Little Ruby Quilt Along: Part Two! - The Jolly Jabber Quilting Blog

Little Ruby Quilt Along: Part Two!

Welcome to Part Two of our Little Ruby Quilt Along! This gorgeous Little Ruby quilt, designed by Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms, features the Little Ruby fabric collection by Bonnie & Camille. Last week we covered fabrics and cutting instructions, and this week we’re showing you how to make the Star blocks!

Friendly reminder: This quilt pattern is super cool because you’ll actually end up with enough blocks for two different quilts if you add additional background fabric and binding!  FYI: The background fabric used for the second quilt, the quilt on the right in the image below, is Little Ruby Coral Little Sundae.

If you’re ready to start your Little Ruby Quilt we’ve got tools to help you complete a Little Ruby quilt of your own.  Not only will we share three separate video tutorials to show you what to do, step-by-step, we also have some Creative Grids Rulers that are going to make cutting and piecing so much easier. Woo hoo!

6/13/16 – Part Two: Star Blocks – that’s today!
6/27/16 – Part Three: Quilt Assembly
7/11/16 – Finished Quilts!

Watch the second part of the video tutorial series above, and
see just how easy it is to make the Little Ruby Star Blocks!
The free pattern for Part 2 can be found HERE

If you want to make the exact quilt shown above, you’ll be happy to know we’re offering a Little Ruby Quilt Along Kit! This quilt was designed by Camille Roskelley exclusively for FQS, and it’s such a beauty!  We also have a coordinating Backing Set!

Two Creative Grids rulers were used to make this quilt: Creative Grids Hexagon Trim Tool and Creative Grids 60 degree Double Strip Ruler, which need to be purchased separately from the quilt kit.

Check Out the Fabulous Bloggers Quilting Along!

We’re super excited to have several talented bloggers quilting along with us.  Stop by their blogs to see which fabrics they’re using and what their star blocks look like!

Melissa from Happy Quilting
Angie from Gnome Angel
Erin Cox from Why Not Sew
Andy from A Bright Corner
Pat from Pat Sloan
Heather from Quilt Story
Megan from Quilt Story
Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Sherri M. from A Quilting Life
Rebecca from Bryan House Quilts
Sherri F. from This & That Patterns
Jemima from Tied with a Ribbon
Stephanie from Modern Sewciety
Brooke from Silly Mama Quilts
Carrie from Moda’s United Notions
We look forward to seeing you back here on June 27th for Part 3 of the Little Ruby Quilt Along. Happy Quilting!


  1. I love this pattern, but I don't think I want to invest four jelly rolls into making it. Have you figured out how large a quilt could be made by just using two jelly rolls (and background fabric)? If so, I'd love to make a smaller size! 🙂

  2. Hi Debbie,

    I checked with one of our pattern writers to see if you could make a Little Ruby quilt with two jelly rolls, and the short answer is yes. Here's the complete answer:

    If she uses just one print jelly roll and one solid jelly roll, she would have enough fabric to make 240 Print Triangles (6 from each strip). These could make 40 Top Print Star Blocks and 40 Bottom Print Star Blocks (3 triangles in each). The Star Blocks could then go together into 4 rows with each row using 5 Tops and 5 Bottoms. She could also reduce the number of half hexagons and triangles cut from the background fabric. She would just need 20 – Fabric C half hexagons and 24 – Fabric D triangles. The quilt should finish at about 36 ½” x 48 ½”. I think she would just need 1 1/3 yards of the background to do background and binding.

  3. @Fat Quarter Shop

    That's awesome! Thank you so much for doing the calculations. (Kiss kiss, etc). Now I need to get out some coloured pencils and start planning. 🙂

  4. Now that I better understand the math, I've done some calcs of my own.

    One jelly roll solid + one Jelly roll print = 40 of each kind of star blocks (print and solid)

    Add: 2 jelly roll strips solids + 2 jelly roll strips print = 2 extra of each type of star block (print and solid)

    As I look at the pictures of the completed pattern, it looks like there are four 'circles' across (several rows to make each). It takes 18 star blocks (plus background material) to make each complete set of four rings.

    If we trimmed that to 3 'circles' or rings across, only 14 star blocks are required. 3 x 14 = 42, which means only two more star blocks are required above what one jelly roll provides. I think that means just two print strips and two solid strips, which many of us would easily have in our stash. We would still be able to make two quilts of a pretty good size (same length, just narrower).

    Not trying to hurt your jelly roll sales; I actually think more people might make this if only two jelly rolls and a few extra strips are required. 🙂

    Thank you for the great pattern; if my math is right, I'm off to treat myself to a nice Christmas jelly roll and some background fabric. Two Christmas presents off my list!