The Jelly Roll 1600 Quilt! – And Video

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by Sara Snuggerud in Sewing Tips

What is 1,600 inches long when it starts and finishes 48” x 64”? The Jelly Roll 1,600 Quilt!

(Shown – Two Jelly Roll 1,600 quilts using the exact same jelly roll! Mary E. and Sara S.)

Ladies and gentleman, start your engines!

Your pit crew needs to have the following items on hand: one jelly roll or 40 strips that are 2 1/2” x 40″, scissors, thread, one full bobbin of Aurifil thread and one iron.

Shuffle jelly roll strips to mix up the colors. Most pre-selected jelly rolls roll like colors together. For this quilt, the outcome will look better with a randomized order. Prints with an up or down look will not matter which way they are sewn.

At our recent sewing retreat, we had “Jelly Races”. Please enjoy the video from the race. The fastest sewing time was 35 minutes by Lynette Fahy!

Warm Up Lap:
Sew all 2 1/2” strips on a diagonal into one long strip. (Like sewing binding together).

Before the Green Flag Drops…
DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP… From one end, cut off 18″ of the sewn together strip and throw it away. This will  randomize the location of the diagonal seams throughout the quilt.

Green Flag = GO!
Find the beginning and ending of the 1,600″ long strip. Placing each of the ends right sides together, start sewing. This will be the longest seam. When the end is reached, cut the jelly roll strip apart and finish the seam.

Pit Stop #1
The strip will now be 800” long. No need to press; it can be all be done at the end.

Lap #2
Locate the beginning and end of the 800” strip and start sewing them together. When the end is reached, cut the jelly roll strip apart and finish the seam.

Lap #3 – 5
Repeat the same process a total of five times! Each “lap” will take half the time to sew as the lap before!

Press all seams the same direction and trim sides even. Borders are totally optional. I personally like the size that this quilt finishes without adding anything extra. Just quilt and bind as desired.

Attention store owners and quilt guilds:

You have our permission to use this Jelly Roll 1,600 concept as you desire. We would appreciate a link to our blog for the pattern and to the video via your website. Please give us credit if you print off this information. And we would love to receive pictures of your race! Send pictures to

  1. Betsy Rogers says:

    How fun! Anxious to start Jelly Roll Quilt. Making for my (grown) daughter’s birthday. Question – Can I make a larger quilt using two jelly rolls?
    Thank You 😄

    1. Sara says:

      The jelly roll quilt does not grow proportionately if the fabric is doubled. One way to make the quilt bigger is to make the strips wider.

    2. Kelly M says:

      Betsy- Jelly Roll Quilt for your daughter’s BD. I wanted to use the jelly roll ‘technique’ for lap throws we did for the manor. Since we were limited to a specific size, I cut the first strip that size/width, then just added the strips to side and side and side to still have the correct width, then quit when had the length. Worked GREAT!!

  2. Vicki says:

    If you added more strips the end quilt would be wider, if you used wider strips, it would be longer. My question is could you cut the strips to say 10 inches long and ended witj a 5 inch tile would it be a subway tile design?

    1. Sara says:

      Hi Vicki, This style of sewing together strips is a bit different than just sewing rows together. If you are set on an exact finished quilt size using a set strip width, we would recommend not using the Jelly Roll quilt technique. Just plan your rows based on the size of quilt you wish to have. 🙂

  3. Lisa says:

    What a great idea, I’m deffinately going to try this as have some jelly rolls waiting for the right quilt, I’ve now found it, and will addsome applique, thank you so much for this tutorial,

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