JELLY ROLL STAR QUILT PATTERN


Jelly roll star quilt

Jelly roll star quilt

I have found the Olympics totally riveting and am stricken with admiration for the talent and commitment of all those competitors.  the most exercise I get is walking the dog twice a day ….  This week I have made a jelly roll quilt and it’s a lovely burst of colour.  the star is pieced from the jelly roll strips and the only fabric that I have used is a jelly roll and less than 1/4 yard of white fabric.  In the white fabric you will need four 4.1/2″ squares and four 4.1/8″ squares.

 

Jelly roll

Jelly roll

 

If you haven’t come across jelly rolls before now, they are rolls made of up to fifty strips of fabric 2.1/2″ wide and about 42″ long.  It’s a great way to buy a huge range of fabric without having to buy each fabric separately.

 

Making the jelly roll star

Cut 4.1/2" squares

Cut 4.1/2″ squares

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

For the star I began by sewing together two suitably star colour coloured strips along the length.  Cut at 4.1/2″ to make four squares and then cut at 2.1/2″ to make eight strips.  Place a white 4.1/2″ square and a white square with right sides together and mark the diagonal.  Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line to produce two half square triangles.  You will need eight of these (from four squares each of the two fabrics).

Trim the edges of the block

Trim the edges of the block

The jelly roll star layout

The jelly roll star layout

Sew the eight 2.1/2″ orange/yellow strips together in two rows of four strips to make the middle of the star.  This will need to be trimmed by 3/8″ on all four edges.

A quick word about the sizes:  normally I would use a 4.7/8″ square to make a half square triangle, but on this occasion I couldn’t because I was restricted by the width of the jelly roll strips.  that’s why the central square of the star needs to be trimmed and why I have put a 3/4″ sashing around the star.

Sew the half square triangles together

Sew the half square triangles together

 

Lay the pieces out with the white 4.1/8″ squares in the corners.  Sew together two half square triangles for the top and bottom of the star and sew them to the central square.  Sew the other pieces together to form a strip down each side and sew these to the sides of the star.

 

 

Cut a jelly roll strip in half

Cut a jelly roll strip in half

Frame the jelly roll star

Frame the jelly roll star

In order to frame the jelly roll star and also to make all the measurements work, cut one of the strips in half along its length to make two 1.1/4″ strips.  Cut two lengths of 15″ and two of 16.1/2″.  Sew the 15″ lengths across the top and bottom and the 16.1/2″ strips down the sides.

 

The next round of quilt blocks for the jelly roll quilt

Cut 2.1/2" strips

Cut 2.1/2″ strips

Make nine patch units

Make nine patch units

Divide some of the jelly roll strips into light and dark.  Sew together three strips of light, dark, light to make one panel and make another panel of dark, light, dark fabrics.  Cut these at 2.1/2″ intervals.  Sew together eight of these strips, alternating the two.  Make four of these panels and sew two of them to the top and bottom of the star.

The jelly roll quilt cornerstones

Jelly roll quilt cornerstones

Jelly roll quilt cornerstones

The diagonals of the cornerstones form a line

The diagonals of the cornerstones form a line

For the cornerstones of each round of the jelly roll quilt I have used the same nine patch quilt block.  this is made from three of the 2.1/2″ strips chosen to have the same colour across the diagonal.  I have then placed these so that the diagonal radiates out from the middle of the quilt.  You will need twelve of these blocks altogether.  Sew one cornerstone to each end of the remaining two nine patch border strips and sew these to the sides of the star.

The second frame for the jelly roll star

Rotate the squares

Rotate the squares

The next round of the quilt is made by again sewing together three strips of fabric, but this time cutting them at 6.1/2″ intervals to make squares.  For these I have used dark, light, dark fabrics.  Sew together four of these squares, rotating them so that in one the stripes are horizontal and in the square next to it the stripes are vertical.  Sew one 2.1/2″ strip to each end of these strips and make four of them.  Sew two to the top and bottom of the quilt and sew cornerstones to each end of the remaining two strips.  Sew these to the sides of the quilt.

The third frame for the jelly roll star

The third frame of the jelly roll star

The third frame of the jelly roll star

The next round of this jelly roll quilt is made using nine patch units again.  By now you will will find that you don’t have the same choice of fabric strips, but try and stick roughly to three strips of dark, light dark and three of light, dark, light fabrics to make up the nine patch units.  You will need four strips of six nine patch units, each with a 2.1/2″ strip at each end.  Sew two of these to the top and bottom of the quilt.  Sew a cornerstone to either end of the remaining strips before sewing these to the sides of the quilt.

The jelly roll quilt border

Jelly roll quilt border at top and bottom

Jelly roll quilt border at top and bottom

That was as far as I had planned to go with this jelly roll quilt, but I had a few strips left over and I thought that I might as well use them.  I decided to sew two strips each to the top and bottom to make the quilt rectangular rather than square.  The quilt at this stage measures 52″ square so one strip would not be enough to go across the width.  I had a few squares left as well, so I cut the strips to 40.1/2″ and sewed three squares to each end of the strips.

 

 

The squares at each end of the jelly roll quilt border

The squares at each end of the jelly roll quilt border

 

By now I had used the jelly roll almost completely, which pleased me.  The quilt top measures 60″ long by 52″ wide and is ready for layering, quilting and binding.

You may also be interested in a baby quilt pattern made with a small jelly roll.

 

 

Here’s the video:

 

 

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Comments

  1. Thank you for taking the time to personally answer my comment. Most people yo comment to never acknowledge it!

    Growing up I always believed that the top was the quilt! I guess I never looked at the intricate sewing which keeps the batting in place. I find it is more fun to work on those tops anyway!

  2. How do you find the time to sew such beautiful quilts each week? I’m lucky if I complete one in 4 years. Your Jellyroll quilt is really stunning and I found your site after admiring your Jewel box on 24 Squares! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and the tutorial videos are wonderful especially for an advanced beginner like me!

    • Thanks for your kind comments, Eva. I am lucky enough to be able to quilt all day every day – plus I rarely finish my quilts. I have great piles of unfinished projects waiting for me to return to them. I’m glad you find the tutorials helpful.

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