Cartwheels Quilt



When I first sketched out this quilt, I planned on making a lap size quilt, but after I evaluated the leftover pieces and parts, I worked out a way to make twin size quilt. I am so glad I did! Fewer leftovers and a larger quilt to snuggle. Good all around!


To make this quilt you will need:
1 Strawberry Fields jelly roll
3 yards cream fabric for background (20167 13) {this is one of the fabrics in the line}
2/3 yard red polka dot for binding (20166 21)
3 3/4 yards for backing (20160 15)


All seam allowances are 1/4" throughout.
1. Cut 9 strips 2 1/2" x width of fabric from the binding fabric. Set 8 aside for the binding. The one remaining strip will be used for the quilt blocks.

2. Cut 43 strips 2 1/2" x width of fabric from the background fabric. (There is only 1/2" extra from this length, so cut carefully!)

3. Remove the one cream strip from the jelly roll and set aside to use for a background strip. Substitute in the extra binding strip in it's place.
4. Pair the jelly roll strips with the background strips. Sew together in pairs. Iron seams open.

5. From each strip, cut into 9  4 1/2" lengths. Cut one 2 1/2" segment from the remaining part of the strip. Toss the selvage edges.
6. Set aside the 2 1/2" segment and one of the 4 1/2" segments from each strip. These will be used for borders and backing.

7. Take 4 of the 4 1/2" segments and place them in the order shown in the photo.
Sew together to make one block. This will be an A block.

8. Take the 4 remaining 4 1/2" segments and place them as shown in the photo. Sew together to make one block. This will be a B block.
***Please note, the blocks are a mirror image of each other.
9. Repeat until all 80 blocks are assembled. 40 A blocks and 40 B blocks.

10. Layout the blocks in a 8 x 10 array, alternating A and B blocks throughout. The blocks should form a secondary rectangle pattern when they are placed correctly.
11. Take a photo to see if the colors are distributed evenly. When you are pleased with the layout, sew the blocks together in rows, then sew the rows together.

12. At this point, if you want a lap quilt that measures 64" x 80", you could baste, quilt and bind as desired. But I wanted to use more of my fabric, so I added a bit to the length and made this quilt a twin size. Take background strips and piece them together to make a strip 2 1/2" x 65". Make 2.

13. Add one of these strips to the top of the quilt. Add one strip to the bottom of the quilt. Trim overhanging ends. Press well.

14. Take 8 segments that are 2 1/2" wide and sew them end to end to make a long strip. Make 2.
16. Add one strip to the top of the quilt. Add one strip to the bottom of the quilt. Press.
The quilt top is finished!
17. Cut the backing fabric into 2 equal lengths (at least 68" long).

18. Sew together 17 of the 4 1/2" segments, side to side. This will form a strip of coins to add in the middle of the quilt back. This serves two purposes...it uses extra pieces from the quilt top, and it also breaks up the repeat of the fabric. This way you don't have to worry about matching up the pattern when sewing the seam. Piece the backing using the coin strip in the middle with two large panels on either side. Press the seams well.
19. Baste, quilt and bind as desired. I stippled my quilt in cream thread.
One twin sized quilt that measures 64" x 88".

Amanda Jean
{Crazy Mom Quilts}


48 comments:

nest4ever said...

LOVE IT! I will be making this for sure!

Quiltjane said...

Beautiful quilt. Thanks for the great tutorial.

Shawn said...

I was wondering what you were going to do with Strawberry Fields, Love it all!!

Jacque. said...

AmandaJean...WONDERFUL tutorial...beautiful quilt! Thank you!

Sherry said...

Hi Amanda Jean. Oh my, I love this quilt. This is for sure one I am going to make. I love the pieced back & polka dot binding too. Thank you so much for this recipe.

Nedra said...

This is also a great way to use up scraps. Thanks! I will be making this one too!

Sarah Craig said...

What an awesome quilt, Amanda Jean! So simple - and can easily be made scrappy too! Thanks for another great design!!

jmniffer said...

Great quilt with a clear, understandable tutorial. Into my 'someday' file it goes!

Anonymous said...

Great scrap quilt! Way to go Amanda. Love the Strawberry Fields design also. Thank you for the tutorial. Great Job!
You are one talented lady.

Sandi from Sonora, CA

Chelley said...

Very nice tutorial! Thanks for sharing!!!

tijerasycuchara said...

I like your work, they are beautiful
congratulations
have a good day
Josefina
tijerasycuchara.wordpress.com

Giggles and Girlfriends Retreats said...

beautiful, great use of the Jelly Roll!

Cindy said...

Amanda Jean you've done it again! I'll be making this one as soon as I finish my 36 square. Thanks!!

