Monday, 24 March 2014

Triple Fun Block with Endless Options!

3 WOF (width of fabric) Dark Strips and 1 WOF Light Strip,
each 2 1/2" wide.

Here are some nice jelly rolls available through Amazon:

 Using a 1/4" Seam Allowance, sew the strips together with the light fabric in the middle.  
 This results in a 6 1/2" wide strip set.

 Cut into 4 1/2" segments.  

 Sew the 4 1/2" segments to the remaining dark strip.  

 Press open and cut apart. 

  You now have a 6 1/2" block.


   Now here is the impressive part...  
from this very simple block comes all of these amazing options 
and more depending on your imagination! 
The last one is my very favorite. 

Little boys would enjoy a quilt like this for their toy cars!

Have trouble joining your binding?
Try this method...
3 Pin Binding

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Denim Country Quilt


After cutting out a project and there are small amounts of fabric left, 
I like to cut them into 2 1/2" strips and collect them until I have enough for a project.   

To mix with my denim I have selected the "cool" colored strips. 

Here is the theory:  


You will need approx. 30 WOF 2 1/2" strips (or equivalent, depending on the length of your strips).  
Sew them end to end creating one very, very, very long strip :)   
Press all the seams in one direction.  

  Starting with the very ends of the single width strip, 
place the 2 layers right-sides-together and 
use a 1/4" seam to create a 4 1/2" wide strip. 
If you have a twist at the end 
cut it apart before you complete your seam. 

Cut this into 30" segments.  

Using 2 pairs of jeans (4 legs), cut them into 4 1/2" wide pieces and into random lengths.   
I cut them 10" - 24" long.  
The more random you do this, the more variety there will be in your finished quilt. 

Alternating these 4 1/2" denim pieces with the 4 1/2" strips from above, 
sew them end to end creating another very long strip. 

Using the same process as previously and starting with the very ends of the 4 1/2" strip 
place the 2 layers right-sides-together and 
use a 1/4" seam to create an 8 1/2" wide very long strip.
 Cut the 8 1/2" wide strip into 40" lengths.  
Lay them out into a design that pleases you.  
Do not sew them together quite yet.  

 Cut your pockets into 8 1/2" widths.  The lengths may vary and that works well.


Place the pockets where you would like them to be inserted.  
Cut the necessary strips, then seam in the pockets.

Trim the strips with the pockets to 40" and lay out your quilt again. 

 Sew the strips together. 

Add a 2 1/2" border.

Add an 8" border.

I like the direction of these pockets.  
When someone wraps up in it the pockets may be useful :)


 This finished quilt top is approx. 59" x 76".