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Jelly Babies: Adorable Quilts from 2 1/2" Strips From the Staff at That Patchwork Place

Jelly Babies: Adorable Quilts from 2 1/2" Strips From the Staff at That Patchwork Place

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Jelly Babies: Adorable Quilts from 2 1/2" Strips From the Staff at That Patchwork Place

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Jun 7, 2011


First the quilting experts at That Patchwork Place® baked up the popular quilts in A Baker's Dozen. Now they present contemporary, unique quilts that Baby can grow up with and still love as a preschooler.

  • Use today's convenient precuts or cut 2 1/2" strips from your stash
  • Select from 14 welcoming quilts in a wide variety of styles
  • Find step-by-step instructions that help you finish in time for Baby's arrival
Jun 7, 2011

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Jelly Babies - That Patchwork Place


Long and thin, short and round, sweet, sassy, or shy, babies come in all sizes and personalities. As different as they all are, they have one thing in common: they are inherently lovable, and that makes us want to cuddle them, protect them, and wrap them in something soft and warm. Is there anything more perfectly suited to the task than a quilt?

Baby quilts are the bonbons of the quilt world: they’re small, fun to share, and hard to resist. Whether you’re making one for your own baby, as a gift, or to donate, each delightful little project is sure to please.

When the quiltmakers here at Martingale & Company decided to create this book of baby quilts, we challenged ourselves not only to come up with original designs, but to work primarily, sometimes exclusively, with precut 2½" fabric strips. The result is an exciting collection of unique designs as wonderfully varied as a nursery full of babies. Some are easy enough to make in a weekend; others require a bit more effort. All are ready to be cherished by a lucky baby.

A word about the photos: The adorable baby pictures gracing the pages of this book were generously provided by Martingale & Company employees, all of whom were happy to let us use them as long as we didn’t identify the babies by name!

Mary V. Green

Editor in Chief, Martingale & Company

Jelly Rolls: Fabric Yummy Enough to Eat!

Different companies may call them by different names, but basically a Jelly Roll is a bundle of 2½-wide strips, cut across the width of the fabric (42). The Jelly Rolls used in this book all contained 40 strips, but that too can vary. Fabric companies started making precut bundles to promote their fabric lines; a Jelly Roll usually contains fabrics from one line, resulting in a group of fabrics with similar colors and patterns. Depending on the number of fabrics in the line there may be duplicate strips in the Jelly Roll.

Using precut strips can make quick work of piecing a quilt top. But you don’t have to purchase Jelly Rolls to make any of the quilts in this book. We’ve included the amounts you’ll need if you want to use fabrics from your stash. Look for the Stash Option box near the materials list in each project.

In addition to Jelly Rolls there are other precut bundles available. They may go by different names but include:

Layer Cake. Packet of 10 squares, 40 per packet. Layer Cake is the name used by Moda Fabrics for these bundles, but you may find your local quilt shop packages their own bundles of 10 squares.

Fat quarter. Half of a half-yard of fabric; generally measures 18 x 21. Fat quarters may be purchased individually, or in bundles of various numbers, from four coordinating fat quarters to 35 or 40—a full fabric line.

Tips for Success

If you’re new to using Jelly Rolls and other precut fabrics, there are a few things that will be helpful for you to know.


To keep your long strips from tangling, gently ease the roll open and clip or secure the strips at one end. Pin the ends of the strips to your ironing board to hold them in place, and then fan them apart and choose the strips you want by easing them away from the rest.


If you prefer to prewash your fabrics before cutting and sewing, learn to resist the temptation to wash or even rinse your precut fabric strips. Washing could cause the fabric to fray, ravel, or shrink, resulting in pieces that are no longer an accurate size.

You can test a strip for bleeding by spritzing it with a little water and pressing with steam between two pieces of muslin, being careful not to stretch the strip out of shape. Examine the muslin for any running or bleeding of color. If you’re worried about fabrics bleeding when it comes time to wash your finished quilt, use this trick from Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company: Toss a Shout Color Catcher sheet in the washing machine. These sheets resemble fabric-softener dryer sheets, but they’re made to catch any dyes that may run out of fabric during the wash cycle and prevent them from bleeding onto other parts of your quilt.


Don’t trim the pinked edges off any of the precut fabrics; you won’t have enough fabric to make the quilt if you do. When aligning your fabrics for sub-cutting or sewing, use the outer points of the pinked edges as the edge of the fabrics so that your ¼" seam allowances will be accurate.


When you purchase a package of precut strips, they all go together because they’re from the same fabric line. But you’ll have to do a bit of planning to determine which fabrics will best work together in your quilt. Most of the projects in this book explain how to sort the fabrics prior to cutting, whether it’s merely separating darks from lights, or making pairs or groups of three or four fabrics that will work nicely together in individual blocks.

Undoubtedly, you won’t be able to find the exact fabrics that we used for the quilts in this book (unless you already have the same fabric line in your stash). So, when you select your favorite Jelly Roll, just follow the guidelines on sorting the fabrics to make sure your collection of fabrics will work for the pattern you want to make.


Several of the projects in this book use the folded-corner technique. If you’re not familiar with it, here’s how to do it. In this example, we’ll show a rectangle with contrasting corners, but you can also use the technique for strips and squares.

Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of a 2½" square (or the size specified in the project instructions). Position the square right sides together on the corner of the rectangle as shown so that the diagonal line goes from the top edge to the side edge. Stitch on the marked line.

Press to set the stitches, and then trim away the excess fabric in the corner, leaving a ¼"-wide seam allowance. Press the remaining triangle of fabric toward the corner.

Continue as described in your project’s

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    I'm not a very experiences quilter, but I enjoyed all the pictures. Two of the quilts (a baby quilt and one made up from the scraps) are ones I'll be trying in the future. The exciting thing about this book was that it inspired several of my friends who ARE quilters and now they're reading it as well! And using the library, which I'm all for!