I am so excited to bring you my latest project! Jelly rolls are my favorite precut, but often it takes two or three rolls to make one full/queen size quilt. My mission with this project was to make a large quilt with just ONE jelly roll, and I am very happy with the results! I created ‘9-patch Posie’ specifically to make use of one jelly roll and still make a quilt big enough for a queen size bed.
1 Jelly Roll (Mixologie by Studio M)
1/4 yard for 9-patch centers (I used one strip each of Moda Bella solids ‘American Blue’, ‘Zen Gray’, ‘Spray’, ‘Buttercup’, and ‘Ochre’)
4.5 yards background (Moda Bella ‘bleached white’)
2/3 yard binding
5 yards backing
Start by cutting your background fabric:
14 @ WOF x 5.5” (subcut these WOF strips into 112 @ 5.5” squares)
15 @ WOF x 1.5” (subcut these strips into quarters so you have 60 1.5”x11” pieces)
10 @ WOF x 2.5”
8 @ WOF x 3” (1st border, sorry these are not pictured in the stacks below)
Open your jelly roll and remove one strip. You will only need 39 for this quilt. Now, cut the remaining 39 in half length-wise so you have 78 half-strips approx 22” long.
Set aside 21 of these half strips for your outer border.
For the centers of the 9-patch blocks, you will be cutting 5 strips @ 1.5”. I cut mine from 5 different fabrics, but you can cut all 5 from one fabric if you prefer.
Pair up one center solid strip with 2 of the 2.5” background strips and sew into a strip-set alternating background/solid/background:
NOTE: Stitch all seams at 1/4”.
Subcut these strip sets into 1.5” sections:
Repeat with remaining 4 center strips until you have (at least) 113 pieces that measure 1.5”x5.5”. There will be extras if you cut the entirety of all 5 strip sets.
Take your 57 half-jelly roll strips and cut them again in half to make pairs of 2.5”x11” pieces. Sew each pair with a 1.5” x 11” background strip piece, pressing seams toward the prints:
Straighten one end, and subcut these strip sets into 8 pieces 2.5”x5.5”:
Continue with all of the 57 half-jelly roll strips.
Take two matching print sections and pair it up with a solid center section that you created previously:
Sew together into this adorable little 9-patch that will measure 5.5”x5.5”. You will have enough to make 114 blocks, but you will only need 113 of these little 9-patch blocks:
I found it easiest to arrange like this and then assembly line sew a left to a middle, then come back and sew the right strips on. If you are confident (and because you have pressed toward the print and solid center), you can sew these w/o pins because your seams will nest perfectly:
Set aside 8 of your completed 9-patch blocks and sew the remaining 105, alternating 9-patch blocks with your 5.5” background blocks as pictured:
Now, sew these units into 15 rows that will have seven 9-patch/background sections. 8 of these rows you will sew a 9-patch unit that you previously set aside to the end so it begins and ends with a 9-patch, and 7 of the rows you will sew a 5.5” background block onto the end so it begins and ends with a background block.
Press seam allowances toward the background block:
Sew your 15 rows together to create your completed center section. Notice the top and bottom rows will begin and end with a 9-patch so there is a 9-patch in all 4 corners:
Now, take you 8 @ WOFx3.0” strips and sew them into 4 pairs end-to-end.
Trim two to the measurement of the quilt center (should be 75.5”, but use YOUR quilt center measurement), and sew the first border onto the left and right of the quilt center.
Trim the remaining two border strips to the new width (should be 80.5”, but -again-, use YOUR quilt measurement). Sew the top and bottom of the first border onto the quilt center.
You can stack these up to save time on subcutting them. I staggered each strip set by an inch to do the subcutting with my strip-cut ruler:
Trim off the ends to straighten the sets and subcut them into 2.5” sections:
Now, you can stitch sets of these so you have 4 sets that are 40 squares long. 2 of these, you will add one 2.5”x2.5” squares to each end to make 2 that are 42 blocks long. (Cut from the last half jelly roll strip you set aside earlier).
At this point, I *highly* recommend stay-stitching 3/16” of an inch away from the edges of these long strips so your seams don’t come unraveled as you are stitching them to the quilt center (or when you do the quilting).
Stitch the two 40-square strips to the left and right, then stitch the 42-square strips to the top and bottom. Press seam toward the first border and you are done with your top!
Quilt as desired and bind.
One approx 84” square quilt!
Vitis my website and I will give a little explanation of the quilting I did and the binding too.