**Disclaimer**:This post is long & has LOTS of pictures!
For a long time I have wanted to learn how to quilt. I really want to make a t-shirt quilt and all that jazz. But then my cousin Abby, made a jelly roll quilt. It looked pretty simple. I looked at JoAnns for Jelly rolls but they seemed pricey. Then I remembered awhile back I bought some fabric quarters, backing fabric and batting to make a quilt. However, I was too intimidated back then – or busy! So I got started with my own ‘jelly roll’ quilt!
Here is what I started with:
- 1 yard plain fabric
- 6 fabric quarters – 3 coordinating colors
- 1 roll of the small size batting
- matching thread
Pretty simple. Let’s get started!
Step 1: Wash all the fabrics & press them. I dried mine a bit too much and they didn’t totally press cleanly, but well enough!
Step 2: Cut all the fabric quarters into 2.5″ wide strips!
Step 4: Sew all the strips together with 1/4″ seam.
Step 5: Iron the seams. Now you have 2 options here. You can iron them flat to one side and always the darker fabric or iron them open. In my book, it recommended ironing them flat open. So that is what I did!
Step 6: Sew the two panels together. Then iron the middle seam flat as well.
Step 7: Basting. This has several steps. First is to lay out the batting then lay the quilt top on top of the batting and smooth it out. Then roll the batting & quilt top up (they will stick together probably) and then lay out the backing. Straighten out and tape it to the floor. Unroll the batting/top on top of it and go slow to make sure it was straight. I think mine was a bit crooked but I had enough lee-way to make it work. Then baste it by putting safety pins every 6″ to hold it together. Make sure it is FLAT and no wrinkles!
Step 8: Its quilting time! I was all ready to go and doing my research when I found about this thing called a “walking foot”. The one for my machine is $50! I ended buying an off brand on amazon for half price. The reviews were mixed, but it worked! I decided to quilt on either side of the seams just one direction.
I should note that this process is SLOW. the walking foot prohibits you from going very fast so it takes awhile. I did this in one evening but it was 4-5 hours I think. I lost track.
Step 9: Square it up! Cut of all the excess and make the edges nice & straight!
Step 10: Binding! the last step! Now there are methods out there. I did lots of research and put this step off for probably over a week! I bought binding. yes I know cheating. I read all this stuff online about how you sew it to one side open and then flip over and sew or something other. I could not figure it out. Here’s my attempt:
And… .. Drum roll………………. DONE!
How much thread did I use?
I gave this away to my friend who is due with a little boy in November. It is about crib size! I’ll have to post a baby+quilt picture once he is born!
This was a really fun and challenging process! I am already onto the next blanket! Stay tuned!