Summer Jewels Beginner Quilt Pattern Series- Lesson One

by Susan Myers on July 19, 2011

We are right in the middle of summer, and you probably aren’t thinking a lot about quilting.  But I have a quilt pattern for you that would be perfect for the beginning quilter.  A quilt that you can piece in one afternoon!  Have any young teens sitting around without much to do?  Now is the time to teach them something new!  And create a wonderful keepsake that you can look back on for years to come.

free quilt pattern and tutorial for beginning quilters

For this pattern I want to present to you a simple quilting tutorial using pre-cut strip fabric called Jelly Rolls. A Jelly Roll consists of 10 carefully selected fabrics in light, medium and dark values-in this case 5 Brown fabrics, and 5 Teal/Turquoise fabrics .  Each strip is die cut for pinpoint accuracy, 2.5” x width of the fabric or 42/44” approximate.

Want to know how to make it?

In the next four weeks, I will be posting a series of tutorials that will walk you through the process of creating this quilt.  All you need is the fabric!

Lesson 1- Summer Jewels Quilt (Piecing the Blocks)

You will need:       
  •  One Jelly Roll pack (20 strips of 2.5” wide fabric)   20 strips will make approximately 45 blocks.  You will need 42 blocks for this pattern.    
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Ruler
  • Sewing Machine and thread
  • Iron

Start by separating out your colors.  My jelly roll contains 10 teal strips and 10 brown strips. For this project, half the block is teal and half is brown.  Select two teal strips and two brown strips.

You will be sewing 1/4″ seams.  In order to get even seams, I suggest that you place a marker on your sewing machine.  I used a strip of paper and taped it down 1/4″ to the right of the needle.  If you follow this marker as you sew, you should have perfect 1/4″ seams.

Take your two teal strips and place them right sides together and sew along the entire length.

Press your strips, pressing the seam to one side.  Sew the two brown strips together (right sides together) and then press them. 

Now place the two teal strips over the two brown strips (right sides together) and sew a 1/4″ seam down the length of one side, sewing the brown to the teal

Then flip it over and sew another 1/4″ seam down the other side, creating a tube.

Lay your ruler at an angle so that the 5 1/2″ mark is at the top seam and the 0 mark is at the bottom seam.

Use the rotary cutter to cut along the angle of the ruler.  Then place the ruler with the 0 mark at the top seam and the 5 1/2″ mark at the bottom seam and using the rotary cutter, cut along that angle.

free quilt pattern and tutorial for beginning quilters

Open it up, and you have a perfect 5 1/2″ block!

Continue cutting the rest of the length of your tube, alternating the ruler as shown above to create additional blocks.  You should be able to get at least 9 blocks out of one set of strips.

Sew another set of four strips together as shown at the beginning of this tutorial and repeat the process.  For this quilt, you will need to make 42 blocks.  You will use a total of 20 strips.  Press all blocks when completed.

Lesson Two (Sewing the Top Together) can be foundhere.
Lesson Three (Quilting) can be found here.
Lesson Four (Binding the Edges) can be found here.

Be sure to check out some of my other quilt patterns!

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{ 49 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Terry August 8, 2014 at 10:48 pm

Was very excited to learn to quilt I chose this as my first looked easy enough. Not over half of my cuts were off. First off my 2.5 were off me being new did not know to check my jelly roll.. So I got up the nerve to try again sewn the sleeve and the cutting was a night mare, just because it looks easy is not so. Some how I need to make this right maybe make them a smaller square? When I tried to square off my roll would not cut the first time, I had some movement I ended up making things worst. I don’t know what to do


2 Susan Myers August 10, 2014 at 10:36 am

Hi Terry,
I’m so sorry you are having difficulties. Here are a few tips that might help:

It is important that your seams are 1/4″ wide. Your tube when laid flat should measure 4″ from the top seam line to the bottom seam line. (I have the point of the ruler at the top seam line in photo above and the angle of the ruler has the 5 1/2″ mark at the bottom seam line).

If you create a tube like above with 1/4″ seams, you can do an alternate template method that might be easier. Cut a 5 1/2″ square out of cardboard. When you get to this step above, lay your cardboard square with one point touching the bottom seamline and two points touching the top seam line. Cut along the cardboard square.
Hope that helps! If not, let me know if you have more questions.



3 Brenda Tyll August 3, 2014 at 3:14 am

I would like to make this quilt into a queen size, but I am new to quilting and I don’t know how to convert the fabric from lap size to larger. Can you help?


4 Susan Myers August 10, 2014 at 11:15 am

Hi Brenda!

For the lap quilt, I used about 1/4 yard of 10 different prints (5 prints of teal and 5 prints of brown). This makes 45 blocks that are 5″ when finished. To calculate how much fabric you would need for a bigger quilt, figure out how big you want it and how many blocks you would need to get that size.



