Hello Moda Bake Shop Friends! Melissa Corry from Happy Quilting here and I am so excited to be sharing a new quilt with you today. My oldest son is the only person in the family that did not have a homemade bedspread. It has been put on hold because he was insistent on have “cool” fabrics.
Sphere by Zen Chic was the perfect fit and I set out to make an equally “cool” design. Inspired by my son’s love for music (of all varieties and volume 🙂 Mister DJ was created and can I just say, he loves it!!! So do you have a tween that needs a new bedspread as well?? Well, let’s show you how to do it 🙂
To make a twin sized 70″ x 89″ Mister DJ quilt you will need:
2 Sphere Jelly Rolls
2 Yards of Bella Solid Grass
5 1/2 Yards of Backing
STEP 1 – CUTTING
Begin by separating your jelly roll strips into 2 piles, one of Low Volume (or light) prints and one of High Volume (or dark) prints.
From the High Volume Strips cut 21 of each of the following strip sizes:
2 1/2″ x 11″ 2 1/2″ x 10″ 2 1/2″ x 9″ 2 1/2″ x 8″ 2 1/2″ x 7″
2 1/2″ x 6″ 2 1/2″ x 5″ 2 1/2″ x 4″ 2 1/2″ x 3″ 2 1/2″ x 2″
I found the easiest way to do this is to stack up 4-5 jelly rolls and cut all the even sizes from each strip and repeat the process for 21 strips so you have a total of 21 pieces of each even size. Then do the same for the odd sizes. (You will have to cut a few from the scraps as you will have 40 strips and not 42)
From the LowVolume Strips cut 21 of each of the following strip sizes:
2 1/2″ x 11 1/2″ 2 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ 2 1/2″ x 9 1/2″ 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ 2 1/2″ x 7 1/2″
2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ 2 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″
Once again, stack up 4-5 jelly rolls and cut all the even sizes from each strip and repeat the process for 21 strips so you have a total of 21 pieces of each even size. Then do the same for the odd sizes.
Now, pair each High Volume piece with the opposite size Low Volume strip. So the 11 1/2″ goes with the 2″ and the 10 1/2″ goes with the 3″ and so on down the line. Set these aside for the moment.
From the Bella Solid Grass yardage cut the following:
(9) 2 1/2″ x wof (width of fabric) strips to be used for binding
(10) 1 1/2″ x wof strips – Trim the selvage and sew 2 strips end to end to create (5) 1 1/2″ x 84 strips.
(210) 2″ x 2 1/2″ rectangles
STEP 2 – ASSEMBLING THE STRIPS
Now with the cutting done you are ready to start assembling the blocks. Grab the first set of your grouped fabric strips (The 11 /2″ Low Volumes and 2″ High Volumes). You will be sewing these into a row by first sewing the Solid Grass rectangle to the Low Volume strip and then second, adding the print strip to the Solid Grass Rectangle.
The easiest way to do this is by chain stitching. (Meaning, not clipping your threads after each strip but continually feeding strips through the machine until you are done with your pile.) Start by placing the Grass rectangle onto the Low Volume strip with right sides together. Chain stitch a 1/4″ seam along the edge of all 21 of your sets. Clip the threads between your strips.
Now, you can add the High Volume strip. Place the High Volume strip onto the Grass rectangle with right sides together and again chain stitch a 1/4″ seam along the edge of all 21 strips. Clip your threads.
Now repeat this process for each of your (10) grouped sets of 21 strips. In the end you will have 210 pieced strips total. You want the Low Volume print to always be on the top. Press your strip sets.
STEP 3 – ASSEMBLING THE BLOCKS
With your strips all set, you are ready to start sewing your blocks together. So take all of your strip sets and mix them up in a large pile.
Now, grab 2 random strips and place them right sides together taking care that the Low Volume print in both strips is on the top and the High Volume print is on the bottom. Sew 1/4″ seam along the side of the strip, aligning the edges as you sew. Chain stitch 30 of these to make 30 strip sets of 2. Clip the threads between the 30 sets.
Now, you are going to add a third strip to the sets of 2. Align another randomly chosen strip along the side of the second strip with the Low Volume prints on top and sew a 1/4″ seam along the edge, aligning as you go. If you happen to have randomly chosen a strip where the Grass Rectangle is in the same spot as the strip set, take care to match the seams. You can just align these with your fingers as shown. Chain stitch all 30 sets.
Clip your threads between your sets and you are ready to add a fourth row. Continue this process until you have added a total of 7 rows in each set. Clip the threads between sets.
So now you will have 30 blocks each consisting of 7 vertical rows that have the Low Volume prints on top and the High Volume prints on the bottom.
Press the seams in the blocks to one direction. They should now measure 14 1/2″ square.
STEP 4 – ASSEMBLING QUILT TOP
And now you can put your quilt top together! Layout 6 rows of 5 blocks. Play with the layout until it is pleasing to the eye. Once you have layout complete mark the blocks so you remember which row is which 🙂 Now, sew the blocks into rows. To do this, just place the second block onto the first with right sides together and sew a 1/4″ seam along the edge. The place the third block onto the now sewn together first and second block with right sides together and sew a 1/4″ seam along the edge. Continue in this fashion until all 5 blocks in the row are sewn together. Repeat for all 6 rows.
Now place a Grass Sashing Strip that you made clear at the beginning onto to the top of rows 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 with right sides together. Sew a 1/4″ seam along the edge aligning the fabric as you sew.
Press all of the seams towards the sashing. Trim the excess sashing at the end of each row.
Now sew the rows together. This is just like making the rows only on a larger scale. Place row 1 onto row 2 with right sides together. Sew a 1/4″ seam along the edge. Press the seam towards the sashing. Now place row 3 onto the now sewn together row 1 and 2 with right sides together. Sew a 1/4″ seam along the edge. Press the seam. Continue in this fashion until all the rows are sewn together.
And your quilt top is complete!!! Great job!!!
STEP 5 – FINISHING
Now just Baste it, Quilt it, and Bind It. I know, I make it sound so easy. If you are new to finishing your quilt, I have created a video tutorial series that goes over the basics of each of these three steps. You can find it at my blog 🙂 Cut your backing into 2 pieces 99″ x WOF and piece together with a 1/2″ seam. You will use the 9 strips you cut and set aside at the beginning to do the binding.
One ultra modern, High/Low Volume 70″ x 89″ Mister DJ twin sized quilt. Thank you so much for joining me and I hope you enjoyed the tutorial. If you make your own Mister DJ Quilt I would love to see it. You can add it to my Inspired by Happy Quilting Flickr group here 🙂
Have a Happy Quilting Day!!