Jelly Roll Quilt Idea!

Are you looking for a fun, easy, fast quilting project? Are you a beginning quilter? Do you want to make a throw quilt top in just a few hours? If so, this is for you.

Start with a Jelly Roll.  A Jelly Roll is a collection of 40 strips of fabric that are 2 1/2″ wide. There are usually about 40 strips in each Jelly Roll. Similar to a Jelly Roll is the Bali Pop which is packaged differently than the Jelly Roll. Jelly Rolls are usually available for each new fabric collection designed for Quilting. The Jelly Roll shown is Primitive Little Gatherings by Moda. The sample quilt that Annette made for the store is from the Cherish Nature collection by Moda.

Here is how Annette made the quilt top.

  1. Take your strips from a Jelly Roll or Bali Pop or any other set of 40 ea. 2 1/2″ width of fabric strips, remove the selvedges.
  2. Sew the stops together short end to short end, forming a 1600 inch strip (REALLY LONG!)
  3. Cut about 18″ from one end of long stip. This will randomize the seams on the long stip.
  4. Fold this long strip in half with right sides together and stitch the long sides together
  5. When you get near the end cut across the strip and finish sewing.
  6. Now you have an 800″ X 4 1/2″ strip. Fold again, cut the fold and sew long sides together.
  7. Now it is 400″ X 8 1/2″. Fold again, cut and stitch so the quilt is now 200 X 16 1/2.
  8. Fold and cut again and stitch so the piece is 100″ X 32 1/2″.
  9. And one last time. Fold, cut and stitch so you have a quick quilt top that is about 50″ X 64″, a great lap quilt size. Or add borders to make a larger quilt.

You can use 3 Jelly Rolls to make a king size quilt. Complete steps 1-8 for each of the 3 Jelly Rolls. Then sew the 3 sections together on the long side. You now have a 96″ x 96″ quilt. Add  borders to the top and sides to make the quilt 108″ x 108″.

Have fun.

Happy Quilting,


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About Designs by Marje

Marje is an avid sewing and machine embroidery enthusiast. She started sewing as a teenager and has continued sewing through the years. About 15 years ago she purchased her first embroidery machine and software. She was hooked! Marje previously worked in the information technology field for 35 years which has given her a solid background in computer technology and software. She has been teaching sewing machine guide classes and embroidery software classes for more than 12 years. Her resume includes teaching at a number of local sewing machine shops and at the Husqvarna Viking Annual Dealer Convention where she taught classes on Embroidery software to dealers and their associates. By attending her sewing, machine embroidery and embroidery software classes you will expand your knowledge in sewing, embroidery, software, and computer technology.

3 thoughts on “Jelly Roll Quilt Idea!

    1. Designs by Marje Post author

      Sandy, your next step is to “quilt.” You will need backing fabric, approximately 3 yards of fabric for your backing if your fabric is about 44″ wide. The binding needed is about 1/3 yard of fabric. Batting needs to be the same size as your backing. Your backing and binding should extend about 4″ on all four sides of the quilt. Lay the backing fabric on a flat surface with the wrong side up, place the batting on top of the backing and your quilt top on top making a “sandwich.” Pin through all layers of the quilt. Use a lot of pins to keep everything together. Next step, either free motion quilt, stitch in the ditch, or echo quilt. When finished bind the quilt. I will try to get more detailed information and post another blog. Lastly, please send us a picture of your quilt. Happy Quilting. Marje


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