In honor of Spring Cleaning lets clean up some of our stash with one of my favorite new patterns, the Easiest Ever Jelly Roll Quilt. We were given this pattern by our Moda rep to use Moda’s precut Jelly Rolls (2 1/2 x WOF strips). I decided to make up one with some of the Kaffe Fassett fabrics from my stash, so I just cut my own 2 1/2″ strips. The pattern calls for one Jelly Roll, so you would need 40 strips. WARNING: YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO MAKE JUST ONE QUILT! Once you see how much fun this is, you will be searching out every Jelly Roll you can find! PS. Check out Moda’s newest website: www.modabakeshop.com for lots of other great patterns that use their Bake Shop line of products.
Easiest Ever Jelly Roll Quilt
1. Sew each 2 1/2” strip end to end with a diagonal seam.
Note: Jelly Rolls cotain 40 strips so this will make one continuous strip approximately 1600” long! Don’t worry too much about fabric placement. There’s no way to judge which fabrics will end up next to each other.
2. Trim seams to 1/4” and press in one direction.
3. Cut the first strip off approximately in the middle and discard the loose end. Trim the selvage off the 40th strip.
4. Here’s the hardest part of the whole quilt– bring the two ends together rights sides together with no twists in the strips. Sew the long sides together. Your strip will now be 2 strips wide and about 800 inches long!
5. Clip the folded end so that you can open the strips and press the seam in one direction.
6. Again, bring the short ends together, sew the long sides right sides together, clip the fold and press.
7. Repeat step 6 until you have 32 strips in width. Notice that each fold cuts the strip length in half and the seams become much easier to sew!
8. Optional: add a 6 1/2” border.
9. Layer your quilt with batting and backing, quilt, bind, enjoy!
Use matching charm squares or additional yardage, appliqué simple shapes onto the quilt.
To enlarge the quilt, use an additional Jelly Roll to add on. Simply measure the quilt top to get the proper length, sew several strips together to get enough strips of the right length. Add this border to the opposite sides of the quilt, sewing across the ends of the original 32 strips.