Amazing Jelly Roll Quilt Pattern by 3 Dudes!


Hi. It’s Jenny from the Missouri Star Quilt Company. We had a gal come into the shop the other day, and she was from Arizona, and she asked me if I had ever heard of the 3 Dudes Quilting in, I think it’s, Mesa, Arizona. And they have a quilt shop there, and she said that they used my same pinwheel block — you know, the one where I stitch all around the outside — and they tricked it up, and she showed me what they did, and I couldn’t believe it.

So we called and talked to Ray. And they are just the greatest guys out there. So here’s a shout out to Ray at the 3 Dudes Quilting and all the quys. We think it’s awesome when guys quilt.

But let me show you what they’re doing. This is awesome. So we got these cute little roll-ups from Riley Blake, and it’s called Alphabet Soup, and one is a boy way and one is a girl way, and so I decided I was going to make a quilt the way they do it and see how it works.

So basically what we’re doing is we’re taking the jelly roll strips and we’re sewing them all together. And when Ray did it, his blocks were really big, but I decided to go a little smaller, so I sewed four strips together. And then, remember, we’re going to measure this, so however tall it is, that’s how wide you’re going to cut your block because you want squares. We’re making squares here.

So you sew all your strips together, and then we cut them into blocks. So here I have a stack of blocks from different strip sets, and watch this. This is just going — this is another one of those things where I’m like, “Oh, my gosh. This is awesome.”

Okay. So what they did was they took their strip set like this, and they laid the blocks — the strips horizontally on the back, took the same strip set but laid those blocks — those strips vertically on the front. So then you sew all the way around, and you cut it in both directions, just like we do the pinwheels, exactly like that. So I have a block here where I’ve sewed around, and wait until you see what shows up. All right. I got a little — oh, I’m going to need a little longer ruler. Here we go.

And you’ll notice I have — everybody keeps saying, “Why don’t you use one of those spinning boards?” Well, finally, we got some here at the shop, and they are amazing. I love them.

Anyway, so here’s what we do. We’ve sewn — see the stitch line. We’ve sewn all the way around the whole two blocks, and we’re going to cut it this way, and then we’re going to turn our little board a little bit, and we’re going to cut it this way. And then when you open them up, look at the blocks you get. How cool is that?

Here, let’s press some of these open so you can get a look at them. See, the strips will run differently on each side. And I thought, “Boy, there just isn’t going to be anything cuter than this to make a little baby quilt out of.” I should really be setting these seams, but I get so excited to open them up.

So look at that. Now, when you put these together, you know, you can do it again so the little squares match in the center. I mean, there’s just loads of ways you can do this because it’s — I mean, it’s just got so much movement and so much fun to it just from putting your strips horizontally on the back and vertically on the front and doing the exact same thing that you do with the pinwheels.

So I’ve got a finished quilt over here I’d like to show you. I finished the one for the boy one first. This is the girl line, so let me show you that. Look how cute this is. Is this not the cutest thing? And it’s done the same easy pinwheel way, just sewing strips together instead of using solid fabric. It’s just sewing strips together.
So here we are. You know, here’s the block right here. And with these strips going this way and this going this way, we put them together. I mean, it’s just adorable.

So we hope you enjoyed this tutorial from the Missouri Star Quilt Company and 3 Dudes Quilting in Arizona.

Thanks. See you later.

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  • Laura Herren

    I’m getting ready to start my first quilting project ever, and let me just say that your fun and easy to follow videos are great! I also really appreciate the captioning!! Thanks so much 🙂

    • Sarah

      You are so welcome!! Good luck on your quilting adventure!! Have a great day!

  • Cuteness strikes again at almost midnight.

    • Sarah

      Hahaha!! Thanks! Hope you enjoyed the tutorial!

  • Cindy

    Am going to look through my strip sets now. FUN!!

  • Donna in Ky.

    Since I’m a new quilter, I’ve been looking for a simple pattern with some pizazz for a jellyroll I have. I think this is it! Thank you for doing such a good job of presenting the project. I enjoy all your videos.

  • How cute is that! I love !t and can’t wait to try it. I love how excited Jenny is about it even more. Your tutorials are amazing!

    • Jackie MSQC

      That’s great, and thank you so much! Have fun with this one!!!

  • Marie Sonnier

    thank you so much for sharing it motivates me to do quilting i love all the different things you do with the charm packs and with the jelly rolls thanks again for sharing

    • Natalie

      You’re welcome Marie! We love it too! Happy quilting!

