Monday, April 28, 2014

Jelly Stripe Sandwich Quilt

I've had quite a few people ask for a tutorial for my most recent finish of 2014, my rainbow stripe quilt. It was actually pretty quick and simple to put together—I’m fairly confident that as long as you can cut and sew straight lines, you can make this quilt.

Mine measures about 58x64 finished; however, I left out a couple of the colors in my jelly roll and trimmed the size in quite a bit.
I used the Westminster Fabrics Rowan Shot Cotton Jelly Roll, which just happened to be in my stash. I can’t seem to find a link to anyone selling more of them, but you could do this with any jelly roll and it would still look beautiful.

You will need:
-1 jelly roll, or 40 2.5” x 42" strips
-1.5 yards of a solid color for the middle pieces (I used Architextures Crosshatch in White)
-the usual quilting necessities—seam ripper, pins, sharp scissors, a ruler, and rotary cutting matt + rotary cutter. (post on that coming next week)
We are sewing with a standard ¼” seam allowance.

First, cut your solid color into 2.5” x WOF strips. Then cut them in half.

Next is the most complex part—and it really isn’t complex at all. For my quilt, I wanted each “step” to be 2”, but you can change it really simply if you have math skills. I don’t, so I’m going to give you the measurements I used, and you can finish the pattern depending on how many strips you have.
Cut your top strip so one piece is 5” long. This leaves you with another piece 37” long (assuming you have 42” strips, which are standard). Pin your solid color (in my case, white) to each side.
Cut your second strip so one piece is 7” long. This leaves you with another piece 35” long. Pin your solid color to each side.
Cut the third strip so one piece is 9” long. This leaves you with another piece 33” long. Pin your solid color to each side.
I think you can see where I’m going with this—if not, I’ve made a chart you can print out. Just check each strip off as you go to make it even simpler! On the chart, the starred rows are to let you know that the direction will shift. There are two direction shifts in the pattern, even though my quilt only has one. It depends on how many strips you’re using and how wide your fabric is.

^I should really make a design wall at some point...

I thought of lots of cute ways to quilt this pattern—horizontal lines, stitching in the ditch, FMQing…. Except I am terrible at FMQing. I’m going to work on it this summer, because I feel weird to be a quilter in 2014 who can’t do free-motion quilting. In the end, I decided to send it to my local longarm expert, Kathy ( I picked a cloud pattern, because what goes better with rainbows than clouds?? 

The backing Lizzy HouseDaisy Pearl Bracelets—the new tonal Pearl Bracelets are my favorite. 

I machine-bound this quilt with some green I had in my stash. Rainbows, clouds, sunshine, and grass all in one quilt… Now if only this Michigan weather would start to be as cheerful as my quilt!

If you recreate this, I’d love to see it. Follow me on Instagram (@hayleysews) or email me pictures—hayleysews at gmail.