Sugar Almonds Quilt Pattern {Tutorial}

I’ve had a few requests (and reminders) for this quilt pattern, but haven’t had time to sit down and write it up… until now.

I’m pleased to be sharing with you, my Sugar Almonds Quilt Pattern. It is a very simple quilt pattern and suitable for any level of sewing ability.

One of the hardest parts of this quilt, is choosing the jelly roll. With so many beautiful ranges of fabric, it’s hard to decide. The good thing about the Sugar Almonds Quilt Pattern is that it’s so fast and easy to make, you can finish the quilt quickly.

In my quilt, I used a jelly roll of Coquette by Chez Moi for Moda Fabrics. I fell in love with this range of fabric as soon as I saw it.

I don’t have the exact measurements for this quilt as I gave it to away before measuring it – but I can tell you that it fits a single (twin) bed perfectly.

Sugar Almonds Quilt Pattern
by Samelia’s Mum
A seam allowance of ¼ inch is included throughout.
Requirements are based on fabric 112cm (44” wide)

Sugar Almonds Quilt

Materials Required:
1 x Jelly Roll -OR- 40 x 2.5” x WOF strips
1 x Jelly Roll White Fabric –OR- 20 X 2.5” X WOF solid fabric (I used a white solid fabric)
Backing Fabric
Binding Fabric
Neutral thread for piecing & quilting
Sewing machine with a ¼” foot
Cutting mat, rotary cutter, ruler
Iron and ironing board
General sewing supplies

White fabric strips
– cut in half so you end up with 40 (2.5” x 20” approx)

Align the short edge of a white strip to the short edge of a print strip. Sew.

Now do this for all of the strips – sewing the print and white fabrics together on the short edge. Chain piecing makes this process super fast.

Next, sew the other edge or the print fabric to the remaining edge of the white fabric.

Do this for all of the strips.

You will end up with a circle (I think that is the best word I can think to describe it).

Press to one side (I pressed to the print side).

Next step is to take your scissors (YES SCISSORS) and cut through the circle, at a random point on the white (solid) fabric.

The image will better explain what I’m trying to say.


If you’d like a very scrappy look, mix about the strips so they’re random rather than in colour order (which is how they come in the jelly roll).

In my quilt, I did a little bit of mixing, but not too much – I tried to keep some blocks of colour.

Sew the strips down the long edge, into groups of two (2).


Now it’s time to do some more cutting.

Place two of the strip blocks together.

Lay them out side by side so the ends are aligned (or as close to aligned as possible). See image above.

Cut through the 4 strips in a random place on the printed fabric.


Swap the halves over and sew together.


Now repeat this process for the remaining strip blocks.

Once all of the strips have been cut, swapped and re-sewn together, it is time to put the quilt top together.

Sew all of the strip blocks together along the long sides.


Press the quilt top well and then layer it onto the batting and backing.

Pin baste.

Quilt as desired. I went with a loopy meandering pattern in a light grey cotton thread.

Sugar Almonds Quilt 3

Sew on the binding.

Wash the quilt and put it through the tumble dryer (so you get that lovely crinkly look).

Perfect for a single sized bed… or if you’re in North America, a twin sized bed.

Sugar Almonds Quilt 2

If you make a Sugar Almond Quilt, I’d love to see it.

Send me a photo or add your quilt to the Samelia’s Mum Flickr Gallery.

Online Quilting Class

I’ve written up this tutorial as best as I could, but if you spot something that needs fixing, please drop me a line. Thanks :)

Happy Sewing!!!


Irene said...

That is a gorgeous quilt and a wonderful way to use Jelly rolls. I have 2 Jelly rolls sitting in my stash for quite a while waiting for the right pattern to come along. I think I will have a go at this one. Thank you for sharing.

AJ said...

Looks great! Thanks for the pattern/tutorial!

Lynne said...

Tres belle!

AM and Sir Lancelot said...

Thank you so much, I've been waiting since the day you posted the beautiful completed quilt. Looking forward to sewing one up soon. Keep up your wonderful work. It's very inspiring. :)

LisaW said...

This is exactly what I was thinking for Eme's bed! I'm definitely going to need your advice on this.

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

What a great way to use a jelly roll! Definitely on my to-do list! Thanks for sharing.

Robin Quilts, etc. said...

What a great tutorial. It is soooooo much more interesting than traditional jelly roll quilts. Thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Love this. I'm trying this today in red white blue. Today is 4th of July in the USA. Good quilt of valor.
Thanks Donna

Pat Barton said...

Thanks for sharing this. Excited to try it.

Anne's House said...

What a clever way to make a charming quilt! I needed this idea for a quilt to give to my little granddaughter. Pink-themed jelly roll is ready to go! Thank you!

Eileen said...

Have strips cut for a strata quilt. Think i might try your ideas to mix it up

Melinda said...

Thanks for sharing this - I am anxious to make one this way.

Julie said...

