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″.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Here’s the video:
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.