Summer Love Tutorial

Materials (57″ x 50.5″ quilt top):

  • 1 jelly roll (you will have plenty of leftover strips!)
  • 1 solid white jelly roll
  • 3 yards backing

Step 1 – Trim the strips from both the colored and solid white jelly roll to the exact measurements represented in the cutting diagram below. (Note: the measurements below are the exact cutting measurements of the unfinished pieces). Since a jelly roll strip is 2.5″x44″ long, in some cases you will need to sew a couple strips together and then trim it to get the measurements shown below.

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Step 2 – Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew all the pieces in each row together, and then sew all rows together.

Step 3 – Add the borders. Sew enough strips together until you have these measurements:

  1. Left and right borders – 46.5″ long. Sew these on first.
  2. Top and bottom borders – 57″ long.

Baste and quilt. Sew together six leftover strips to create the binding. A binding tutorial can be found here.

That’s it! Simple and absolutely beautiful! Thank you for checking out my tutorial!

Happy Quilting!

p.s. if you make my pattern, I’d be thrilled if you shared it on my Facebook page!!


25 Responses to Summer Love Tutorial

  1. Behind Margery's Daw! June 17, 2011 at 6:46 am #

    I love the colours and what a simple buy lovely design

    Love Marge x

  2. Melissa June 17, 2011 at 7:00 am #


  3. Debbie June 17, 2011 at 8:42 am #

    Adorable! I'm thinking solids too 🙂 I'm totally into aqua and gray right now…hmmm. What a great tut, thanks Jera!!

  4. Julia June 17, 2011 at 11:33 am #

    Love, love, love this one!!!! Great work! I like simple too. 🙂

  5. awyoung June 17, 2011 at 1:53 pm #

    WOW…I LOVE this design, it is simple, but it makes a bold statement. Thank you so much for sharing the tut with us. Happy Friday 🙂 Amy

  6. Jane's Fabrics and Quilts June 18, 2011 at 11:35 pm #

    Oh my goodness, I am in love with this quilt and it is now on my "to do" list!! Thank you soooo much!

  7. Kirsten N June 19, 2011 at 12:14 am #

    This is a great design Jera – simple but very effective!!

  8. Shannon June 21, 2011 at 3:10 am #

    How wonderful. What a great idea!! Thank you for posting the pattern!

  9. Deb June 21, 2011 at 5:46 am #

    What a wonderful design. I can think of all kind of wonderful combinations–even a scrap red with the white background. Thank you!

    Deb from

  10. Madame Samm June 21, 2011 at 11:24 am #

    This is sew heartfelt…great design, easy, can be done with sew many collections..I am thinking floral would be nice too…great work

  11. VickiT June 22, 2011 at 9:48 pm #

    I really love what you've done with this quilt. It's just awesome. Thank you for the tutorial.

  12. Barbara June 23, 2011 at 1:28 pm #

    I discovered your lovely heart quilt at moda's bakeshop and was curious to see your blog. So I'm here, looking around. I am not yet a very experienced quilter but have done already some quilts. I'll certainly do your heart quilt with jelly rolls made out of my stash. Thank you for this tutorial.
    Greetings from Switzerland

  13. Donna June 24, 2011 at 2:42 pm #

    The BEST tutorial I've seen in blogland. Thanks for your precision and the pictures.

  14. grymerspalet June 25, 2011 at 7:17 am #

    A very nice heart, Your blog is wonderfull.
    Greetings from Kirsten in Denmark.

  15. Jyme Parish June 28, 2011 at 11:51 am #

    Love love love!!!!! Questiion??? Would I be able to make this quilt in a smaller size 36 x 40???? I thought Summer Love would be a great little baby girl quilt!!!!

  16. Libby January 28, 2013 at 6:27 pm #

    Thank you for sharing your design. I have just completed my top using reds for the heart. The quilt is intended to be a gift for my husband's cardiac surgeon. My husband had open heart surgery in November 2012 and a quilt seemed the best way for me to try to show my gratitude.

    • Quiltingintherain January 28, 2013 at 10:15 pm #

      Hi Libby, thanks for the comment. 🙂 You're very welcome for the pattern! What a meaningful and heartfelt gift (no pun intended). I'm sure he'll love it!

  17. Jen @ de Jong Dream House April 11, 2013 at 2:57 am #

    I just finished this quilt! I'm a brand new quilter so I made lots of mistakes, but I love how it turned out:

  18. Pinkish Camellia September 23, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

    Really cute, cute, cute–lovely original design!

  19. Gretchen January 27, 2015 at 2:40 am #

    This is such a great design, made this quilt top today with stash valentine fabrics…phew you really have to pay attention to your cuts, then just like putting a puzzle together. Thank you for the tutorial, simple and easy to follow! love it!!

  20. Emily August 1, 2016 at 12:18 am #

    I used this pattern/tutorial to make a quilt to send to the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild’s Quilts for Pulse drive. Thanks for a great idea and easy to follow directions!

  21. jelobrien May 14, 2017 at 12:05 pm #

    Thank you for this pattern! I modified it a little and the dimensions ended up changing a bit because math…

  22. Cindy September 27, 2018 at 9:08 pm #

    Thank you for posting this. I will be making it as a charity quilt for Hole in the Wall camp through my quilt quild!!

  23. J. Freeman June 18, 2021 at 8:32 pm #

    Thank you for this great pattern. I have done over 150 community service quilts since lockdown began. This will be a wonderful design for my donations to children’s organizations. I might experiment with wider strips to enlarge for my throw size I donate to the chemo treatment centers.

  24. Debbie October 31, 2021 at 10:12 pm #

    love this! I’m new to this. Can you tell me what it would take for this pattern to make for a queen size bed?

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