Quick Batik Jelly Roll Quilt – Modified Plus

Hi Everyone!

 It has been forever, right? I know, I’m sorry.  See, no one told me when I decided to start this blog a little over a year ago that I would be cheating on it with summer.  There was just too much going on and if there is sunshine, well, I need to be outside!

In addition to running, biking and paddle boarding I was commissioned to create two batik style quilts and so the Falling Charms quilt had to take a back seat for paying gigs.  My apologies, but guess what? I have the first of the two batik quilts ready to show you as a kind of peace-offering for neglecting you all so much this summer?

While I know that we need to finish up the Falling Charms quilt (trust me…it is coming very soon) I wanted to show you the two quilts that I did as contracts over the summer.  One was for my Uncle Steve and one was a service swap for an exterminator. Have I mentioned that my house was built in the early 70s and has some ‘quirks’?  Well anyway both of the clients liked batiks so I figured I would show you them in a couple of posts.  First up the quilt for my Uncle.

I am going to call this the Batik Plus quilt, get it? 😉 You are going to be amazed at how easy this quilt is! Here’s the finished product; ready to get started? Let’s Go!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 Jelly Roll (I used a Treat Strip from Timeless Treasures that I bought at my local quilt shop.) This one was Lemon Poppy.
  • Yardage for the inner border
  • Yardage for the outer border
  • Yardage for the backing Fabric

Start by opening up your Bali-Pop (this is really the best part right? Seeing what fabulous colors await you!)

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For this quilt I wanted to emphasize the modified-plus sign by using the light strips in the middle.  Once you open you pop you will want to group them in 3s keeping a light strip as the top for each one.  This process took me a bit trying to get the right contrast, etc.  Here is an example of one of one of the triplicate strips.

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If you look closely at the quilt above you will see that not all the ‘pluses’ have matching centers.  Hint: It’s the middle vertical row.  This is okay because most of the centers matched, but the corresponding two strips did not.  Why did I do this? Well, it’s simple really when working with pre-cuts you get to work with what is given.  That, to me, is why I love pre-cuts.

The next step is to sew your sets of three together. You will want to make sure that your light color is always on top (as per the picture above).  Use a 1/4” seam and press them to whichever side you feel most comfortable.

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Next you will want to cut the strips into your squares.  Since we want them to be squares you will need to measure the width of your strip set and cut accordingly. This is where accurate or consistent 1/4” seams will be crucial. Meaning, if your sewn together strip width is 6.5” then you need to cut at 6.5”. Luckily most of your blocks will be at 6.5” with accurate seams.

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Once you have all of your blocks cut we can now arrange them on our project wall, bed, floor. You will have a few inches of scraps…unless you are like me and accidentally mis-measure a time or two! Plus these left overs will be great for a table runner? Maybe a cute bag?

All you have to do to get the modified plus sign is to simply rotate your squares!  Like I said, this is a quick one.  I think deciding on the final layout took me longer than the actual assembly.

Here is shot of the block:

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Okay let’s get assembling, shall we?
First off we need to match the center seams.  What is great is that because we always pressed to one side most of them should be able to be nested. Start by sewing the top left and top right 6.5” blocks together.

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Notice how one is horizontal and one is vertical?  Trust me, there will be at least one block where you stitch it, press it, and cock your head and think ‘hmm that doesn’t look right’. It’s okay, we all do it. (I, at least, like to think we all do it so please don’t correct me if I’m wrong. It makes my blonde hair feel better. 😉 )

Once you’ve stitched the top left and top right 6.5” squares together repeat with the bottom left and the bottom right.  Now it is time to match the center seams and complete the full 12” block.  Deep breathe…ready, Set, GO!

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Start by linking up the center seam (hopefully nest-able) and pin.  Like a carpenter “measure twice, cut once” a quilter will “line up twice, pin once, rip…none!”

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Once finished press your seams and check your work.

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With pinning you should have a perfectly matched center seam every time.

For final assembly you will want to follow how we read; in rows left to right.

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After all the rows are complete you can add a border if you want a bigger quilt.  Since my uncle wanted a twin sized quilt I added a border. Plus I like the way it frames the modified plus signs.

The border is relatively easy except if you have never had to extend a piece to fit.  You will want to miter the edges for this so it lays flat and minimized seam bulk when quilting.  If you have followed other tutorials of mine you are a pro at this now, but if not let’s dive in! 😉

First you will want right sides together in an ‘L’ shape just overlapping each other like above.  Then you will stitch corner to corner. Simple as that.  Once you have stitched simply trim the large ‘dog ear’ or excess past 1/4” seam and you now have your angled edge. Make sure when you trim you leave at least that 1/4” like you had cut it prior to sewing.  The last thing you want is for your border to unravel.

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Now you can attached the border then it is off to quilting and binding.

I promise to have the old ‘Quilting and Binding’ tutorial up soon so you can refer to it.  Until then, if you have any questions on spray batting, quilting and or binding please leave me a comment and I will help as best I can or shoot an email over to notmygrandmasquilts@gmail.com.

Until next time, which I promise will be very soon (I have a big announcement coming!)

Happy Quilting,
Crystal

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Falling Charms–Step 2- Creating L’s & 7’s

Happy Memorial Day Everyone!

Today we remember those who have served, sacrificed and are still fighting for our freedoms! To my grandfather and father thank you for your service!


OH before I begin I have to tell you that you really only need 2 charm packs!!!! **ALERT** this quilt is going to be HUGE!  Seriously look at how many squares I made!

