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Kyoto Jelly Roll Quilt

Updated: Feb 14, 2022

Project by Stephanie Marsh

Create a vibrant and dynamic quilt using jelly roll strips. Used here is the Craft Cotton Co fabric roll Kyoto designed by Stuart Hillard.

You will need:

  • 1 jelly roll

  • thread

  • wadding (slightly larger than the finished size of the quilt)

  • backing fabric (slightly larger than the finished size of the quilt)

  • crochet thread, size 8

  • large eye needle

  • ruler

  • dinner knife


1. Trim the selvedges off all the strips.

2. Use a ¼” seam allowance for all the quilt top. Start by sewing all the short edges together to make one continuous long strip of fabric.

3. Now take either end of the long strip and sew, right sides together along the long edge, cut the fold when near the end. Repeat this until you have the fabric the size you want.

4. Press all the seams to one side.

5. On a flat surface lay the backing fabric out, wrong side up. Lay the backing on top of that, then the quilt top on top, right sides up. You can use safety pins, or pins then tack all layers together to hold in place.

6. Now for some hand sewing. Take a length of you crochet thread, thread the large eye needle and knot one end. To make a neat knot hold the needle between your thumb and first finger, wrap the thread, from the longer tail around the needle twice, now pull the needle up, but gently hold onto the knot and pull tight. Trim the long end close to the knot.

7. Working from the wrong side do one running stitch then you need to pop the knot, which is giving it a gentle sharp tug so it comes through just the backing fabric, this can take a few attempts to get right, but it's worth persevering. Use your nail just to push the weave of the fabric back together.

8. Now from the right side, decide on a design. Take your ruler and knife and mark, a small section at a time, a sewing line, the knife creases the fabric enough for you to see where to sew.

9. Using a running stitch sew along this line. Continue along the quilt until you have completed your design.

10. Trim the quilt to the desired size.

11. I used the off cuts to bind around the quilt. Cut the off cuts to 2.5” wide and join to make a continuous strip. Press in half lengthways, wrong sides together.

12. Working from the right side of the quilt, start in the middle of one of the straight edges, stitch the strip, using a ½” seam allowance all the way around the quilt. Do not start right at the end of the biding. To do the mitred corners stop ½” from the corner with the needle down, lift the foot and pivot the quilt so you sew off the quilt exactly at the corner.

13. Now fold the binding strip back on itself, then fold down so the raw edges match the raw edges of the quilt. Sew the next edge from right off the quilt, making sure not to catch the fold of the binding strip from the corner.

14. Repeat all the way around the quilt. When you come to the other end of the binding fold over a small hem, facing upwards, lay the other end of the binding over the top and sew in place.

15. Press the binding around the raw edges enclosing them all. Overstitch in place.

To see more from Stephanie, visit her on Instagram @stephanie_j_marsh

Made by Stephanie Marsh for The Craft Cotton Company 2021

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