Waves Jelly Roll Quilt


I LOVE Jelly Roll Race quilts!  #Swoon  I tinker around to see how much I can change the design and still be true to the wonderful combination of speed and beauty.

If you are new to the basic Jelly Roll Race quilt, I just posted a quick tutorial on my blog, jennykaequilts.com.  Go check it out now so you don’t get confused.  Don’t worry, I’ll wait.

This quilt/project finishes at 56″ x 89″.

1  Jelly Roll® {Dear Mun collection by Robin Pickens}
2 yards applique, outer borders and binding fabric {48620-19}
4 7/8 yards inner border and backing {48622-19}
3″ Wave ruler

Decorative Thread

Roll of iron-on adhesive, tape 7/8″ wide

Now, when I think of speed, “applique” is not the term which springs to mind.  But what if there was a FAST way to applique?  “And have it look nice?”  Yep.  “And be usable as a quilt?”  Yep. “Prove it.”  Here, hold my thimble.

Start with a completed Jelly Roll Race top.  Once you have pressed it well and squared it up, count the number of strips in your top.

Ain’t it pretty?

Divide that number by three. (I realize I have now introduced math and for that I am sorry.) For example, if you have 33 strips, divide by 3 and you have the number 11. From the top (and I know someone will ask the question, “which is the top?” It is whichever end you want it to be because YOU are the designer.  Isn’t that awesome?) count down 11 strips.

Count down one third of strips

Take your seam ripper and separate one third from the remaining two thirds (11 strips from the remaining 22 strips).

Rip it up

Next, prepare the wave applique fabric.  Measure the width of the top.  Add 8 inches for wiggle room and cut your applique fabric to that length.  (Usually about 1 1/3 yard, give or take.) Cut it in half LONG-ways.  (I like to rip it but that is another blog for another time.)

Cut in half LONG-ways

Use the 3” Wave Ruler to cut waves on both long sides of the applique fabric.   This can be a bit tricky so don’t rush this part.  ( I have NO idea why there are scissors in the picture.  Don’t use scissors, use a rotary cutter. ) Check that both short ends of your wave applique are even, and trim if necessary.

Now, get that roll of iron-on adhesive. (Bet ya never used that before!)  Read and follow manufacture’s instructions.  Iron it onto the right side of the fabric on the inside of the one-third section and the two-thirds section.  Stay straight and super close to the edge but don’t go over it!  Repeat, DO NOT go over it!

Be sure to follow manufacture’s instructions

Iron it onto the right side of the fabric on the inside of the one-third section and the two-thirds section.  Stay straight and super close to the edge but don’t go over it!  Repeat, DO NOT go over it!

Press carefully

Peel off the paper backing and fuse the Waves applique to one third and then the two thirds.  Pro tip here – be sure the Waves cover the adhesive, otherwise you will have to stop to clean your iron…just saying.

Make sure the Waves covers the fusible tape

With the decorative thread in your machine, stitch the applique along the wavy edges.  (This is a great chance to use one of those crazy stitches on your machine so when someone says, “You don’t need all those stitches, you never use them,” you can show them this quilt.)

Love the button-hole stitch

I will be honest, adding borders takes longer, but I was very pleased how it dressed up this version.  They really up the game.  For the inner borders I used the backing fabric.  I cut 7 strips 1 1/2” wide by WOF, joining them for 2 strips 1 1/2″ by 51 1/2” and 2 strips 1 1/2” by 80 1/2″.  For the outer borders, I used the applique/binding fabric. I cut 7 strips 3 1/2” wide by WOF, joining them for 2 strips 3 1/2″ by 58 1/2″ and 2 strips 3 1/2” by 82 1/2″.  For binding, I cut 8 2 1/2″ strips from the applique fabric.  (But you can finish however makes you happy!)

Going big with borders, great for Mother’s Day

This quilt finishes at 56″ x 89″.

If you love the fabric in this project, it is your lucky day.  This adorable Jelly Roll needs a new home.  To enter do three things. 1. Subscribe to my YouTube channel. 2. Watch 1 video. (I have some great interviews. Ooo the live stuff is good, too!) 3. Leave a comment below. (Comment on the videos or tutorials or ask questions, whatever!)

Enter to win me

I hope you learned something new and are ready to give it a go!  If you haven’t had enough of me yet, check out my website.

See you next time.

Jenny Kae Parks

73 comments on “Waves Jelly Roll Quilt

  1. Beth T. says:

    I enjoyed your “Best Beginner Books” video; I have a cousin who is a new quilter, and I’ve been thinking about putting together a quilty care package for her, so this was perfectly timed.

