"Awesome" Lap Quilt

Hi, I'm Jamie from SunFlower Seeds and this is my third Moda Bake Shop project. I hope you like it!  It comes together rather quickly and will add that touch of fall to your house!  I really think this quilt would be cute in any holiday color and can't wait to see what ya'll come up with!  Stop by our blog for a giveaway honoring our new MBS project!  Enjoy!  If you're going to Quilt Market or Festival stop by our shop located 15 minutes north of downtown Houston!

-1 Jelly Roll (JR)                                                                                                                                                     
-3 yds yards of backing fabric


* We pulled out 5 solid JR strips to be used later for the binding. 
*1/4" seam allowance for entire quilt
*Press all seams open.


1. Choose 16 JR strips (we used dots and stripes)

2. Take 13 JR strips and cut each as follows:
four- 7 1/2” pieces
four- 3” pieces

3. Take the 14th JR strip and cut as follows:
two- 7 1/2” pieces
two-3” pieces

4. Cut the 15th JR strip as follows:
14- 2 ½” pieces

5. Cut the 16th JR strip as follows:
13- 2 1/2" pieces

6. Mix & Match the 2 ½” middle squares with two each of the larger pieces (same fabric).

7. Sew one 2 ½” square in the middle of two matching 3” pieces along the 2 ½” side. Press.

8. Next, sew two matching 7 1/2” pieces on both long sides to make a block.

9. Repeat steps 6-8 until you have 27 completed blocks. Press all blocks.  Square up/trim all blocks to 6.5" X 7 1/4".

10. Sew three completed blockstogether. Make sure the long 7 1/4” sides on top and bottom. See photo:

11. Repeat until you have nine complete rows.  Press.


1. Choose 18 JR strips and set aside the remaining JR strips for binding. (We chose all the strips that had patterns and set aside the solid strips for binding).

2. Cut the following from each of the 18 JR strips:
one- 14.5” piece
one- 28” piece

-You should have 18- 14.5” pieces and 18- 28” pieces.

3. Mix and Match your pieces and sew together as follows:

Sew three 14.5” pieces together six times. Sew three 28” pieces together six times.

-You should have 6- 14.5” stripe rows and 6- 28” stripe rows.


1. Sew three rows as follows:
one-14.5” stripe row THEN one square row THEN one-14.5” row.

-You should have three rows total like this. Press.

2. Sew six rows as follows:
one- 28” stripe row THEN one square row.

-You should have six rows total like this. Press.

3. Lay out rows as shown in photo:

4. Sew rows together matching up squares, and pin in place. You will be matching up one square on each row. See photo:

-Your rows will be a little off on the ends and will need to be trimmed after all sewn together. Press all rows.

*TIP: Sew every three rows to help match up squares then sew the three sections together to complete the top.

5. Quilt as desired.


1. Take the 5 solid JR strips for the binding. Sew all these strips together (short ends) to make 1 continuous strip. Fold binding in half wrong sides together and press. Attach binding to right side of quilt (raw edges even) and machine stitch all the way around. Turn binding to back and hand stitch down. 

You’re finished! Enjoy your “Awesome” lap quilt! I hope you enjoyed making this quilt!

48" x 55"

Jamie Mueller



Rhanda said...

I really, really like this! It is definitely going onto the "to do" list! Thanks for offering it!

BTW, what are the final measurements of the quilt? (or was I scanning it too quickly?) THANKS

Rachel Hill said...

Love this quilt!!!

carol1231 said...

Great pattern! I plan to make this after the Holidays. Thanks for sharing!

pdudgeon said...

Rhanda, if i've got it right, the measurements are 48.25 inches by 60.75 inches...
or roughly 4 ft x 5 ft.

i love this pattern! it has familiar units, but they're combined in a new way that is simple but brilliant! Add 6 inch borders, one more stray strip for binding, and you've got a lap quilt.
thanks again for the pattern.

Linda said...

This really is 'awesome'!

Kelli said...

This is very lovely!

Mari said...

the quilt is AMAZING, just the way all your job is. Congratulations from the botton of my heart!!!

Karen said...

What a great lap quilt! I can see it made in many other colorways! Thanks for the tutorial!


Pat said...

I love the pattern and the use of the jelly roll but I think it would need more than 1-1/2 yards of backing material from the measurements I calculated.

Jan said...

Jamie, this is fabulous. Thanks for the tutorial.

FabricsNQuilts said...

Love it! Great job!

Quiltjane said...

Congratulations. Awesome quilt. I love the colours and design.

harleywife57 said...

This is quite AWESOME ! I just made a pinwheel awesome quilt ; and yours is much more awesome I must say ! Congrats !

traceyjay said...

great way to use a jelly roll. :)

Heather said...

This is so cute, and seems very easy. I have been looking for something just like this to give a try with a JR. Can't wait to give it a go. :)

Ashley. Unscripted... said...

Just bought the fabric to do this one! So excited!

schmidt1016 said...

I love that it just takes 1 Jelly Roll, and it looks as though it's much more involved than it is. It will be great in any fabric collection. Thanks!

Leslie S. in MN
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Quilting In The Rain said...

The perfect Autumn project! Will look fabulous on your couch when Thanksgiving rolls around. =)

Sherry said...

What a great pattern. Can't wait to make this one. Thanks for sharing.

Kat said...

I started this pattern using Crazy 8's, and it's coming out really nicely! It'll be perfect to throw on the back of the couch when guests come to town!


Helen said...

Congratulations Jamie. Great pattern. I love a quick and easy quilt and have JRs that need opening. I definitely want to make this one.

Debbie said...

I love this pattern. Thanks. I am using leftover Christmas fabric.

