Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Quilts from Jelly Rolls and a FREE Pattern

Jelly rolls. Why that name was given to bundles of 2-1/2" strips, I have no clue. But I do remember when they first hit the quilting scene many years ago. I was an editor with Quilt Magazine and we began to design projects with them. Fabric companies began sending us lots of them!

Here is one of the first: Spring Fling by Moda.

Spring Fling
I designed a simple and fun quilt that is a variation on a Rail Fence.

Simple Blocks from a Jelly Roll
Blank Fabrics sent me a few so I could design some projects for them. This was a set of black and white prints that I used my Tessellating Stars pattern for. If I can find the pdf for this, I'll share it later this week. Each block is 12" x 12".

Tessellating Stars

I had a set of reds. Here is what I designed with those. I called it Red Hot Flash. It is sewn with NO templates, strips of reds and white (in sets of 3) are sewn and then cut into squares and then into triangles.
Red Hot Flash! 59" x 70"
Then I had what I called Pocket Change (similar to 1,000 Coins).

Pocket Change
And one more. This was made with the Inspiration Collections. I LOVE these turquoises and still have some of them (oldie but goodies). One set of 2-1/2" strips. I have the pattern here and will share it later.

Seminole Steps: 57" x 61"
Do you have jelly rolls? I no longer have them in that format, but you can always cut 2-1/2" strips and mix and match for these fun quilts. Hope you were inspired to go looking for your own sets of Jelly Rolls.

12 comments:

  1. jelly rolls, a fun precut. getting to be awefully expensive though. they used to be a less expensive way to get a whole collection of fabrics.....
    thanks for the hot flash, you always have great designs.

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    1. Yes, they used to be affordable. I like to cut my own - a great way to use up various yardages. Red Hot Flash was fun to make!

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  2. Inspiring quilts and lovely colours. Thanks so much.

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    1. Yes, I like to let the fabric do all the work. And you're very welcome to the pattern!

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  3. Hi Debby! I do have a few jelly rolls in my stash. I love that they represent a whole line of fabrics and the variety that provides. I don't love that they are cut consistently NOT 2.5". Boy, your Red Hot Flash pattern has a lot of movement in it. Thanks for sharing. I hope you are doing well and taking care. ~smile~ Roseanne

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    1. I agree, Roseanne, with the various widths that some jelly rolls have. That's why I like to cut my own strips. Doing well here in Virginia!

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  4. You’re so creative with the jelly rolls. My favorite is the tesselating stars but they are all beautiful.

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    1. I've made that Tessellating Stars pattern almost a dozen times. Maybe I should do an entire blog post about Tessellating Stars! Thanks for that idea, Hilachas!

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  5. your tessellation quilt bring back memories of a few of us at your house and cutting up cereal boxes to make the templates. I still have that quilt, love it.

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    1. Hi, Joan. Yes, now I remember those fun meetings at my house in Atlanta. Those were wonderful times with wonderful people like you. Hope you are doing well, too!

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  6. I don't have any jelly rolls. My favorite quilt above is the black and white tessellating stars.

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    1. Hi, Susan. I don’t have any jelly rolls either, but these were made with vendors’ bundles.

      I’ll find the black and white pattern and post it soon. We all can cut 2-1/2” strips from our yardage!

      Thanks for letting me know your thoughts!
      Debby

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