Wednesday, June 12, 2013

June Jelly Roll sew along Week #2

Last week we cut out ALL of our pieces for this quilt. This week we will be sewing our blocks. These are fabulous for speedy chain piecing because every block is stitched in the same identical manner.
The entire quilt is made from 1 simple 6-patch block pattern. (with a simple twist to be announced next week)

Here we go.... keeping your rectangle units in sets, begin chain piecing (1) 2-1/2" background square to the RIGHT side of each of your print fabric rectangles.(right sides together)

Once I reach the end of my set, I will cut my tail thread from the machine and begin chain piecing a new set. You end up with multiple piles of "chained" sets.

Cut apart one of your chains and press your 2 patch pieces. (I press toward the rectangles)
Repeat this process for each of your chain pieced sets.

Remember the 4 jelly roll strips you grouped together?
From them you now have 36 rectangles.
Randomly mix them up and group them into sets of 3's.
Chain piece these the same as the units above.

Now you are ready to sew your blocks together. Easy as A,B,C.
Units A and C will have the square to the right of the rectangle. Unit B will have the square to the left.

TIP - I also chain piece my units for each set so as not to forget to flip unit B to the left. Here are units A & B sewn together:

Next add unit C to finish the block.

Your blocks should measure 6-1/2" square... however, in a previous "test run" I've had a few quilters tell me that their blocks measured 6-1/2" across/wide but only 6-1/4" down/long.

This was due to sewing along pinked edges of jelly strips that may/may not have measured exactly 2-1/2" wide.
So if YOUR blocks measure 6-1/2" x 6-1/4" it is OK!.

As long as the width measurement of ALL your blocks are the same and the length measurement of ALL your blocks are the same your block size will work just fine with this pattern.

Continue sewing and stacking your block sets together.

Once you have finished all of your block sets, you will take out your (10) background rectangles and (10)print squares. Again, sew the 2-1/2" square to the RIGHT side of each rectangle. Press open and set aside for next week.

You will now have a total of (120) 6-patch blocks and (10) 2-patch units.

Special Note: If you wish to make this quilt QUEEN size like Julianne - then you will need a total of (210) 6-patch blocks and (14) 2-patch units.
That means you would need to start with a total of 630 print rectangles, 14 print squares, 630 background squares and 14 background rectangles. (further instructions will follow next week)

THAT'S ALL FOLKS! Next week we begin our assembly process.
Once you've posted your progress be sure to link up below so we can stop by for a visit.

every quilt tells a story....


  1. Looks so interesting. I`m looking forward to see the wonderful finished quilts.
    Greetings Grit

  2. This is going to be so much fun. Can wait to get started!

  3. Such pretty fabrics. I never know what to do with a jelly roll and have stopped purchasing them. I think I still have one. I am anxious to see what your quilt looks like in the end.

  4. Started stitching using a French General jelly roll. Love it!! Quick to make. Thank you!!

  5. Ready to start the piecing journey ! Chain piecing is great :)

  6. How fun ! Love the chain piecing :-D

    I am going to start sewing this afternoon !

  7. Looks fantastic,can´t wait to it reveled.Beautiful fabrics!!

  8. Fun! Chain piecing will make this fly! My background fabric is cut and ready, just have the prints to sub cut and I will be taking off with the rest of you. Thank you Doreen, I really like your batiks, much calmer than mine :0)

  9. Will this pattern still work if we go totally scrappy (solid for the 2.5" squares) and scrappy (say reds) for everything else? Or do we need everything in sets?

  10. Love Chain piecing! Got a little done today...I'll be ready by next Wednesday for the next step....what fun this is!
    Thank you Doreen for doing this :)
    Hugs, Kathy

  11. Confused about group of 4 jelly roll strips--wasn't I supposed to cut nine rectangles from each strip like all the rest? That would mean I have 36 rectangles, not 10. What am I missing?

  12. Got caught up yesterday and today. Can't wait to see how this sews together!!

  13. How should the last two seams (the two longest ones in the block) be pressed? It is so nice to have some simple piecing to work on.


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