Gem Stones Rolie Polie Strip Quilt Tutorial

Posted by Gerri Robinson on

Happy New Year!

With the hustle and bustle of the holidays behind us, we have the perfect simple project to ease you back into sewing. It's sew simple, you'll have it sewn up in no time - the Gem Stones Rolie Polie Strip Quilt!

This project was actually inspired by my Gem Stones Lookbook! One of the pages includes a 'strip' of each of the colors to showcase the skews. After seeing it in the lookbook I thought- why not make it into a quilt?! This project came together in literally 2 hours (less if you use a Gem Stones Rolie Polie and it is super beginner friendly! This quilt finishes at 40 x 60.

So, let's dive in to the tutorial- follow along below for a step by step guide to make your very own Gem Stones Rolie Polie Strip Quilt:

Materials List: 

Fabric: (30) 2 1/2" by WOF strips OR 1 Gem Stones Rolie Polie Pre-cut for top, 3 yards for backing, 1/2 yard for binding or, if using the Gem Stones Role Polie you will have extra strips to use and will not need additional binding yardage.

Tools: Rotary cutter, ruler, cutting mat, Iron and pressing mat, straight pins, sewing machine, thread, and scissors.

Step one: Cut your (30) 2 1/2" strips or unroll your Gem Stones Rolie Polie.
Lay out strips, following the color placement below for Gem Stones, or create your own color layout.
Step two: Place your first and second strips RST (right sides together) and pin.
Do this in pairs all the way down your quilt top lay out.
Step three: Chain piece, using a 1/4" seam allowance, all the pinned strips (click here for a tutorial on chain piecing).
Step four: Cut all the strips apart from the chain piecing and press seams in the same direction. We pressed our seams open but you can also press to one side.
Step five: Lay out the quilt top design again, match up pairs, and repeat steps 2-4. Repeat process until top is fully pieced!
Your quilt top is done!
Now you have two options: Machine or hand quilt it yourself or send to a professional long arm quilter. I chose to send this one off to my amazing friend, Penny Barnes, BUT if you want to do it yourself, check out the tutorials linked below (or search out your own) for help along the way!


There you go! You now have a lovely and easy new quilt!

 Looking for another whip-up project?? Just like you, time was running short on making my Christmas presents for my family but I wasn't going to let it get me down! Guess what I did? I cut 3 yards of my 108" wide fabric (for the top) PLUS Minky/Cuddle for the backing, quilted and bound it and ta-dah!! A gorgeous quilt for each of my daughter-in-laws! They absolutely LOVED their quilts and it took me little to no time at all. My one daughter in law even commented that it reminded her of the ever popular "weighted" blankets. 

 I highly encourage you to try it!  We have some incredibly beautiful 108" wide backs that are to die for!

 Cheers to 2020!  We have so much in store for you this year!


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  • Hi Jane!

    We never offered a kit for the Gem Stones Rolie Polie Strip Quilt but rather a link to our website to the Gem Stones Rolie Polie. The quilt finishes at 40″ × 60″.

    Please let me know if there is anything else I can assist you with.


    gerri robinson on
  • Are there still any kits for this quilt available? Also, can you please tell me the final finished size of this quilt? Thanks so much!

    Jane on
  • I love this fabric and just couldn’t figure out the perfect project-simple and exquisite display of its characters ❣️👍🏻

    Cindy waite on
  • Hi Joan Emery!

    Thank you for your interest in the Gem Stone Rolie Polie Strip Quilt.

    The Gem Stone Rolie Polie is $39.95 (includes enough strips for a scrappy binding) and you’ll need 3 yards for the backing which will be $35.70 (3 yds at $11.90 yd).

    You can purchase both on my website Click on SHOP in the top menu bar, click on Gem Stone Pre-Cuts and Gem Stone Fabrics.

    Please let me know if there are any other questions I can answer for you. Thank you!

    Gerri Robinson
    Planted Seed Designs

    gerri robinson on
  • I love the Fabric Stripes. How much is the Fabric, backing and the binding?
    The Rollie Polie Strip Quilt is a beauty. My name is JOAN Emory, I live in Medina, OH. 44256. Thanks, JOAN.

    Joan Emory on

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