Jelly Turnover Quilt

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Hello! I’m Shannon from Modern Tradition Quilts.  It’s an honor for me to be with you today on Moda Bake Shop.  I love working with pre-cut fabrics.  When it comes to creating quilts, the possibilities are endless!  When designing this quilt, I thought it would be fun to use a jelly-roll for the sashing and candy squares for the gem-stone corners–after all, they are already pre-cut to the same width.  All that was left was to decide what type of blocks to use.  Since charm squares create half-square triangles so readily, this quilt came together like “Peanut-butter & Jelly”–hence its name, the Jelly Turnover Quilt.

To create this project you will need:
  • One packages of 5″ charm squares.  (I used Grant Park)  This quilt uses 40 print squares.
  • One packages of 5″ bella solids charm squares.  This quilt uses 40 white squares.
  • Three packages of 2 1/2″ candy squares for the gem stone corners on the sashing. (I also used Grant Park).  This quilt uses 99 squares.
  • One 2 1/2″ jelly roll for the sashing (I also used bella solid white).  This quilt uses 23 strips.
  • One yard navy blue fabric for the binding.

To create the half-square triangles (HSTs):

  • Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of each white Bella solid charm square.
  • Layer one white charm square on top of one print charm square with right sides facing.
  • Sew down both sides of the drawn line.
  • Cut down the drawn line and press seams towards the darker print fabric.
  • Square all HSTs to measure exactly 4 1/2 inches.
Use your favorite method of choice for this.  I like using a small square ruler.  Basically, you are trimming off the factory-created pinked/serrated edges.
  • Yield: 80 HSTs.

To create the sashing:

  • Select twenty-three 2 1/2 inch jelly roll strips.
  • Cut the 2 1/2 inch white strips from the jelly roll into 4 1/2 inch sections.  Yield: 16 sashing rectangles measuring 2 1/2 inches by 4 1/2 inches per jelly roll length.
Quick tip:  It is easy to cut several jelly-roll strips at once by laying 5 or 6 strips on your cutting board at a time.  Then, simply make the same rotary cuts that you would doing just one strip at a time.
  • This quilt requires 178 of these rectangles.

To sew the vertical sashing units:

  • Select five 2 1/2 inch by 4 1/2 inch strips and five 2 1/2″ candy squares.  Sew these end to end to create a vertical sashing strip.  Press all seams towards the sashing to reduce bulk.  Create 18 of these strips.
  • Sew one horizontal sashing row for the bottom of the quilt.  It is comprised of nine 2 1/2 inch candy squares and eight 2 1/2 inch by 4 1/2 inch sashing strips.

Note: This quilt is sewn in four quadrants–one quadrant at a time to ensure the proper placement of the HST unit to make the echo effect.  Each quadrant uses 20 HSTs.

General directions for sewing all four quadrants:

  • Take twenty HSTs and  twenty 2 1/2 inch by 4 1/2 inch rectangles.
  • Chain-sew the 2 1/2 inch by 4 1/2 inch rectangle to the top of the HST.  Check the orientation of the HST you are working on as they differ in all four quadrants.  Press all seams towards the sashing to create less bulk.
Note, the HST rotates depending on which quadrant of the quilt you are working on.
  • Sew this units into four columns of 5 units down.  Press all seams towards the sashing to create less bulk.
  • Add four vertical sashing strips to the side of each of the four 5-unit columns.  Refer to the quadrant diagram to check if it is the right or left-hand side.  If pressed correctly, these seams should nest.  Pin-match the intersections and sew with the HSTs on top to avoid blunting the points.  Also press these seams towards the sashing.  This will enable the quilt top to lie flat.
Sew the columns together with HSTs on top so their points do not get blunted.
  • Sew these four columns together to create one quadrant.

The upper left-hand quadrant HST orientation is:

The upper right-hand quadrant HST orientation is:

The lower left-hand quadrant HST orientation is

The lower right-hand quadrant HST orientation is:

Use this assembly diagram to add the four quadrant panels together.

  • First, add the top left-hand quadrant to a center vertical sashing strip, then add the right-hand upper quadrant.
  • Second, add the bottom left-hand quadrant to a center vertical sashing strip, then add the right-hand lower quadrant.
  • Third, sew the top and bottom halves together.
  • Fourth and final, add the long horizontal sashing strip to the bottom to finish your quilt top.
Assembly Diagram

The finished quilt top diagram:


The finished quilt top measures 50 inches by 62 inches.

I quilted this using a lasso edge-to-edge style.

Shannon Mower
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