TBT: Zoey's 7th Birthday Quilt

May 19, 2016

A while back I realized that although I share lots of photos on Instagram every week, I don't blog as often as I should about the things I create, especially quilts. So, today I want to show you the simple Jelly Roll Racer quilt I made for my daughter last Summer for her 7th birthday.

The instructions (with a nice video tutorial) for making a quilt like this can be found at Heirloom Creations. Although many have posted similar videos and tutorial since, this is considered to be the original. At first I was a bit flabbergasted at just how long your finished strip (of all the strips together) was going to be, but once you start making your rows it goes extremely fast!

The fabric I used was from a general unnamed Jelly Roll found at JoAnn Fabrics in their nursery / precuts section. It was my first ever time using a precut like this and I was instantly hooked! The backing is also from JoAnn's, I pieced together two prints from the same line.

The think I like most about Jelly Roll Racers is that not a ton of planning or time is involved - you're not even 100% sure what the quilt will look like or where the prints will end up / how they'll mix together until you're totally finished. I loved that!

Have you ever made a racer quilt? Would you consider it?


  1. I've done Jelly Roll Race twice from an actual commercial jelly roll, and several other times to use up 2 1/2" wide scraps. It's a lot harder to get the size and proportions right when using scraps; the commercial jelly rolls always seem to come out fine.

    Yours is pretty! I love that butterfly backing!

    1. Thanks so much! Jelly Rolls are my favorite precut :)


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