5 Andrea Van Delden May 29, 2013 at 2:58 pm

Love the Summer Beginners quilt! It looks impressive even though the pattern looks so easy. I hope I am not jinxing myself with that comment! I am going to use this patern as soon as I finish the other 3 quilts, 2 skirts and dress I am working on! ;-)


6 Rebecca Grigg April 5, 2013 at 10:28 am

I have followed all the instructions like you say, when I go to cut the squares, I end up with a triangle no matter which way I cut it. Any ideas? I’m not understanding the template idea either.


7 Susan Myers April 5, 2013 at 12:37 pm

Hi Rebecca,

It is important that your seams are 1/4″ wide. Your tube when laid flat should measure 4″ from the top seam line to the bottom seam line. (I have the point of the ruler at the top seam line in photo above and the angle of the ruler has the 5 1/2″ mark at the bottom seam line).
If you create a tube like above with 1/4″ seams, you can do an alternate template method that might be easier. Cut a 5 1/2″ square out of cardboard. When you get to this step above, lay your cardboard square with one point touching the bottom seamline and two points touching the top seam line. Cut along the cardboard square.

Hope that helps! If not, let me know if you have more questions.


8 Debbie February 22, 2013 at 3:33 pm

I do not see a printer friendly button or any print button for that matter, there is nothing by the comments. Disappointed that I can’t get this pattern, I like it very much but it would be nice to be able to print it out!!!!


9 Susan Myers February 22, 2013 at 3:49 pm

Hi Debbie,

I had to remove the print friendly button last week as it was corrupting my website. I am currently looking for a replacement. In the mean time, you can right click your mouse and then click on the “print” button that will show up in your drop down list. You should be able to print it fine from there.

If you still have problems, I can put together a pdf for you and email it to you. Just let me know.


10 Sharon December 20, 2012 at 9:58 pm

I cannot print Lesson 2 off of the Summer Beginning quilting Series. Could you please sent it to me. thank you very much!


11 Cheri May 17, 2012 at 7:06 am

Great tutorial Suzy.



12 Christine February 4, 2012 at 2:50 pm

I am having trouble getting the cuts to work out. I can get every other one to work, but the cuts on the initial orientation do not seem to open or if I unravel the stitching, they do not measure 5 1/2. I have checked that the seams are a scant 1/4 inch and the initial width of the jelly rolls was 2 1/2, but when I follow the picture and I line the 5 1/2 on the top seam and the 0 on the bottom, the resulting cut is a stitched triangle. I don’t seem to be able to figure out how to shift it. Can someone help? Thanks


13 Suzy February 4, 2012 at 6:41 pm

Some have suggested using a template. Try cutting a 5 1/2″ square out of cardboard and using that to cut out your squares. Place a corner of the cardboard square at each edge like you would do the ruler. Let me know if that helps.



14 pastime sewing January 28, 2012 at 1:16 pm

I thought that this summer quilt series would be very easy as I have made many quilts. However, the 5 1/2 inch squares were not quite square when I cut them from the strips. Perhaps my seams were not just right. Anyway I made a paper template to complete the cutting. What did I do wrong?


15 Suzy January 28, 2012 at 1:26 pm


The 1/4″ seams need to be exact. I usually add a piece of tape to my machine to ensure that I follow exactly at 1/4″. Your idea of a template is a very good one. If that works better for you, then I would suggest keeping that up. When you finish your quilt, I would love to see it!



16 Deborah Peterkin January 27, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Just love this site. Will be making this project. Please post more. LOVE IT.


17 Robin January 26, 2012 at 4:20 pm

I am so sorry that I can’t print these lessons. I am new at quilting and really wanted to try this quilt. I have tried everything to print it out with no luck. Thanks anyway.


18 Suzy January 26, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Hi Robin,

I am so sorry you are having problems! If you look at the bottom of the post, there is a “print friendly” button. Click on that and a new screen will open up that gives you the option to print it out, save it as a pdf file or email it to yourself.

Hopefully, that will help.



19 Deborah Peterkin January 27, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Save this website on a flash drive and take it to a print shop and they can print the info for you. Just try it, it may work.


20 Anonymous January 25, 2012 at 9:58 am

I agree, lesson 2 & 3 are not working with the link provided. Awesome idea and pattern.


21 Suzy January 25, 2012 at 11:25 am

Hi! I am so sorry you had issues with the links. I moved to Wordpress last month and apparently some links were broken. They are now repaired. Enjoy the pattern!



22 GGerbert January 25, 2012 at 9:42 am

I love the quilt, but it seems like I am having the same trouble as everyone else. I can get lesson 1 and 4 to open, but not 2 or 3. The site always takes me back to lesson 1. Would love to have the pattern and instructions for this quilt. Guess I just won’t have the opportunity to do so. Beautiful quilt though.


