LIGHTNING JELLY ROLL QUILT PATTERN


 

Streak of lightning quilt

Streak of lightning quilt

I began this quilt as a jelly roll quilt but of course it could just as easily be described as a scrappy quilt.  I have used about 1.1/2 yards each of coloured fabric and white with about 3/4 yard of black fabric.  The coloured fabric equates to about half of a jelly roll.

I have used the Streak of Lightning quilt block with a strip pieced border and this simple quilt measures 48″ by 60″.

Cutting requirements

Twenty jelly roll strips (or 2.1/2″ strips cut across the width of coloured fabric)

Twenty black 2.1/2″ strips and twenty one white strips

 

 

 Making the lightning quilt block

Strip piece light with white and dark with black fabric

Strip piece light with white and dark with black fabric

Cut individual jelly roll strips as well

Cut individual jelly roll strips as well

Sew together seven rows each of light jelly roll strips with white strips and seven rows each of dark jelly roll strips with black strips.  Cut these at 2.1/2″ intervals to give pairs of squares already sewn together.  This is known as strip piecing and just makes things a bit more simple.

In addition, cut two single strips of dark fabric and two of light into individual 2.1/2″ squares.

 

Lightning quilt block layout

Lightning quilt block layout

Lay the squares out for the streak of lightning quilt block in six rows of six squares, using both the pairs of squares and the individual squares.  The first and fifth rows are one light square, dark pair of squares, light pair of squares and dark square.  The second and sixth rows are made with one dark pair, one light pair, one dark pair of squares.

Row three is made using one dark square, one light pair, one dark pair and one light square.  Row four is made with one light pair of squares, one dark pair and one light square.

Looking from the bottom left of the block, you’ll see that the light and the dark colours run up across the diagonal, with the light being stepped across to the right by one square in each row compared with the row beneath it.

Completed lightning quilt block

Completed lightning quilt block

Keep the colours running along the diagonal

Keep the colours running along the diagonal

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows together.  Make twelve of these blocks.  I didn’t have quite enough individual squares, so I unpicked a couple of the pairs of squares to give me the required number of individual squares – it was still quicker than cutting and sewing all the squares individually.

Sew the completed jelly roll quilt blocks together in four rows of three blocks, taking care to keep the blocks facing the same way so that the light and dark  run up the diagonal.

 

Lightning quilt border

Cut squares for the border

Cut squares for the border

Sew the squares together

Sew the squares together

I have used strip piecing for the border as well.  Sew a 2.1/2″ white strip to either side of a coloured strip.  Press and cut at 6.1/2″ intervals to make squares.  Repeat to make six panels altogether.  You need thirty two of these 6.1/2″ squares, so you will have a few left over.

Sew the squares together, alternating them so that one has the stripes of fabric vertically and the one next to it has the stripes of fabric horizontally.

 

Jelly roll quilt border

Jelly roll quilt border

Sew together two strips of six squares for the top and bottom of the jelly roll quilt and two further strips of ten squares each for the sides.

That completes the lightning jelly roll quilt top.  It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of these steps can be found on the beginner quilting page – towards the bottom of the page.

 

 

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Tumbler tote bag pattern

Tumbler tote bag pattern

Last week I had a few tumbler quilt blocks left over and I used them to make a tote bag.  You can find the instructions on simple tote bag pattern.

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Comments

  1. D. Friendly (Canada) says:

    Hi, Rose – I really like this tote bag but need to know the size of the tumbler block template. When I call up the template it doesn’t come up to the right size and I want to be sure I get the correct proportions. Thanks.

    • Hi Deb. Sorry if the tumbler template isn’t working properly. It’s 4.1/2″ high, 4.1/2″ wide at the top and 2.1/2″ wide at the bottom. Hope that helps.

  2. It is beautiful, like trip around the world. Thank you, Rose.

  3. How lovely Rose it so bright I have a jelly roll and am going to make one as my friend is asking me to make her a quilt and I’m sure she would love this
    Patern too, thank you for all your tutorials, they are easey for my old brain to follow. Maureen

  4. Marilyn Larkin says:

    Thank-you Rose,
    I have just purchased a couple of jelly rolls, , now I can use at least half of one them on your pattern. I was thinking it is a little like a bargello without all the fuss of making a loop and making sure you separate each colour at the right seam. I wish I had the speed you have to put my quilts together, so many patterns and so little time. But: the weather here is so cold, perfect for sitting at the machine and stitching away. Good luck with your beginners class. You will be just wonderful, wish I was in the UK and I could sign up for one of your classes. Cheers Marilyn

    • Hi Marilyn. Thanks for commenting. Yes, this quilt design could be seen as similar to a bargello. It’s also more simple in that you only need to make one block at a time. Sounds like you are going to get plenty of quilting done this weekend.

  5. What about pressing…these little squares look as tho they could take on a life of their own without pressing. Help!

    • Hi Sara. Sorry – I often forget to mention pressing. I tend to finger press the seams until I have completed each block and then I press using the iron. If I press too soon I find that I am changing the direction of seam allowances to make them nest and it’s more difficult if they have already been pressed with the iron.

  6. Nola Strang says:

    Love it!! Once again you make me happy. Thank you Rose, and have a great day.

  7. Cecilia Alcantar says:

    Hello Rose,
    I your instructions for this quilt are easy to follow. Since we recently moved I have arranged a place for me to sew, Yepee! I have delighted in creating my sewing niche & I’m a happy quilter/crafter again.
    Thanks for your wonderful energetic,& inspirational motivation.
    Cecilia

    • Hi Cecilia. The move obviously went well and I see you got your priorities right and sorted the sewing area first! Hope you’re settling in well.

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