varsity jolly bar quilt + giveaway

hello and welcome!
today I am excited to share my Varsity Jolly Bar quilt with you…
thanks to Fat Quarter Shop for including me in the blog tour…
before we get started…I thought I would share a bit of my design process with you…
since Varsity is a sport themed fabric line, I wanted a design like pom poms…then I couldn’t bear to toss the pieces of leftover Jolly Bars, so I made a sashing and offset the blocks…
I hope you enjoy my project…
a Jolly Bar is an exclusive Moda precut for the Fat Quarter Shop
to make this quilt…
in addition to the Jolly Bar, you will need…
1/2 yard of a creme – I used Kona Snow
1 yard for the back
36 x 43 inch piece of batting
the finished size is about 33.5 x 40.5
block size is 11 3/4 inches
begin by cutting the entire set of Jolly Bars in half lengthwise – 2.5 inch strips
cut four 4 inch strips WOF of the creme and sub-cut into 36 four inch squares
for each block, you will need four 4 inch squares and six 2.5 inch Jolly Bar strips – two of three different prints
this block is constructed similar to a half log cabin
begin by placing two of the square on two of the Jolly Bar strips and sew as pictured above
select another strip and place the unit right sides together as pictured and sew
trim off the excess Jolly Bar, but save this piece
these little pieces are used later
repeat these steps for the other squares and strips
here is how I laid out my block
I like the strips off setting eachother
I sew two blocks into pairs and then repeat for the other two
I pressed toward the un-pieced strip side, so they interlock when sewing the block together
sew the block together and press the seam as desired
repeat all of these steps for each block, so for my quilt, I made 9 blocks
here are my nine blocks all laid out in a pleasing order
notice that I chose to offset them for interest
remember all these little pieces you trimmed off?
I used these to make the 2.5 inch sashing strips
I sewed four pieces together for each sashing
this gives you a rough idea about how the finished piece will look
at this point, all the pieces have yet to be sewn together
I sewed the sashing pieces together first and pressed them
I then sewed the blocks into rows and the rows together
pictured above is the completed top
sandwich a back and batting with the top
baste as desired and quilt
I used my walking foot and did narrow curvy quilting
I had 12 Jolly Bar strips left over
I actually had a bit more but had a sewing error with one of my blocks!
I sewed these strips together end to end to form one long piece of binding
sew binding onto the quilt and either machine or hand-sew it to the back
in the above photo you can see my variety of prints for the binding
finished project is ready to enjoy!

if you would like a PDF of this tutorial….
leave me a comment or email me –
I did add a couple of possible variations in the PDF….

and now for the fun….
leave a comment here to win a Jolly Bar of your choice…
compliments of Fat Quarter Shop!!!
be sure to head over to the Fat Quarter’s blog to see other Jolly Bar projects…

thanks so much for reading along…
Happy Sewing!

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95 Responses to varsity jolly bar quilt + giveaway

  1. Clara Chandler September 8, 2015 at 11:19 am #

    Thanks for sharing the directions and pictures of your project. This quilt could easily be expanded into a larger quilt. I’ve been looking for ideas for a “guy” quilt and this design looks right to me. Thanks for the chance in the giveaway.

  2. Sandra Frigo September 8, 2015 at 11:58 am #

    Beautiful quilt, and I love the quilting. Nice fabric for a quilt for a man.

  3. Robin September 8, 2015 at 12:01 pm #

    Love those blocks!

  4. amy September 8, 2015 at 12:15 pm #

    These fabrics are great for all the guys in your life! Big and little ones!
    Lovely quilt and great directions.

  5. LINDA September 8, 2015 at 12:17 pm #

    HI, didn’t this project turn out neat! Thanks for the quilting tips+a great giveaway too!

  6. Rebecca S. September 8, 2015 at 12:53 pm #

    That is so cute! What a fun idea.

  7. Heather September 8, 2015 at 1:07 pm #

    I really like this quilt! It is unique! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Lynn M September 8, 2015 at 1:23 pm #

    What a great “sports” quilt for football season. I love it.

  9. Esther G September 8, 2015 at 1:39 pm #

    This is cute! I just never know what to do with little quilts when I don’t have baby showers coming up. Guess I’d have to get a few jolly bars to make it bigger.

  10. Ashley September 8, 2015 at 1:53 pm #

    Thanks for the tutorial! Love the offsetting!

  11. Ramona Chester September 8, 2015 at 2:43 pm #

    Cute for that little sports loving guy in the family. Love those Sweetwater collections.