Cindy said...

I'm doing something wrong. The center strips of my blocks are all longer than 7.25"

SunFlower Seeds Jamie Mueller said...

I don't have your email address so I hope you check this!! I corrected the typo in the pattern! It should be 7 1/2"! Thank you for letting us know!

Cindy said...

Thanks for letting me know and for correcting it.

Kathy Schwalb said...

What a fun quilt!! I am going to make this one, Thank you so much!

Mystica said...

The colors are glorious! I can never ever get the color combination like this!

kwiltmakr said...

I just put this on my to-do list. Simple and quick, right up my alley.

Sew Sane Jane said...

I am using hunky dory roll from Moda. Strips are shorter so I was not able to get all the pieces out of the strips for the blocks. I used an extra couple of strips included to cut all the 2.5" pieces. I cut today and can hardly wait till I start piecing tomorrow!

Wobbly Bobbin said...

This isn't adding up for me.

When I add up all the strips to cut for the block pieces, it totals 44.5"; the strips in my jelly roll are not that long, even including the selvedge edge. So I'm not able to cut all the pieces from one strip that the instructions tell me to.

Please tell me how you got this to add up...or are some Moda fabrics wider than others?

Jen Rouse said...

@ Wendy: Yes! I am having this same problem!

Jamie Mueller @ SunFlower Seeds said...

Hey guys I changed the pattern, it's really no big deal and you'll have plenty of fabric for it!!Instead of cutting a 2 1/2" piece on 13 strips in step 2...cut them all from your 15th strip in step 4!! Hope this helps!

BarbM said...

Somehow I still end up short a 2.5 block. There's only 26 2.5 inch cuts from the last 2 steps and there are 27 squares. My strips aren't long enough to accommodate another 2.5 block (Moda)

Also, has anyone figured the amount for the backing?
Sorry, I'm a new quilter (this is my 2nd one) and it doesn't take much to throw me for a loop!


Teaquilts said...

Great project. My scrap quilting club will be working on this quilt this Saturday. Thanks for providing such great projects.

Anonymous said...

Great pattern. Had to trim the 3 blocks to 7 1/4 inches to fit though!? Also the 29 inch strip fit better cut at 29 1/4 inches. Looks great finished!

Jill said...

I love this pattern! I made it using Hoopla as a bridal shower gift!

Jamie Mueller @ SunFlower Seeds said...

Since I change the pattern from 7 1/4" to 7 1/2" blocks it messed up the strips!! I just made a new Awesome Quilt top yesterday to figure it out...I played with different sizes but don't want to make this quilt smaller. So, the simple solution is: after you make your blocks TRIM/SQUARE them to 6/5" X 7 1/4" that way the stripes will be perfect!!! All I changed was step 8 and it says to do this! Hope this helps!

Anonymous said...

This is what it says in step 4: Your rows will be a little off on the ends and will need to be trimmed after all sewn together. Press all rows.

Since the 2 striped pieces in one row are 14" (resulting in 27" after all seam allowances) and the other row has 1 stripe of 27" (resulting in 26.5" after all seam allowances) these rows should be 1/2" off when sewn together. I don't see why they couldn't have given the proper dimensions (e.g., make the 27" piece half an inch bigger) in the first place.

Jamie Mueller @ SunFlower Seeds said...

I just fixed the pattern and the tutorial is changed. I spent all weekend make new quilts and came up with a couple changes that make it much better!! Hope this helps!

Anonymous said...

So all the tutorial measurements are correct now? Want to get started ,but also want to make sure they have been corrected.....Thank you, Michele

Jenny Garland said...

All of the measurements have been updated - thanks!

AJ said...

The quilt looks lovely I'm going to give it a go now for my brand new baby niece in the 'Sorbet' fabric line. Thanks for fixing up the pattern I'll le tyou know how I go.
Also one last thing the backing still says 1 1/2 yards on the printable pattern. I'll just make backing to fit but just incase someone uses the pattern to buy the right amount of fabric.

Melinda said...

I made one last month but finally blogged about it here.
I hope you like it Jamie! I LOVED how quickly it came together. And my mom loves it too!

Rhonda said...

confused over the directions; I made one in January with the *old* directions and it went together fine. making it again and once I sewed it together, the rows are so out of whack that I can't square the quilt.

Rhonda said...

figured it out, the print-out I had has the strips cut at 14 and 27 inches. guess I'll have to cut down the blocks to make it fit. it's such a pretty quilt when finished.

Lena said...

I've done this one twice as presents. Both times the people were really excited and thought it was amazing. I am a new quilter, so my squares never match up. My momma says that just adds character though. Thanks for posting the pattern!!!

My Baby James said...

I found a big huge problem with this tutorial. DON'T cut 2.5" squares in your 1st set of 13 JR strips. Otherwise you won't have enough 3" strips to make all the blocks. You'll get the 2.5" squares from the 15th and 16th JR strips. Now, I'm frustrated, on the verge of tears and I just want my $40 back that I paid for this jelly roll. I don't have money to be wasting fabric like this:(

Anita said...

By the time I cut my selvedges odd, the strips aren't long enough to get 4 x 3" pieces. I am about 1/2" short. Any suggestions?

Anita said...

Gee my jelly roll (moda) must have extra big selvedges as by the time I cut them off (for the stripe pieces) I can't get a 14.5 as well as a 28" piece out of a jelly roll strip!
I am becoming increasingly frustrated with what seemed like an easy patten,.....guess I will just have to leave the selvedges on......lucky I didn't cut them off first.
Trying so hard to make this work as Jelly Rolls are so expensive here in Australia I don't want to waste it!!