Step 1 Finished Falling Charms Blocks

With that said, I am going to split my blocks into two quilts for my Etsy shop.  I am also excited to tell you about my newest obsession, but that will have to come when we put these puppies together!

Back to business…Today’s post may be a little short because we are really just completing the block and starting the layout process.  Now that all of your blocks are cut and pressed we need to add them to the rest of your left over strips from the black jelly roll. Note if you want to use 4 charm packs you will need extra as my simple math skills pointed out. I had less than half of the strips left when I finished the first round AND we have to cover 2” more space…you get the idea.

Ready to repeat the verse same as the first only a little bit worse? (sorry, had to do it…do you guys remember ‘Wee Sing Silly Songs’? I’m sure my mom does…I was obsessed. We had the version WITH the cassette…yep I said it, cassette.)

1) Place your jelly roll right side up and attach your block with a 1/4” seam.  We want the short side of the jelly roll and the charm pack on the block under the presser foot.  I’ve arranged mine so my pressed seam will always be facing towards me so I don’t have to worry about that getting messed up.

Falling Charms Step 2 Chain Piecing

Chain piece everything until you are done with all of the blocks.  I found on average I ended up with 3-4 inches left over from each strip….save those!  I have so many I literally ran out of black thread (who doesn’t have extra black thread?!?!) and had to make a trip to JoAnn’s for more!

2) Cut the blocks apart just like we did in the first round; then set and press your seams open towards the dark side.

3) Layout time!!! You may have been wondering why I called today’s post ‘Creating L’s & 7’s’. Well that is the easiest way to remember the layout of this quilt.  Instead of the computer lingo of 0’s and 1’s we will be operating in a series of L’s and 7’s.

Here’s how it is going to go:

Falling Charms: L & 7 Layout Grid

Before your eyes go totally bonkers on you just remember to go one block at a time.  “Crystal, where are you getting L & 7 From???” Simple, look at the black in your squares. Depending on how you turn the block you either have an L or a 7.

Here is the L lay out:

Falling Charms: L Layout Example

Here is the 7 lay out:

Falling Charms: 7 Layout Example

It is really just a matter of rotating the squares.  Here is an example of a few of the squares.  Pretty neat, right?! No, my final layout isn’t complete; I really just wanted to see how it was going!

Falling Charms: L & 7 Quilt Layout Example

Alright, time to get a final layout and start sewing rows. Next up final assembly!!

Have a great holiday!

~Crystal

Get ready to take a charming fall!

Are you all ready to start our next quilt? I know I am. It is snowing today in Denver; yes snowing on Mother’s day.  There is something inherently wrong with that.  I mean, shouldn’t Mother nature want it to be nice on a day that celebrates her name sake? Hmm, just doesn’t make sense.  Speaking of Mother’s day, I would be remiss if I didn’t give a little shout to my Mother and my late Grandmother!  Because let’s face it without the two of them I would not be here right now about ready to start our 6th quilt since August.   Man how time flies! Here’s to you mom and grandma!

 

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These photos were from a few years back, but they make me smile.  My mom and I ran a Halloween 5k (want to guess who what we were? lol) The next is with my grandma on a spring visit home from Colorado.


Ready, Set, Gather your materials and put on some music…It’s show time!

Here’s what you need for our ‘Op Art’ Falling Charms Quilt:

  • 4 Charm Packs
  • 1 Jelly Roll
    • We may need a little extra black, but I’m hoping it will just take one jelly
  • Batting
  • Binding
  • Backing
    • Also known from here in out as the three standard B’s…as in you can’t complete a quilt without them.
  • Thread
    • I’m using black on this quilt.

Falling Charms - Step 1


Step 1 – Attaching Charms to the Jelly Roll [Phase 1]

I am saying that there are two phases to attaching the charm pack to the jelly roll because, well, there are.  I want to show you both steps because they are slightly different.  We are all fans of chain stitching and I know I am a fan of the assembly line when it comes to quilting so here we go. 

Start by sewing all, yes ALL of your charms that’s 168 if anyone is counting to your jelly roll in a chain stitch.  Start by laying the right side up on your jelly then attaching the first charm to it (right sides together).  I am going to have the jelly roll on the bottom since it is the longer piece of fabric and you will want to add charms as you go.  Put on some good music or an hour long TV show (reality or baseball are my top two choices for quilting, because let’s face it…do I really care if I can’t hear every piece of dialog…nope.)

Let the chain stitch begin!

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Step 2 – Cutting apart your attached charms

The next step is to use your rotary cutter and cut apart your chain piecing. Be careful not to cut your charm, but line up the ruler with the edge of the charm and slice along your chain.  For non-ambidextrous people like me you may want to cut all of the right sides first and then go back and do the left sides by flipping them over.  

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Step 3 – Setting & Pressing Seams.

Remember that you will want to set your seams by ironing on the stitching side first and then opening them up. If you leave the jelly roll side up you will press to the dark side each time.  Since this fabric is dark all around I’m not really worried about which side it goes to, but I am into being consistent so pressing towards the jelly rolls just feels right. (Man, I really need a different ironing board…okay I’m on it!)

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So far so good, right? I hope so! If not, leave me a comment below.  Next week we’ll add the second round of jelly roll strips and look at final layout. Yes, this one is going to be THAT quick!

Until next week, quilt away my friends, quilt away!

-Crystal