Jelly roll strip quilt tutorial


This is a lot easier than it looks. The finished  quilt measures 54″ x 68″.

I used 40 Moda Jelly Roll strips to make this patchwork top (without the borders).

I’ve seen pictures of this design many times before on the internet in lots of

different colours and fabric designs. You could make the diamonds smaller or larger

by using a different number of strips.

Here goes:

Start with 40 two and a half inch strips across the width of the fabric. You will need

to have at least 42.5 inches across, not including selvedges.

I used 8 of each of 5 different colours.

Lay the strips along the ironing board and spray the creases with a little bit of water.

Press until dry. Don’t wriggle the iron or the strips may become distorted.

Sew together one dark and one light. Press the seam towards the dark fabric.

Return this double strip to the original group of 4 strips. Repeat until you have

10 sets of 2 strips. Now, sew the double strips together, light next to dark.

You should end up with 10 strips of four going light, dark, light, dark.

All seams should be pressed towards the darker fabric.

Here are my 10 strip sets lying on top of each other.

Now, take one of the strip sets and cut the selvedge off.

My sets are eight and a half inches tall (which is what you should end up with

as they all started out at 2.5 inches wide) so I cut off five squares of 8.5 inches wide.

Repeat this with all strip sets. You should have 50 squares altogether. There are very

few scraps. You will need 48 squares for the quilt top. I’m going to use the 2 spare ones

for a pillow.

Take two squares from different strip sets and place right sides together, light on

top of dark and dark on top of light.

Draw the diagonal on the top square. When repeating this on other squares,

be consistent in the direction of the diagonal. For example, if you are left

handed you might choose to draw from bottom left to top right.

Sew a quarter of an inch either side of the drawn line, making sure that you

“nest” the seams.  Then cut along the line.

Open and press the squares.

Repeat with the other 23 pairs of squares. Then arrange them however you wish.

There are several possible arrangements. I opted to have twelve blocks of four

squares with two small squares diagonally opposite each other in the middle of each

block of four. This is my layout. Take care to press the seams clockwise or

anti-clockwise consistently in each block so the centres are not too bulky.

If you snip a couple of stitches from the centres, they will press like a pinwheel

on the back. There are more details about this in my pinwheels tutorial.

I swapped a few around as I sewed them together. Here is the finished patchwork


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  1. basildonkitchens

     /  May 18, 2012

    Thanks for the link and I’m glad you entered this in the festival – It is one of my favourites 🙂

  2. Wonderful quilt! Awesome colors and movement. Definitely go for it with an MC Escher inspired quilt!
    Have a great day.
    Always, Queenie

  3. GORGEOUS quilt!

  4. citricsugar

     /  May 19, 2012

    Wow – do I ever love how it looks like it’s moving!

  5. This is quilt is so visually exciting my eye are having a party haha I love the design, nice job!

  6. witchylin

     /  May 19, 2012

    Have a great time and I am so pleased your lovely quilt will be seen by many others. Can’t join you this weekend, my Birthday today and we are away for the weekend.

    • Oooh! Many happy returns 😀 Have a lovely weekend. I think the festival is running for a week so you may get a glimpse of the others when you return 🙂

  7. Hi Avis! I’m happy you join the festival with this quilt because it is so beautiful and special! It really gives 3D sence! Thank you for making a tutorial, because me and I’m sure many others wants to make this pattern! x Teje

    • Thank you Teje. I’m spending lots of time looking at all of the other quilts in there. Your Dream Quilt is looking fine too 🙂

  8. claire93

     /  May 19, 2012

    ooooh I just clicked on Amy’s link and began looking at some of the quilts entered – each one is simply a work of art, there are so many talented ladies out there. You ALL deserve to win

  9. I’ve loved this quilt since I saw your first post about it! Enjoy the festival!!

  10. Very striking quilt! Thanks for sharing it.

  11. Love how much movement this has! Going to have to put your tutorial on my “to sew” list, I’ve love to try this sometime.

  12. sdaurio

     /  May 20, 2012

    Just beautiful! I’ve got a couple of jelly rolls that and this would work wonderfully! I just love all the motion in this quilt.

