Friday, February 12, 2016

Part 2 - the Big Leap Sew Along

Before we begin, I’d like to share a suggestion regarding how to keep the blocks looking super scrappy, without identical fabric  patches touching each other.   This is just my own personal preference/opinion.  Feel free to choose a method of organizing your fabric strips that works best for you.

Does your Jelly Roll contain more medium value fabrics than light or dark?  Or perhaps more of one color than all the others?  I chose a blue Jelly Roll which had more medium value prints than lights or darks.  Whatever you have the MOST of in (color or value) choose those prints for your  EVEN numbered rows.  For example: rows 1,3,5 and 7 in my quilt I used light & dark blue strips and rows 2,4 and 6 I used medium blue fabric strips.  You could do the same simply by splitting up your colors according to rows if you wish.  OK,  moving on...

Set A… sewing the blocks together 

ROWS:  1,3,5 and 7              56" x 56" increments are shown in Green

Make a total of 7 assorted fabric strip sets.       
5..oops (should be 4 sets for smaller quilt)   Each strip set will consist of (4) Jelly Prints and (3) background strips.  Please note: the row starts and ends with a Print fabric strip. 

Tip #1:  once laid out, I found it quicker to sew the strips into pairs. (1 print & 1 background per pair)  Then I stitched the 3 pairs together and added the final print strip to finish the set.                                                                                                                
 Tip #2:  line up your strips so that the cut edge is along the top (where you begin sewing) and the selvage edge is at the bottom.  This will make sub cutting into sections less wasteful..                                                                                                            
 Tip #3:  always press the seams toward your Jelly print fabric strips.

Once you have completed 7 Strip Sets    
(or 4 sets for smaller quilt) you will sub cut these into (52)  2 ½” x 14 ½” sections. (or 32 for smaller version)  
These are your ODD ROW Sections. 
(I was able to cut (8) sections from EACH strip set) save just 52 (or 32) sections.

ROWS:  2,4 and 6

Make a total of 5 assorted fabric strip sets. 
or (3 sets for smaller quilt) 
Each strip set will consist of (3) Jelly Prints and (4) background strips.  Please note: the row starts and ends with a Background fabric strip. 

Once you have completed 5 Strip Sets 
(or 3 sets for smaller quilt) you will sub cut these into (39) 2 ½” x 14 ½” sections. (or 24 for smaller quilt) 
These are your EVEN ROW Sections.  
you should be able to cut (8) sections from EACH strip set) save just 39 or (24) 

Assembling the Blocks 

You will make 13 Set A blocks for this quilt.  8 if you are making the smaller quilt.
EACH block will consist of 7 rows of 2 ½” x 14 ½” sections.    
You will assemble the rows as follows: Odd, Even, Odd, Even, Odd, Even, Odd.
Note: the picture to the right only shows 5 of the 7 rows needed to complete the block.

Assemble your rows into a block according to the pictures below.  
Press all of your rows in ONE direction.

You will now have a total of 13 Set A blocks for this Quilt.
Or 8 Set A blocks for the  smaller version quilt

Part 3 of the Sew Along will be posted next Sunday - February 21st.
I decided to post Part 2 early as a Valentine Treat for everyone.

If you'd like to share pictures of your progress or finished block/s this week, please link up with us below.  Or you may email your pictures to me and I will share them on this page.

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  1. Fantastic. I finally got my fabric together and will get cutting and then get sewing. No hurry....I have an extra day right?

  2. Great info--thanks so much hugs, Julierose

  3. Great tutorials and tips :-D
    A picture tells a thousand words :-)

    Happy Valentines Day Doreen !!

  4. Ack!!! You're killing me. I love Irish Chains and your fabrics are wonderful. I just don't have the time right now, but I so wish I did!!!

  5. So tempting! Love your fabrics! Thanks for the tips, too.

  6. Great tip! It is always a challenge to mix up the colors and get the right combination

  7. great tutorial and cool graphic block

  8. I have a free bit of time this afternoon, hope to make some progress...thank you!


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