Dec 03

Baby Quilt made with Jelly Rolls-Baby Chain Mail Tutorial.

I’m making a quilt for my mom.  It is going to be a big project.

This is what the piles of pieces look like:

Sewing will begin tomorrow.  So much sewing.  So much ironing.  So much pinning.

After all of that cutting, I had to decompress by making a baby quilt quilt top.

baby jelly roll quilt tutorial

Same main idea.  This quilt will be a little different than the king sized one I’m making, though, because I have decided to make this baby quilt using a jelly roll.

fabric for jelly roll baby girl quilt

A Jelly Roll is a group 20 of fabric strips 2.5 inches wide and approximately 42 inches long, usually with 10 different coordinating fabrics.  USUALLY.   I actually used a little more than a jelly roll.  I needed 22 strips of fabric, so I cut two 2.5 inch strips of 11 fabrics from selvedge to selvedge.  If you have a jelly roll, you may also need to add two 2.5 inch strips of another coordinating or complimentary fabric.  I also needed a yard and a half of background solid fabric.  I chose white.  From this white fabric, I cut (from selvedge to selvedge) a 2.5 inch strip, two 4.5 inch strips, and six 6.5 inch strips.

I needed to make four basic blocks.

I needed thirty-six “edge” blocks (4.5 x 6.5 inch background fabric, three 2.5 x 2.5 squares of jelly roll fabric)

I needed nine 6.5 inch x 6.5 inch background (white) fabric

I needed sixteen nine-square blocks with background (white) square in the middle (each square 2.5 x 2.5)

I needed twenty L shape blocks (4.5 x 4.5 background square, and five 2.5 x 2.5 jelly roll squares)

Each of these blocks, after sewn to completion, should be 6.5 x .6.5 inches squared.

You could cut your jelly rolls into 2.5 x 2.5 inch pieces first, and then begin piecing them together.  I chose to go the easy way and strip pieced my jelly rolls.  I chose three strips of fabric and sewed them together, and then after ironing, I cut these into 2.5 inch strips, resulting in these 2.5 x 6.5 inch strips.

While sewing the jelly roll strips together, I tried to make sure that if I put one fabric on the center of a trio, that I put the same fabric on the outside of a trio, that way when I had to match blocks side by side, I was less likely to have matching fabrics next to each other.  I also strip pieced the white 2.5 x 2.5 inch strip with two jelly roll strips to make the nine-patch blocks.  You’ll notice that each 2.5 x 2.5 white square has a pink/brown stripe square opposite a pink jacks square.  That was my center trio.

To make the L shape blocks, I strip pieced a duo of fabrics.  You’ll notice almost every L shape piece has a green striped fabric next to a pink polka dot print.  That was my duo (2.5 x 4.5).  Add that to a 4.5 x 4.5 square and a trio, and you have an L shape block.

The white 4.5 inch sashes were further cut into 4.5 x 4.5 blocks.  My two 4.5 sashes only made 14 blocks, so I used the extra 6.5 sashes to make another two 4.5 x 4.5 blocks.

The white 6.5 inch sashes were further cut into nine 6.5 x 6.5 blocks, and thirty six 6.5 x 4.5 inch strips.

After all of the sewing, I arranged them on the floor, making sure to avoid putting matching fabrics side by side, and to make sure that the colors were evenly distributed.

Then I pieced all of the blocks together.

baby girl jelly roll quilt design

The resulting quilt top is 54.5 x 54.5 inches.

I could see this pattern working well for a boy quilt, with maybe a darker background fabrics, and more reds and oranges and blues and greens…

I could also see using this pattern for a fun twin quilt.  You’d need a lot more jelly rolls :)

I’m still debating how I should quilt the back….

Oh, and my inspiration for these quilts?

Looks like TV is good for something (and thank goodness for DVR and phone cameras!).

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5 comments!!!

  1. Jill says:

    Great pattern! And your colors are beautiful.

  2. Jane says:

    WOW! Just absolutely gorgeous! You are so clever, and I’m so grateful that
    you don’t mind sharing. Can’t wait to rummage through my bins of jelly roll strips.
    I’m gonna be sewing tonight.! Thank YOU, girlfriend!

  3. Paula says:

    Hi, Beautiful quilt! Thank you for Sharing your design. I googled jelly roll quilts and found a small partial picture and the link did not take me to your blog. So, I posted on MSQC forums….by the way it’s a hit!…to ask if anyone knew the name of the pattern and link. Searching a little more I found a bigger picture and a link to your blog. Wow, I was pleasently surprised to even find your detailed pattern…again thank you for Sharing. May the Lord bless you for your giving heart. Hugs to you quilty friend!

  4. Michelle says:

    Made one of these using my 2.5″ square scraps that I had leftover from another project. I am always working on a baby quilt and found yours via Yahoo Image search. It was only recently when the quilt was quilted and taken on retreat to get bound and donated that I was asked about pattern. So I only found out it was made with jelly rolls today. Looking forward to making more of this beautiful pattern.

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