Clear Cut Dark Quilt Pattern

Clear cut dark quilt pattern

Clear cut dark quilt pattern

The Clear Cut fabric range has some really bright and cheerful fabrics.  The range is broadly divided into light and dark and for this quilt pattern I have used the dark part of the range.  They are set on a black background so that the blocks appear to float.  This is my simplified version of the Fabric Freedom design for this range.  I have used four pairs of fabrics – one patterned and one plain in each pairing.  The quilt finished size is 62″ square and I have used 1/4 yard of each of the patterned and plain fabrics, 1/2 yard of the border fabric and 2 yards of black.  The quilt is made with sixteen quilt blocks sewn together in four rows of four.

Cutting requirements:

Patterned fabric: one 3.1/2″ by 8.1/2″, two 3.1/2″ by 5.1/2″ for each block

Plain fabric:  three 2.1/2″ by 4.1/2″ rectangles, two 2.1/2″ by 5.1/2″ rectangles, one 2.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangle for each block

Black fabric:  one 2.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangle, one 2.1/2″ by 5.1/2″ rectangle, two 3.1/2″ by 4.1/2″ rectangles for each block.  For the sashing you will need twelve strips 2.1/2″ by 12.1/2″, five 2.1/2″ by 54.1/2″ strips and two 2.1/2″ by 58.1/2″ strips.

Making each quilt block

Cut the rectangles from strips

Cut the rectangles from strips

All the rectangles required can be cut from strips of fabric either 2.1/2″ or 3.1/2″ wide, so you don’t need to cut lots of different sized strips.  In the photo you can see a 3.1/2″ wide strip being cut into both 8.1/2″ and 5.1/2″ lengths.






Quilt block layout

Quilt block layout

Lay the rectangles out as shown in the photo.  Note that the black 3.1/2″ by 4.1/2″ rectangles are not placed in the same way – the top left one is placed with 3.1/2″ across the base while the bottom right one has the 4.1/2″ length across the base.  I won’t try and describe where each rectangle goes – I think the photo shows this for you.






Sew some of the patches in pairs

Sew some of the patches in pairs

Complete the rows

Complete the rows

Begin by sewing some of the patches together in pairs.  You are aiming for one row across the top and the remainder of the rectangles will be sewn together to make another row.





Completed quilt block

Completed quilt block

Sew the two rows together to complete the quilt block.  Make sixteen of these.  Although I have used four pairs of fabrics, you could obviously make all sixteen blocks with just one patterned and one plain fabric if you preferred.






Assembling the clear cut quilt

Sew sashing between the blocks

Sew sashing between the blocks

Divide the quilt blocks into four rows of four.  I have used one block of each colour in each row and moved them so that they form diagonals down the rows:  the light blue which is the first block in row one is then placed second in row two, third in row three and fourth in row four.  I have also rotated some of the blocks as well.  As you can see, the patterned square is bottom left in the first blue block but top left in the second pink block.

Sew sashing between the blocks within each row but not at the end, so that you will have four quilt blocks and three sashing strips in each row.




Sew sashing strips between the rows

Sew sashing strips between the rows

The rows of the quilt

The rows of the quilt

Use the 54.1/2″ black strips as sashing strips between the rows.  Sew one strip to the top and bottom of the first row and then sew sashing strips to the bottom of the remaining three rows.  You can then sew all the rows to each other.

Sew the 58.1/2″ sashing strips to the sides of the quilt.



Border for the clear cut quilt

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

For the quilt border I have used one of the patterned fabrics that were used in the main part of the quilt.  Using 2.1/2″ strips, make two lengths of 58.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 62.1/2″ for the sides of the quilt.  That completes the pattern for the quilt top.  Full details of the remaining steps of layering, quilting and binding can be found in the beginner quilting section.

Here’s the vide:


Alternatively you could see those stages in the jelly roll quilt pattern ebook which I am delighted to offer you as a free download for the next four days.  Amazon works on Pacific time so I think that’s from now until midnight Monday on Pacific time or until roughly 9.00am Tuesday on British time.  As before, if you like the pattern I’d really appreciate if you would leave a review on Amazon.

Last time there were a few hiccups for readers in Germany, so this time I am giving the links to find the ebook on all the Amazon sites:

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Goodness – that took forever finding all those links so I really hope they all work!



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  1. appreciate your help

  2. Love your e-mails.
    I don’t have a kindle and cannot download the jelly roll instructions. any chance I can print it out somehow or get on by mail thanks.

    • Hi Kathleen. Amazon will download it to your computer. Click to buy the book (it’s still free today) and Amazon should offer you a choice of where to download through a dropdown menu. Choose kindle for computer and Amazon will do the rest for you.

