Thursday, November 10, 2016

Threadneedle Street: Free Pattern for JellyRolls

Threadneedle Street

I named this free pattern Threadneedle Street for for an ancient London road, home to the tailors' guild for centuries. It's in the financial district today.

You have a roll of 2-1/2" strips
A Moda JellyRoll of Morris Earthly Paradise:

Cut the strips into parallelograms
by cutting them with a 60 degree ruler every 7-1/2".
Flip half of them.

Combine them with a Jelly Roll of Moda Bella Solids, say Snow White.
 Junior Jelly Roll of Snow
Cut them the same way

Alternate till you run out of fabric.

My inspiration

A snapshot of a 1930s quilt seen at the FFA & Ag Museum in Iowa.
I do not believe I have ever noticed this pattern before.
At first I thought it was a braid design.

A diagram for a braid pattern with 90 degree angles.

It's sort of like a braid but the angles have to be 60 degrees---not 90 degrees.
A tessellation---and perfect for JellyRolls.

UPDATE: Astute commenters noted how hard this would be to sew---it's all set-in seams, which
is probably why the pattern is rarely seen. How could it be modified to make it possible to do it with straight seam on a machine?

Add seams.

Well you could make it all diamonds.

Or some diamonds.

But I think it was a hand-sewing project.


  1. Is there a way to assemble this without set in seams?

  2. Nope. And that's probably why it was never popular.

  3. What a neat pattern. This would also look great in patriotic colors, as it looks like an intertwining ribbon. Thanks for sharing Barbara.

  4. It is wonderful to hear your take on this quilt. I was called in to identify many of the quilts they were displaying. I think I ended up calling this a braid variation, because I couldn't come up with an "official name" from your book and another one I had with me. I was drawn to this quilt as well.....thanks for featuring it. This exhibit will be coming down next week.

  5. I won a jelly roll of your Best of Morris line and have been waiting for the right pattern to come along to use it. Obviously, this will be perfect! I just can't figure out how to sew the pieces together.

  6. I like the pattern, but I can't figure out from the diagram alone how to sew the pieces together.

  7. does this make a twin sized quilt?

  8. I have no idea how big the quilt will be. As I said you just sew till you are out of jellyrolls---and since you are not using the whole jelly roll (no greens or browns) it's probably just wall size.
    As for how to sew it together. One piece at a time with set-in seams.It's not practical.

  9. I see a combo of diamonds and parallelograms for machine sewing. Thanks for sharing this.

  10. It fantastic , and eye catching quilt.

  11. Brenda. Draw ion some seam lines and make it! And send pics

  12. You could make this like a braid quilt and sew up the white so that it only looks like a diamond from a distance.

  13. Instead of set in seams it looks like it would be better to do partial seams. Still fiddly, but it is really a cool looking pattern.

  14. I know I know all of us are different but I prefer to work with very simple patterns that are easy for me to follow but I must admit this does look beautiful I wish I could do just a wall hanging but I don't even know what "in set" seems are-can somebody please tell me?

  15. Marcie---the easiest seams are straight seams like joining two squares together. Inset seams are also called Y seams like joining the corner into a star pieced of diamonds. They are not that hard. You have pivot on your machine.

  16. It is a really nice pattern and something different. My thought on sewing it would be to do it like a braid quilt. Make several braids and then sew them together by yep it would be set in seams but would be better to make several strips and then you won't have as make pieces to set in.

  17. Barbara, you state in your article that half the jelly roll must be flipped. I’ve gotten 2/3 of my colored strips cut out already (doing what I can to not duplicate patterns) & what needs to happen is to turn the 60degree ruler upside down in order to achieve the dovetail effect shown in the quilt. I’m planning on “mis-aligning” the colored bars (w/ solid on each end) like doing a Seminole edge. Then trimming the middle of the solid sections to have a straight seam for joining the vertical columns.

    1. Flipping the ruler creates either right or left slants-turning the material face down prior to cutting would achive this also.

  18. This would make a great hand pieceing project. Would take a while but well worth it
    Great pattern thanks for sharing :)

  19. This could be pieced in long strips if you turn all your "spirals" the same way. You lose the chevron effect but the color combination doesn't require that emphasis. Joy

  20. For hand sewing it works if you start at the bottom of the rows and work upwards: no set-in seams to fiddle with. Jackie

  21. Why not sew the pieces of alternating colored and white fabric on the angle into long strips, then sew those together? Like sewing on point, but just at a different angle?

  22. Sew the pieces end to end & then sew it together in diagonal strips. Then you can use setting triangles to even out the edges or leave them staggered but remember how hard it's going to be to bind as a staggered edge.