Jelly Roll Jam – Shortcut Quilt Series | Fat Quarter Shop


Hi I’m Kimberly with the fat quarter shop,
and we are so excited today to show you our first short cut quilt, which is the
Jelly Roll Jam and you can see the quilts behind us. You can get a wide
variety of looks from this pattern, and you can download this for free on our
website www.fatquartershop.com This pattern uses a
Moda jelly roll, and a Moda jelly roll includes forty, two and a half by width
of fabric strips, and you can make two thirty six inch square quilts using this
jelly roll. So let’s get started! Today I decided to use the scrumptious jelly
roll by Bonnie and Camille since I love their fabrics so much. So our first step
is just to unroll the jelly roll. So I’m just going to unroll the jelly roll and
look at the prints, and today I’m kind of feeling like I like pink and aqua
together. So I’m just going to pick eighteen strips out and put them in a
stack and then all the rest of the jelly rolls I’m going to save and use later
for another quilt So now that we have our eighteen strips we need to make
three sets of six. So we’re just going to lay them out; don’t think too much just
have fun mixing and matching your colors and your prints and you don’t need to
think too much about it. So this is going to be our first set Some – you know your colors might touch
they might not you might have prints next to each other and in the end if you
look at the quilt you won’t even notice because it’s very very scrappy. So
there’s my first set of six Then we’ll just go on and do the next You can see I
didn’t take too much time doing it You just do it very scrappy and we’ve got
three sets of six and what I do here is I actually take a cell phone picture of
each strip set so if I’m sewing and I leave my project and have to go back to
it later I can remember exactly where all my fabrics were and what we want to
do is we want to stack everything and we’re going to label – label the very top
print and this is a very important step you’re going to just stack your fabrics
together. So what I’m going to do – – is on this top print I’m just going to label
this strip the top and you can just label it at home with a pin or you can
just take some post-it notes and label it, and that way you can always remember
where your top print is and now we are ready to start sewing and we’re going to take our first two strips you’re going to leave your top sign on
your first strip so you know that always stays on the left side. What I do is I
take my jelly rolls and I line up the triangle edges so that that way I know
that they’re perfectly aligned. I’m going to sew with a quarter inch seam and I
use a quarter inch foot on my sewing machine. I’m going to see that everything
is aligned perfectly and I’m going to sew with the 2.0 stitch length, and
there’s no need to back stitch and you’re just going to sew and then I stop,
make sure that we’re aligned and go ♪♪♪ Music playing ♪♪♪ So now we have done our first strip set, and
you can see the top is on the left so since you’ve labeled that you know
you’re adding to the right. You take your next strip from your set. You line up
your triangles again, and you just start stitching and we are going to repeat
that until we have three sets of six all sewn together; and remember to use a 2.0
stitch length and your quarter inch seam allowance ♪♪♪ Music playing ♪♪♪ and now we’re going to start ironing It’s very important for you to press away from your top piece so we are going
to press down, and the way that I press is I’m going to press in segments; and
I’m going to do the right half – – it’s important for you to set your seam.