  • Gwen

    I love your tutorials, I spend a lot of time alone as my husband works long hours and i have ms ( but compared to some i am ok). As soon as i hear that chirpy music my whole day lights up.

    • JackieMSQC

      Gwen, thank you!! We are so glad we can bring a smile to your face 🙂

  • Elke Compton

    Your tutorials are fantastic; very easy to follow and easy to do 🙂 I have the Moda Monster Bash Jelly roll and want to try this pattern for a Halloween themed quilt. In the Moda Jelly roll there are several doubles, do you think that will make a difference in this pattern? There are only 29 strips if I don’t repeat a pattern and I would like to make a large throw/twinsize quilt using this technique. Thanks!

  • HannahW


  • Jenny, I love this!! For a larger quilt should I use a square made with five strips? Looks like the blocks for the one you are showing are a little small. Will one jelly roll make a good size lap quilt? thanks so much, just didn’t know how many strips to use. dorie

  • Cathy

    I might have missed it but did you mention the size of the charm pack squares and then the size that the HSTs for the pinwheel ended up? I really like this technique, but so far haven’t found a math formula to make it easy to calculate (like with regular HSTs you add 7/8″ to end up with the size you want). I am getting ready to try it and will resort to doing the math, which I don’t mind doing but just wondered if there was a standard “add this amount to end up with this size square” sort of thing.
    And how funny is that that the little anonymous profile silhouette is a man not a woman! I know that men are getting into quilting too, but so far they aren’t dominating the field…(;

    • Megan

      All charms are 5″ square. If you wanted the half square triangles to be a certain size, I think you could use a Tucker Trimmer ruler to trim them the desired size. Hope this helped!

      • Megan

        And also this tutorial calls for a jelly roll, which are 2.5″ strips times the width of the fabric. A layer cake is 10″ square and a charm pack is 5″ square

  • Sandyhanawalt

    Really really cute idea!

    • natalie

      Thanks! So glad you like it!

  • I want to make the 3 dudes quilt. I have a regular size jelly roll, should I use five strips to make a larger block? Will this make a good size lap quilt? thank you so much for all of your tutorials, dorie

    • JackieMSQC

      Hi Dorie,
      You could sew the 5 together for a bigger block, It would make a great lap sized quilt…have fun!!!

  • Valgerður

    I would like to find on your webpage the fabrics you are using in this vide. You call it Alphabet soup boy and girl but I find it hrd to find in the Jelly roll “forrest”. Can you help me with that.
    Best regards

  • Claudia Bennett

    I so enjoy all the tutorials. It helps my mind work in the right direction. Not so much to struggle with. Thank you so much for sharing your talent.

  • Maybe the answer is in your pinwheel tutorial, but what is the seam allowance for sewing around the blocks? Standard 1/4″? I just received some awesome jelly rolls and cannot wait to try this!

  • BeckyMSQC

    The seam allowance is just 1/4″ like always 🙂

  • TamReed

    Can’t wait to try this today! Thanks for the GREAT tutorials (spent all morning checking them out). So inspiring! Looking forward to visiting your store in my old hometown of 27 years ago!

    • MSQC shop

      That’s wonderful!! Stop by and see us when you can!

  • Becky

    I am using a large assortment of Australian Aboriginal prints and even with all the variety it is looking terrific. your tutorials are WONDERFUL but was wondering if there is a written tutorial for this quilt

  • Mama Snook

    Is there a rhyme or reason to putting the strip sets together – lights and darks, patterns??? This is the part that seems hardest to me.

  • Fran

    I want to make a Queen Size quilt using a pattern called “Don’t Fence Me In”, or rail fence. Does anyone know how many jelly rolls this would take? Going to use 2 strips around the edge. email me…Thanks, Fran

  • Jennifer

    My quilt teacher told me about this tutorial. It is gorgeous and it looks like it might be quite forgiving for those of us who are not 100% accurate! And a great way to use up large scraps. Thank you!

  • I made this quilt after seeing this tutorial about 3 weeks ago. Absolutely fabulous and fun!! I sent up a picture for your gallery! Thanks for the inspiration to give this a whirl. I absolutely love how it turned out!

  • Margaret Peters

    This is great! I’ve done this method with a log cabin a pattern and it was so much more cutting and hand sewing!

