I think that everyone knows that I love jelly roll quilts – they are so much more simple to make with a lot of the cutting already done. This baby quilt was made using a stripper roll which is more or less the same as a jelly roll but with only twenty fabric strips. Sometimes a jelly roll can seem overwhelming with up to fifty strips to use up, so these stripper rolls are a great alternative.
Jelly roll quilt cutting requirements
The requirements for the jelly roll baby quilt are one stripper roll plus one extra 2.1/2″ strip of fabric, one 7.1/4″ square cut along both diagonals to make four triangles for the corners, eight 6.7/8″ squares cut along one diagonal to make triangles to go at the end of each row.
Making the jelly roll baby quilt blocks
Sew the twenty one strips together in three’s so that you end up with seven panels of fabric 6.1/2″ wide. cut across these panels at 6.1/2″ intervals to create 6.1/2″ squares. You will need forty one of these squares.
The jelly roll baby quilt is made in rows running diagonally across the quilt. The first row, which will be the top right corner of the quilt, is simply one corner triangle placed with the long edge at the bottom. The second row is one red square and one of the larger triangles at each side. Sew the corner triangle to the square and then the other triangles to each side.
The third row consists of three red squares with a large triangle at each end. The square under the corner square should have the strips going in the opposite direction to the square above it and to the squares on either side of it. Sew the squares and triangles together in a row and then sew this row to the corner unit. Note which way the triangles are placed: they will form a straight line with the triangle above – this is the edge of the baby quilt.
The fourth row is made with five squares and a triangle at each end, the fifth row with seven squares and a triangle at each end.
The sixth row is the half way point. This will run down the diagonal of the quilt and so has a corner triangle at each end with nine squares. Note that the corner triangles are sewn to the row on their longest edge.
The next few rows are similar to the first few rows: first seven squares and two triangles, then five squares and two triangles, then three squares and two triangles.
Both photos show the placement of the seventh row from different angles so that you can see how the angle of the triangles changes after the corner to create the next edge of the baby quilt.
The final two rows are the same as the first two but in reverse: one patch with a triangle on each side and one corner triangle.
The jelly roll baby quilt is now about 43″ square and is ready to be layered, quilted and bound.
If you like sewing with jelly rolls you may like to see the jelly roll tote bags pattern.
Here’s the video: