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



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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