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Free Patchwork Pattern - Quick Jelly Roll Patchwork Quilt


Jelly Roll Patchwork Quilt

Using a jelly roll means you don't have to agonise over co-ordinating fabrics, but for some this is half the fun, so however you want to go about it you need 35 strips (2 1/2") the full width of the fabric. It may be a way of using up some of your fabric stash! You also need a co-ordinating background fabric.


In summary the requirements are:

  • 35 strips (2 1/2”) or a Jelly Roll (click here to view what's available)
  • Background fabric - 2.5m (for around the strips and borders)
  • Backing & wadding: enough to cover quilt 170cm x 230cm (67” x 91”)

Other tools you will need

Cutting mat. Rotary cutter. Long ruler for use with a rotary cutter. A smaller ruler - easier to manoeuvre for the small cuts. Neutral coloured thread for sewing with - I like the Aurifil 50wt thread (this is a lovely fine 100% cotton thread, and I usually use a grey). General sewing supplies (thread snips, unpicker, pins, iron)


Before starting please note  all seams are joined with a  ¼” seam (unless otherwise indicated)
Also it is a good idea to read through all the instructions before starting.

Trim the 2½” strips

Take 35 strips 2½” wide.
First trim off the selvedges.
Leave the strips folded and trim off the end.

Selvedge end Trim the strips to the same length, in the process removing the selvedge.

Now trim the strips to the same length, the final length of the strip does not matter.
I cut  6 1/2" off the end of each strip. (If you want a wider quilt omit this step).

6 1/2" length cut off each end. All the strips are the same length. The folded edge is to the right, the cut edge to the left.
All the strips are now the same length.

Background Fabric

Cut 9 strips of background fabric at 2½”.
Sub-cut these strips into 10” lengths.
The centre of the quilt! 

Make Loops

Join a 10" background strip to each of the 2½” strips. Join both ends to form a loop. The loop. 

Sort the fabrics

Sort the fabrics into major colour groups.

Sort into major colour groups. 

Sort the fabrics into the precise order you would like them in the quilt.

In this case putting similar fabrics together worked better than mixing them up


Cut the loops through the background fabric.

Cut through the background fabric randomly, some in the middle, some towards one edge, this gives the random zigzag look to the finished quilt

.Cut through the background strip, remember to keep where you cut random. The first strips to be cut ready for joining.
I did 4 strips at a time. The above photo shows the first 4 cut and ready for joining.
Now the next 4 strips.
Four strips at a time, keeping the cut through the background fabric varied. 
By forming a loop and cutting it this way you avoid having to measure each side of the strip precisely, you know the strips will all be the same length! Magic! Keep adding strips till all the strips are used up

Add borders

First Border

Cut 7 strips at 3 1/2", use these to make the first border. Measure as you go - see my blog on adding borders under free patchwork tips

Second Border

Join the left over pieces cut form the jelly roll and/or use the left over strips to make a border. Again - measure as you go.


Final Border

Cut 8 strips at 6 1/2", this form the final border. Measure as you go!!



Quilt and add binding using your preferred methods.
I usually cut the binding strips 2½”, you’ll need to cut 8 strips for this quilt.