How to quilt Jelly rolls

How to quilt Jelly rolls
4 min read
20 February 2023

Sewing has been around for centuries, but it’s only in the last few decades that quilting has become a popular hobby. And why? Because quilting is incredibly versatile and can be used for a wide range of projects, from patchwork to drapes and even furniture. In this article, we will show you how to quilt jelly rolls —a popular type of fabric piecing that is perfect for beginners. We will also include tips on how to quilt successfully so that you can create beautiful and unique pieces of art using this simple sewing technique.

How to quilt Jelly rolls

Materials you will need

To quilt Jelly rolls, you will need batting, a quilting cloth, a jelly roll measuring tape, scissors, and a straight edge.

  1. Cut the batting to fit the size of your quilt top.
  2. Measure and cut the quilting cloth to fit the size of your Jelly roll.
  3. Trim the edges of the Jelly Roll and quilting cloth so that they are even.
  4. Place the Jelly Roll on top of the batting and align it evenly with one edge of the quilting cloth.
  5. Sew around the outside of the Jelly Roll with a straight stitch, making sure to sew close to the edges so that it is seam-sealed. Do not turn your Jelly Roll over while sewing!

How to make a jelly roll quilt

If you want to make a jelly roll quilt, start by cutting your fabric into 12×18 inch squares. Place the squares on the wrong sides together and sew along the short edges using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Turn the jelly roll quilt right side out and press down evenly. Sew the short ends of each strip together to create a long piece of fabric. You can now cut this long strip into 12 even pieces. Next, sew each piece of fabric together along one of its long edges so that it forms a tube. Now press down the seams open. You now have a Jelly Roll Quilt Frame! If you want to add extra decoration, you can sew on some pretty lace or appliqués.

Tips for quilting a jelly roll quilt

  1. Preheat your iron before starting your quilt.
  2. Follow the order of the fabrics in the Jelly Roll Quilt pattern as printed onto the fabric!
  3. If you need to make a seam, try to do it as close to the edge of the fabric as possible, so that you don’t have to worry about fraying afterwards.
  4. Be sure to press your seams open before quilting them! This will help prevent puckers and distortion in your quilt.
  5. Use a walking foot on your machine if you have one, or baste your layers together before quilting them down with a light touch.
  6. Quilt slowly and carefully! A rushed job can lead to errors in your quilt that are difficult (or even impossible) to fix later on. Relax and take your time!


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