Free Patterns to Make Using Geo Pop Strip Rolls

Are you a precut lover like me? Now that my next line of fabric, Geo Pop has been released, one of my most often asked questions is – what can I make with a Geo Pop strip roll? So today I thought it would be fun to revisit 3 of my free jellyroll patterns, all recolored in Geo Pop.

Geo Pop Strip Roll

Click here to get the Geo Pop strip roll: (40 – 2 1/2″ x 42″ strips)

The Jolly Jelly Roll QuiltJolly Jellyroll quilt in Geo Pop by Christa Watson

Click here for the Jolly Jelly Roll quilt along.

This was the very first quilt along I published on my blog, waaaay back in 2012! Although I never wrote up a formal pattern for it, you can follow the quilt along links to make this quilt from start to finish. All you need is one Geo Pop roll + 1 yard of Tiny Hex black for inner border and binding. Now I want to drop everything and remake this quilt!!

Beaded Lanterns

Geo Pop Beaded Lanterns by Christa WatsonClick here for the free Beaded Lanterns quilt pattern.

This is a free pattern I created to promote a previous fabric line (Fandangle), but I loved recoloring it in Geo Pop! I can’t decide which I like best – using the white or black Op Squares print for the background. Which would you choose??

For this pattern jelly roll pattern, it only uses 36 out of the 40 precut strips so that one of the fabrics from the unused prints can be used for the background. All you need is 1 Geo Pop strip roll + 3 yards of contrasting white or black.

Modern Puzzle

Modern Puzzle Quilt

Click here for the free Modern Puzzle quilt pattern

I created this free pattern to showcase my first fabric line, Modern Marks. Although the Modern marks strip rolls have long since sold out, you can also make this quilt using fat quarters of either collection. Above, I’ve paired up a strip roll of Geo Pop with 3 yards of light gray background so that all of the colors sparkle! (Hint: this gray is actually from a future fabric line, so stay tuned!!)

Just remember: if you have any questions while making any quilts from my books, patterns, or tutorials I’m always here to help you out! Be sure to tag me on instagram @christaquilts and share pics of your progress in my ChristaQuilts Facebook group. I can’t wait to see them!

More Jolly Jelly Roll Quilt Blocks

I’ve been having “sew” much fun with our quilt-along and have been impressed with the comments and pictures I’ve been receiving from those that are participating. Unfortunately I don’t have a way to link up with everyone’s blogs who are following along. So I’ve decided to post pictures of everyone’s progress at  least once a week.

If you are sewing along with us, please email me your pictures, no matter how far along you are and I’ll post them here on my blog.  Here’s a link to last week’s tutorial for those of you that are just joining us. It’s never too late!

I just received a wonderful picture from Linda & Martha showing three different jelly roll collections that they and their quilting buddies are doing. They chose Trick or Treat, Christmas Spirit, and Meadow Friends for 3 of their Jolly Jelly Roll quilts.

Jolly Jelly Roll Quilt BlocksLinda and her “strip club”  meet every other month at their local quilt store. Like me, they think it’s so much fun to see what fabric everyone uses and what they look like when done!

Here’s a fantastic picture from Kathie that I just had to add. She’s using Leaf Haven from Benartex for her strips. If I can stop drooling over all these great quilt pictures and actually get to sewing my own, I can finish my top and show you the next step, LOL!

Kathie's Jelly Roll Quilt Blocks

 

Christa’s Quilt Along 1.2 – Jolly Jelly Roll Quilt Blocks

Welcome to week 2 of my Jolly Jelly Roll Quilt Tutorial. You can link back to week 1 here for the supply list. This week we will sew up all of our jelly roll strips into blocks.

Step 1 – First, find yourself a nice relaxing sewing spot.  Next, lay out all of your pretty strips (40 total) and cut each of them in half along the fold so that you have a total of 80 half strips, each measuring 2 1/2 inches wide by approximately 21 inches long. This will give you a better variety to work with. Smaller strips are also easier to handle and sew together.

Relaxing Sewing SpotLay out Your StripsI sewed my strips together with my  Singer Feather-weight last week while  on vacation at the beach. It doesn’t get any better than this!

Step 2 – Group your half-strips into pairs. You’ll be using the same fabric twice each time, so try to mix them up so they are all different. Or you can sew them together totally randomly. Lay your whole stack next to your sewing machine, with pairs rights sides together and sew them together along the length. Try to keep a consistent quarter-inch seam allowance while sewing.

Stack of StripsSewn Strip Pairs

Seams Pressed OpenStep 3 – Press your seams open. I find that the strips lie much flatter, and are much easier to stack and cut when the seams are pressed open. As we will find in a couple of weeks, they are also much easier to machine quilt though.

Make sure there is at least 20″ of useable fabric per strip set, not including selvedges.

You can click on any of the pictures shown to see a larger, detailed view.

Step 4 – Square up the end and cut each strip segment into 4 – 4 1/2″ blocks. There is little waste and with careful cutting, you can get a bonus 2 1/2″ piece at the end of each segment. Save those for now and I’ll figure out something fun to do with them later.Cut into 4 1/2" SegmentsStep 5 – Cut all of your strip sets into blocks exactly the same way. You should be able to cut a total of 160 blocks. You only need 145 blocks for the quilt (if I counted correctly!) Save the leftovers in case of mistakes. I will use some of them on the backside of my quilt.

Stacks of Finished BlocksNext week we will finish the quilt top. We will continue on with basting, easy machine quilting, and binding in subsequent weeks. I like to go at an easy pace so everyone can keep up! Feel free to work ahead if you like and email me pictures of your progress. I’ll feature as many of them as I can during my sew and tell on Fridays!

Also, please post any questions you have about this project and I’ll answer them in the comments section of my blog. Thanks for sewing-along!


Here is the complete Jolly Jelly Roll Quilt-Along Schedule:

Week 1 – Supply ListJolly Jelly Roll Quilt

Week 2 – Sewing the Blocks

Week 3 – Completing the Top

Week 4 – Backing and Basting

Week 5 – Machine Quilting

Week 6 – Machine Binding to Finish