Hello! I’m so happy to be here as this is my first project for the Moda Bake Shop. During the warmer months we spend a lot of time outdoors and tend to eat outside as well. I thought it would nice to pretty-up our outdoor space. Using a jelly roll gives the topper a nice patchwork look and tons of color.
1 Jelly Roll (I used Mimi by Chez Moi)
1 1/8 yard of coordinating fabric
40″ square cut of thin batting or heavy canvas
Fabric Pen or Chalk
Spray Baste or Basting Pins
Wonder Clips or Pins
5 yards of binding
Arrange your strips into two groups of 8
Place 2 strips together. Line up the selvedge end and sew down the length using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Iron the seam open and grab your next strip.
This time align your strip on the opposite end and sew. Changing direction for each strip prevents the strip set from curving.
Keep adding strips until you have 8 pieced together.
Repeating the cuts (6 wedges) the length of the strip set. Use the next mark available on the top and bottom as your cutting guide.
Each cut will be 1″ on one end, 9.5″ on the other end. Your ruler will change angles each cut.
You will have enough fabric to cut 7 wedges but you only need 6. I’m saving my extra for another project.
Arrange the wedges to your liking. You will have 3 wedges of edge color variant for a total of 12.
Sew 2 wedges together a time. Pin each seam together – it really helps to keep everything lined up and looking nice.
Then complete 2 sides. (Bojangles wanted to say hello!)
Then sew one more side together – leaving seam open.
Find a circle approximately 3″ in diameter, trace over the center hole and cut. This cleans things up a bit and makes it easier for quilting.
Prepare your topper for quilting by stacking:
Backing fabric (pretty side down), then your batting or canvas, then the topper (pretty side up).
You may use a light batting or a heavy canvas like duck cloth. I find the canvas is a little easier to work with and the finished result lays a bit flatter. The pictures below are using a thin cotton batting.
Baste using your preferred method. Spray baste is a quick and easy option for this project.
I chose to sew 1/4″ down the length of each side of the wedges. You can be as elaborate as you want!
After quilting, trim off the batting and backing. Be sure to trim the open seam and center hole.
It should be looking something like this.
If you chose to use store bought binding or want to make your own binding, now is the time to add it.
Then you are done!
If you are going to use the folding method for finishing, keep going!
Baste 1/8″ all around the unfinished edges. This just helps hold all of the layers together.
After basting: Starting at a corner fold under 1/4″, then fold again. Pin or clip in place.
This should create a nice, tight 1/4″ double fold.
Continue clipping all the way around.
I find it easier to clip a section, sew, then clip another section.
Sew between 1/4″ and 1/8″ all the way around the top. This will be enough to catch the folds underneath.
For the final step I decided to stitch all the way around using one of those decorative stitches that I never get to use! This is purely optional.
You are done! Take it outside and enjoy.
1 Jelly Roll will make 2 table toppers.
If you are attending any outdoor barbeques or parties this summer these table toppers would make a nice gift for the host.
I have been sewing since 2010 and was drawn to quilting because of my appreciation (ok, total addiction) for fabric. When I'm not quilting or petting my pretty fabrics, I enjoy kayaking, spending time at the lake and just being with my family.