Ingredients: 1 jelly roll (I used a Moda jelly roll that had 3 repeats of each fabric in it).
First I divided the jelly roll into three piles with one of each fabric in each pile.
Next, about 4 at a time, I line up the 4 strips and cut off the selvage.
Now cut 5 2 1/2″ squares from the end.
Straighten up the remainder of the strip set and do a random cut of the stack (vertical) into 2 remaining strips. NOTE: If you are a `matchy-matchy`quilter, the random cut of the stack may not appeal to you because when you get the strips in rows, not everything will line up. If that`s important to you then you will want to measure out your staggered cuts by an amount divisible by 2 1/2″.
When you have done this to the whole jelly roll, toss the 2 1/2″ squares into a box, basket or bag to randomize them. Stack the remaining sliced jelly rolls into two piles in the same order.
Sew the 2 1/2″ squares into sets of 5 2 1/2″ squares. Press seams in one direction and set them aside. When all of the 2 1/2″ squares have been sewn into units of 5 per unit, take one 5 square unit and sew match them with a set of remaining strips with the remaining strips on either side of the 5 square units. Here they are in a pile ready for pressing:
Now comes the layout. Try to liberate your thinking and not force yourself to be matchy matchy and just enjoy the colour flow and balance. Here`s what mine looks like almost done:
This quilt is too big for a baby quilt so I may just add some nice dark brown borders and call it a twin! Or maybe a girl quilt for a girl`s toddler bed…you know, a big girl bed! Anyway, I have started praying about who this one is for and it is yet unknown. We`ll see!
Until next time,
PS – Warning! The jelly rolls must not be cut properly on the grain. The quilt top bows. When I tried to square it up it was off by about 4 inches (determined by folding it in half as you would fabric that has been washed and going with the natural grain). I was most disappointed. So, since it was too big for a baby quilt and not behaving, I chopped it into 2 to make 2 baby quilts.