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.
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).
Sort the fabrics
Sort the fabrics 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
I did 4 strips at a time. The above photo shows the first 4 cut and ready for joining.
Now the next 4 strips.
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
First BorderCut 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
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.
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.