  12. mskhofhinn September 8, 2015 at 2:52 pm #

    Neat project! I love the scrappy binding you made with the leftovers. Thanks for both the tutorial and giveaway!

  13. Lorraine September 8, 2015 at 3:51 pm #

    I love the design you came up with using the Jolly Bar! Thanks for the idea!

  14. annehaun September 8, 2015 at 3:56 pm #

    Love your quilt and love the jolly bar concept. This would be so much fun to try.

  15. Connie R September 8, 2015 at 4:10 pm #

    I like the jolly bars. Thank you for the instructions on your quilt, and the chance to win one

  16. Sandy K September 8, 2015 at 5:22 pm #

    Cute fun quilt. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Vicki H September 8, 2015 at 5:23 pm #

    Looks to make a great guy quilt.

  18. Lori Morton September 8, 2015 at 5:27 pm #

    What a GRRRRREAT Quilt…these fabrics are perfect for the guys…& the Pattern is so versatile too! Thank you for sharing the direcxtions…& for chance to win your Give-a-way too! 🙂

  19. Nicole Sender September 8, 2015 at 6:35 pm #

    I really like this fabric! I haven’t tried sewing with jolly bars yet.Thanks for the tutorial.

  20. Dot September 8, 2015 at 6:41 pm #

    Great quilt. I like the scrappy binding.

  21. Barbara Hand September 8, 2015 at 6:51 pm #

    Beautiful quilt! Thank you for sharing and offering you pattern to everyone. I would love a PDF of the pattern. I know a sweet little guy who needs one of these.

  22. Lisa Marie September 8, 2015 at 8:19 pm #

    This is very cute! The pattern, the fabrics, the quilting are all lovely.

  23. Kathleen Dalecio September 8, 2015 at 8:53 pm #

    Your Varsity Pom-Pom quilt is really cute! I would enjoy having a pdf copy of your pattern. Thanks for offering and thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  24. duchick September 8, 2015 at 9:40 pm #

    I have not worked with a Jolly Bar yet, but you’ve got me very interested! I love the off-set way you put this quilt together. It makes it cozy and casual looking. I like that.

  25. Becky S September 8, 2015 at 10:14 pm #

    Your quilt turned out so cute! I would love to win a Jolly Bar–thanks for the chance.

  26. Jamie September 8, 2015 at 11:17 pm #

    Very cool! Your design is my favorite of the four on the blog hop. It’s busy and lively yet still has a distinct pattern to it. Lovely!!!!

  27. Lori September 9, 2015 at 12:40 am #

    I love your jolly bar quilt. The blog hop has been very fun and inspiring! Thank you!

  28. Kim S September 9, 2015 at 1:35 am #

    By our quilt looks amazing! I have been eyeing the Hello Darling line and a Jolly Bar in the collection would be awesome.

  29. Hildy September 9, 2015 at 2:25 am #

    Your quilt looks great I would love to have a PDF pattern! My favorite Jolly Bar would be Hello Darling or Daysail or Vinage Pinic … some Bonnie & Camille for sure:-)

  30. Chris September 9, 2015 at 3:01 am #

    It turned out wonderful. I like all the new ones coming out. Hello Darling is great.

  31. Umaesew September 9, 2015 at 5:16 am #

    Love your Jolly Bar quilt. I think I would make it in Feed Company by Sweetwater.

  32. Emily C September 9, 2015 at 6:05 am #

    I love your pattern. It is nice that you could easily make it scrappy.

  33. shirley tener September 9, 2015 at 6:52 am #

    inspiring……… perfect for my household, I would love a PDF.. thank you

  34. Kiandy Schrock September 9, 2015 at 7:32 am #

    What a sharp looking quilt! I have never sewn with jolly bars but would love to try. I also would like a copy of your quilt pattern. Thanks for the giveaway!! Those are always fun! 🙂

  35. lewisnancy54 September 9, 2015 at 8:00 am #

    I love your quilt and your tutorial. I have been looking for a quilt design for my 17 year old grandson, and I believe I have now found it!! Thanks so much!!

  36. Dorothy September 9, 2015 at 8:15 am #

    Love the material line and how you showcased it, it turned out perfectly!

  37. Dorothy September 9, 2015 at 8:15 am #

    Oops! forgot to ask for a pdf of your pattern 🙂

  38. Libby September 9, 2015 at 8:29 am #

    So simple, yet elegant ! I love it!

