Hometown Christmas Jelly Roll Charm Chase Quilt

Happy June Everyone!  It seems that this year is going by quickly and it’s going to be time to start thinking about the upcoming Winter holidays and the quilts to be made for family, friends and yourself.  I’m happy to be sharing my Jelly Roll Charm Chase pattern which is my first Moda Bake Shop recipe and features Sweetwater’s Hometown Christmas Edition fabrics.  The Jelly Roll Charm Chase is another variation of a Jelly Roll Race which I am sure many of us quilters have already made.  This pattern includes using a Charm Pack of the same fabric line as the Jelly Roll.  I came up with the idea for this pattern when I happened to have these two pre-cuts in my stash and had just made a Jelly Roll Race Quilt.  By including  charm squares with the jelly roll strips, it gives this version of a Jelly Roll Race Quilt a more modern, improv look.   This version is  as easy and as fun to make as a Jelly Roll Race with the exception that the strips and squares need to be prep for the first two rows of strips and there’s some pressing before the race can begin.  I see this quilt as more of a Chase because it looks like the strips are chasing the Charms.  I hope once you make a Jelly Roll Charm Chase, you’ll find it easy and fun to make and you might want to do another Chase with all of the wonderful jelly rolls and charm packs available.


1 Jelly Roll of Sweetwater’s Hometown Christmas Edition  #5660JR
1 Charm Pack of Sweetwater’s Hometown Christmas Edition #5660PP
3/4 yard binding fabric #5663 22
4 yds backing fabric #5660 11
Four 2-1/2″ x wof strips*

Additional yardage is needed if a border is desired for a larger quilt

*these strips can be cut as follows: 2 strips from the binding fabric and 2 strips from the backing fabric

Optional:  your favorite method for numbering your blocks/patches


The construction of this quilt is similar to a Jelly Roll Race (in which there are many tutorials available online) with the variation being the way the first two rows are started.  These instructions are for the first two rows only; once they are constructed, then the rest of the quilt is sewn like a jelly roll race in which the strips are then sewn an additional four rounds (4 strips, 8 strips, 16 strips and 32 strips).

Please read these instructions carefully before starting the Chase; you don’t want to take a wrong turn.  All seams sewn are 1/4″.

Step 1: trim all charm squares (42) to 4-1/2″ square and set aside.  (See what I made with the trimmings at the end of this tutorial)

Step 2: trim all selvedges from jelly roll strips

Step 3:  For this quilt, I separated the strips into two sets of 20 strips each and were sub-cut as follows:

  • one set consisting of the blue, green and light strips with patterns sub-cut in half (approximately 21″)
  • one set consisting of black, red and the two tone-on-tone strips sub-cut into thirds (approximately 14″–this measurement does not have to be exact)

IMPORTANT:  Set aside 4 half strips (20″) and 2 one-third strips (14″) in different colors and prints.  These will be used with the four strips cut from the binding and backing fabrics to make additional strips later.

Step 4:  Once the strips are cut, you are ready to start chain piecing the first row of strips.  Note:  to ensure the second row of strips are offset from the first row, the last strip sewn in the first row should be a strip different in size and color from the first strip sewn in the first row.  Unlike the randomness in choosing and sewing the strips together like in a Jelly Roll Race, I prefer to already have my strips in sewing order before chain piecing to reduce the pile and chaos next to my sewing machine.

Step 5:  Once all of the strips are sewn together and cut apart, bring this big lovely pile to your ironing board to press the seams open.  Although this step may seem cumbersome and time consuming,  I find this makes it easier to sew and cut the strips later.

Step 6:  This step is similar to the Jelly Roll Race; find the beginning and the end, line it up (be sure the beginning is on the top) and start sewing together.  When you are 6 to 8″ away from the end, stop sewing to cut the strips apart, they will be twisted, and then resume sewing to the end.  (I like to trim the end with a rotary cutter to ensure the edges stay straight.)

Step 7:  Once the first two rows are sewn together, you are ready to cut the strip so the charm squares can be inserted.  Since there are 42 squares in a charm pack, you will need to make 42 cuts to this strip which measures approximately 780″ long.  To create the improv look, the strip set is cut anywhere from 12-1/2″ to 24″ wide.  For my quilt, I chose three sizes: 12-1/2″ (12), 18-1/2″ (18″) and 24.5 ” (12); the number cut are in parentheses.  I kept track of my cuts by creating this log sheet to ensure that I cut the right number of each size and the cuts are varied.  (Note:  on the 42nd cut, it’s whatever is left on the strip set). In case you cut too many strips, you can always cut additional squares from the backing fabric (but not too many or else the width of the quilt will change and may affect the number of strips which have been set aside earlier)  or if you did not cut enough strips you can recut a 24.5″ strip in half.