The Tulip Patch said...

Beautiful quilt, Amanda Jean!

Candy said...

That's one more to add to my list. It is darling! Thank you for sharing your design and recipe! I love it!

Amy said...

Love this quilt, very nice!

Laura said...

i really like this pattern and it so awesome that you tried to use all your fabric up:)

janice said...

this is really nice! glad to find something i like to use some jelly rolls that have been collecting dust! THANKS

Karen said...

I LOVE this! I'm going to be making a baby quilt soon (actually after its birth in about 6 weeks), when I will know if the baby is a girl or a boy. This pattern will be perfect.

Thanks so much, Amandajean!

Hugs, Karen

Clair said...

If I hadn't recently gotten a quilt from you, I would request this one. :)

Adien Crafts said...

How fabulous, I'm building up to my first full size quilt after lots of smaller items and you've given me a push in the right direction, thank you.

Desert Threads said...

We didn't do a mirror image but we've been making this pattern for at least 20 years. It's great for baby quilts because it's so fast and easy.

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

Very nice!!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Beautiful Amanda Jean! Thank you.

Jamie Lee said...

I absolutely love this quilt! I have used your easy zig zag tutorial and this reminds me of it...I wish I had thought of it:) I am making your star quilt from the MBS book right now, and this will be next on my list.

Thanks so much!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Here is another quilt pattern added to my to do list. Lovely! I love the binding, sure sets off the quilt. Your photos and instructions are always perfect, no problem understanding. You are a great inspiration. Thanks! Cynthia

harleywife57 said...

WOW is this pretty ! thanks for the tutorial and I shall add it to my to do wish list !

BethG said...

Thank you, I've been looking for a quilt for my granddaughter who's in gymnastics. The only thing she wanted was "something colorful" The name says it all as she is constantly practicing her tumbling.

Paula said...

Love it!!!!

sewtakeahike said...

love, love, love it AJ!! Great tutorial too!

Kate @SwimBikeQuilt said...

This is beautiful, Amanda Jean!

Denise said...

Thank you for this great pattern...I am printing as I type and and putting it in my " to do" pile.It was nice seeing, and visiting with you at quilt group in Long Prairie.

Kate O said...

Every now and then a quilt will pop out to catch my attention, and this is one of them. I will definitely be doing this pattern. Thanks for the great tutorial!

Vicki said...

love the quilt! can't wait to start one of my own

Anitra said...

I love this ... so simple and so fun! Thank you :)

2MuchFun said...

I love this quilt.

Anonymous said...

There was a similar pattern in Quilt World, 1978, called Edna's Star.

Anonymous said...

Love this quilt. Just finished one of my own using a different strip set. So quick and easy to put together. Wonderful design!

Nicole said...

I've finished 95% of this quilt already (Started less than a week ago) I've decided to do some embelishments on the top and add some borders. I can't wait until it is done. I used Amelia by Me & My sister designs for the fabrics and its gorgeous. I could send a pic once it is done if you like.
be_happy15@hotmail.com

Moz said...

Great pattern. Thank you!

One suggestion I would make:
when adding any border strips, measure across the width of your quilt and cut your top and bottom strips to that measurement. This prevents having those dreaded wavy edges. You would do the same procedure if you were adding side strips :)

Kate O said...

I have started my own (or rather my grandson's) cartwheels quilt. Instead of starting with a jelly roll, I cut all my own 2 1/2" strips. Yes, very labor intensive but I ended up with the colors and fabrics I wanted for his quilt. I've found that pressing the seams open is so very time consuming, so I have been pressing to one side.

Aggiequilter said...

Wonderful quilt! thanks for sharing it!

Emma said...

I made this quilt using Circa 1934 by Cosmo Cricket. Thank you so much for this pattern Amanda-Jean. It's amazing.

My quilt is currently sitting at the bottom of my suitcase to be flown halfway around the world to give to one of my sisters best friends who has Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.

<3 Emma

Kelly said...
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Kelly said...

I just finished mine yesterday. Thanks so much for the tutorial xxx
You can see mine here:
http://myscrappystuff.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/cartwheels-quilt.html

Kate O said...

Here is the link to my finished cartwheels quilt! http://www.craftsy.com/project/view/Cartwheels-Quilt/20279

Scotia said...

This was my first Jelly Roll quilt and it went really well. This is my finished quilt here:
http://scotia-thehenpen.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/quilt-number-1.html
I used Amelia by Moda.

Melissa@lolajazz said...

I will definitely do this with a jelly roll but first it inspired me to use the scraps left for a friend's memory quilt, using her husband's shirts and golf pants. Thank you!