Monday, 21 February 2011

Quilt Pattern for Moda Jelly Roll Quilt

Do you know what I love about the Moda jelly rolls?  Apart from the gorgeous fabric, of course.  It's that the edges of the strips have all been cut by whatever is the mechanical equivalent of pinking shears, so there's no fraying and threads hanging out from the fabric edges.  I made this jelly roll quilt from a Moda Rural Jardins jelly roll plus a yard each of two Moda fabrics, one dark and one light, and I'm really pleased with the way that it turned out.

The quilt block that I used for this jelly roll quilt is called variously Path and Stiles, Far West, Stile and Paths, and it is also a sort of variation of the Shoofly quilt block.

I began by sorting the strips first into red and blue and then into light and dark within each colour.  Sew together light, dark and light strips along the length of the strip and then dark, light, dark strips along the length.
Press and cut the dark, light, dark strips across the width at 2.1/2" intervals.

Press and cut the light, dark, light strip across the width to give four 6.1/2" squares and at least four 2.1/2" strips.
Using two of the dark, light, dark strips and one light, dark, light strip, make a nine patch square as shown on the right.  You will need four of these for each jelly roll quilt block.

From the additional two Moda fabrics, cut a 6.3/4" strip across the width of each fabric and cut into 6.3/4" squares.  You will need 24 squares each of light and dark fabric.  With right sides together place a dark square and light square together and mark a line along the diagonal.  Sew a seam 1/4" either side of the marked line and cut along the line.  This will give you two squares each made of a dark and a light triangle.

Lay out each Moda jelly roll quilt block with a nine patch square in the middle, a striped square against each side of the nine patch square and a triangle square in each corner as shown.

As you can see, I have kept blue together and red together, but you could make it completely random if you chose.

Sew the rows of the quilt block together and then sew the rows to each other.  I used twelve quilt blocks (six red and six blue) for the moda jelly roll quilt, sewing them together in four rows of three blocks to a row.  I opted to alternate the red and blue quilt blocks, although of course you could sew them together randomly.

At this stage the jelly roll quilt top measures 54" by 72".

As ever, I wanted to use all the fabric so that I wasn't adding to my stash.  I gathered together all the remaining fabric from the jelly roll and sewed strips together where possible and cut everything into 2.1/2" squares or strips.  These were then sewed together into two strips 54" long (27 squares) and two strips 76" long (38 squares) to be used for the jelly roll quilt border.

Here's the video showing the parts of the quilt block:

Sew one 54" strip across the top and bottom of the quilt top and one 78" strip down each side.  I felt really pleased that this just left me with half a dozen 2.1/2" squares from the jelly roll to add to my stash.

The Moda jelly roll quilt top is now complete and ready to be layered, quilted and bound.  I was able to use the fabric left from the two extra fabrics for the binding.

For the binding for the moda jelly roll quilt I cut seven 2.1/2" strips from the remaining red and white fabric and alternated them so that the binding was part red and part white.

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You'll find more ideas for quilting at Ludlow Quilt and Sew.

Amazon also have lots of ideas for jelly roll quilts.

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