As you are cutting the strip sets while one strip is on top of the other, please do the following:

  • keep the strip sets in the order they are cut
  • before cutting, check the strip on the bottom to make sure you are not cutting too close to a seam line (at least 1″ away).  You can adjust your cut, plus or minus,  to avoid cutting on a seam line.

Step 8:  Once the strip sets are cut and have been kept in order, take this pile to your ironing board to press the seam either all going up or down, still keeping them in order (at this time I placed a numbered pin on each strip set after it was pressed to ensure they are sewn in order).  Also, after I press each strip set, I placed a charm square (reminder: these should be trimmed to 4-1/2″ square) on the right side so that they are ready to be sew together once the pressing is done.   Note: When the strip set and the square are first sewn together (RST), the square is always sewn on the right side of the strip set.

As mentioned before, it is important to keep the strips in order to create the Charm Chase effect which is when the square looks like it’s intersecting or weaving in and out of the strips.

After each square is sewn to a strip set, you will do several rounds of sewing (this is why numbering the strip sets is suggested) until all the strips sets and squares are sewn into one large strip.  At this time, you can remove all your numbering for your blocks, if they were used, except for the first one which should remain to ensure that this strip always stays on top.  Then, once again, you will take this pile to press the seams from the squares, either open or to the side.  Again, this is cumbersome and  time consuming but it does make the sewing and cutting much easier.  After this is done, the Chase can be sewn like the Jelly Roll Race for the next four rounds.  After each round is sewn, I like to trim the end with the rotary cutter to keep the edges straight and even and then press the row seams, either up or down.

After all the rounds are sewn, the top will measures approximately 58″ wide and 64″ long.

To make this quilt longer, additional strips are sewn to the top and the bottom with the strips which were set aside in the beginning.  Make two additional strip sets, varying the colors, prints and strip size,  by sewing two strips measuring approximately 120″+ wide and then folding them in half to sew together to make a strip set 60″+ wide.  Again, to ensure the strips are offset, the last strip sewn in each row should be a different size than the first strip sewn.  Sew one strip set to the top and the other strip set to the bottom, trimming it to the width of the quilt, which will give the quilt a 72″ length which is a nice size for a lap quilt.

This quilt finishes at 58″ x 72″ and is made without borders.  Borders can be added if you would like a larger quilt (additional backing fabric may be needed).

Once the top is completed and ready to be quilted, the backing should be made 66″ x 80″ (the width should be adjusted if your width is more than 58″).  This quilt can be quilted with just horizontal straight-line quilting.  (if you would like to see how this looks, please visit my blog {somethingrosemade14.blogspot.com} to see the other Jelly Roll Charm Chase quilts I’ve made).  This quilt was machine quilted by my long arm quilter, Jan Bryant, who quilted a beautiful heart design pattern which makes me think this quilt can stay out until Valentine’s Day.  Also, I like to mention how much I love the backing I chose for this quilt which is just perfect and it’s one of my favorite prints in the collection.

Once the top is quilted, cut (8) strips 2-1/2″ x WOF for the binding.

I hope you enjoy and have fun making this quilt and find that this pattern is a great way to use up your jelly rolls and charm packs you have in your stash or it inspires you to purchase Sweetwater’s  Hometown Christmas Edition precuts which is so perfect for this pattern.   Come Winter, I will be cuddling up with this quilt next to a roaring fire in the fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa.  Once you make a Jelly Roll Charm Chase,  you may find you can make your own variation for the next one.  For example, you can change the measurements of the cut strips, don’t group the strips by color, etc.  The next Jelly Roll Charm Chase quilt I make, I plan on not keeping my strip sets in order and go que sera’, sera’–whatever will be, will be.   You can visit my blog to see how this Chase will end.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Enjoy your Summer!

Rose Moy Mikulski

P.S. As mentioned earlier in this tutorial, I saved all of the 1/2″ trimming from the charm squares. I remembered I have these clear Christmas ornaments which were perfect to put some of the trimmings into one of them.  I have it hanging on an ornament hanger which sits on a shelf in my studio which is now a wonderful memento of my first Moda Bake Shop pattern.



23 comments on “Hometown Christmas Jelly Roll Charm Chase Quilt

  1. Mauricette Croisile says:

    Merci pour ce joli modèle et ses explications
    Bonne journée

  2. Cocoa Quilts says:

    Rose, I love your version of the Jelly Roll Race. Your instructions are perfect and easy to follow. Congratulations on your Moda Bake Shop post. I may need to go find/buy some matching charm packs and jelly rolls. Two of my favorite precuts.

