How to Make a Jelly-Star Quilt Block


Hi, I’m Jenny, from the Missouri Star Quilt Company. We have a really fun project for you today. We got in a whole bunch of these Kona Solid Jelly Rolls and I was just really thinking what we could do with them. They’re so beautiful, and there are so many colors, and I started thinking how we live in Amish country, and that I love those black and colored Amish quilts, and today I am going to show you how to make a star out of a Jelly Roll strip.

We all love stars and it’s one of my most favorite blocks. So, I thought
we would teach you how to make a star with a Jelly Roll, and this opens up a whole new world.

So, if you’ll see down here, from your background fabric, which are going to be these squares over here, these little ones. You’re going to need to cut a 4” strip and a 2½” strip. Then we’re going to sub-cut those into four blocks that are 4”x4” and eight blocks that are 2 ½” blocks and you can see on this right here. Here’s your four big blocks and then we’re going to dog-ear our strips to make the actual star. This is the block we’re working on with the two strips and when we put it together, it will make a

Isn’t that adorable? This is going to be really fun. So, we’re going to take our strip, our 2 ½” Jelly Roll strip, and we’re going to sub-cut this. We need two cuts that are, you can see right here, 4” and two cuts that are 6”. So, we’re going to need four of those.

So, we’re going to measure up our, remember if this looks odd to you it’s because I’m left-handed and I’m doing it. So, we’re going to do two 4” slices. So, now we’ll have four 4” blocks, and then we’re going to do two 6” , one, two, three, four, five, six, there we go, one, two, three, four, five, six. OK, now what we’re going to do with these now is, we are going to attach these little blue, or excuse me, these little black blocks and
we’re going to sew them diagonally, corner to corner.

You can draw your line if you want, I will probably iron mine, like this, with an iron. So, that it gives me that crease. All the 6” ones will be sewn going the same direction. This way, actually it doesn’t matter which way it just matters that each of them are opposite. So, all these will be sewn this way, and then all the little ones, we will sew this way.

So, just remember that whatever you do to your long ones, your other ones have to be opposite, and we will go sew these on. So, go meet me over at the sewing machine.

OK, here we are at the sewing machine and you can see I have my 6” strips laid out and my 4” strips, and I have pressed my squares in half so that gives me a line to follow. That’s just a quicker way, instead of
drawing the line, and so I’m going to put that right on there. You put right sides of fabric together, and then I’m going to sew right down this stitch line.

Now I’m using lighter thread, so, you can see what I’m doing here. There we go, we’re going to sew side to side, diagonally, and because we’re going to sew these all on the same side we can chain piece them. So, we just make sure we have them all going the same direction, here we
go, we’ll put another one in there. One more, actually two more, there we go. Follow that folded line. There we are. Now what we’re going to do is, we’re going to clip these, and we’re going to press them back. So meet me over at the ironing board.

So, now we’re just going to trim our block off here. They’re all going the same direction, just like that. Then we’re going to press this corner back, and this gives you the first part of your star block. Alright, let’s go over to the sewing machine and do this with the short ones, the 4”. OK, so here you see this one is going this direction, so, we’re going to stitch these the opposite direction, and we’re going to do the same thing that we did on the long ones, just on the short ones! We’re going to do them one after another the same way.

So, here we’ve laid out our pieces with our block. This is going to be the one block, here, and when it all comes together it’s going to be a star. So what we’re going to do is, we’re going to take this little 4” piece, and sew it to the top of the background square. There we go, and then we’re going to sew the 6” leg to the other side, like this. Let me make sure that’s lined up good. We like a nice straight star. And there you can see is the beginning of our first block. We put four of those together and it’s going to make a star.

OK, we’re going to show this one more time. We’re going to fold this over onto the 4” square. I like to start at the end of the fabric where, the opposite of the little dog-ear. It seems to get caught up in my machine less, and then we’re going to put this down. This one is going to go over it this way. So, your colored parts, your two little colored strips are what goes together at the top. I hope I’m not confusing you.

So, now you can see, we have four of these blocks. We’re going to join them together to make a star.

OK, so now what we’re going to do is, we’re going to attach these four blocks together. Just like you would a four-patch. We’re going to line them up. It helps to line up your little bottom dog-ears and make sure that it makes a nice clean leg for your stars. I’m pretty sure mine’s good.If you need to put a pin in you can. Lets see how this looks. There’s the first half, here’s the second half. There we go, those are lining up perfect!

Now we’ll trim this thread, and now we’re going to put these on here like this. We’ll nest our little seems here so that all of our bulk isn’t on one side, and we’re going to check to make sure our little dogs, our little legs line up here, our little V in-between our legs. So, we’ll line those up. Then we’ll go across, and then we’re going to make sure that our middle seam is nested, and by, nested, I mean that you can feel where the other one is, so that they lay nice and flat. You have less bulk that way. All right, now lets go to the ironing board and press this open and see what we have.

