Charming Jelly Roll Summer Picnic Quilt with Free Pattern

Hi Guys! Hope everyone is enjoying their summer so far. It’s so hard to stay inside and sew when the whether is calling for us to be outside. On one of my online fabric hunts, I stumbled across Little Apples by Aneela Hoey. I fell in love instantly with this line. I love the playful mixture of red, turquoise and gray with a background of children and trees. I decided to buy a jelly roll and a charm pack to create a nice summer picnic quilt.

I like doing quick sewing projects that gives me instant gratification. That being said, doing a quilt that takes months or weeks to complete doesn’t work for me. I decided to create a super easy beginner quilt top pattern that can be finished in a few hours. This quilt uses one jelly roll and one charm pack (hence the name “charming” jelly roll quilt)  of the Little Apples line. I hope you enjoy the free pattern and tutorial!

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I had Melissa from Sew Shabby Quilting do the design on this quilt for me. She surprises me every time with her creativity and talent. For this design she did a vine where the charm pack is and small leaves throughout the rest of the quilt. The design works perfectly with the apple and tree pattern on the fabric. I also used to a full size sheet for the back which I got for around $8 at Walmart.


You can see how cool the long  wines look on the charm packs here.


For the binding, I was lucking to find this perfectly matched turquoise 7/8″ quilt binding at Joann’s. I ended up using just over 6 yards to complete the quilt. With little time and no patience, I decided to do machine binding which ended up looking just as good as handing binding in my opinion.


It’s been a while since I was this excited about a fabric line but I am absolutely in love with Little Apples. The colors goes so well for a summer day at the park. Here is a close up of some of the patterns from the line. I think my favorite is the red apples on the blue/turquoise background.


Well, there you have it! I think I am going to hang this up on my wall after the summer is done. It’s just too pretty not to show off year round:-)



Your Supplies

1 Jelly Roll

1 Charm Pack

6.5″ yards of binding

1 full size bed sheet for the back

3 yards batting (if you are quilting yourself)

You can download the free pattern HERE. The download has step by step instruction on how to create the quilt top. The finished top with 1 jelly roll and 1 charm pack measures ~ 75″x45″.  This pattern and instructions is for the quilt top only. If you would like to know how to actually put the top, the batting and the back together, you can follow my table runner tutorial.


Thanks for visiting and Happy Sewing,





  1. barbara woods says:

    I bought a layer cake added a couple of fat quarters and green solid and make a queen sized bed quilt

  2. Ramona, I was unable to download the free pattern. Any suggestions? This looks like a dream, quickie quilt to make for my cabin porch!
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  3. Sandy VanWormer says:

    The quilt is beautiful. I also just made 2 quilts-one for a cancer benefit and the other for Hospice House. They both turned out beautiful. wondering-what is a Jelly Roll and charm pack? never heard of it. I just make quilts the old fashioned way, never did the stitching on the top, do the tie off. I also used a sheet for the backing for the cancer benefit quilt, but I use $5 blankets from Walmart to use as a padding in between the top and bottom and I also have used $3 fleece blankets for the backing from Walmart for some and also for the lining. works very well and makes a nice warm, but light quilt. On the fleece backed quilts, I use a whip stitch to bring them together then tie them down. thanks for sharing your creations. sandy from Mi.

  4. Have to agree with Diana, the link does not work, which is frustrating. Also, I have a MAC, so I can't download the pattern from the page above as the download is for Windows only. Is there a MAC version with a link that works? It's such a pretty quilt, and I would like to try it.

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