  2. Linda R says:

    I think you are very articulate on your videos. Love this fabric line and your creative quilt pattern. Thank you.

  3. sheilaoxley says:

    I watched a few of your videos and I love your sense of humor!!!! Like when the Dresden plates don’t lay flat!!!! Too funny!!!

  4. Cocoa Quilts says:

    Love the videos. Need to check out more of them.

  5. Judy Bird says:

    Love the wave pattern quilt. And the Dresden Plate video!! I would love to win the Jelly Roll too.☺

  6. LT says:

    I love jelly roll quilts and am always looking for new ways to use these versatile strip collections. Enjoyed your video about ripping fabric and will give it a try.

  7. spierssusan says:

    I love the ideas on your waves – very nice! I watched “do you rip” – yes, I do! I learned this in Home Ec class in high school – I have continued to do this always! A great video, thank you, Susan

  8. Vinette says:

    Loved the Cynthia England videos and the Dresden plate fix. Could you also overlap the strip and the appliqué fabrics, cut the waves, and then piece the center fabric to the strips?

    • Cynthia’s work is amazing! Holy cow! Yes, you can do that, it would be curved piecing tow long sections. However, I wanted to keep this version fast and not intimidating for people. Using the fusible tape seemed like a good option.

  9. Joann Bauer says:

    Just watched the solution for dresden plates that don’t lay flat — hilarious!! Love the waves quilt! I love jelly roll race quilts and this is an awesome change up! Thanks!

  10. Brigid Whitnall says:

    What a great way to fancy up a jelly roll quilt. The borders really were worth it too. Looks great.

  11. Alice Marie Pendergast says:

    I think this fabric makes my heart ❤️ “skip a beat!” I just watched Color Courage for the Fabric Phobic. I’ve been quilting for years, but always seem to second guess my choices. I actually use some of the techniques you demonstrate in the video, so…yay me! I just need to practice and go boldly into the next fabric store! Thanks for your video!

  12. Wanda Ball says:

    I started quilting last fall and fell in love. I started out doing hexes 2 1/2 inch as I wanted to improve my hand sewing. Then I went to my local Quilting Guild show, which I have done most years, but for some reason it struck me that I wanted to quilt. So I joined my local Guild and have taken a beginners course and another class called Beyond Beginners. I really enjoyed the youtube video on Beginner Quilting Books. Now that I have some knowledge a book would be useful to get me going on my own. I have a jelly roll and a few charm packs that I picked up at my local quilt shop and I have to decide what I want to make with them. I find quilting so energizing and relaxing at the same time.

  13. Donna Miller says:

    You have chosen the correct venue to share your talents and expertise. I would have never ‘found you’ if not for opening my Gmail this morning. Thank you.

  14. Geri A says:

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!!! I watched your solution to Dresden Quilts that won’t lay flat. Girl, I want to tell you, that you have given me the best laugh I have had in months and months. My hubby has been ill since November and after countless trips to dr, ER, 3 different hospitals, the surgeons amputated his leg and now he is in NH. Needless to say, I haven’t had much to laugh about…but that video did it for me! I’m going to watch all of your videos as soon as I have the time.

  15. Ann West says:

    Love your take on the waves jelly roll quilt!

  16. Nancy M Horn says:

    My mother learned from her mother (who worked in a fabric store to feed/fund her habit) to rip fabric, mom taught me that if it’s important you gotta rip it! Thank you for the video showing this “lost art” to straight grain! My mom never used the fabric off the bolt, to her if it was worth making it was important! I made a Jan Krentz starburst quilt (took 2nd place at fair because I missed some threads when trimming . . .) with diamonds and the straight of grain was critical! Would love a chance to win the jelly roll, but more importantly thanks for a new take on the jelly roll race – I’ve made 4 jrr quilts so far and can’t wait too try a wave on my next one!

    • Rippin’ sisters for sure! 2nd place?!? Because of threads?!? UGH! Of the clipping of threads, there is no end. I would love to see this beauty, quilt police be darned!

  17. Quilts remind me of my childhood and home. I remember having a quilt similar to this one made by my grandmother, of course hers was sewn by hand from remnants of fabric she had left over from other projects. I love the quilt but more so thank you for bring the memory back.

  18. Deborah says:

    Just finished watching your video on the question of should I pre wash my fabric. I always seem to struggle with this dilemma, and I’m always interested in what advice other quilters think on certain topics.Cant wait to try a basic jelly roll quilt and then your jazzed up version. Looks like fun.
    Looking forward to following your you tube channel.

  19. Amber says:

    I love how this extra piece helps “grow” a jelly roll quilt. I have just the jelly roll and border that I’ve been hoarding for this!

