The Kisses Quilt Pattern – free jelly roll quilt pattern!


Jelly roll strip quilts are fast and easy to sew – and my Kisses Quilt pattern is no different! A jelly roll is a bundle of forty 2 1/2’’ wide strips of fabric. They are so much fun because they contain every fabric in a collection. Sew this fast and easy Kisses Quilt Pattern with half of a jelly roll bundle of print fabric plus a jelly roll (or 2 1/2 yards) of solid fabric for the background.

I recently used a beautiful Kaffe Fasset jelly roll to sew a scrappy new version of this modern geometric quilt.

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You might have seen the pictures that I posted of it while I was on vacation.

This is a great quilt to sew while hanging out with friends (or taking a break from more complicated projects) because piecing it together is very simple and repetitive.

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If you want to sew a scrappy version like mine, you’ll need just 20 jelly roll strips (2 1/2’’ x 40’’) from print fabrics and 34 solid jelly roll strips from your background fabric.


If you prefer, you can also make this quilt with 2 different colored ‘X’s and a scrappy low volume background. That’s how I originally designed it.

Are you ready? Let’s make the Kisses Quilt! The pattern is all included in this blog post below.

Kisses Quilt Pattern – a Scrappy or Two-Toned Strip Quilt

Finished size: 56’’ x 68’’

You will need:

  • 34 strips of background fabric, 2 1/2’’ x WOF (2 1/2 yards)

  • 20 strips of print fabric 2 1/2’’ x WOF (1 1/2 yards total)

  • 4 yards of backing fabric

  • 1/2 yard of fabric for the binding

  • Quilt batting, 64’’ x 76’’

  • Basic sewing, pressing, and rotary cutting supplies

Option: To make a two-toned Kisses quilt with half of the ‘X’s one color and half a different color, choose fabrics from 2 color families for your print strips. You will need 10 strips in one color family and 10 strips in a different color family. Cut the print strips as directed in step 2 below, keeping each color family separate.

In my two-toned quilt example, I also used many different low volume fabrics for my background instead of solid white.


1. Cut the background fabric into 34 strips, each 2 1/2’’ x width of fabric (WOF).

From 20 of the strips, sub-cut:

  • 120 pieces 2 1/2’’ x 6 1/2’’

From 14 of the strips, sub-cut:

  • 120 pieces 2 1/2’’ x 4 1/2’’

2. Cut the print fabric into 20 strips, each 2 1/2’’ x WOF.

From each strip, sub-cut:

  • 6 pieces 2 1/2’’ x 4 1/2’’

  • 6 pieces 2 1/2’’ x 2 1/2’’

3. Cut 7 binding strips 2 1/2’’ x 42’’.

One Unit A and one Unit B.

One Unit A and one Unit B.

Make 60 Quilt Blocks

Use a ¼” seam allowance. Group all pieces by size and background or print (if making a two-toned quilt, also group by color family). Choose print fabric pieces at random.

1. Select 1 background strip 2 1/2’’ x 6 1/2’’ and 1 print square 2 1/2’’ x 2 1/2’’.

2. Sew the 2 strips together as seen above to make Unit A.

Repeat to make 120 of Unit A.

3. Select 1 background strip 2 1/2’’ x 4 1/2’’ and 1 print strip 2 1/2’’ x 4 1/2’’.

4. Sew the 2 pieces together as seen above to make Unit B.

Repeat to make 120 of Unit B.

Unit C.

Unit C.

5. Select one Unit A and one Unit B and sew together as seen at right. Repeat to make 120 of Unit C.

If you are making a two-tone quilt, the two print pieces in each Unit C should be in the same color family.


6. Select two Unit C’s and sew together as seen above left to make 60 blocks.

If you are making a two-tone quilt, arrange each block the same, with one color family in the top right and one color family in the bottom left, as seen in the block above right.

Make 22 Triangle Pieces

1. Select 11 blocks.

2. Cut each block in half diagonally as seen at right. Cut through the background fabrics only.

Quilt Assembly Diagram

Quilt Assembly Diagram

Two-Toned Quilt Assembly Diagram

Two-Toned Quilt Assembly Diagram

Assemble the Kisses Quilt

Use a 1/4’’ seam allowance.

1. Arrange the square blocks in diagonal rows as shown in the Quilt Assembly Diagram or the Two-Toned Quilt Assemby Diagram above.

2. Place the triangle pieces along the edges.

3. Sew the blocks and triangle pieces together in diagonal rows. When sewing a triangle piece to a block, align the square corners and start sewing there. The triangles are a bit smaller than the blocks.

4. Sew the rows together to finish the quilt top. Trim the edges to square the quilt if necessary.


Finishing the Kisses Jelly Roll Quilt Pattern

1. Cut the backing fabric in half and piece together to make a backing piece at least 64’’ x 76’’.

2. Layer the backing, batting and quilt top. Baste together with fusible batting, pins, or basting spray.

3. Quilt as desired.

4. Sew the 7 binding strips together and bind the quilt.

Happy sewing,

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  1. The vibrant colours in the Kisses quilt are so wonderful to look at. Thanks for the pattern, Caroline. This one is definitely on my must make list.

  2. beaglemom says:

    The outside edges of the Kisses blocks are bias…not happy about that, but a pretty quilt.

    1. I was a little worried about that too, but my quilt turned out fine. If it bothers you, you can always add a border around the quilt to stabilize those bias edges.

  3. Kathlyn Barnes says:

    Love the kisses Quilt! The colors really lit up my spirit! Just gotta try this one…gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Thank you for this beautiful quilt and the bonus of free pattern. Truly inspiring!

  5. Could this quilt be made squared and not on point .. same cutting instructions ???

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