Dovetail Jolly Bar Quilt and Video by Doug Leko Berry Merry by BasicGrey

Dovetail Jolly Bar Quilt by Doug Leko – let’s dive in!

Doug Leko designed a fabulous quilt for us when he visited in April, and we super love it because it uses Jolly Bars!  It’s called Dovetail in deference to the lovely 45-degree seams that join the prints, and you can find the free Dovetail quilt pattern here.  In our Dovetail tutorial video, Doug shows how to use his Simple Folded Corners Ruler to create these perfect units.  You do not have to use this ruler for this step, but we love the crisp, accurate, perfectly precise finish it helps us achieve.  Plus, we just think Doug is pretty darn genius for coming up with this ruler!



Dovetail looks striking in Berry Merry by BasicGrey

We made our version in Berry Merry by BasicGrey, and those deep, saturated colors blend so well into this design!  You can find the quilt kit and backing for this version at Fat Quarter Shop.

The Dovetail quilt also has partial seams, and if you are new to this technique, this is a great quilt to start with.  Working with these big, chunky rectangles is very forgiving, and you will love how it looks in the end!  Don’t stop reading here, though – we have a video tutorial and bloggy friends joining us to show you how it looks in all sorts of fabrics!

Partial seams are so not a problem in this quilt

Check out our Dovetail video tutorial to see how Doug pieces this quilt, step by step, with his helpful tips and tricks.  Then visit our blogger friends below to see their own Dovetail creations!

See more Dovetail quilts made by these wonderful folks!  You won’t be able to resist making one for yourself, so please share them with us on social media with #dovetailquilt!


  1. Tried to watch again today, nope I still can’t do it, I guess there are some things that even I can’t wac0&h#823c;*gatk*Good effort PPM, I’ll leave this vid for others to moan about!

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