Ask Jo: The Jelly Roll Quilt

Every so often I share questions from readers.  Today is one of those days.

After reading this blog post, a question came from Melissa, “I’m also wondering if it should be 6 inch instead of 6.5. I would love to make a smaller version of this quilt using just one jelly roll!”


The answer is no.  To make this quilt, sew jelly roll strips together.  Cut them at 6 1/2″ to make a square.   Here’s a little diagram that might help walk you through the math.

After sewing the three strips together, they should measure 6 1/2″ tall.  If they don’t, something is wrong with your seam allowance and you need to take the time to check it.  Here’s a blog post I wrote about that to help you adjust it.  You want your blocks to be square that’s why you need to cut them at 6 1/2″ wide.


Just a little FYI…to make the quilt with one jelly roll or 42 ~ 2 1/2″ strips you would sew them strips together giving you 14 strip sets.  From each strip set you can get 6 cuts.  That means you can get 84 blocks.  You could but them into a 9 x 9 setting giving you a 54″ x 54″ throw quilt or an 8 x 10 setting giving you a 48″ x 60″ throw.

Using two jelly rolls would give you 28 strip sets giving you 168 blocks.  Those blocks could be put into an 12 x 12 setting giving you a 72″ x 72″ quilt or a 12 x 13 setting giving you a 72″ x 78″ quilt.

Ideally I like quilts that are about 84″ x 90″.  For that you would need 210 blocks…or 35 strip sets.  You could get that from 2 jelly rolls and 21 extra 2 1/2′ strips…if you’re making it from your scraps you can make this size of quilt with 105 ~ 2 1/2″ strips.  That’s a good scrap buster.

The blocks get sewn together like this.


I hope that clears up some of the questions about this easy and fun quilt.  If not, feel free to ask more questions.


2 thoughts on “Ask Jo: The Jelly Roll Quilt”

  1. The person asking may not be sewing an accurate 1/4 inch seam so my suggestion is after sewing and pressing your strip sets, Measure your actual width, then cut squares. Thanks for doing the math for us. I like having a handy reference which helps figure out ‘about’ what size quilt I will end up with. Cindy

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