  39. Donna September 9, 2015 at 9:08 am #

    Very cute!!!!!

  40. rosa September 9, 2015 at 9:32 am #

    Beautiful quilt.The scrappy binding caught my eye.I`ve never bought a jolly bar!

  41. bee September 9, 2015 at 9:41 am #

    those jolly bars look like a great size for making quilts! what a fun way to off set the blocks.

  42. Janna September 9, 2015 at 9:51 am #

    Cute quilt, love the off set design.

  43. Nita September 9, 2015 at 10:03 am #

    Of course I would love a pdf of your pattern! Creative with lots of visual appeal!

  44. sue September 9, 2015 at 10:04 am #

    The jolly bar pre-cuts were truly an inspiration and it is fun to see the quilts that have been designed to use them.

  45. Rita September 9, 2015 at 10:06 am #

    I love the pattern and love Varsity! Would like to have the pdf.

  46. Linda Buck September 9, 2015 at 10:28 am #

    Awesome quilt! Would love to have a PDF of your pattern. The Varsity Jolly Bar is pretty great, too.

  47. Dianne H. September 9, 2015 at 10:30 am #

    What a great pattern. Please send me the pdf. Love the Jolly Bars, too. Cutting the fabric is my least favorite part of making a quilt. Pre-cuts allow me to get to the piecing more quickly.

  48. Judy Blinkenberg September 9, 2015 at 10:45 am #

    This is a great pattern because it doesn’t look like a cross quilt. I really like this pattern and would love to win a jolly bar. Thank you

  49. Darlene September 9, 2015 at 10:48 am #

    That’s adorable! Great use of colors and the scrappy binding was an excellent idea. I personally love precuts and use them all the time.

  50. Janie September 9, 2015 at 11:09 am #

    Love your choice of fabrics. What a great man cave idea. Thank you so much for sharing and the inspiration.

  51. Paula September 9, 2015 at 11:14 am #

    I like that you got an entire quilt, including the binding, from one precut! Way to use those scraps!

  52. carolyn montgomery September 9, 2015 at 11:16 am #

    love this quilt great for the guys.

  53. Nancy Page September 9, 2015 at 11:26 am #

    Great quilt, great tutorial!! Thank you for sharing and for the great giveaway!!

  54. Barbara McDonald September 9, 2015 at 12:01 pm #

    I would love to have a copy of your pattern! And thanks for the great giveaway!!

  55. Connie Cain September 9, 2015 at 12:07 pm #

    What a cute baby boy quilt this would make! Love it! 🙂

  56. Sarah J. September 9, 2015 at 12:35 pm #

    Love the quilt! I’m always a bit unsure how to use some precuts- thanks for a great idea!

  57. mumbird3 September 9, 2015 at 12:50 pm #

    Great little quilt!

  58. barbara woods September 9, 2015 at 12:55 pm #

    never had one would love to win one, thanks

  59. Peggy Terzian September 9, 2015 at 1:25 pm #

    This looks fun, and perfect for a jolly bar! I have a Hello Darling layer cake that might do as well. I’d love to have a pdf of the pattern. I’m glad Fat Quarter Shop does these blog hops-they allow me to find great blogs like yours!

  60. HeatherK September 9, 2015 at 1:48 pm #

    Darling quilt! Someday I’ll have to try this pre-cut and this quilt is the perfect size for a baby shower gift … thanks!

  61. Debby E September 9, 2015 at 1:57 pm #

    What a fabulous quilt! I love your design and would be thrilled if you could email me the pdf directions. Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win 🙂
    Debby E
    samtaylorcjsmimi at yahoo dot com

  62. dispack September 9, 2015 at 2:17 pm #

    Thanks for the tutorial and for the chance to win a Jolly Bar!,,,here’s hoping from Idaho! 🙂

  63. Carolyn J September 9, 2015 at 4:29 pm #

    Would love a PDF of this pattern. Simple but really effective use of the fabrics. Thanks for sharing and of course, always fun to win something but this pattern is lovely bonus.

  64. Deb F September 9, 2015 at 6:16 pm #

    Thank you for sharing the directions to your quilt. I can imagine this in a number of different fabric lines. thanks for the chance to win. 🙂

  65. Michele September 9, 2015 at 8:20 pm #

    I would love to have your pattern. I wasn’t interested in jolly bars until I saw this quilt. Now I will have to give them another look.

  66. Karen Seitz September 9, 2015 at 8:27 pm #

    What a great little pattern! It would work well for just about any baby quilt. And I love seeing Varsity in action. 🙂 I would like a copy of the pdf, please.

