Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Jelly Roll Sew Along Week 3

Are you ready to WEAVE..????
OK ladies here we go, but first my apologies for posting so late.
It wasn't until after 3pm that the logical part of my brain realized it was Wednesday.

Please do not start sewing until you've read ALL of my instructions!
You may (or may not) decide to omit certain steps!

Gather up your blocks and be amazed at how simple this is to lay out. There is only ONE rule, and that is you must remember to flip your blocks every other row. All of the odd rows starting with 1 will have the middle weave pointing RIGHT. All of the even rows starting with 2 will have the middle weave pointing LEFT.

For those making this using my Jelly Roll instructions - you will place 10 blocks across in every row. You will have a total of 12 rows. (10 x 12 = 120 blocks)
For those making a QUEEN size using stash fabrics you will need to make your quilt 14 blocks across by 16 rows. (14 x 16 = 224 blocks)
Here is how rows 1 and 2 look all laid out. Notice the direction each row points in.

Continue laying out all of your rows of blocks. Be sure to do this when you have some quiet, free time. This took me a couple of hours to lay them all out to my liking.

Oops, did you notice something missing???? That would be Row 3.
It's the row that I added my little woven "band" design.
I like Baskets that have this little accent woven into them. But if you do not - then simply omit the next step and continue making your Willow Basket without one. My feeling won't be hurt - honest! ;)

Adding the woven band row/row3:
Gather your blocks for this row and stack them so the middle weave is pointing RIGHT. (odd row sequence) You will also bring out your 2 piece sections you made from square print fabrics and rectangular background fabrics.

Cut the 2-1/2" x 6-1/2" sections in half to measure (2) 1-1/4" x 6-1/2" pieces/pairs.

Sew your strips to the top and bottom of each block as shown below.

Now that you've added your band sections to these blocks you will sew them across into a finished row. Please note: This is the ONLY row of blocks that we will be sewing across/horizontally.
Here is what this row will look like. (the band sections will look even narrower when the rows are sewn together)

TIP: to align the seams flat when sewing, I pressed blocks 1,3,5,7,9 in one direction (up) and blocks 2,4,6,8,10 in the opposite direction (down).

And here is the row back on my design board along with the rest of my pieced quiltlets/blocks.

The plan is to finish sewing our rows together next week to complete this quilt. This weeks assignment is approximately 4 hours of work.
However, for those of you who wish to forge ahead I will give you a bit of early instruction.
The rest of this quilt is assembled in VERTICAL rows. I have a picture below showing a space between them so you can see that you will be sewing long tall rows rather than across horizontally.

You will have (2) block rows x 10 across the top of the quilt, the woven band row (already sewn) and 9 block rows x 10 along the bottom. (If eliminating the woven band row you will simply have 10 vertical rows of 12 blocks to sew. I will post clear, details instructions next week for the final assembly. (and much earlier in the day this time)

Remember the OMIT part I mentioned earlier?.. it also applies to the assembly. Remember I said only 1 rule, well I meant it. If you decide to move ahead and prefer to sew all of your rows ACROSS/horizontally, that is fine too! lol

every quilt tells a story....

Remember to add your link here once you post some progress on your blog:


  1. Great, I can't wait to get mine sewn together. THANKS!!

  2. looks great. can't wait until I get to that point.

  3. I was wondering where you were LOL !!! Looking forward to this weeks assignment :-D

    THANKS !

  4. pretty! All of my blocks are sewn. Won't be putting it together until next on a course all next week.
    Love the insert, by the way. I am going to try and incorporate a little secret detail into mine. I'll share when I get back.

    Have fun sewing!
    Hugs, Nancy

  5. Love the woven band for row 3. Fun!!! Can't wait to start playing with the layout. Thank you!

  6. This looks terrific. The woven band is a great addition. I am a little behind but still plugging away. Joanne

  7. Well, I'm one that forged quilt top is finished..time to load it up on the quilting frame..Thank you,
    Doreen for a fun time sewing!

  8. question? I have put my blocks together and am ironing them now. Do you have any tips about which way to iron the seams so the rows will go together okay?

  9. just ignore my question. I reread the part where you told how to press the blocks.

  10. Awesome!!!!
    Do you do this every month? I have so much fabric to use up, this looks good!


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