Quilting Clarification: Jelly Roll Quilts vs. String Block Quilts

With so many different methods and patterns available, it can be hard to keep up with the wide range of quilting knowledge; if you’re like us and need a little refresher every once in a while to keep everything straight in our minds (and don’t worry if you are), this one’s for you!

What we’re focusing on here is the jelly roll quilt. Jelly roll quilts are absolutely beautiful, but can be a little confusing, in terms of categorization. You see, “jelly roll” refers to the fabric that’s used, not the pattern of the actual quilt. Jelly roll fabric is pre-cut strips of varying sizes and colors, supplied to stores by the manufacturer. You can choose the color scheme and, since everything already goes together, you end up with a solid fabric base for your quilt. However, buying jelly roll fabric can sometimes be pretty expensive, so we’d like to shed light on the fact that you can create a jelly roll quilt (one made up of strips) using scrap fabric, so your final product is a fraction of the price!

A standard (and beautiful!) jelly roll

Quilting Clarification: Jelly Roll Quilts vs.  String Block Quilts

from: Jennifer Nemeth Eustis: “My jelly roll race quilt. I hand quilted it with circles.”

This faux jelly roll is made with scrap fabric!

Quilting Clarification: Jelly Roll Quilts vs.  String Block Quilts

from: Aleesa Kobi: “And this is the back of that scrappy front.”

A lovely jelly roll string block quilt…

Quilting Clarification: Jelly Roll Quilts vs.  String Block Quilts

from: Rhonda Smith Burgan: “Made this with 2 jelly rolls.. and a pretty peacock swirl border.. still need to quilt it “

…a leftover-fabric beauty!

Quilting Clarification: Jelly Roll Quilts vs.  String Block Quilts

from: Wendy Huber: “”Christmas String” all out of my scraps…King size. Wendy Huber”

Jelly roll creation:

Quilting Clarification: Jelly Roll Quilts vs.  String Block Quilts

from: Mary Ducker: “A jelly roll quilt I made for a dear friend”

A scrap sensation!

Quilting Clarification: Jelly Roll Quilts vs.  String Block Quilts

from: Aleesa Kobi: “Made from scraps that couldn’t be cut into standard sizes. Foundation is used dryer sheets. 80 6×6 blocks unfinished size.”

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