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FREE! Smart Cookie Quilt Pattern Download in Flower Pot Fabric

When fabric matches your living room, the natural thing is to make a quilt, yes? I’m talking about my upcoming Flower Pot collection (arriving April 2021) and I already have a plan. After auditioning a Jelly Roll in my Smart Cookie Jelly Roll design, I’m ready to start cutting! The Smart Cookie pattern is found in my book, Jelly Filled – 18 Quilts from 2-1/2″ Strips (Stash Books). It’s also available as a free PDF download, thanks to my publisher! You can access a copy below:

FREE Smart Cookie jelly roll pattern by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique. Pattern is from her Jelly Roll book. Fabric is Flower Pot by Lella Boutique for Moda fabrics
FREE Smart Cookie jelly roll quilt pattern by Lella Boutique. Fabric is Flower Pot by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics (April 2021)

This quilt design contains 2 different block variations of a [modified] log cabin block. (See examples of Block 1 & 2 below.) The blocks are made from 1 Jelly Roll (40 strips 2-1/2″ x 40″) + 1 fat quarter (to give you a total of 42 strips total). For a less scrappy look, you can use 12 fat quarters instead.

Before you begin cutting, you will need to sort those strips and decide which print should go where. It’s helpful to read through all the cutting instructions before beginning but I’d like to provide an visual.

  • BLOCK 1: This block uses 1 Jelly Roll “A” strip per block. Select 24 strips for 24 blocks.
  • BLOCK 2: This block uses 1/2 Jelly Roll “B” strip + 1 Jelly Roll “C” strip. (Each “B” strip will be shared between two blocks.) Select 4 Jelly Roll “B” strips, knowing each will be used twice in the designated (inner) print areas of Block 2. (I’ve provided two examples of Block 2 above so you can see the “B” print doubled up; refer to the quilt mockup for more examples.) The Jelly Roll “C” placement is much more straightforward. Select 12 strips, each to be used in the designated outer print area of Block 2.
  • Understanding this placement will help you select your fat quarter print. The fat quarter will yield the equivalent of (2) Jelly Roll “B” strips to be added to the others. This means the fat quarter print shows up in that “B” area for (4) blocks (of the Block 2 type). I selected the “Queen Anne Meadow” print in Taupe (5161 14) for mine–check out to see where I plugged that into the mockup. I chose this print first and built the other strip placement choices around that.
Flower Pot fabric by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics. Arriving to shops April 2022.
5161 14 “Queen Anne Meadow” in Taupe

Materials Needed

Here’s what you’ll need to make my version in Flower Pot fabric:

Finished block: 14″ x 14″

Finished quilt: 84″ x 84″

  • 1 Jelly Roll (40 strips 2-1/2″ x WOF) + 1 fat quarter
  • -OR- 12 fat quarters (for a less scrappy look)
  • 2 yards accent fabric for sawtooth stars (SKU 5165-14 “Sprout” in Taupe)
  • 3-3/8 yards white background (SKU 9900 98)
  • 3/4 yard binding fabric (SKU 5167-15 “Garden Row Stripe” in Clay)
  • 6-1/2 yards backing fabric (I’m going to use SKU 5161-11 “Queen Anne Meadow” in Ivory)
  • 92″ x 92″ batting
Flower Pot jelly roll by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics. Arriving April 2022.

If you think you’d like a kit, now is the time to talk to your favorite local or online quilt shop so they are able to order it. Do you like making log cabin blocks? Let me know in the comments.

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  1. Judith Marketos

    November 16, 2021 at 11:37 am

    A log cabin quilt was the first quilt I ever made years ago and it remains my favorite to this day! What an interesting pattern. I am planning to make it. Thank you so much for the free pattern!

  2. Lisa

    November 17, 2021 at 10:29 am

    The log cabin pattern was the first pattern I did when I start quilting. It is a great beginner quilt pattern and I would recommend it to anyone. There is just so many things you can do with it. This is a beautiful pattern and I will be making it. Thank you so much for the pattern.

  3. Cathy Wilson

    April 25, 2022 at 12:42 pm

    I love the neutral colors you used for it makes it so peaceful. I make many Quilts of Valor and I want to try it in red, white, and blue. I want to thank you for giving me inspiration. I too, made a loge cabin as my first quilt. I made it in red, white, and blue back in the early 70’s. Thank you for sharing your pattern.

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