Two weeks ago I received the most awesome squishy package from my UPS man – this jelly roll of the new Hometown by Sweetwater fabric. Kimberly from Fat Quarter Shop sent it over to me so that I could work on a tutorial to go with the Jelly Roll we are giving away this week – make sure you head on over to the post to enter to win! Look at what I made with it!
|You may be wondering who BitterSweet Quilt Designs is…it’s me|
1 Hometown by Sweetwater Jelly Roll
2 Extra Strips of the cream (Sunni got a Jelly Roll two and swapped me for a couple of strips!)
1 yard of Kona Slate for the borders – cut into twelve 3″ strips
3/4 yard of Solid Cream Fabirc (I used Northcott – but didn’t look at the name of the fabric) – cut into six 3″ strips
4 yards backing fabric (42″ wide) or 2 yards backing fabric (108″ wide)
The technique I am using I learned when I made this gorgeous batik Trip to Trinidad quilt (designed by Kathleen Starr) 7 years ago – it now lives in our guest room.
Lay out your strips:
|Not pictured are the 2 extra cream strips I got from Sunni!|
Layout your groups – lay them out from light to dark so you get a nice gradation of color.
Sew each group of strips together – you should have 4 groups of 9 strips – there will be extra strips from your Jelly Roll – these will be used later!
Here’s how you need to iron your seams:
After you have sewn your 4 strips sets together – fold the sets in half – make sure they lay flat and sew them into tubes
Time to start cutting! Cut your sets into 2.5″ strips
Next – cut your strips apart – choosing a different seam each time
Now the fun really begins – you get to lay out your strips and chose your design! (I tried lots of different patterns – below are a few of them)
Now start sewing your strips together (this goes really fast) I did it in vertical rows – I ended up with 3 sections
Sew the three sections together – I pressed my seams open to reduce bulk
Add your borders (these are your Kona Slate and Northcott Cream 3 inch strips from earlier):
This is where my quilt stands today – I have a backing, my threads and my batting all ready to go, but I have not had a chance to quilt it yet. Once things calm down with my baby’s sleep schedule and I can squeeze in some sewing time it will get done!
The finished size of the quilt top is 51″x71″ – it makes a very nice lap size quilt!
I plan on using my left over 2.5″ square strips as my binding and I promise to post pics as soon as this puppy is complete! Will you be making a Cobblestone Road quit? If so, please let me know, this is the 2nd original quilting pattern of mine that I am sharing online and would love the feedback!