Strip piecing is a great way to make patchwork quilts quickly and easily. And when you use jelly rolls they are even faster to make, but not every pattern calls for 2 ½” strips. Combine those precuts with wider strips, use them to make strip sets that can be cut and reassembled, or use those narrow strips as building blocks for different shapes.
I’ve pulled together four fabulous quilt patterns that utilize strip piecing. To make these beauties you can use jelly rolls, fabric you’ve cut yourself, or a convenient quilt kit. Let’s take a look!
This throw quilt is perfect for beginners and experts looking for a fast and fun quilt to make. Use jelly rolls to create the illusion of a stairway by pairing light and dark fabrics. The simple strip piecing in this example by Bill Kerr and Weeks Ringle of Modern Quilt Studio creates a subtle sense of movement through the quilt top. Recreate this quilt top using the Color Collection and Barbados fabrics from Andover available in the Step Up Quilt Kit, or get the pattern to make your own version of this quilt. Make it scrappy by using leftover bits of jelly rolls, make it stark and sophisticated by choosing black and whites.
The simplicity of this quilt will make it one of your go-to quilt designs! Using a combination of 2 ½” and 1 ½” wide fabric strips, this quilt is a great option when you want a quilt you can finish in a weekend. The Bartacks Quilt Kit features extra wide fabric from the Denim Studio line by Art Gallery Fabrics that are 55-59” wide. If you prefer using standard-width fabric, this quilt pattern provides a wonderful opportunity to practice joining strips with diagonal seams. These muted colors are perfect for fall, but this design in an array of bright fabrics would make a lovely summer throw.
Inspired by the scrappy Trip Around the World quilt by Bonnie K. Hunter, Vivika Hansen DeNegre uses a fresh color palette in this charming quilt. She uses fat quarters from the Hazel collection by Allison Harris for Windham Fabrics, available in the Picnic Party Quilt Kit, to make her strip sets. Since this design maintains its eclectic and random design by utilizing a variation of strip sets. Break out your fabric scraps or dip into your jelly roll and fat quarter stash to make your own version of this quilt.
You don’t have to just use jelly rolls in strip quilting, you can use them in any block! Why not practice a more challenging block like a kaleidoscope block with strips? This pattern designed by Cindy Wiens is great because you’re just dealing with one strip set in a background color. This allows you to play around a lot with placement and direction when setting these kaleidoscope blocks. Love the white and bright colors? Get the Missing a Cog Quilt kit! Try making a moodier version with gray as the background color rather than the white, or make it whimsical by using prints in the background, strips, or both!
I’m a huge fan of precut fabric and quilt kits. I can start piecing and quilting so much more quickly than if I have to go to the fabric store and then cut everything down to size. Fabric choice plays a big role in a quilt pattern catching my eye so I’m partial to quilt kits where all of the fabric is collected, cut, and sent to my door. If you also love the convenience of quilt kits, you’ll love Keepsake Modern where you can find kits like these that have been featured in Modern Patchwork and International Quilt Festival: Quilt Scene magazines. Explore their wide selection of kits, fabric by the yard, and notions; you may just find your next project.