  3. Rosemaryflower says:

    Isn’t being a first time gramma the best? My baby Sarah (oldest daughter’s) is 2!! My youngest daughter is having her first baby in August. It is so fun, just like when we were young mommies, except now we can focus on the “clown-ish parts” haha

    I love this quilt pattern and I do have some Christmas fabrics to make one like this. Thank you for sharing.
    My older daughter has made Christmas balls with special ingredients too, mainly wedding invitations, and scripture from the Bible. I really do like the fabric scraps idea!!

    • Thanks Rosemary. Being a gramma is the best and I’ve waited a long time. I would love to see the quilt you make with this pattern. Also, if I figure out the fabric requirements, I should make one for the granddaughter.

      • Ellie says:

        Hi Rose,
        I just clicked on the link that brought me to your website as I really liked your quilt pattern and wanted to know more about you. I have to tell you how glad I am that I did! I loved the Hometown fabric you used for the Moda Bake Shop recipe – so glad you chose it AND received your choice. Seeing the additional quilts you made using this recipe made me want to make it that much sooner. And by the way, the reason for the name you want your grandchildren to call you was really sweet. I suspect other people might also want it after reading your blog. Congrats on being published here on MBS. I especially appreciated the tip on having that sheet with various sizes to cut.

        • somethingrosemade14 says:

          Thanks Ellie for your kind comments, it’s very much appreciated. I would love to see your JRCC quilt.

  4. Congrats Rose on your first MBS pattern! I was SO pleased when I saw the MBS email had YOU as the designer! I LOVE this, as well as the fabric. I need to sew up some of my own ‘ever-growing fabric stash’ (how does that happen when we keep making quilts??) so I know I should do one or a bunch of these.

    • You go Sandra, this pattern is so easy and fast and you can just go all que sera’, sera’, I think that’s the beauty of the jelly roll race pattern. Thanks for stopping by, it’s very much appreciated.

  5. Jeri Niksich says:

    I’m a beginner and am completely confused though I tried reading these instructions several times. Maybe someday when I’m more experienced I can give them a try again.

    • I’m sorry to hear this Jeri. Are you familiar with Jelly Roll Race Quilts? There are several good videos on how to make one; Missouri Star Quilt Company has one available on YouTube. If you’re confused about another aspect of the pattern, please email me and I will be happy to help

    • Ellie says:

      Hi Jeri,
      This JR pattern is a tad more complicated than the basic JR race ones that don’t include the charm pack (many of which I’ve viewed on YT), but don’t let that stop you from making it. Rose’s pattern above is a nice twist and she’s very given good instructions for it. But sometimes we need to see somebody in action to better understand how something is constructed. We all learn differently; I like to read instructions AND watch how something is done. I highly recommend the YT video of Laura Ann Coia’s on the YT channel of SewVeryEasy. The title of video is called, “Jelly Roll Race Pattern, Modern Style!” I think a light will go on for you when you see the concept of a JR “race” quilt done in this video in a non-race fashion. It’s what made me want to make one and now seeing Rose’s pattern, I want to make that version of it too as I have several jelly rolls with matching charm packs already. With Rose’s fabric requirements and tips for making the first two rows, along with Laura’s video, making this pattern will be that much more fun.

  6. slope says:

    Rose, I love your version of the Jelly Roll Race. Your instructions are perfect and easy to follow. Congratulations on your Moda Bake Shop post. I may need to go find/buy some matching charm packs and jelly rolls. Two of my favorite precuts.

  7. Gwen Malinowski says:

    Rose, thanks for sharing this tutorial. I have some jelly rolls in my stash and I’m sure I can find a matching charm pack for one of them. I can’t wait to make a version of this quilt.

    • somethingrosemade14 says:

      Thanks Gwen. I hope you enjoy making this quilt and I would love to see your version.

  8. Virginia Mathieu says:


    I would love to try this. Why are you trimming the charm squares to 4.5 inches though?

    Thanks Virginia

    • somethingrosemade14 says:

      Hi Virginia, the charm squares are trimmed to 4.5″ because when the two jelly roll strips (2.5″) are sewn in the beginning, it will measure 4.5″ once the 1/4″ seam line is sewn. Hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any more questions. I would love to see your quilt.

      • Virginia Mathieu says:

        Hi…I think I am missing something… The 2 strips sewn together will be 4.75 inches if you are using a .25 inch seam. So why not trim them to 4.75 inches? Thanks….

        • somethingrosemade14 says:

          Each of the 2.5″ strips will have a 1/4″ seam line so 2.25 + 2.25 = 4.5″

          • Virginia Mathieu says:


            Thanks for your quick reply…. I was only counting the middle seam ….

            I have done the “race” but your pattern gives it a lot more interest. Thank You so much… Virginia 🙂

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