Nine Patch Jelly Roll Quilt Pattern

Nine patch jelly roll quilt

Nine patch jelly roll quilt

For this nine patch jelly roll quilt I wanted to make the entire quilt using just one jelly roll.  I nearly succeeded, only needing to add two strips of fabric from stash for the final border.  However, I know that jelly rolls do vary in the number of strips of fabric, so you may be able to complete this quilt with just the jelly roll.

There are lots of jelly roll quilt patterns, but I find that very often they require a jelly roll plus a lot of extra fabric.  The target that I set myself here was to use one jelly roll only.




Computer image to show the quilt design

Computer image to show the quilt design

If you haven’t come across jelly rolls before, they are rolls of fabric cut to 2.1/2″ wide and the strips all come from one fabric manufacturer so they usually all go together well.  It’s a great way of getting a wide variety of fabric without having to buy individual quantities of each fabric.  Although the strips are always the same width, the number of strips within a jelly roll can vary.

Because the fabrics vary so much, I have included a computer image of the quilt here using just a few colours so that you can see the quilt design more clearly.

Sort the fabric strips

Sort the fabric strips

Preparing the fabric

I began by sorting the strips into broadly dark, medium and light strips.  In fact I used the medium strips as either dark or light depending on what I needed and I also used them for the borders.

Make the stripey block

Make the stripey block

Make the stripey block

Sew together three strips of fabric in dark, light, dark colours.  This made a panel 6.1/2″ wide by the length of the strips.  Cut this at 6.1/2″ intervals to make a simple 6.1/2″ square.  This is the stripey block.  You should get six of these from each panel.  I found that I could also cut one 2.1/2″ strip from each panel.

Make the nine patch quilt block

Make the nine patch quilt block

Making the nine patch quilt block

For this block I needed panels of dark, light, dark fabric as above, but also some light, dark, light panels of fabric.  Cut these at 2.1/2″ intervals to make rectangles of fabric 2.1/2″ wide by 6.1/2″ long.

Place two dark, light, dark strips of fabric with a light, dark, light strip between them as shown in the top right of the photo.  Sew these three strips together to make the nine patch jelly roll quilt block.

Completed blocks

Completed blocks

The completed blocks

Both these quilt blocks are 6.1/2″ square at this stage.  You need to make twenty four of the stripey blocks and thirty nine of the nine patch jelly roll quilt blocks.

In order to do this, I needed to make nine panels of dark, light, dark fabric together with three panels of light, dark, light fabrics.

First three rows of the nine patch jelly roll quilt

Sew the blocks together in nine rows of seven blocks.

First three rows

First three rows

The first row is made with a stripey block at each end and five nine patch blocks between them.  Note that the left hand stripey block is placed with the stripes horizontal while the other stripey block has the stripes vertical.

In the second row the blocks are reversed, with a nine patch block at each end and five stripey blocks between them.  Note that the stripey blocks alternate between horizontal and vertical placements.

For the third row place a three nine patch blocks in the middle with a vertical stripey block either side of them and a nine patch block at each end.

Central area

Central area

Central area of the quilt

The next four rows are very similar to each other.  Each row has three nine patch blocks in the middle and a nine patch block at each end.  Place the stripey blocks in the second and sixth places of each row.

The stripey blocks alternate down the column, beginning with a horizontal block, then vertical beneath it and so on.  This is the only difference between the rows.

Last two rows

Last two rows

Final two rows of the nine patch jelly roll quilt

The last two rows are similar to the first two rows.  For row eight place a nine patch block at each end with five stripey blocks between them.  In row nine place a stripey block at each end with five nine patch blocks between them.  Check whether the stripey blocks are horizontal or vertical.  My intention with the corner blocks was to have them form a sort of circle around the quilt – that’s why they are placed both horizontally and vertically.

Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows together.  At this stage the quilt top measures 42.1/2″ by 54.1/2″.

Leftover fabric

Leftover fabric

Make the top and bottom quilt borders

Now my target was to use up the remainder of the jelly roll strips for the borders.  I had six complete strips of fabric and some 6.1/2″ strips left.  Note that you may have a different amount left over as jelly rolls do vary.

Top and bottom borders

Top and bottom borders

I decided to make three borders for the top and bottom of the quilt.

For the first border I used a strip of light fabric.  In the second border I used seven of the 6.1/2″ strips – that’s twenty one squares altogether.

I made the third border with a strip of medium fabric.  Sew the three strips together and sew one to the top and one to the bottom of the quilt.

