Over the last few years, jelly roll quilt rolls have become a huge craze in the quilting world. Usually made up of a number of 2.5″ strips, jellies make quilting easy – everything’s already cut for you! All you have to do is sew. But a lot of people buy their rolls and then feel confused about what to do with them. There are an endless number of possibilities – here are a few different ways you can make a stunning strip quilt, usually in only a few hours!
1. Simply sew the strips together, lengthwise, to make a strip jelly roll quilt. Stripes are all the rage right now, and are also timeless. If you’re looking to make an heirloom quilt, the simple strip piecing will never go out of style. To add some interest, cut a few strips down the center, or a little off-center to make thinner strips, and alternate them with the 2.5″ strips.
2. Use the “log cabin” design to make your jelly roll quilt. Rolls are absolutely perfect for making log cabin quilts. The log cabin block is created by starting with a center square, and then sewing on “logs” by turning the block 90 degrees repeatedly. Most people create the block so that half the block is one color, and the other is a contrast fabric.
Since all your “logs” will be the same width, 2.5″ strips work great for this pattern.
3. Create a jelly roll quilt made up entirely of squares-in-squares. Start with one square cut from one strip, and then sew another fabric in a square around it. Then choose another fabric and sew another square. Repeat a few times until you have a block with several square-in-squares, and then repeat for another 12-16 blocks to make a nice-size throw quilt.
Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, making a jelly roll quilt is fun and easy – and you’ll be amazed at the visually impressive effects you can get making blocks with just 2.5″ strips. And if you haven’t already gotten into this method of quilting you’re wasting time and money – not to mention developing carpal tunnel syndrome! – buying and cutting your own fabric!