baby girl jelly roll jam quilt

February 24, 2014 by Angie

My third quilt ever is finished! It is my first baby sized quilt. I used half of one jelly roll (18 strips sized 2.5″ x 44″) for the entire quilt top. It went by quickly and was really fun. I’m really happy with the finished product, mostly because I am so in love with this line of fabric, Simply Style by V and Co. for Moda.

completed quilt front

The completed quilt! I wish I had bothered to make the bed and bust out my real camera for these photos. My apologies!

completed quilt folded

A folded quilt photo

completed quilt back

The back of the quilt with a label

My cousin had a beautiful baby girl this month and I’d been dying to make a baby quilt so I made this one for her. I saw this tutorial for two adorable baby quilts (one for a girl and one for a boy) made from one jelly roll. I was smitten. This wonderful fabric is Simply Style by V and Co. for Moda. Vanessa Christenson, the creator of the fabric line, and I both followed this jelly roll jam quilt pattern and great YouTube instructional video put together by the owner of my favorite fabric shop, Fat Quarter Shop.

Other side of V & Co. Jelly Roll

The fabric that started it all!

The first step of the Fat Quarter Shop jelly roll jam pattern is to select 18 strips you would like to use in your quilt. I used almost the same ones Vanessa Christenson chose. You divide them into three sets, making sure you like the arrangement. You then sew the six strips in each set to one another horizontally.

ready to sew three strip sets

After creating the three strip sets, you cut each one into six pieces, each measuring 6.5″ x 12.5″. I am still struggling to make perfect quarter inch seams on this machine, so my strip sets were a little short and I did have to do some squaring up along the way. Next, you make nine quilt blocks by sewing two strip set pieces together. Check the pattern to see who gets sewn to who and which ones get flipped over prior to the sewing. I squared up after this step too.

Strip Set Blocks

Some strip set blocks

After that, you arrange the blocks according to the pattern, sew your rows horizontally, then sew the rows together. This is pretty painless as the quilt only consists of nine blocks.

Completed Quilt Top

The completed quilt top on my sewing table

Completed quilt top laid out on the floor

Here’s the completed quilt top again laid out on the floor

Basting the quilt

About to baste the three pieces together

Quilting went very quickly. I copied Vanessa Christenson yet again with that. I did vertical straight line quilting throughout. I didn’t measure it but I would guess the lines are about an inch apart. I used my walking foot with a quilt guide.

I stopped halfway through quilting to sew the label I made to the backing fabric only. This was my first time making a label and using a zigzag stitch so it took some time to get it right. I won’t show a closeup to protect the baby’s anonymity but I’m glad I added one because it makes it more of a keepsake gift. I just have to get a little better at it.

I bound this quilt using a little less than a 1/2 yard of one of the pink prints from the fabric line. I machine bound both sides for the first time. I did this for durability since baby quilts tend to be washed a lot. It went pretty well for the first time and I think I learned from this how to machine bind the next baby quilt without any mistakes. I machine sewed double fold binding to the back first, then flipped it around to the front for better control.

The Quilt Stats

Finished size: about 35″ x 35″
Quilt top fabrics: 18 strips from Simply Style by V and Co. for Moda Jelly Roll
Quilt back fabric: Bella Solids Graphite yardage
Binding: Honeysuckle Pink Eyelet yardage from Simply Style by V and Co. for Moda
Batting: Warm and White

fresh from the dryer

Here’s a photo Robbie took of me being proud after pulling the quilt out of the dryer.


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