  3. angeljeanne says:

    LOVE this pattern Rose I will be starting on it soon,,yes I think it is a winner also,,again thank you for showing a well shown layout of this pattern,,Thank you angeljeanne

  4. Nice pattern, Rose. It has that 3 dimensional look and you’ve succeeded turning out another winner. You sure do know your stuff. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Lovely quilt Rose would like make it in Black, White and Red

  6. Bobbie Bartlett says:

    I love this pattern Rose, definitely for the New Year list! Thankyou

  7. Trish Tarbuck says:

    Hi Rose, This is a lovely quilt am very tempted but just started the clear cut quilt from the week before last. Just downloaded the Jelly Roll quilt book onto my kindle, had a quick look looks great but need to do some jobs before I settle down to read it properly. There were no problems with the download. Trish

    • Thanks for your comments, Trish, and thanks for letting me know that the download worked. It’s difficult fitting all the quilts in, isn’t it!

  8. Rose thank you for making all your instructions so beginner friendly . I love this quilt.

  9. Ms. Rose I just love this pattern, it is lovely and I’ll have make one to. Thank you for sharing.

  10. I love that quilt. The patten is easy to follow and I love the fabric you chose the colors are so pretty together. That is one any newB can do. Thank you so much for showing each step and how it is put together. That really makes a big difference.

  11. Sandra Barnett says:

    Thank you for the free download. Looks great. Finished my Star quilt, well… done my way and gave it as a birthday gift. My friend was thrilled. She has never had a homemade quilt. Started working on your Daisy Yo-yo pattern
    Doing it in Christmas colors. Hope it comes out as nice as yours. (I’ll do my best) Once I start I get nervous to finish it. Don’t know if it will be done for this Christmas. Oh well some one may get it next Christmas.
    Have a great weekend always look forward to Friday to see what new things you come up with.

    • Hi Sandee. Well done for finishing the star quilt – it’s so satisfying, isn’t it! The daisy yo yo quilt sounds great in Christmas colours. I have the same trouble with wanting to finish quilts – never enough hours in the day, are there?

  12. Breda Flood/Dublin says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your patterns. I love this one and hopefully I may get around to completing it…..However I store them to enjoy at any time

  13. Nola Strang says:

    Amazing!!! I love this! Thank you for making it so easy. Can’t wait to see what’s next..

  14. Rose you’ve done it again. A lovely pattern.
    I love the way the fabric looks as if it’s floating over the
    blocks. Thanks for the link to your book.
    I wish you every success with the book.

    • Thanks, Mary. Black is really good as a background for making the other colours stand out. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for the book! They are all available as print versions as well, so we’ll see how they sell.

  15. Thank you Rose for another lovely easy quilt for us to make. It looks lovely the way you have done it—–well done Rose

  16. angeljeanne says:

    LOVE this Quilt looks so great and love the colors I have some of the material myself so I am going ot get besy to see if i can do a good of a job as you have,,,love when I see you every week to tell us how to do all that you do, thank you Rose take care I miss UK so much, HUGS and Cheers Jeanne – angeljeanne xo

  17. Hi, Rose…………each Friday I look forward to your wonderfully clear-taught tutorials…..your quilts are innovative and inspiring. Thank you for enjoying quilting so much as to share your joy with all of us, around the world !!!

  18. D. Friendly (Canada) says:

    Found on your list but the link is not working.

  19. D. Friendly (Canada) says:

    Hi, Rose – I really like this kind of ‘floating’ effect and that there are no HST’s in the pattern!
    Regarding your newest book available at Amazon. Can you make it available at I tried to download from Amazon.Com and wasn’t permitted to do so. Thanks.

  20. Linda Mooney says:

    I love your quilt designs and the instructions with photos are great! There are so many I want to make but life gets in the way of sewing!
    I am nearing completion of a quilt that I made your crazy star pattern. I will post a photo when it is done. Thank you so much for your blog.

    • Hi Linda. Thanks for your comments. I agree – so many quilts to make, so little time …. Yes, I would love to see a photo of the star quilt.

      • Hi Rose – I am for sure going to purchase your e-book from Amazon, you do so many tutorials for us free that I am happy to purchase your book. I do have a question – how do you cut your fabric strips and squares, do you use a cutting machine or like me a rotary cutter and mat?
        What do others use?
        Thank you for your posts – I look forward to them.

        • Hi Beth. Thanks for your comments. No need to buy the book – it’s a free download until Monday. I always use a rotary cutter, ruler and mat to cut my fabric. I find that it’s the simplest and quickest method.

  21. Rose Very and looks easy to understand pattern thank you Rose

  22. Nancy Newman says:

    Downloaded your book from Amazon just now. The preview looked good. Can’t wait to sit down and read page after page. Congradulations.

  23. Thankyou for the video it was very easy to understand very pleased with the intructions altogether. regards Irene

  24. Ann Lundie says:

    This is a lovely quilt Rose. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. I so look forward to your Friday email.

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