  20. Charlotte Brown says:

    Loved your videos but would like more with your guests showing their works of art.

  21. Cathy M says:

    I watched your video on scrappy quilts. I’ll have to try that!
    I love this Dear Mum collection and have plans to make a beach tote from the insects print.

  22. Ann M says:

    Very clever and I like how it lengthens the Jelly Roll quilt. Yes, I am a ripper, I was taught back in the prehistoric ages whe I took a sewing class. Thank-you for this fun jelly roll appliqué.

  23. Luann Fischer says:

    I love this idea. And if one hates to do the unstitching, and likes more symmetry you could stop before the last seam of jelly roll racing. Then put the ‘appliqué piece’ in the middle. I think wavy borders would be great fun too. Well, I’m off to check out your YouTube channel, catch you there!

  24. Charlene Boniscavage says:

    That fabric is absolutely beautiful! I love the color combinations!

  25. Chris K. says:

    I’m going back for more videos.

  26. Anne Sheley says:

    Wonderful idea. Where can I get this ruler?

  27. Patricia Howard says:

    Just subscribed and watched the scrappy and happy video. I’ll be back!

  28. Diane L. says:

    Hey this is a great idea to add interest and variety to a jelly roll quilt. Well done. Also appreciated your comments on helping scraps work for you and ways to release them. Thanks.

  29. Dorothy Schreyer says:

    I have been looking for ways to dress up a couple of Jelly Roll Race quilts, to make them larger, love your idea.

  30. Sherry Hodgdon says:

    I love your addition of the wave in the middle of the jelly roll race quilt! I watched a couple of the videos and love your sense of humor and your style of presentation. I am checking out your website for the first time and love it! Thank you! I would love to win the jelly roll and try out this pattern…

  31. Linda Boswell says:

    Have been wanting a wave ruler for a while, but didn’t have a specific pattern in mind. Now I do, love it , what a great way to use up some jelly rolls too. ty great videos

  32. Marie Eddins says:

    This was a creative addition to jelly roll strip quilts. I listened to your Interview with Laura Heine as well as the hilarious ‘solution’ to getting dresden plates to lie flat!!

  33. Patti M says:

    Jenny Kae, I love your take on the jelly roll quilt! This fabric is adorable! I’m headed back to view your video on scraps and I plan to try some of those not-so-flat dresden plates too. 🙂 Hilarious!

  34. Sandy Koenig says:

    Hi, I love this jelly roll quilt tutorial. I did watch Taming the Scrap Monster. Ugh Me. I am going to work on it soon.

  35. Denise Toomey says:

    That is a great idea to jazz up a Jelly Roll quilt!

  36. Carol Nelms says:

    I like Best Beginner Books, I have 2 new quilters to teach. My 22 year old niece and my best friend who is 60, Yay

  37. Sue says:

    Love the applique option!

  38. Claudia says:

    Hi! I went and subscribed to your YouTube Channel, and I am glad that I did! I watched “Color Courage for the Fabric Phobic”. Great video. I’m going to practice your advice and see what happens! Thank you!!!

  39. Jeri Niksich says:

    Nice addition to the many Jelly Roll Race quilts I haven’t seen one like this before. I’m now subscribed to your bubbly personality you tubes and will be getting your newsletters.

  40. brenda says:

    Great tutorial! Thank you. And thanks for the giveaway.

  41. What a great way to applique! I can see this method being used for panels and other kids quilts. Very nice! I love a jelly roll race too. The humor in your writing style made me smile…”Here, hold my thimble.” LOL Too funny! 🙂

  42. Diane Smith says:

    Great way to add some pizzazz to a Jelly Roll Race! SO, I’m subbing for 3rd grade today, which means I don’t have time to watch “Do You Pre-wash?” which I would have liked. I watched “Dresden Plates That Won’t Lay Flat” instead.

    Thanks! I needed that!

  43. Oh my, so sorry to hear about your husband. That is very hard. Glad I could brighten your heart a bit. Hang in there.

  44. Kathryn says:

    I started quilting in November. Since then I have made 9 Jelly Roll race quilts or some variation. It was cheaper than therapy – or so I thought – quilting has become somewhat of an obsession now. 🙂 I prefer the “instant” gratification of working with Jelly Rolls. Thanks for sharing this new take on my favorite pattern! I look forward to trying this soon.

  45. Mischell Smith says:

    Thanks for the directions on how to make this quilt. I found you on pintrest (sorry for the spelling) and went to moda bake shop now I am going to your website and enter the contest for the jelly roll. I have to have it to make this quilt for my mom. Then one for me out of some brights. It will be lovely.

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