Friday, June 15, 2018

Tutorial: Still Pretty Simple Jelly Roll Quilt

 Read the Introduction: The Jelly Roll End Is in Sight

This is one of the four quilt designs you can make with this tutorial.

Fabric Requirements

32 jelly roll strips of printed fabric (I used Denyse Schmidt’s Franklin line)
1½ yards* of solid fabric or 21 solid jelly roll strips for the background (I used Kona Snow)
½ yard of fabric for the binding
3½ yards of fabric for the backing
63" x 70" piece of batting (this provides approximately 3" to 4" of overhang on each side)

*This measurement does not allow any room for error. If you prefer, buy 1¾ yards to allow for a mistake or two in cutting.

Finished size is approximately 56" x 64".

All seams are a scant ¼".

WOF = width of fabric. These instructions presume a 42" WOF.

Please read all of the instructions before beginning your project.


Please note: The lettered labels that follow correspond to the labels used in Sewing the Log Cabins.

Divide the 32 printed jelly roll strips into two piles, distributing the colors evenly between the two. (For example, my fabric came in two different colorways: orange/magenta and green/blue. I placed half of my orange/magenta strips in each pile and half of my green/blue strips in each pile.)

Cut one pile of 16 strips like this:

Cut the second pile of 16 strips like this:

If using yardage for the background, cut the 1½ yards of fabric into (21) 2½" strips. Using the 21 strips of background fabrics, cut:

  • 8 strips into (16) 14½" pieces (K) and (8) 10½" pieces (G/J), following the picture below:
  • 6 strips into (24) 10½" pieces (G/J)
  • 6 strips into (32) 6½" pieces (C/F)
  • 1 strip into (16) 2½" pieces (B)

Sewing the Log Cabins
Unlike square log cabin blocks, rectangular log cabins have an orientation. For this pattern, if you add logs clockwise around the center log, you get the block on the left. If you add logs counter-clockwise around the center log, you get the block on the right ...

For any of the four designs below, you will need 8 of each orientation.

To assemble a block that orients to the left, start by sewing an A piece to a B piece. Press the seam open.

Add the C piece to the block, working clockwise.

And the D piece.

Following the picture below, sew on the remaining logs.

To sew a right-oriented block, sew the same pieces counter-clockwise around piece A.

The unfinished block size is 14½" x 16½". Once you have completed 16 blocks and decided which design you want to make, sew the blocks into rows and then sew the rows together.

Finishing the Quilt

To make the backing, cut your 3½ yards of backing fabric into two rectangles: 63" x WOF. Sew them together along the long side. Trim down to 63" x 70". Quilt, bind, and enjoy your quilt!


It’s important that you use an accurate scant ¼" seam for this block to achieve the unfinished block size of 14½" x 16½".

I love chain-piecing, but to avoid making silly mistakes, I sewed just two blocks of the same orientation at a time. I’d lay the pieces for each block out on my sewing table, and then sew both A’s to the corresponding B’s and so on.

My finished quilt!

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  1. Just posting a comment so I can be notified of others' comments. Hopefully, Blogger will fix this comment glitch soon!

  2. I love the elongated take on a log cabin. This is a really great pattern for using a jelly role. I like how you assembled the blocks! Thank you so much for sharing and linking up with the Tips and Tutorials Festival.

  3. What an interesting design. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. Kudos on making use of all your jelly rolls.


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