Sunny Trips Quilt


I am so happy to be back ‘cooking up’ another Moda Bake Shop recipe!  This one is easier than it looks, and sews up pretty quick!

This quilt finishes at 90″ x 90″.




3 print Jelly Rolls (I used ”Bright Sun” by Sherri and Chelsea)

1 solid Jelly Roll (or 2 1/2 yards – I used Bella Solids ”Horizon Blue”)

5 1/2 yards backing


First, unroll your jelly rolls.  You will need 36 strips from each jelly roll (so you can set 4 aside from each roll, you will not need them for this project).  Now, separate the jelly roll strips into 4 categories, going from light to dark/bright if possible.  With the jelly rolls I used, I had a light/white, a pale pink/aqua, a bright pink, and a turquoise pile.  Make sure you have equal amounts in each pile (9 per pile for each jelly roll) – you can fudge a little here as it only matters that the majority is in the correct order.  I did end up with some lighter colors that fell between turquoise and aqua that I put in the turquoise pile and some lighter pinks that I put in the bright pink pile.


Sew these into strip sets of 4.  You will make a total of 27 strip sets from the 3 jelly rolls.

If you have yardage of your solid instead of another jelly roll, then you will need to cut it into 36 @ 2.5”xWOF strips.  You can set aside 9 that you will use for the binding.

Sew a solid strip onto each of the dark side of the 27 strip sets:


Now, you can press the strip sets.  I recommend pressing open.  If you press to the side, you will end up having to flip some seams as you pin blocks together.  This is how I did it, as I don’t mind a flipped seam here and there.

Finally, sew your strip sets (that are now 5 strips wide) into a tube:


I recommend working with one strip set at a time to make your blocks so they don’t get mixed up.

From each strip set, you will subcut 3 sections of each of these measurements:







This will leave you with an approx 6” piece at the end that you can use to piece the backing.


You can go to my website to see how I used these pieces in my quilt backing.

Now, you will take apart each of the tube sections at a different seam to create your block.


Sew strips together matching seams to create your curvy/diagonal Sunny Trips block:


Half of your blocks will be stitched together in the opposite direction:



You should end up with 41 blocks one direction and 40 blocks the other direction.

Arrange your blocks into a 9×9 layout being careful to alternate blocks and arrange the blocks in the proper orientation:


Your quilt top should measure 90.5”x90.5”.  Quilt as desired and bind with the remaining 9 solid strips.20150930_142351

Play with different strip set layout options – it is amazing how different this can turn out depending on your color and strip set layout choices!  Here is a mockup using ”Nomad” with a more random strip set layout and a dark red solid:

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Or, here is Nomad again – with only prints:

bargello scrappy trips

Or, here is Bright Sun with a Porcelain bella solid instead of the Horizon Blue:


The possibilities are endless!



90”x90” quilt


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Karin Vail

Karin Vail

I have been quilting since 1989 but the last few years it has become an obsession.I blog at Cascade Quilts and Moda pre-cuts are my favorite fabrics to use for quilting.I love modern fabrics, but lean toward more traditional patterns for the most part.I live in NW Washington state and have two grown sons.I have been married to my best friend since 1991.I work from home sewing custom hats, but when business is slow, I quilt!
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12 comments on “Sunny Trips Quilt

  1. Lisa Calle says:

    As usual, Karin, this is gorgeous! I definitely want to make one of these.

  2. Karin, this is absolutely stunning
    It looks to me, like an exciting challenge. Oh my i just love it.
    You really are so creative and very inspiring
    The instructions read very good, i could do this…. Now what pile of precuts?
    I will have to dig around and see what has been waiting so long.
    Thanks Karin and Moda

  3. Melody A. says:

    It is so beautiful and actually looks like I might be able to make it !! thank you !

  4. quiltgranny says:

    I love this. It’s a new technique for me.

  5. Modalissa Modalissa says:

    Love love love!!

  6. Awesome design! I love it!

  7. This is a beautiful quilt! Thank you for sharing the tutorial, it has been added to my TO DO LIST as soon as possible. Have a wonderful creative day!

  8. SarahZ says:

    This is such fun, Karin! Now to get my hands on some jelly rolls!!

    • Joyce says:

      At the risk of showing my ignorance (luckily, I’m used to it, lol), can you please tell me what a jelly roll is?

      • Karin Karin says:

        A jelly roll is 40 strips of fabric that consists of 2.5″ wide × WOF (width of fabric, selvage to selvage). The strips are stacked and rolled like a cinnamon roll 🙂

  9. kathyinmn says:

    Great pattern! Its beautiful-love you showed other colorways too.

  10. cruisefan says:

    This is very nice!
    I love that you show the different looks with different fabrics, something that a lot of people simply can’t imagine what it could look like.
    Thanks for sharing.

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