Some tips to remember:
1. You will be flipping the fabric upside down so try to avoid fabrics with directionality. You don't want half your designs to be upside down.
2. If you use a jelly roll, your quilt has the potential to be longer than mine. I only had about 28 strips which was great for a lap quilt size. If you choose to do the quillow, you might want to keep some of your remaining strips to make the actual pillow part in which the quilt will be stuffed.
3. This quilt was sewn with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Here is what we will be making:
Anyway, let's get crackin'!
1. If you are not using a jelly roll, you will need to cut your fabric into 2.5" strips, from selvage to selvage.
2. Place two different fabrics right side to right side and sew the length of the fabric (selvage to selvage). Pin if needed prior to sewing. You will alternate fabric until you have sewn several strips together. I sewed mine in groups of 7. If the 7th strip on a group was the stripe, I started the next group with the tone on tone.
4. NOW we're gonna do some seam pressing! Do not press your seams open . Press both to one side. Also, press every other seam to the opposite direction. This will help when we start cutting and re-sewing.
5. Your quilt will now look something like this.
You will now need to fold it in half using the seam edge between two strips as a guide, then once more. Time for trimming.
6. Though not really concerned with the size, you will need to measure the width of the quilt at this point to figure out the next cuts. Mine was approximately 42.5 inches.
Here is where you get to play with it a bit. I needed my quilt to be in thirds because of the way it will be folded for the quillow. So I divided my 42.5 inches by 3 to come up with roughly three 14 inch sections. YOU can cut it in fourths or fifths, but I needed mine in thirds! If you do cut it into more, be careful keeping up with the directionality of the strips once you start sewing.
7. Since my quilt top was still folded from when I trimmed it, I left it and cut a straight line at 14 inches, and again at about 14 inches once I removed the first piece.
I now have three 14 inch wide strips.
8. Place the pieces out where you can see them and flip the center strip upside down. Your pattern will now alternate in both directions.
9. Place the first two strips right side to right side and pin. Use your alternating pressed seams to guide you in pinning.
What are you left with?
Well, a quilt top that looks something like this!