Add the side borders

Add the side borders

Make the side borders

By now I was really running short of fabric strips!  I had one light strip left which I didn’t want to use for these borders.  I cut two medium 2.1/2″ strips from my stash and used them with the remaining medium strip and a few individual squares of medium fabric to make two 66.1/2″ lengths for the sides.

That completes the nine patch jelly roll quilt.  It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.

Here’s the video:

Peckforton Castle

Pckforton Castle

My travels last week took me into Staffordshire to somewhere called Peckforton Castle.  What a treat that was!  It’s a genuine castle, although not as old as many of our castles.  It was built in the mid 19th century by a railway magnate for his family.  Outside it looks centuries old but inside there are all mod cons – and two lovely restaurants.

 

Starstruck Quilt Pattern

Starstruck quilt

Starstruck quilt

I’ve made the starstruck quilt using three different very easy nine patch quilt blocks.  It’s lap quilt size – 38″ square – and comes together really quickly.  Each block is very easy, making it a great quilt pattern if you need a quilt at short notice.  I’ve used 1/4 yard of light blue fabric, and 3/4 yard each of dark blue, gold and white.  As usual, you can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.

3 blocks for the starstruck quilt

3 blocks for the starstruck quilt

Cutting for the star struck quilt

6.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles:  twenty four dark blue and twelve white – for the stripe block

2.1/2″ squares:  twenty light blue and sixteen white – for the nine patch block

2.1/2″ squares:  nine gold, thirty six white – for the star block

2.7/8″ squares:  eighteen gold and eighteen white – for the star block

Sew together strips of fabric

Sew together strips of fabric

Making the stripe block

Sew together 2.1/2″ strips of dark blue, white and dark blue fabric.  Cut this panel at 6.1/2″ intervals to make squares.  You need to make twelve of these – that will mean making two of the blue/white/blue panels.

Nine patch block layout

Nine patch block layout

Making the nine patch block

Lay the squares out in three rows of three.  The top and bottom rows are made with a light blue square either side of a white square.  The middle row is made with a white square either side of a light blue square.  Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.  You’ll need to make four of these.  Ordinarily I would use strip piecing as for the stripe block to make a simple nine patch like this, but as there are only four blocks required it would have been quite wasteful with fabric.

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Making the star block

For this block you’ll need some half square triangle units.  Place a gold and a white 2.7/8″ square with right sides together.  Mark a line along the diagonal and sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line.  Cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units.  Press the seam allowances towards the gold triangle and trim the corners where the fabric sticks out.  These are now 2.1/2″ squares.

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Lay the squares out in three rows of three.  There are white squares in each corner, a gold triangle in the middle and half square triangles everywhere else.  It’s important to get the half square triangles facing the right way.  I find that one thing that helps is to notice the direction of the seam – in the top and bottom half square triangles the seam runs from bottom left to top right, while in the two on the sides the seams run from top top left to bottom right – well, it helps me anyway!  You’ll need to make nine of these star blocks.

1st and 5th rows of the starstruck quilt

1st and 5th rows of the starstruck quilt

Assembling the starstruck quilt

Sew the blocks together in five rows of five.  The first and fifth rows are the same as each other – a star block in the middle and two stripe blocks on either side with the stripes placed horizontally.

2nd and 4th rows

2nd and 4th rows

The second and fourth rows are also the same as each other – a nine patch block in the middle with a star block on either side and a stripe block at each end with the stripes placed vertically.

3rd row of the starstruck quilt

3rd row of the starstruck quilt

The third (middle) row is made using three star blocks and two nine patch blocks alternating, so you have a star block at each end and in the middle of the row with a nine patch block either side of the middle.

Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.

Starstruck quilt borders

Starstruck quilt borders

Starstruck quilt borders

For the borders I have used 2.1/2″ strips of fabric.  For the first border you’ll need two 30.1/2″ lengths of gold fabric for the top and bottom and two 34.1/2″ lengths for the sides.

For the second border you’ll need two 34.1/2″ lengths for the top and bottom and two 38.1/2″ lengths for the sides.  That completes the starstruck quilt top.  It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.

Here’s the video:

Christmas mug rug

Christmas mug rug

I’ve been trying to get some Christmas gifts made.  The starstruck quilt pattern would obviously lend itself to Christmas colours and it’s surprising how many other patterns can also be worked in Christmas colours.  I’ve been making some mug rugs using the star rug mug pattern.  I’ve quilted them with star embroidery around the stars for that extra festive touch.  Great for a small gift or for a charity stall.

There’s a Festive Gift exhibition on at the NEC this weekend and I’m torn between going there for gift inspiration or just sitting tight and getting on with my Christmas sewing!

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