*Warning this is a VERY picture heavy tutorial. 52 pictures to be exact. Sorry if it is slow to load.
The original 1600 quilt can be found here, at Heirloom Creations. I took a minor creative liberty with mine because I don't like the diagonal seams. The quilt finishes at about 48" x 64".
For this quilt you will need:
- ONE Jelly Roll OR Forty 2 1/2" x Width of Fabric strips. (Great selection of Jelly Rolls found here or here, on Etsy, or your local quilt shop, though I would not recommend Walmart or Joann's Jelly Rolls....it is up to you though, I am a Moda snob.)
- Backing, about 2 2/3 - 3 yards
- Binding 1/2 yard
- And of course batting, which can be purchased in pre-cut packages or off the roll at Joann's or a quilt shop. My favorite is Warm and White or Warm and Natural. (If my quilt has white in it I go with the white option.)
Unroll your jelly roll OR cut your forty 2 1/2" strips.
(If you opt to cut your own strips that is no problem, but you will want a lot of variety. On my Spiffing Stripes quilt, I purchased a selection of fabrics and cut my own strips. It was queen size, and I used quite a few repeats of each strip, but the size of the quilt allowed for that. If you are interested, a queen size 1600 quilt takes about 4 jelly rolls, if I remember correction, it may have only been 3... As you can see on the Spiffing Stripes quilt it was a bit oversized for a queen sized quilt, and I had extra to use both as my borders and in the backing.
Jean the Jelly Roll Queen has some great videos on youtube, including THIS ONE talking about the math to make a larger 1600 Quilt, so go check her out!)
Fold the end of your top fabric over so that it is now right side up and will be the bottom fabric on your next set.
And this is where I LOVE my 1/4" foot, because I don't have to pay attention to my seam allowance.
Look at how the fabric layout with look so that you make sure you are still staggering nicely (ie make sure the 2 portions you place next to each other are not the same length, mine has a short piece and a long piece), maybe you'll have more color variation then I ended up with right here.
Don't worry about squaring up your edges at this point unless they are way off. I waited until after I quilted to do this.
Keep an eye out for my tutorial on basting and quilting to come in the next few days.