Friday, March 16, 2012

Easy Quilt Block To Make From Strips

Somehow I stumbled upon two really great internet sources for techniques and free patterns. First I found a YouTube video from Missouri Star Quilt Company showing how to use jelly roll strips (or any strips) to make a quick and easy quilt block. Jenny Doan, one of the owners of Missouri Star Quilt Company in Hamilton Missouri, is the star of this and, I believe, all of the 123 videos on the channel.

The video is called Amazing Jelly Roll Quilt Pattern by 3 Dudes! There is a link below. In the video Jenny talks about the technique she uses for making pinwheels and how a similar technique is used by 3 Dudes Quilting in Phoenix Arizona.

Sew strips together in sets. The strips don't have to be the same width but it is more efficient if you use strips cut from the width of fabric.

I used three in a set but you can use as many as you like. The more strips you use, the larger your finished block will be.
Cut each strip set into squares. My strip set finished up at 6-1/2" so my squares were cut at 6-1/2". Mix up the squares. Take two squares and place one with the seams going horizontal and another on top, right sides together, with the seams going vertical.

Stitch a 1/4" seam allowance along each outside edge of the blocks. Shown here in black.

Using your rotary cutter, ruler and mat, cut the block in half twice diagonally. You will have 4 smaller blocks from each sewn set.

Here are 3 blocks after cutting. These are not from the same block set. The block set started out at 6-1/2" and when it was cut, these squares were 4-1/4".

Here are the blocks sewn together.

You have to be careful when stitching these blocks together because all the edges are bias but it does help to match up the seams.

This is the almost finished quilt. I will be adding borders today.

3 Dudes Quilting has a free quilt pattern download using this technique. The pattern was designed by Ray Steeves, one of the 3 Dudes

Happy Quilting!
Carol Thelen


  1. I watched that video a week or so ago, and was going to attempt to make the quilt for my 3rd quilting project, but I got side tracked by another jelly roll quilt the same one that you mentioned the other day. Your quilt above looks very nice, great colors.

  2. i'm using my scrapes of material from other things i have made and want to use up the material to make a jelly roll quilt, how long do I make the strips 2 1/2" wide to start the quilt

    HELP Clara from Mi.

    1. I have done this several times. It is a great way to use up scraps. I figured that if each strip is 42" and there are 40 strips, then I need about 42 x 40 = 1,680 inches. As I collect the strips to use, I sew them to the other strips. I measure as I go and pin a little piece of paper on the end with the measurement on it. Saves time measuring each time. Good luck and let me know how it works out!


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