Good Morning everyone! I hope you have had a great weekend. We had some crazy storms come through last night. Thankfully, everyone is OK.
I want to share a tutorial today using a jelly roll and one of my favorite Say It With Words Panels. This is the second quilt that I have made with the What Cancer Cannot Do Panel. I love these. While I was making this one, my Mom called to ask me to pray for a couple of her friends that had just been diagnosed with cancer. I told her what I was doing and said that maybe she should make one for her friends. I think these are so inspirational! Now on to the tutorial…
Start by cutting your panel.
Open up your jelly roll and select 12 strips. I like to lay them out and try different combinations. This is the final layout I decided on.
Line your first jelly roll strip up with the short edge of the first saying that you want to sew…use a 1/4″ seam and sew down the edge.
Repeat for the other side.
Press your seams towards the jelly roll strip.
Trim the strip.
Here is what it should look like.
Next, sew the jelly roll strip to the top and bottom of the saying. Trim the edges so that it is all even.
You have completed your first block.
Repeat the steps for the remaining 11 saying blocks.
Now, you want to lay out strips to make columns and rows.
Take the first strip that runs vertical and sew your blocks to it. Leave some space between the blocks as you sew them…
When you have sewn them all… cut the jelly strip apart lining up all your edges. This will create your first “column” on your block.
Repeat for your 2nd “column”.
Repeat again for your 3rd “column”.
Again, repeat for your 4th “column”. Can you see it starting to come together now?
Start assembling your rows now. Line your first jelly roll strip with the top edge of the first row. Sew and press your seam.
Add your 2nd strip between the first and second row
Repeat these steps until you have added all your strips between each row and after the 4th row. Trim up your edges.
Now, it is time to create the header for the quilt. Add another jelly strip to the top of your quilt top.
Take the part of the panel that has the title. Cut a jelly roll strip in half and sew it to both side of the words.
Sew this strip to the strip that you just added to your quilt top. Add another strip to the top of the title piece. Trim all of your edges so they are squared up.
You have now completed the quilt top. I love showing pictures of the quilt tops with the sun shining through them. They remind me of stained glass.
Now it is time to make your quilt. Layer your backing fabric first, then your batting, then your quilt top. I like to trim my batting an inch to 2 inches bigger than my quilt top…and then my backing fabric a couple of inches bigger than that. Trust me, there is nothing more frustrating than being in the middle of quilting and realizing your layers have shifted and they don’t fit together anymore.
I have a confession…I HATE TO PIN QUILTS! There, now that it is out there for the whole world to see…hehe…I will share my secret weapon. Quilt Basting Spray! This stuff is soo awesome. Just spray it between layers…smooth them together and voila…you have “pinned” your quilt.
I spray my quilt one half at a time. Always remember to only apply the spray to your batting. I fold my quilt top and batting back so that I can spray the batting. Then lay the batting back down on the backing fabric…smooth it…
Spray the top of the batting…then smooth the quilt top down on top of that. Repeat these steps for the other half of your quilt.
Now, using your quilting foot…quilt your layers together.
When your have finished all of your quilting…run a zigzag stitch around the outer edge of quilt top. This will bind all of your layers together and make it 10 times easier to add your binding. Make a binding using scraps and leftover jelly roll strips.
I will be back tomorrow to show you my completed quilt.
Now…on to the giveaway…we wanted you to have the chance to win one of our
To Enter: Check out the different panels we have and tell us which one you would like to win. You might also let me know what you think of the tutorial. I love your feedback!!!
I will announce the winner tomorrow morning!!!
Good Luck to Everyone!