Friday, October 5, 2012

Jelly Roll Quilt Tutorial...

Have you seen or heard of the 1600 Jelly Roll Quilt? Well, if you haven't or if you've heard of it but haven't given it a try, I'm here to tell you it's one the quickest quilts I've put together so far! I think that it only took, maybe two hours to have the top done, and that was with TONS of distractions!!

So find your favorite jelly roll and let's get sewing! Need a jelly roll? Click here and pick one up at our on-line store.

For this project you will need:

1 Jelly roll
sewing machine
cotton thread (we used 50wt)
rotary cutter and mat
marking utensil

8 1/2 x 16 quilting ruler
iron and ironing board

 First you'll need to unroll your fabric and mix it up. If you're a little OCD, which I think really we all are, get over it this quilt is supposed to be random! So mix up your fabrics and then choose your first two strips. You will be sewing these together at an angle like you would for binding.

So place your strips like so and then get your ruler. You need to place your ruler on the strips so that your 45 degree line is on the strip that is vertical. This will give you a line corner to corner to mark and sew on.

Once you have your ruler lined up, mark your line with a pencil and pin if you need to. Then take the strips to your machine and sew just a smidgen to the right of the line. Then cut your 1/4 inch seam.

Next you'll take these strips and press your seam open.

The quickest way I found to accomplish getting all these seams sewn and pressed was to lay out my strips in an 'L', two by two. Chain sew all the sets, then trim and press and then lay them out again until I had one long strip.

Now that you have one long strip, you cut off the first 18 inches and you just fold in half, right sides together and start sewing.

Once you get to the end, you trim off the fold and press.

Then go again and press. Repeat this process until you're done!

 Here's another one done by one of our customers in the Halloween fabrics!

So there it is! Easy as pie! Happy stitching and may your bobbins always be full!

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