Sew Along with Me? ~ Tutorial

Sandi left a comment after Monday’s post, saying she like to make this with me. What a fun idea!

So today, I’m sharing a quick tutorial so you can make your own. I have one more column to add to my top, so I can show you how I did it.

I started with a jelly roll, but I added 2 1/2” strips from my stash for a total of 52 strips, half light and half dark.

Each column requires two light and two dark strips. But they don’t have to match exactly. My jelly roll had two strips of most dark prints. But I’m at the end and don’t have matching strips left. No worries! This is what I’m using for the last column.

This is what I hate about jelly rolls. Ugh.

So I use my AccuQuilt die cutter to trim them up.

It’s messy, but more accurate.

Sew one light and one dark strip together. Press to the dark.

Fold step sets in half.

Cut on the fold.

Sew back together. Keep like strips together. Again, press toward the dark.

Fold strip sets in half again and subcut into 2 1/2” strips. I like to use my AccuQuilt die cutter for this., but you can certainly use a rotary cutter and ruler.

So easy!

Now just stitch your strip sets end to end to create two long strips with 32 pieces in each. Press toward the dark!

Ready to sew those strips together? If you consistently pressed to the dark, all your seams will nest. This is one reason why I make strip sets instead of making and sewing four patches together.

Ta daaa!

Time to add that last column.

And my top is finished…..unless I add borders. At this point, it measures 52 by 64 inches.

Will you sew along with us? I have my next jelly roll ready to go! Leave a comment letting me know if you are going to join in.

Have a great day!

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About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing adult kids, and a former librarian. I love making everything from traditional quilts to art quilts. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
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8 Responses to Sew Along with Me? ~ Tutorial

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  3. DebMac says:

    Am I figuring this right that this would need 12 matching/similar 2.5″ strips and 13 2.5″ matching/similar strips of light?

  4. patti leal says:

    will have to check strips. fighting nasty sinus infection so may be trailing by lots. love the idea tho. thanks for sharing. patti in florida

  5. I don’t buy many jelly rolls for that very reason! Fun tutorial, though!

  6. Quiltmouse says:

    Love the idea of your sew along. I have a number of projects that have deadlines, so unable to join you at this time, but have marked it in my To Do notebook. It would be good for a quick Quilt of Valor. Thanks for the tutorial.

  7. Sharon Browne says:

    That looks like fun! When are you going to start?

  8. Sandi says:

    Thank you for the tutorial!! I’m going to work on my jelly roll today so I can start sewing! Hugs,

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