Friday Finish: Jimmy John and Free Pattern

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We have had lots of wedding and celebrations this year…six weddings is a lot.  I think we are “just at that age”.  Our friends and my siblings all have kids that are the marrying age and several happened to have gotten married this year.  I really like to make a quilt for the weddings we are invited to but all that takes time and money.  Kelli and I were talking about it and she said, “Mom-why don’t you design a few easy quilts that just use a jelly roll?”  Great thinking on her part…right.  In a little over a day I had three designed.  We had a jelly roll here so we quickly started sewing.  We completed the top in a day….

Here it is….  Jimmy John.


The name “Jimmy John” came as this one was designed for my brother, Jim, and his wife who were celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary.  Growing up my mom always called him “Jimmy John”….so that’s the name.

The quilt is so easy to sew and the beauty…it uses one jelly roll plus a little yardage…and not even that much of that!!  We do have to warn you though…you need to use every single strip in the jelly roll so cut carefully.


When I first started playing with the idea on the computer, the design didn’t have the top of the bottom piece on the quilt.  I thought it looked okay.  Then I got the pieces sewn together and it just didn’t seem quite right.  I called Kelli and we chatted.  I told her I thought it needed some type of top and bottom to give the quilt a finished look.  We agreed….Oh the quilt top looked so much better.


I have to confess I got a few blocks twisted around and needed to rip them out.  I thought that while I was ripping I would go over to Youtube and watch a couple machine quilting videos to see if there was something that caught my eye for this quilt.  There was…..  this!!


That’s what I ended up with and it was my first time ever doing this design.  I will be doing this many more times…I love it!  I figured some of you might enjoy the video as well so I am adding a link here.

I was so happy when I got it off the machine that I had to send Kelli a picture….this was it.  Boy I love the quick easy quilt…I love the quilting too.

For anyone wondering this is an OLD Moda fabric line called Tranquility.  I am sure there is no way to get it anymore as the line is likely 5 years old.  We have made many quilts with this line and have liked each and every one…The few fabric scraps of this we have left are going to be retired.  R.I.P. Tranquility we loved you.

I bet you’re looking for the promised free pattern…no fear.  I didn’t forget.  Here’s the link to the printable pattern for Jimmy John.  As always we’d love to see your completed project!!  Feel free to share it with us.

We have had several readers make our Jimmy John quilt.  You can view their quilts by following the links.
Nancy’s Quilt of Valor Version

You can find MANY other free patterns on our site by looking under the free patterns tab at the top of the page under our banner.  Stop by again…

39 thoughts on “Friday Finish: Jimmy John and Free Pattern”

  1. Thank you so much for the free pattern of this quilt. I really like the colors in your quilt and how great the quilting looks. You did a great job! (

  2. Once again thank you ladies for a beautiful pattern! You’re very generous to all of us. I have a wedding in December and I’m making this quilt for my gift. Thank you again. Jo, love the updates on your house.

  3. Beautiful quilt! Thanks so much for the tutorial and to the link for the quilting. I have not seen his work before; I’m going to try it!

  4. Thanks for the pattern! I don’t buy jelly rolls, but have lots of strips cut from my stash that will be perfect for this.

  5. Dear Jo…
    I just wanted to say Thank You for sharing this wonderful pattern. It looks so simple but beautiful. I would to see what the other patterns look like that you designed at the same time as this one. Wil you be sharing those too? This one will be a wonderful stash buster and looks very nice as a scrap quilt. I can see myself making some of these for gifts.


  6. I immediately pulled out a Jingle Bell jelly roll and cut out the whole quilt. Now it is in the 6 inch pieces and ready to go to retreat. Fast and easy. Thank you so much. I shared your blog with a friend who is a sit down quilter for the video. Thanks for that tool. Love your writing style. It is like having a coffee break with a friend.

  7. wonderful quilt and pattern i do have one question ob step 13 you say attach the strips on the bias that does not make sense to me? love you blog and the dogs too thaks so much for sharing

  8. I have a beautiful jelly roll that haunts me every time I walk into my sewing room ~ just waiting, waiting, waiting. THIS is the perfect quilt pattern for it. Thank you, Thank you Thank you!

  9. The picture on the last page of the pattern is incorrect. There should be no sets of 5 color strips on the middle rows. I made the pattern and there are only 14 of them and 7 belong on each side.

    It is a great pattern by the way and went together like a dream. I used a Jingle Bells Bali Pop and a gold tone on tone.

  10. Thank you, enjoy your blog so much. Quilting and the new house you have me hooked. Don’t know how you get everything done. Keep posting and inspiring us all.

  11. I really liked this quilt when you first talked about it. Seeing it again today, I still like it. I have been thinking about making a quilt for the lady at church that gives away her eggs. She brings dozens to church and won’t take any money. Thanks for your blog and all you do for the quilting world.

  12. Thanks for sharing these patterns. I can’t wait to make them for my granddaughter’s going away to college chest.

  13. Love the pattern and will use to tame my strip box.
    Question: In Step 8, shouldn’t the wide neutral strip be cut 78″? I compute the finished size of the segment-columns to bed 77 1/2″.

    Thanks for posting this free pattern. It is a great design.

  14. Jo, I just love the Jimmy John pattern! Just completed the second top in autumn fabrics and it will be donated to QOV. Instead of 2.5 inch strips, I converted the pattern to use 3.5 inch strips and 6.5 inch background bands. This means 13 instead of 14 segments are cut at 6.5 inches because that is the width of my ruler.
    This pattern is a great way to use up leftover strips.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Liz in Houston

  15. Carole Mehner

    Thank you for the pattern. Depending on how much fabric I have, this will be for a male teen – twin size for Habitat For Humanity or lap size comfort quilt for a teen cancer patient at our regional Children’s Hospital. It’s hard to find a pattern that is so easily adapted to any age, any gender. Thanks again.

  16. I have just made my very first machine quilt and I chose Jimmy John to try. I didn’t use a jelly roll but odd lengths and sizes of fabrics I already had. I bought fabric to make a frame border and a beautiful fabric for the backing as I was so pleased with the way my quilt top turned out. I still have to sandwich it and quilt it which will be done in the next few weeks. I was amazed how accurate and square it turned out to be. Some of the strips are wider than others but I knew it would be like that and is not a mistake. I partnered wider strips with narrower ones just as the fabrics matched or contrasted with each other. I really love my quilt and am looking forward to finding a suitable quilting design over the next few days.

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  19. Sharon Sheppard

    Hello, I guess the link to the Jimmy John’s Quilt pattern is no longer active. Is there any way for me to get the free pattern?

    Thanks. Sharon

  20. I made the Jimmy John Quilt for my son last year, and recently showed it to my small group of quilting friends. They asked for the pattern so I sent them the link to your blog page.
    I love the pattern, it’s quick, easy, and beautiful (mine is a slightly darker version of yours). I plan to use it again as I have several jelly rolls in my stash and a many leftover strips in my scrap bin.
    Also, I will be showing the quilt at our guild meeting and putting it in a local quilt show. I will be including your information on the label, so don’t be surprised if you get some new hits on the blog page.

    Yours truly,

    Debbie R.

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