National Quilting Month – Oh, My Strippy Stars!! Quilt Along

Today, we begin a free quilt along for National Quilting Month. I’ve wanted to do something with these jelly roll strips for quite some time. So, when Fave Quilts asked me to be a part of their month long event with giveaways, I thought it was time to design something to use them up. What’s more, I am going to do a quilt along, with a series of tutorials for each step along the way. You can make this size, a nice table topper or lullaby quilt at 42-inches square, or you could double the number of blocks for a lap quilt at 5×6 blocks (with 2 left over for placemats), about 52 x 62 before borders. Either way, ready to quilt along?

Some of you may be able to forge ahead with just the pattern. For those who want to take a more leisurely pace, or that need those extra photos and tutorials, we’ll have a post every Tuesday in March. You’ll need a jelly roll or 2-1/2-inch strip roll, plus a yard of background fabric. Don’t have a jelly roll? Order one from Fat Quarter Shop today to have it in time for the project. See all the fabulous prints and colorways, many on sale, just click on Jelly Rolls and Rollie Pollies at Fat Quarter Shop. You can also cut width-0f-fabric strips from your stash, and get a bit farther on your Stashbusters Challenge at the same time. I’ll be using the Tucker Trimmer in a speed technique you may like – the ruler is available at Fat Quarter Shop. But I’ll also show you how to do the cuts with your square up ruler, it just is a bit more effort. I’ll be showing you how to do two speed-piecing techniques with strips.

Here is the schedule
March 1 – Today! – Overview – pattern (download below) and cutting (third paragraph of the pdf)
March 7 – Four patch units
March 14 – Jelly Roll HST units
March 21 – Block assembly
March 28 – Quilt assembly, final sashing and finishing

This pattern will work with any colorway you like. I did mine in purples and greens for spring. I mocked it up in EQ8 for you to see some other ideas. How about Christmas?

Or maybe Autumn, or Halloween?

Or a variety of soft pastels for spring.

Or go the opposite way, with brights on black.

Download the free pattern by clicking on this link – Oh, My Strippy Stars!!

Featured on Fave Quilts, click HERE to see the other free patterns for National Quilting Month and to enter the fabulous drawings for prizes from Oliso Irons, Quilter’s Dream Batting, magazine subscriptions, fabrics and tools!! Scroll to the bottom of the page to see the other patterns and giveaway entry links.

And then, at the end of March, you can sign up for a great online class, with a special discount for readers of my blog! For my readers all over the world, especially those in the southern hemisphere, you don’t have to watch it live. Once you pay for the course, all the segments will be available to watch beginning the next day. So you can sign up, and watch at your convenience, PLUS they are yours forever! The videos do not expire. It is a fantastic deal for 12 hours of classes with the coupon code below.

Ever wanted to take a comprehensive class on using color, selecting colors for quilts, working with scrap colors, and more? Creative Spark Quilter’s Color Mixer is an online class on March 30, 2023 – 9 am to 1:20 pm, PST. (noon Eastern to 4:20). Here is the fabulous lineup of speakers and topics. Note there are three sessions for each time period, you choose one for that day, and can go back and see the others later.

The class is regularly $49, but you can register with the coupon code using THIS LINK for only $29! Plus the class is watchable later without an expiration, so even if you miss that day, it is available after at your convenience. Using my coupon code gives me a small commission, thank you for using my link to check out the class. Share with your friends!

For new readers, follow my blog via email or your favorite blog reader. Sign up on the sidebar so you can get in on our fun projects for this year. You can catch up on the free Scrap Dance Quadrille Mystery Quilt Along, as we’ve only just started, and the next clue is March 10. Our year-long, monthly Stashbusters Challenge check-in is this coming Friday.

Are you excited for a jelly roll quilt along? Are you interested in the color class?


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21 thoughts on “National Quilting Month – Oh, My Strippy Stars!! Quilt Along

  1. Such a pretty quilt top and I absolutely LOVE all of the color mock-ups, Carole!!! They make me want to jump right it with that new jelly roll I got in the mail last week. SEW many projects already on the go, though! What’s a quilter to do??

    1. Niki B

      Looking forward to the quilt along. I printed the pattern, my jelly roll and ruler are on the way from fat quarter shop. Where do I find today’s tutorial on cutting? Looks like a fun project

  2. Pat

    I was able to download the pattern which gives instructions for the entire quilt but not able to find just over view,pattern and cutting. Could you please help me with instructions. Thanks

    1. The overview is today’s post, showing you what the pattern will look like and give you color ideas. The pattern download is on the post, click on the link in the post “Oh, My Strippy Stars” (just under the last brights on black example) and it will open in a new window. You can print or download from there.

  3. Rheanna

    I have been looking forward to this. I actually have 2 different jelly rolls that I have been looking forward to using so I may just have to make 2!

  4. Joan Sheppard

    Absolutely stuning with Easter right around the corner! Since I mostly do charity quilts, we love the fast and easy quilts that are stunning! I’m so anxious to get to the next step of the quilt-along like a kid with birthday money! I just finished a Disappearing Nine Patch and my brain is exhausted. Thanks!

  5. Susan Salo

    I realize many of these sponsors are links of yours, but I do resent trying to enter contests and having to answer “just a few more questions” covering a wide range of topics, while they “confirm” my entry. I will enjoy making the quilt but will pass on the contests.

    1. None of the contest giveaways are my sponsors, they are on Fave Quilts, and wholly their promotions. Fave Quilts is not an affiliate of mine. I provided the information on the giveaways solely for informational purposes for readers to enter if they wished. I was not aware that they asked multiple questions, so sorry about this. I have passed your comments along to my contact at Fave Quilts.

      1. From Jennifer Hendrix of Fave Quilts – “Regarding the comment from a reader: You do not have to continue answering questions for giveaways. The entry is confirmed automatically upon submission of a short form. We have ads in place that come after entries are counted, but they are entirely optional for readers to engage with. This reader may have missed the “skip” option. You can suggest that readers just ignore those ads in future.”

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