This is so fun and I have the perfect jelly roll for it. Thank you so much. Your daughter is a lucky girl to have a creative mom like you.

Didee May said...

What a gorgeous quilt. Thank you for sharing your tutorial. I have a jelly roll waiting to be used!

Kristi said...

So cute, so fun, I wish I could sew!!!!

Donna Hollingsworth said...

This is gorgeous!! I must give it a try!

Anorina @SameliasMum said...

Thank you.
If you would like to learn how to sew, this is a great tutorial for beginners.
PS. I’m always happy to help if you have any questions :-)

Anorina @SameliasMum said...

Thank you! I'd love to see some photos, if you make one x

Anorina @SameliasMum said...

Jelly Rolls are gorgeous, aren't they? I have some sitting on my shelf which I can't bear to unroll.

Anorina @SameliasMum said...

That's lovely to hear. She is quite creative too and is itching to learn how to sew too.

Anorina @SameliasMum said...

I'd love to see some photos ;-)

Anorina @SameliasMum said...

Sounds great! I may need to go and Google strata quilt now:-)

Anorina @SameliasMum said...

I’m pleased it was well timed.
Happy sewing!

Anorina @SameliasMum said...

You're Welcome! Happy Sewing.

Anorina @SameliasMum said...

Thanks for stopping by.

Anorina @SameliasMum said...

Thank you! I love jelly rolls. I have so many ideas on how to use them - just lack time to do it.

Anorina @SameliasMum said...

Very welcome! Would love to see some pics when you make one :-)

Anorina @SameliasMum said...

I'm happy to help any time!

Anorina @SameliasMum said...

Thank you Ann-Marie.
Sorry it's been so slow in coming. Life just gets in the way sometimes.
I would love to see some photos of your Sugar Almond quilt xo

Anorina @SameliasMum said...

Thanks Lynne x

Anorina @SameliasMum said...

It was my pleasure. Thanks for stopping by.

Anorina @SameliasMum said...

I'm pleased you like it. I'd love to see some photos when you make one.
Happy Sewing!!

Kristi said...

Thanks, I will bookmark it, I am gaining some want to start trying to sew again, darn blogs with cute sewn stuff, lol.

pamb said...

I love making strip quilts, and have drooled over this style for a while... Your tutorial certainly makes the strip piecing so much easier and quicker!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

Tracy Greenlee said...

So, so cute!! Easy pattern and you can't ever go wrong when using Jelly Rolls!!!

CraftyDeb said...

Wonderful tutorial as usual! I believe I will be making this one very soon :)

Rachael carri said...

I love this! I have been looking for a simple, yet not boring quilt to make for my sister's wedding. I've never made a quilt before, so this looks like a perfect choice. :-)

Daphne said...

I love it! I think it looks better with the plain colour on the ends. Lovely pattern and thanks for taking the time to make a tutorial.

Anonymous said...

I truly love this quilt....I am just waiting for the plain fabric to arrive so I can make it. Thank you so much for the tutorial!

Faith said...

I...LOVE...THIS...QUILT!!! I LOVVVVE how you added in those white strips! Ahhh, this is perfectly what I was looking for!! Did you quilt the whole thing on your machine? Wasn't that hard? I've only quilted a table runner size, I can't imagine something that big? Anyways, looks amazing!!! Thanks for sharing!!

Prattling Patty said...

What a beautiful quilt. I have been looking at jelly rolls for some time now but didn't really have a project. Now I do. Thank you. Who ever received this quilt must have been so pleased. Thank you for sharing it.

Toby said...

Beautiful quilt. I am doing this for my first ever quilt using Sweet Serenade by Moda ...

retillnez said...

"Swap the halves over" ??? I am new at this "quilting thing" and I do not understand your phrase. Help please because I would really like to make this quilt.

Cindylou said...

I love this quilt! For some reason, the pictures aren't loading on my pc, so forgive me if this is a silly question, but...Are you joining each printed strip to one of the white strips? Not one big circle, right?

Also, when you "Cut through the 4 strips in a random place on the printed fabric," are you cutting all in the same random place or different random places?

I'm so sorry for the silly questions!

Unknown said...

Thank you for the great tutorial, easy to read, understand and envision as a completed project. It is so beautiful that I just might roll out my jelly rolls and select one to make this quilt.

gibbygoo56 said...

This is YUMMY! Gorgeous quilt. I adore it.

Unknown said...

Thanks for the pictures -- they help a lot!!! I love the mixed up/scrappy look of this unlike most strip quilts.

happeningswithLana said...

For Christmas 2015 I am planning to do quilts for my great nieces and nephews and I think this will a pattern I might do for one. TFS!

Rayevette said...

Good Morning,

I would like to know how and if I can make the Sugar Almound quilt in to a queen size (USA) I have a granddaughter that just love this pattern. thank you

Prim said...

I also would like to make this quilt but in queen size as well, USA, Can.