  • m0rningangel1

    I love this I can’t wait to try it

  • Mereditih

    I really enjoyed this tutorial. I liked the fact that you incorporated the white jelly roll. Sometimes the quilts are too busy (for me), but this time I really liked the patterns that the tube technique produced. The addition of the white strips opened things up a lot and gave the prints space to really shine. Thanks for a great lesson!

  • How many jelly rolls are needed to make a lap size quilt using a 4 strip block?

    • JenM

      At least 10 strips to get the size of the quilt shown above, plus borders as you see fit. You can get at least five 2.5″ x 8.5″ strips from each jelly roll strip, and you need 8 of those strips to make each block. Does that help, Kathy?

      • Susie

        So if I want to end up with a queen sized bed quilt would I need 2 or more jelly rolls?

  • Joy

    What is the best material to use as backing?

    • JenM

      You can use 100% cotton fabric. Especially if using all cotton on the top, you can be sure everything may react the same when washed. Remember, you don’t have to use all one fabric for the back. Pieced backs (with very large pieces) are great! You can even use a good quality bed sheet, though some people steer away from that depending on the cotton blend or thread count.

  • Gigi_G_G

    Fantastic tutorials. I love the quilt hanging in the background right – the one with the strip of flowers and the yellow border. What is it called and do you have a tutorial for it?

  • Melanie Windham

    Jenny, for me it’s baby quilt making time again! I can’t seem to keep up with making little baby quilts for all my new mom’s. I love this method! I’ve also looked over your pinwheel method, and hopefully figured out my question there. When making the amazing jelly roll method, you say to sew all around the block. I’m assuming that this means to use the 1/4 inch seam?

    Thank you for offering the free tutorials.

    • JenniferMSQC

      Thank you, Melanie. So glad you find the tutorials helpful. Yes, we typically assume a 1/4 inch seam allowance in most projects.

  • Catherine

    I’ve always wanted to try quilting and when I saw this video, I thought, “I can do that!” So, for my first project, I’m using this technique with “Lario” by 3 Sisters to make a queen sized quilt. Here are notes from my experience, which I hope may help someone else:
    -I trimmed up the 5-1/2 squares. I think next time I will sew together first then
    trim to 10″. Should be less waste.
    -You may want to wait to do serious pressing until you have your pattern laid out on the quilting board. That way, you can press the seams so they lock together during construction.
    -Be careful when pressing the center diagonal seam–if you get too fussy about it, the ends tend to do that bias-stretch thing.
    -The instructions say use a random pattern. But with the Lario fabric and a queen-sized quilt, I found it way too busy. So, after making the two diagonal cuts, I kept them together and pieced them to highlight the diamond shape.
    -Or you could use sashing and cornerstones to break up the busy-ness.
    -The hardest part was figuring out how to make this into a queen-sized quilt. I made Queen Sized Graph Paper to help plan. (In Word, I created a table 42 rows x 46 columns. If a queen-sized quilt is 84″ x 92″ [provides a 12″ drop on 3 sides], that would make each block = 2 inches.)

    • JenniferMSQC

      Welcome to the quilting community, Catherine! Your tips and suggestions are so helpful. Be sure to join the forum, too. I think you’ll love the support and advice from fellow quilters. It’s a really great group!

  • Kim

    Your tutorials are fantastic, and I just made this topper for my very first quilt top! I’ve made several mistakes, learned many lessons, and am having a blast! I’m now ready to machine quilt the “sandwich” with a regular sewing machine. What pattern did you use for quilting? I can’t see it well enough on the video. Thank you!!!

  • gemmit

    love love this quilt pattern so simple yet sooooooo amazing when made into a quit .. Thank you Jenny your just amazing .. Hubby now has his quilt 🙂

  • Linda Green

    Hi Missouri Star. So if I use a jelly roll with 42 strips how big will the quilt be? I have a red and white jelly roll that I think might look very nice in this quilt. Help, please?

  • Judy Parks

    Can you please tell me how much fabric for borders, backing and binding you used please and did this quilt use the whole jelly roll?

  • Jennifer Sanford-Burke

    I just completed a quilt top for my husband using this pattern. I used 2 jelly rolls in the “Varsity” print and 2 Robert Kaufman 1.5″ Kona solid jelly rolls. This was a great pattern. For those that are going to attempt this, my recommendations are to always use a 1/4 inch quilt foot, as keeping everything perfectly symmetrical is key. Iron seams OPEN. It takes forever, but it’s worth it in the end. Play with the layout. I ended up changing my layout from my original plan.