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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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 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 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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