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:

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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

Disappearing 4-Patch–Creating the Final Block

Happy Day Fellow Quilters!

It is gorgeous here in Denver and I can’t wait to show you what I have been working on.  Without further ado I would like to introduce you to ‘Seam to Seam’!  What is ‘Seam to Seam’? They are short (~2 minute) videos showing each step along the way.  This way you can watch the next step, complete it and move on to the next set of instructions without having to rewind and find your place in a tutorial to see something over again. 

Photos and written instructions will still be there to help so if you don’t want to watch the videos you don’t have to.  Feel free to let me know what you think.

Let’s get started, today we are creating the final block.  This is the first of two big TA-DA moments for this quilt; I’m excited to show you!

Steps:

1) Cutting the four patch

Time to get cutting. First things first you will want to get your cutting mat and a ruler that is larger than the block and can measure in 1” increments. Oh, you need your rotary cutter too! Next, line up your square so it is aligned on the cutting mat.

Helpful Hint: A rotating cutting mat will make this process 100% easier.  If you don’t have one you can walk around your table or move your big mat very (and I mean very) gingerly.  DO NOT MOVE THE BLOCK.

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Now align your ruler at the 1” mark along the center of your block.  Use your rotary cutter and cut all the way through the block.

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  Carefully pick up your ruler, rotate the mat and line it up again.

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Same process as before. Align 1”, cut and rotate.  You will want to do this all the way around the block; 4 cuts total.

2) Arranging the four patch

Now it is time to rotate the cut pieces of the block.  It should go solid, printed, solid printed all the way around.  Just flip the center pieces around.  The easiest way to look at it is the before & after below.

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3) Sewing the block back together – Rows

We are going to work in rows when assembling this block.  It is very important to have you seam allowances accurate because we will be matching ~ 8 seams per block.  Yes, this block is a little more labor intensive than some of these others we’ve tackled, but we have already saved ourselves a ton of work just by cutting the four patch.  Wow, can you imagine cutting and sewing all of the little squares; talk about exponential room for error!   (…sorry for the ‘perfectly’ overuse…that word is officially off limits Smile)

Here is how to put the first row together. This may seem a little unorthodox, but we want to press to one side for this top row. I know, I know some may not be to the dark side, but trust me it will be worth it in the end. Lets press them all towards the large patterned block like shown in the photo below. Sew the next row the same way, EXCEPT you will press the opposite way.  In this example below you will press towards the teal strip.  Okay final row same as the first, but press towards the large white block this time.

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4) Sewing the block together – Final Assembly

Let’s match up some seams shall we? I think you know where this is going. Attach the top row to the middle and the middle to the bottom.  Do you see why we pressed our seams the way we did? Yep, this way we can nest and life will be so much easier.  Feel free to pin if you’d like or try it with just the nesting if you feel like you are becoming one with your machine. 

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5) Finished Block

Voila! Here is your finished block.  Let’s meet back next week and we can work on layout of this fantastic quilt.  In the mean time I have a ton of blocks to cut and assemble…and you do too! Smile

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