes it so easy to match colors and patterns. I unfurl a jelly roll when I am ready to start a project. I like looking at my jelly rolls stacked in my quilt room.

    —Eileen Moss on July 23, 2019
  • I only unroll my jelly rolls when I’m ready to use them,.

    —Sharon on July 23, 2019
  • I unroll jelly rolls when I’m ready to plan a project! The book looks like fun!

    —Carol Broughton on July 23, 2019
  • Only unroll when I am ready to use. They are just to pretty sitting there all rolled up.

    —Linda Lee Ahn on July 23, 2019
  • I wait until I’m ready to use my Jelly Rolls before I unroll them.

    —KarenP on July 23, 2019
  • I never unroll my jelly rolls until I am ready to use them.
    Nothing comes into my sewing room without washing first.. Boy did my jelly roll change… LOL spent a good hour just sorting them out..

    —Dorothy Holt on July 23, 2019
  • I unroll them when I’m starting a project.

    —Karen Christensen on July 23, 2019
  • I’m embarrassed to say I’ve never bought a jelly roll in all my years of quilting.

    —SandyMay on July 23, 2019
  • I love the way they look so pretty and stack so well in a jelly roll. I only unroll them when I’m ready to begin a new project. Thanks!

    —Ann West on July 23, 2019
  • I enroll them when I’m starting a new project.

    —Linda Pickenpaugh on July 23, 2019
  • Sorry to say I never bought a jelly roll.

    —Mary on July 23, 2019
  • I unroll when I’m ready to start a project.

    —Denise V on July 23, 2019
  • Due to allergy issues I prewash all quilting fabrics so I open jelly rolls as soon as I get them home. I sort them by color (or dominant color) into mesh bags to help reduce tangling in the washing the machine. I rarely use all of a jelly roll in the same project, so after I press them I store them in labelled shoe-box-size plastic bins for easy view & access to use for small blocks, sashing, borders, binding ……

    —Jane on July 23, 2019
  • I have never bought a jelly roll. I intend to buy soon. They look so pretty and color coordinated.

    —Judith Carlon on July 23, 2019
  • When I’ve decided on a project is when I unroll a jelly roll.

    —Connie Hopper on July 23, 2019
  • I typically don’t open them til I’m ready to start a project. Yes I know about Cory Yoder’s hint before opening a jelly roll. Do I do it? No! I wait till I have it all over me.

    —Stephanie Woodward on July 23, 2019
  • I never unroll till I’m ready to use them. Looks like a wonderful book.

    —Christi on July 23, 2019
  • I unroll them when I use them. I also make my own jelly rolls from my leftover fabrics. I took them in like colors and use them mostly for donation quilts. I like the look of this book and will certainly add it to my library. Loved the tip of lint removal. Between threads and cat hair I am generally a mess!

    —Sharon Lowy on July 24, 2019
  • I like to keep them rolled until I am ready to use them, but if I need a color and it is in the Jelly Roll I steal a piece from the roll. I have lots of Jelly Rolls.

    —Donna on July 24, 2019
  • I don’t unroll it until I am ready to use it unless I need to see the colors or patterns first

    —Barbara Daniel on July 24, 2019
  • I didn’t do that with the one I opened – and yes it was a mess – this is a great idea for the next time I open one up to use, thank you.

    —Judy Stolz on July 24, 2019
  • I have to unroll it as soon as I get home.

    —Mary Finch on July 24, 2019
  • Wow! I haven’t used jelly rolls yet. This makes me want to find a jelly roll and make something. And I know I’ll open it as soon as I get it.

    —Donna K on July 25, 2019
  • Jelly rolls are pretty and fun to look at. I did open one and it was so pretty but I wasn’t ready to use it and couldn’t get it back together so now I leave them rolled up.

    —Vivian Bernsen on July 26, 2019
  • I usually wait until I’m ready to use them. Thanks for the lint-roller hint. I’ve vacuumed mine and shook them outside but a lint roller looks easier.

    —Carol Kussart on July 26, 2019
  • I unroll when ready to use. Your tip is wonderful. The book looks wonderful with several projects.

    —Beverley Van Ninhuys on July 26, 2019
  • I love to look at them on a shelf. I do eventually use them. Thanks for the great tip about delinting them.

    —Sue on July 26, 2019
  • Great tip!
    I typically wait to open until I start the project.

    —Sue on July 26, 2019
  • I usually store them rolled up until I am ready to use them in a project!

    —Trish Probandt on July 26, 2019
  • As soon as I get it home. Love looking at each piece.

    —Martha Followill on July 26, 2019
  • I usually leave my jelly rolls wrapped up until I’m ready to use and then I use the lint roller on them before unrolling. This is another must have book.k

    —debby on July 26, 2019
  • I only unroll when I am needing to use it. They ARE pretty to look at.

    —Charleen DiSante on July 26, 2019
  • I have not unrolled my jelly rolls as they are just to cute to unroll.

    —Renea Yarolim on July 26, 2019
  • My house and sewing room are one huge black hole, I dare not open the jelly before I have a project in mind, ready to begin.

    —Kay on July 26, 2019
  • Jelly rolls are so pretty to look at and once you unroll them they become more difficult to store and don’t look as nice – therefore I only unroll them when I am ready for a project!

    —Carole Block on July 26, 2019
  • I unroll slightly, just enough to take a peek when I get it home. Then wait until I am ready to use it to completely unroll.

    —Darliss Peabody on July 28, 2019

Leave a comment

*Indicates required field