Setting your seam just means pressing down gently, and that just sets
everything to where it’s very nice and even – and then you’re going to just press
out after you’ve set your seam and I like to use a lot of steam in my iron I
put it on the hottest setting and I use steam and starch So now we have pressed
our strips and the first thing I’m going to do is I’m going to turn it over and
I’m going to make sure that everything is very even and everything is pressed
the right direction and then I’m going to starch and I like to starch a lot. I
like to use a premium starch that is not flaking. If you use one that flakes, it’s
going to ruin your quilts and the reason that I love starch is it just makes it
nice, crisp, flat, um – and it just makes everything go together so much easier
and I use a ton of starch as you can see and what I do is I’m going to let this
sit for two minutes before I press it and I found that if you let it sit it’s
going to be much crisper. So now we’re just going to do our final pressing with
the heavy starch and it is going to be nice and crisp and perfect and easy
to work with. So now we’ve ironed our row and now we are ready to start cutting our
block! – and today I’m using a creative grids six and a half by eighteen and a
half inch ruler to cut our blocks! And the first step you’re going to do is
you’re going to line up your very center strip with a line on the ruler – doesn’t
matter which line you just want it perfectly straight and you’re going to
trim. And, you’re going to flip it around and we’re cutting six segments
six-and-a-half by twelve and a half. So all we have to do is use our ruler since
we have a six and a half inch ruler. You line up this edge and this edge just to
make sure you’re perfectly straight and you cut – and you cut your next segment
you’re going to do the same thing – – and I’m a little bit off so I’m going to go
ahead trim to the right turn it around
line up the left edge and the center and trim and I am just putting all my scraps
in this little bucket I keep it on my table – keeps everything very neat, and out
of the way. You’re going to keep doing that – so we’ve got everything lined up. We’re
going to turn around and trim it up and doing this just makes your blocks a 100%
accurate – and then this is very important your very center of your strip is the
most wavy and uneven and it also has a crease from when the jellyroll was
rolled so you don’t want to use that piece because this is the most uneven
part so once you’ve cut your first three blocks you’re going to go all the way to
the other end and trim it again you’re going to leave your top label on, you’re
not going to take that off. And again, you’re going to line up
the very center line on your ruler with this line. You’re going to trim, flip, and
we’re going to repeat this step until you have six remembering not to use the
center. So you’re lining up the edge and the edge. You’re going to repeat that step – and
here we’re a little bit off so we’re just going to trim on the right, turn,
align the left in the center. And when you’re done you should have si-
for each strip you should have six six and a half by twelve and a half inch
blocks. So now our jelly rolls have become these beautiful blocks and now
we’re going to label our stacks of blocks. I have divided each one that
we’ve cut and stacked everything identical, just as you see and now I’m
going to label them. Stack one, stack two, and stack three ♪♪♪ Music playing ♪♪♪ So now we’re going to
take our smaller blocks and turn them into bigger blocks that we’re going to
use in our Jelly Roll Jam quilt and this could get a little confusing so don’t
forget you can download our free pattern at our website at fatquartershop.com
So what we’re going to do is we’re going to take our first three blocks from stack
one, and we’re going to take our first three blocks from stack two. We’re going to lay
them down and we’re going to pose the – where we’ve marked “top” so that when you
sew your seams are going to nest and go together nicely – so that’s our first stack.
To make our second stack, we’re going to take the last three blocks from stack
one, and our first three blocks from stack three – we’re going to do the same thing, we’re
going to pose the top seams so that everything nests. That’s our second set.
And now we’re going to take our last three blocks from stack two, and our last
three blocks from stack three, Pose them and now we’ve got three stacks. So now we’ve got our blocks laid out and we’re going to pin or blocks together.
You’re going to put your blocks right sides together and you can see that the
front seam goes to the right, the back seam goes to the left, we’re going to put
them together and push them to nest – so you just push that seam right in you
press it all the way in there just smush it with your fingers and you pin, and
it’s going to keep it together perfectly. you’re going to do the same thing you’re
going to just push your seams in, nest them where they don’t move at all and pin. I’m going to pin at every
intersection. ♪♪♪ Music playing ♪♪♪ So now we’ve got all our blocks together and now when we go to
our sewing machine everything will be pinned and nothing will go out of place
so let’s get to sewing! We’re going to take them to our sewing machine and I’m
going to teach you how to chain piece. You’re going to – use a quarter inch foot
or a quarter inch seam and you’re just going to sew and right when you get to
your seam you’re going to pull your pin pin out you do not want to sew over a pin
because it can break your sewing machine. ♪♪♪ Music playing ♪♪♪ and we’re going to keep sewing we’re not
going to cut our thread we’re just going to keep sewing ♪♪♪ Music playing ♪♪♪ Mow as you chain-stitch it’s going to
save a lot of time and a lot of thread because you’re just going you don’t have
to stop to cut. I put the grab it on my sewing machine I
just pick my thumbs up and just keep sewing. Just make sure you do not sew
over your pin and you can see how simple it was to
chain piece all your blocks together. So now what we’re going to do is just cut
them apart. So now we are going to iron our blocks and again we’re going to set
our seam by just pressing down gently which is just going to set your seam and
make it much better when you press it open. So now we are almost done with our
quilt all we have to do is lay out our nine blocks and we are going to be done.
