9-Patch Stars and Snowballs Quilt

Jelly rolls are my favorite precut – and I love to come up with patterns that only require one jelly roll.  This one is a full size quilt and uses just over half of a jelly roll!  I love the way the snowball blocks make the 9-patch blocks into stars.  I adore the aqua stars, but this would also look fabulous with navy or red star points 🙂

This quilt/project finishes at 90″ x 90″.


1 Jelly Roll® {The Good Life by Bonnie and Camille}
6 1/2 yards background fabric {white}
2 1/2  yards star points and binding {aqua}
5 1/4 yards backing fabric {not shown}



Cut from background fabric:

24 @ 6.5”x WOF (subcut into 140 @ 6.5”x6.5”)

28@ 2.5”x WOF

Cut from star point/binding fabric:

34 @ 2.5”xWOF (set 9 aside for binding and cut remaining 25 strips into 2.5”x2.5” squares)

Snowball block assembly:

You will be making 2 different blocks – 28 will have 2 corners snowballed and 84 blocks will have all 4 corners snowballed.

Set aside 28 of the 6.5”x6.5” background squares – these will be left blank.  The remaining 112 6.5”x6.5” blocks will get 2 sides ‘snowballed’.  Start by putting a 2.5”x2.5” square on the corner and stitching from corner to corner.  (optional:  stitch a second seam a little less than 1/2” from the first to save your corners to make tiny HST’s).  If you decide not to save your corners, just trim 1/4” from the initial corner-to-corner seam.


When you have all with 2 sides ‘snowballed’, set aside 28 (these are done).  The remaining 84 you will ‘snowball’ the remaining 2 corners.

9-patch blocks:

choose 22 jelly roll strips (you will not need more than 22)

Each jelly roll strip, cut in half – then one of the halves, cut that into half.  So, you should have one piece approx 21” long and 2 pieces approx. 10.5” long

From your background 2.5” WOF strips, cut 22 in half (so you have 44 at approx 21”) and 6 into quarters (so you have 24 at approx 10.5” – you will only need 22 of these)

Now, you can assemble your 9-patch blocks:


Stitch strip sets together using a scant 1/4” seam, press seams toward the print:

Subcut strip sets into 2.5” wide sections.  This will give you enough pieces to make four 9-patch blocks per jelly roll strip.

Assemble the blocks (seams will nest if you pressed toward the print).  Stitch together using a scant 1/4” seam.

Continue for all 22 jelly roll strips creating 88 9-patch blocks (you will only need 85 blocks for the front, so you will have 3 spare blocks).  When you finish these, you are done making the blocks!

Now you can assemble your blocks into your finished quilt top – there is 15 rows of 15 blocks, but they are really easy to sew together!  Reference the finished quilt top photo for layout.



This quilt finishes at 90″ x 90″.

Karin Vail



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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8 comments on “9-Patch Stars and Snowballs Quilt

  1. Melanie C says:

    I love this quilt! I’m always needing jelly roll ideas!!!

  2. Michelle Davies says:

    I can’t wait to try this 😉

  3. nicola270 says:

    Absolutely love this, Karin! Such a smart way to use a jell roll strip xx

  4. modalissa says:


    I love the vintage touch that the solid aqua adds. Great project. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Rosemaryflower says:

    Very cute Karin I love this one. Simple and really a happy finish

  6. Sonja L Jefferson says:

    beautiful and simple

  7. This is fabulous! I love this Bonnie & Camille collection; it’s perfect for this quilt. Great use of a jelly roll!

  8. Art Critic says:

    I have this jelly roll in my stash – so glad you posted this quilt!

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