Now look how nice that worked out. Lets go square it up a little bit. See, you have a little bit of room here, so, we can square it up and let me show you what we’ve got when it’s altogether. So, just to finish up our star, this makes an 11” block, and this is one strip out of a Jelly Roll. Remember there are at least forty in Jelly Rolls, and there’s actually forty-two in this one.

So, that’s a quilt that is six squares across by seven down. That would equal forty-two, and that would make a pretty good sized quilt. Now look over here what I’ve done. Is this not adorable or what? Look how Amish that looks and this is just nine of these colors, and there’s forty-two. This is really awesome.

I hope you enjoy this fun new tutorial, on how to make a star with a Jelly Roll strip, from the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

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  • Corkey7124

    Is the jelly star block that same as the carpenter star. If not could you do a tutorial on the carpenter star

    • Sarah

      I will ask Mom (Jenny) and let you know!  If it isn’t we will do a tutorial on that block, for you!

  • Sue

    I’ve seen those plain colored jelly rolls and  thought how dull they looked. Put with black and made into a star. Terrific!! Another winner.

    • Sarah

      I know!  Aren’t they lovely!!  Have a great day!

  • Jackie Powell

    I love Jenny and all of the tutorials that she has shown.  I’ve learned so much from her and MSQC!

  • Sandyphill

    thank you jenny i have learned so much from you.i have made nine of the blocks so far using my scraps. .would like to quilt them as i go .have you got a tutorial on that .i have a rough idea how to quilt them but not sure how to join them as i go.thanks again love watching you are wonderful.sandra

  • lfubah

    This was a very interesting tutorial. Looks like it would be a lot of fun to do.

  • LeGray

    Thank you for visiting our Lee’s Summit Quilters’ Guild yesterday.  The moment I saw your Strip Star Quilt I knew that was for me.  Our Guild is doing a Strip Exchange..different color for each month.  This is the perfect pattern for this exchange. Hope to make it to your shop soon!!

    • Anonymous

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      ## Jenny Doan replied, on Mar 15 @ 3:52am (UTC):

      Thank you so much for inviting me to your guild.  I had such a great time!  I love the idea of a strip exchange, and you are right the
      star pattern would be perfect for that!  Thanks again!
      Have a great day!


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  • Romonteith

    I’m just wondering how many jelly rolls I’d need to do a queen size?????   This ti me looks doable!!!!!

    • Anonymous

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      ## Jenny Doan replied, on May 24 @ 3:33am (UTC):

      You will need 2 to 3 to do a queen. You can do it!
      Have a great day!
      Jenny Doan

      (888) 571-1122

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  • Winky

    Hi, love the instructions.  Also love the quilt hanging behind your sewing machine.  Do you have a tutorial or pattern for it and the fabric line?  Thanks!

  • Eugaco2

    I also think the quilt hanging in the back of the sewing machine is beautiful and would love to make it. Could you do a tutorial in that quilt??? Thankyou!

  • Kwilliams2

    I have watched most of your tutorials, subscribe to your channel on, and have enrolled in Jenny’s two Quilting Quickly classes through I love working with precuts, and was wondering if there might be a way to make a wedding ring quilt using them. I have a young lady in our church who is getting married in the spring and I’d really like to make her a traditional quilt, but don’t want to resort to paper piecing, and would like to give it a modern twist. Do you have any ideas? Thank you!

    • Anonymous

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      ## Jenny Doan replied, on Jun 21 @ 9:16pm (UTC):

      Hi K I really haven’t found an easy way to make a wedding ring quilt, but it is in the brain sloshing around. I will let you know if I come up with anything, but as of now…nothing. sorry. Thank you for your kind words…
      Have a great day!
      Jenny Doan

      (888) 571-1122

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  • Lilmouse

    I have made several of these stars using white for my background and some batiks and some flower prints…scraps of course….and I love this pattern…always hated making stars until I learned this method…now you can’t stop me!  I also signed up for both of Jenny’s Craftsy classes and thoroughly enjoyed both of them and have been quilting for 10 years…and she still taught me alot that I didn’t know….thank you are the best and you sound so enthusiastic that it is contagious….and real down to earth…could listen to you all day!

    • Natalie

      Thanks for your compliments. That really is a great method for making stars. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the classes.  Jenny likes to teach and loves to hear that her students enjoyed it as well. 

  • Tweetie

    What are you using for a pressing pad ?

  • Carolyn from Kansas

    question: if you get 40 stars from a jelly roll (at least, if not 42), how much fabric would you need to buy for the background color (the black)? I think it would be 3.79 yards, but wanted to ask.

    4″ + 2.5″ strips needed for ea block= 6.5″
    6.5″ times 42 blocks = 273″ of fabric, or 7.58 yards BUT
    the fabric would be folded in half so one strip would yield 8 4″ strips and 16 2.5″ strips SO
    would need 1/2 the fabric, or 3.79 yards of background color

    is this correct? thank you.

  • Ellen Tablazon Kingsbury

    I want to make this Rag Baby Quilt, can I use 100% cotton on one side and minkee or flannel on the other side. BTW, I love your tutorials, Jenny.