So the first thing you can do is let’s take the top tags off you don’t need
them anymore – so that’s our first step. And what I’ve done is I have put three
identical blocks in a stack and I’ve labeled stack ‘A’, stack ‘B’, and stack ‘C’, and
we’re going to use that – the stack names to layout the quilt – and you do not have
to do it this way but we just think it’s super cute. You’re going to take your
three fabric ‘A’ blocks, and you’re going to lay them out horizontally just like
this – and remember this quilt is supposed to be fun and you can do this any way
that you would like. We’re going to take the three B’s – one is going to go here we’re going to take the three C’s this
direction we’re just going to lay them out
following the diagram on our free pattern. And now you can see we’ve got
horizontal, vertical, horizontal – and just look and see if you know now this
touches so you might want to flip it back – – it’s just whatever you think looks
best. So that’s our quilt laid out. And then what we’re going to do is we’re
going to take them and stack them and take them to the sewing machine so I’m
going to sew this direction. So I’m going to make three stacks keep them exactly
how I have them laid out. ♪♪♪ Music playing ♪♪♪ and we’re just going to go to the sewing machine and
we’re just going to sew down one seam, chain stitching and then we’re going to
chain stitch the last seam. So now let’s get to sewing. What we’re going to do is
we’re going to sew Row one together with Row two and you’re going to leave Row
three on the side and not worry about it right now. So what we’re going to do is
we’re going to put these two – the first two blocks right sides together. We’re
going to line up and in the very middle seam we’re going to pin in the center. We’re going to pin on the outside edge,
and the other outside edge. And now you’ve got three pins together
and this is how it should look and we’re going to start sewing. So you’re just going to sew with a
quarter inch seam and a 2.0 stitch length and you’re just going to go all
the way ♪♪♪ Music playing ♪♪♪ You’re going to just keep sewing, we are not going to cut our thread we’re going to just keep chain stitching. We’re just going to put the next one right
sides together, pin in the center – – in each outside edge, and we’re going to keep
sewing and now we have chain paste our ♪♪♪ Music playing ♪♪♪ And now we have chain pieced our first two rows together and it should look like this. and now we’re going to add our three ♪♪♪ Music playing ♪♪♪ Now this one will have to cut the thread
so that when we come back you can open and you’re going to add your next one. Keep pinning the same way we’ve been
penny – three pens. ♪♪♪ Music playing ♪♪♪ So now you’re just going to line your rows out on the table you’re going to keep this stitching locking the rows together so when you
iron everything stays together exactly how you had it laid out on the table.
We’re going to go ahead and take these row markers out since we do not need
them. And what you’re going to do is go to your ironing board and press each row
opposing ways. So I would press this one to the right, press these two seams to
the left and these two seams to the right ♪♪♪ Music playing ♪♪♪ So now we’ve ironed our rows together,
and now I went ahead and pinned the first row together using the tips that
we gave you before and we’re going to sew our very last two things in our
quilt top is going to be complete. ♪♪♪ Music playing ♪♪♪ And now your quilt top is complete. So making
this quilt was just as simple as that – and remember you can make two Jelly Roll
Jam quilts from one jelly roll! And make sure to look at our website fatquartershop.com, and look at our large selection of jelly rolls, and to download this free
pattern. Thanks for quilting with me, and make
sure to watch for our next short video ♪♪♪ Music playing ♪♪♪