  67. Sarah September 9, 2015 at 8:42 pm #

    Beautiful quilt! I love the scrappy binding.

  68. Sandy A in St. Louis September 9, 2015 at 8:54 pm #

    I love your quilt and would love a copy of the pattern! Thanks for being so generous!

  69. Ann Witten September 10, 2015 at 3:22 am #

    What a cute quilt! I’m a new quilter and also new to your blog, and I love the joyful abandon in your placing and fun in your designing process and quilts! You let the fabric speak to you- I really admire that!
    Ann 🙂

  70. Diane September 10, 2015 at 8:11 am #

    I love the fabrics in this sweetwater line and you have showcased it perfectly in the pattern you have designed. I would love the PDFs instructions as well. Thanks, too, for the opportunity to win a jolly bar!

  71. Vicky September 10, 2015 at 11:22 am #

    Great quilt. Perfect for one of the boys. Thank you for a chance to win. timewilltell63 at yahoo dot com

  72. andiemcbee September 10, 2015 at 11:41 am #

    Fabulous design! I love the colours!
    distantsub at gmail dot com

  73. linda gillian September 10, 2015 at 2:20 pm #

    I love the way you used this jolly bar set. I would love to have the pdf of the instructions.

  74. Kathleen September 10, 2015 at 3:20 pm #

    I would love to receive a PDF of the quilt directions. This looks awesome! And count me in on the giveaway as well. Thank you!

  75. Jenny September 10, 2015 at 4:18 pm #

    Fingers crossed for the giveaway. Nice pattern Brooke.

  76. amy tanner September 10, 2015 at 5:08 pm #

    I would definitely love a pdf of the quilt. I love it. and would love to win a jolly bar. thank you for doing something different.

  77. Tami September 10, 2015 at 10:40 pm #

    Love the quilt you made and I am very interested in this new precut!

  78. Julie September 11, 2015 at 12:29 am #

    I love the quilt design. It certainly lends itself to a ‘boy’ quilt. Pdf instructions would be great thank you. I will be putting this close to the top of my to do list. Thanks for the great inspiration.

  79. Julie in GA September 11, 2015 at 12:18 pm #

    Great looking quilt! I am intrigued by the Jolly Bar and would love to try one out.

  80. Joye September 11, 2015 at 12:41 pm #

    Nice looking quilt. And pretty fabrics, too. Thanks for the chance to win.

  81. Rita Long September 11, 2015 at 8:36 pm #

    I would like the PDF of your nice quilt. I’m looking forwards to the giveaway

  82. Michele September 12, 2015 at 6:35 am #

    I love your quilt. Versatile and I really like the way you used every bit of the jolly bar. Thanks for offering a pdf. Can hardly wait to get it.

  83. buntyw September 14, 2015 at 5:09 am #

    A great design Brooke!
    I haven’t heard of ‘Jolly Bars’ before!

  84. Judy September 14, 2015 at 7:38 am #

    Love your quilt, great design.

  85. 8machines September 16, 2015 at 4:38 pm #

    Hi, May I have a PDF of this quilt? I have two jolly bars and would love to make it. Thank you.

  86. Linda Smith September 17, 2015 at 6:50 am #

    The fabric really shines with this simple pattern. And no waste!

  87. Mary Jane October 11, 2015 at 4:53 pm #

    I have this jolly bar waiting for the perfect pattern and now I have found it! Would you please email me the pattern? Thank you

  88. Yvonne Myers November 6, 2015 at 1:33 pm #

    I would like to obtain a PDF of this great pattern if it is not too late. Thanks for this opportunity.

  89. Kath S September 4, 2016 at 6:59 pm #

    i just discovered your blog and really like your design and am requesting a PDF of this tutorial. I know I’m just a bit (ha ha) late getting to the party, but hope it’s still available. Have you seen this design made in different fabrics? I’m anxious to get started on my quilt using your pattern!

  90. Linda August 29, 2022 at 5:09 am #

    I Love this quilt!

    I have a jelly roll of Varsity that I have been waiting fir the right pattern for. This is it!

    I would love a copy of your PDF pattern. Thank you for sharing!

  91. Linda August 29, 2022 at 5:12 am #

    I Love this quilt!

    I have a jelly roll of Varsity that I have been waiting fir the right pattern for. This is it!

    I would love a copy of your PDF pattern.

    Thank you for sharing!


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