Wednesday, June 5, 2013

WEEK ONE of Jelly Roll Sew-Along

OK's time to bring out those Jelly Rolls.(or stash bins)
This week we will be cutting out all of our fabrics.

Please note that the TIPS I share below are not Rules you must follow - just helpful suggestions that have worked for me.

TIP #1: To avoid a lot of identical fabric "match ups" when sewing the quilt top together - create "sets" of similar blocks by grouping your fabric strips together.

I did this by grouping my Jelly Roll into 12 sets of 3 fabric strips
and 1 set of 4 fabric strips. Choose fabrics for your groupings that contrast or compliment each other. But really anything that looks pleasing to you will work. Just try to avoid grouping all darks or all lights together.

Please note: This is an important step BEFORE cutting:
Open all of your Jelly roll strips so they are laid out in a single long strip. - NOT doubled onto itself.
(I stacked my long strips 3 and/or 4 high to cut multiple layers of fabric all at once.)

From EACH of your Jelly Roll strips you will cut:
(9) 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" rectangles and (1) 2-1/2" square.

You should now have 360 rectangles and 40 squares of assorted print fabrics.
(These totals are the same for those using their Stash bin fabrics)

From your background - cut 24 strips of fabric 2-1/2" wide x wof. Subcut into (360) 2-1/2" squares and (10)4-1/2" x 2-1/2" rectangles.(I left my background strips folded in half when I measured and cut my squares and rectangles out)

You will only need 10 of your 2-1/2" print fabric squares for this quilt. Pick out your ten favorites and set them along side your 10 background rectangles.

That's it for this week!
Be sure to share a picture of your fabric selection in this week's Link-Up below

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  1. Feliz costura.Este mes no me puedo unir a nuevos proyectos,estamos de exámenes y con poco tiempo para coser. Seguiré vuestros avances!!

  2. Oh, this is going to a fun quilt! I will be doing the cutting or at least some of it later tonight.

    Thank-you for sharing your talent and pattern for another summer quilt Doreen!

    Hugs, Nancy W.

  3. It's suppose to rain here tomorrow, sounds like a great day for cutting rectangles & squares :)


  4. How fun is this going to be :-D

    What a lovely quilt this will be. Thank you for another another wonderful Summer Quilt pattern and fun Sew along !

  5. I have a jelly roll I save since years!! That could be a nice idea to use it. Anyway I will follow the progresses.

  6. I don't have a blog, but I want to thank you for the quilt along. I think it will be fun. Thanks for the pattern directions.

  7. I would love to join this however I am so busy making baby bedding. I have several jelly rolls I could use.
    I am so far behind with reading your blog also! Going to catch up now :)

  8. I'll be watching from the sidelines this month, but it's nice to know I can always come back to the June 2013 posts to get the weekly instructions! Thanks Doreen!

  9. Looking forward to cutting fabric this weekend. We are in for a heat spell with 110 degree high predicted for Saturday. Yuck! Way too early in the season and will be a record high. A good day to stay indoors with the air conditioner cutting fabric! Thanks Doreen!

  10. Looks so great. I will sleep one night over this. I have so many projects in work.
    Greetings Grit

  11. I don't have a blog but will be following along, albeit very slowly due to work. I'm using a Field Notes jelly roll. Thank you so much! I enjoy reading your blog. :-)

  12. I am wondering if similar coloured scraps from stash would work. specifically various greens with ivory for the background? Or do you need the contrast in colour that a jelly roll provides? Thank you. Joanne

  13. I came over from Carrie's A Passion for Applique. I'm sure I can find a jelly roll around here some where... Not that I should be starting anything new but this looks too fun to pass up :)



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