23 Suz January 25, 2012 at 8:31 am

Looks like a lot of fun. However, I am experiencing the same problem opening lesson two and three.


24 Elizabeth January 25, 2012 at 8:17 am

Love the summer beginner quilting.Sadly I was only able to get Lesson 1& 4 ,the other links did not work.Where can I get Lesson 2 & 3. Thanks


25 Debbie F January 25, 2012 at 7:45 am

It would be nice if all the tutorials worked. All I could get was 1 and 4. 2 and 3 weren’t working.


26 John Cantrell January 25, 2012 at 6:04 am

Your links to the different lesson do not work correctly. You should check them out. I find this very discouraging.

Thank You


27 {nifty thrifty things} July 30, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Thank you for sharing the tutorial for linking this up to {nifty thrifty sunday} last week as well!


28 Camille July 29, 2011 at 11:29 pm

Absolutely beautiful! I am showing this to my little sisters so that they will have something to do this summer! :) Thank you so much for linking up to Strut Your Stuff Saturday! We are so grateful for your support and we hope that you will be back tomorrow to share more great ideas!
Camille @


29 SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime July 26, 2011 at 9:35 pm

I'm so honored that you chose to join the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop. Thank you for adding this special masterpiece to rock my party :)


30 Jill July 25, 2011 at 11:28 pm

Great tutorial! One day when I have some free time on my hands – I'd like to learn to quilt! I'll be watching your tutorials and tucking them away in my brain for a later date!!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a great week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success


31 Michelle July 25, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Hi Suzy

wow, what an amazing quilt. I wish I could sew.
But sadly my machine and I do not have a good working relationship, lol.

Unfortunately your quilt is not a valid entry to the Make It Monday linky party. Make it Monday is for paper craft only.

Michelle :o)


32 Karan July 25, 2011 at 12:17 pm

Love the tutorial. Simple for me to understand.

Retired last fall and learning to quilt is on my list of to do things and this looks like a great one to start with.

I have collected totes and totes of material just to get into quilting. And you have given me the get up and go I need to give it a try. Thank you and I look forward to the next tutorial on this .



33 Connie July 25, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Beautiful jelly roll quilt! Love the colors.


34 Ethnic Girl Fun July 24, 2011 at 6:41 pm

I do need to study this tutorial! I'd love to make a quilt.


35 simply heidi July 23, 2011 at 5:17 am

Lovely! The teal and brown look great together.


36 Q @ JAQS July 22, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Wow great bold color choices!

BTW I'm hosting a Fabric Giveaway over at my site and giving away 12 FAT quarters. Swing by if you get a chance:



37 Julie Bagamary July 22, 2011 at 11:54 am

Great tutorial and photos! Spread quilting!!


38 Angela July 21, 2011 at 6:09 pm

Great tutorial! I love quilting and you made me smile with this post! Thanks for linking up to simply creative over at 365days2simplicity!



39 Christa July 21, 2011 at 5:43 pm

To answer the question on yardage (hope you don't mind, but I did the math already) … 1/4 yard of 10 different prints should do it. (You'll want to divide that evenly among the two colors you choose.)

Please note that you do NOT want fat quarters, since they aren't 44/45" wide.



40 Handy Man, Crafty Woman July 20, 2011 at 9:15 pm

I love the hues! So pretty. Thank you for linking to Wicked Awesome Wednesday!


41 shopannies July 20, 2011 at 7:49 pm

love the colors I wish I had such talent as this


42 Sophia July 20, 2011 at 12:19 pm

I love quilting, and I have lots of 2" and 2-1/2" strips that I've saved from previous projects. I really like your design, so I'm following along. Thanks!


43 Megan July 20, 2011 at 1:31 am

love the colors!



44 Aleks July 19, 2011 at 5:13 pm

awesome tutorial.
now if i only i had the patience to follow directions.


45 Nicole@Thrifty Decorating July 19, 2011 at 3:52 pm



46 chillin with Quillin July 19, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Gorgeous, love the colors and design, great work!!!!


47 Whimsy-ma-blog July 19, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Suzy, I think I would like to hire you to come live at my house and create things for me. I can't actually pay you, but we would have fun! I just love everything you do. And at the end of this post, that is a real compliment because I have to tell you that I don't like very many quilts. They just look sort of…messy and not matchy enough for this engineering nerd! But I LOVE yours! Thanks for doing this series!


48 Anonymous July 19, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Thanks so much for this tutorial. I've always wanted to learn how to quilt. I'll be looking forward to each posting. If I wanted to cut my own strips of fabric, how much yardage would I need?


49 shawn September 17, 2014 at 12:11 am

you can cut 14 2.5″ strips per yard


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