Do you know what I love about the Moda jelly rolls? Apart from the gorgeous fabric, of course. It’s that the edges of the strips have all been cut by whatever is the mechanical equivalent of pinking shears, so there’s no fraying and threads hanging out from the fabric edges. I made this jelly roll quilt from a Moda Rural Jardins jelly roll plus a yard each of two Moda fabrics, one dark and one light, and I’m really pleased with the way that it turned out.
The quilt block that I used for this jelly roll quilt is variously called Path and Stiles, Far West, Stile and Paths, and it is also a sort of variation of the Shoofly quilt block. Look at all those lovely secondary designs.
Sort the jelly roll fabrics
Begin by sorting the fabric strips into red and blue and then into light and dark within each colour. Sew together light, dark, light strips along the length of the strip and then dark, light, dark strips along the length. Press and cut the dark, light, dark strips across the width at 2.1/2″ intervals.
Make the nine patch quilt blocks
Press and cut the light, dark, light strip across the width to give four 6.1/2″ squares and at least four 2.1/2″ strips. Using two of the dark, light dark strips and one light, dark, light strip make a nine patch square. You will need four of these for each block. Depending on how many strips there are in your jelly roll, you may need to cut a couple of strips from the additional fabrics.
Make the half square triangle units
From the additional two Moda fabrics, cut a 6.7/8″ strip across the width of the fabric and cut into 6.7/8″ squares. You will need twenty four squares each of light and dark fabric. With right sides together place a dark square and light square with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line. This produce two half square triangle units.
Assemble the jelly roll quilt
Lay out each jelly roll quilt block with a nine patch square in the middle, a striped square against each side of the nine patch square and a half square triangle in each corner. As you can see, I have kept blue together and red together but you could make it completely random if you choose.
Sew the squares of the jelly roll quilt block together across the rows and then sew the rows together.
I made twelve jelly roll quilt blocks (six red and six blue) for the quilt, sewing them together in four rows of three. I opted to alternate the red and blue quilt blocks, although of course you could sew them togethr randomly. At this stage the jelly roll quilt top measures 54″ by 72″.
Moda jelly roll quilt border
As ever, I wanted to use all the fabric so that I wasn’t adding to my stash. I gathered together all the remaining fabric from the jelly roll and sewed strips together where possible and cut everything into 2.1/2″ squares or strips.Then I sewed them together into two strips 54″ long (twenty seven squares) and two strips 76″ long (thirty eight squares) to be used for the jelly roll quilt border.
Sew one 54″ strip across the top and bottom of the quilt top and one 76″ strip down each side. I felt really pleased that this just left me with half a dozen 2.1/2″ squares from the jelly roll to add to my stash.
The Moda jelly roll quilt top is now complete and ready to be layered, quilted and bound.
Jelly roll quilt binding
For the jelly roll quilt binding I cut seven 2.1/2″ strips from the remaining red and white fabric and alternated them so that the binding was part red and part white.
You may also be interested in the jelly roll star quilt pattern.
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