Jump for Joy Quilt Along, Part One: Supplies & Cutting

Welcome quilters and BERNINA fans!

Today we are introducing the Jump for Joy Quilt Along. This 10-month quilt along will be hosted right here on the BERNINA WeAllSew blog the first Friday of the month.


This Jump for Joy quilt is designed to help you build your skills in both piecing a quilting top as well as quilting it. In the quilt along we will spend five months piecing the quilt top and five months exploring the quilting options. The piecing features traditional patchwork and raw edge fusible appliqué. The quilting is a combination of freemotion and ruler work which can be accomplished on a domestic sewing machine, a stationary longarm on a table or a longarm on a frame. Regardless of whether you own a BERNINA or not, you are welcome to participate in the quilt along.

We will walk step-by-step through making the top right here on the blog. If you need additional assistance with any step, reach out to your local BERNINA dealer. Not sure who that is? Here is a link to the dealer locator to find one near you.

Let’s dive into all the details of the quilt along, the schedule, the fabrics and supplies needed.

Quilt Along Schedule

  • September: Month 1 – Introductions, fabrics and supplies needed, cutting instructions
  • October: Month 2 – Raw edge fusible appliqué
  • November: Month 3 – Chain blocks
  • December: Month 4 – Diamond blocks
  • January: Month 5 – Quilt assembly
  • February: Month 6 – Quilting plan, batting and thread
  • March: Month 7 – Free-motion quilting techniques
  • April: Month 8 – Rulerwork quilting techniques
  • May: Month 9 – Computerized quilting
  • June: Month 10 – Binding and finishing

The Jump for Joy quilt will measure 54” x 66” when completed.

The sample quilt was made with Benartex Shadow Blush Fabrics, but any quilting cotton can be used. There are two colorways available, one with a blue background as shown in the photo above and alternatively, a warmer beige background.


Don’t be limited by these two options, use whatever colors or fabrics make your heart happy. For some inspiration, check out these options using Benartex Fossil Fern which is similar to a batik.

Here it is in an orange colorway:


It also looks great in a pale colorway:


To make it easy for you to audition different color combinations, download a printable black line drawing of the quilt that you can color as desired.

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Check with your BERNINA dealer to see if they are offering fabric and supply kits or have fabric available for you to purchase.

Download the complete materials list to make either the blue or beige colorway here.

The fabrics and quantities needed to make the blue colorway quilt are:

  • Powder Blue Tonal: 3-1/4 yards
  • Fuschia Tonal: 1-2/3 yards
  • Baby Blue Tonal: 1-1/4 yards
  • Turquoise Tonal: ¾ yards
  • Emerald Tonal: ½ yard
  • Saffron Tonal: 1/3 yard
  • Backing Fabric: 1-3/4 yard of 90” or wider or 3-1/2 yards of 40” wide fabric
  • Batting: 60” x 72” rectangle
  • 18” wide fusible web with paper release: 3 yards

The supplies that you will need include:

  • Acrylic cutting rulers
  • Self-healing cutting mat
  • Rotary cutter and blades
  • Acrylic template material
  • Fusible web with paper release
  • Utility or paper scissors
  • Fabric shears
  • Thread scissors or snips
  • Iron and pressing board / mat or ironing board
  • Threads for piecing, machine appliqué and quilting
  • Pins or clips
  • Curved safety pins, safety pins or basting spray
  • Seam ripper
  • Permanent Marking Pen for Appliqué Templates

Cutting Instructions

Once you have your fabrics purchased, you can go ahead and start cutting. Refer to pages 5 and 6 of the Jump for Joy Supplies and Cutting Information. This document also contains appliqué templates. You will not be cutting these until later in the series.

Be sure to label each piece so that you can easily find it later when you need it.

That’s it for today! This is a quilt along that you will definitely want to participate in and be sure to share it with all your quilting friends and quilt guilds. Quilting is always better with a friend.

Next month, you will start working on the raw edge fusible appliqué blocks. See you then!

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