    • Thank you very much for visiting my blog. Only one jelly roll is needed and you’ll still have two squares left for a pillow 😀 One of my other readers has already made one of these. You can see photos she sent me in a later post. Enjoy!

  13. This quilt is quite striking! I love it!

  14. j’aime beaucoup la douceur des couleurs

  15. Sybil

     /  May 24, 2012

    Great quilt. I love the movement – and it looks like you are a precision piecer! Thanks for visiting my blog and your kind comments.

  16. beautiful! it’s not my colors, but wow, you’ve done such a lovely job of arranging those colors in such a cool design. love it. thanks for sharing and have a great day

    • Hi and thank you for visiting my blog 🙂 No, these aren’t really my colours either but they are what I had lying around. It is quite a “masculine” quilt, I think 😀

  17. I love this quilt! Like you, I love math and geometry. I am so happy you found my blog!

  18. Dawn

     /  March 17, 2017

    This quilt is absolutely beautiful! I must have missed it but can you tell me the dimensions and how much yardage for the borders? Thanks!!

    • Hi Dawn, Thank you for visiting my blog 🙂 The finished size is immediately under the top photo. I cut two and a half inch wide strips for both of the borders and half a yard of each fabric was enough. Enjoy!

  19. Cassandra Sypulski

     /  January 24, 2018

    My strips turned out to be only 8 inches high. Should I cut 8.5 inches wide or do 8 inches wide. Which would cause it to have different dimensions of the finished quilt i know..

    • Hi, you need to use accurate one quarter inch seams throughout to obtain the sizes given. If you’ve used a different seam size and have only made one strip set, I’d take it apart and redo at the correct size. If you don’t want to do that, then the individual blocks you cut need to be exact squares. I hope this helps.

  20. Barbara

     /  March 21, 2018

    BBs Creations
    I just finished this same quilt pattern but used glittery fabric. I am donating it to my friend so
    She can auction it off at school for the school.

  21. A journey quilt….looks amazing!

  22. Doreen Rhodes

     /  July 10, 2018

    Thank you for your clear directions. Such an intricate design with just one block. Can’t wait to have a go at this pattern. 😊

  23. J. Hicks

     /  October 7, 2018

    Thanks for sharing this clear & concise tutorial. I look forward to trying this pattern in some of my favorite colors.

  24. Sharon Gilman

     /  November 4, 2018

    Is there any way for you to allow this to be printed? I don’t have the room to have my lap top beside me while piecing. Great quilt, would love to try this!

    • Unfortunately not, sorry. I think if you read through the instructions a couple of times and make a few notes notes you’ll find it’s quite an easy quilt to make. I’ve included every single detail I could think of to enable people of all abilities to follow. You might not need all the padding. I hope you enjoy making it 🙂

  25. Cheri

     /  February 25, 2019

    Love this, can’t wait to try it. Thank you for sharing.

  26. Andrea

     /  September 25, 2019

    Could this be done with the tube quilt method?

  27. Nancy Miller

     /  June 3, 2020

    What a cool quilt! I love it. I will be trying this in the near future. You did a good job explaining the steps- easy to understand. Thank you,Nancy

  28. Anonymous

     /  June 8, 2020

    Could you use multiple different prints to make this?

    • Sorry for the VERY late reply. You can use whatever you like but the design will work best with just a few strong contrasting colours.

  29. Martha

     /  April 16, 2021

    I love this pattern and how doable you made it sound. Thanks for sharing!


     /  January 7, 2022

    When I saw your picture I knew instantly this was the quilt I was looking for to make my grandson. I just finished this quilt with RK Kona Waterfall jelly roll. I used 2 made it 10 of the small squares wide by 10 long. It turned out beautiful! Thank you for the excellent instructions. Do you know what this quilt pattern is called?

    • Sorry I’m so late with a reply! I’m pleased to hear you enjoyed following the tutorial. Your quilt sounds absolutely stunning. As far as I know the block doesn’t have a name so you can call it whatever you like. There are many different blocks made from strip sets that give lovely results when they are rotated in different ways. Two different blocks can be rather spectacular depending on colour choices. Happy quilting!


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