Battle March Quilt


Hello!  My name is Kelli.  I make guest appearances every now and then on my mom’s blog at Jo’s Country Junction.  We enjoy getting together on the weekends to work on quilting projects, make yummy food, and let the dogs run around to keep us entertained.  Another of our favorite things to do is to look through old quilt magazines to find quilt blocks and layouts that are new to us.  While looking through a magazine, I stumbled upon the English Wedding Ring block.  After a little bit of color play, I came up with this quilt entitled Battle March. Stop over to the blog and sign up to win a $40 gift certificate from Cabbage Rose Quilting and Fabrics to get you started on making your own quilt.


One fat quarter bundle (1862 Battle Hymn by Barbara Brackman)
Sashing/Binding/Side Setting Triangles/Block Parts–4.75 yards Bella Solids U Brown 9900 71 Moda #1
Corner stones/Block Parts –2.5 yards Bella Solids Parchment 9900 39 Moda #1
Batting
Backing–7 yards New Bern Red 8224 15 Moda #1 



I also used an easy angle to cut the triangles in this quilt.



 CUTTING THE FABRIC:
1. From each fat quarter, cut 6- 2”x 21” strips. These strips will be placed in two piles. Place two single strips, as individuals, to the first pile. Make two sets of 2 strips each and place in the second pile.
 

 
2.  From the brown yardage:
 
-Cut 34 2” strips to be used in the sashing.  

-Subcut into 5  2” x 8” rectangles to be used as sashing from each strip.  You will need to cut a total of 168 sashing strips.

-For side setting triangles, cut two 14” strips.
-Subcut into 6  14” squares.  Cut twice on the diagonal to yield 22 side setting triangles

-For corner triangles, use the remaining 14” strip to cut two 7.25” squares.  Cut once on the diagonal for a total of 4 corner triangles.
-For the border, cut nine 3” x WOF strips.
-For binding, cut ten 2.5” strips x WOF.

3.  To cut the center of the blocks and the cornerstones to be used in the sashing of the quilt, you will need to cut a total of 45 2” strips from your neutral fabric.  

-Sub-cut 9 strips into 2” squares, for a total of 169 squares.  Seventy two of these squares will be used as the center in each block.  The remaining 97 squares will be used as cornerstones in the sashing.
-Cut the remaining 36 strips in half to yield a total of 72  2” x 20” strips.



MAKING THE BLOCKS:
1.  To make 1 block, you will need 1 block strip set (2 matching strips from Pile 2 and one complimentary strip from pile 1), 1 neutral 2” x 20” strip, and one 2” cornerstone.


2.  From the complimentary strip, cut four 2” x 3.5” rectangles and set aside.

3.  Placing right sides together, layer the rest of the complimentary strip with one of the strips from the matching set.  Using your Easy Angle ruler, cut a total of four 2” finished triangle sets.

4.  Layer the second matching strip with the neutral strip, right sides together.  Using your Easy Angle Ruler cut a total of 12 right triangles.

5.  Sew all triangles together along the diagonal.

6.  Press all triangles to the matching strip set color.

7.  Arrange block as shown.

 8.  Assemble the block as shown.  

9.  Repeat to create 72 blocks.


ASSEMBLING THE QUILT TOP:
1.  Arrange the blocks, on point, in a 6 x 7 layout.

2.  Sew sashing and cornerstones between blocks. Make sure to end each sashing strip with a cornerstone to create the outside half square triangles.

3.  To trim the quilt, line up your ruler one quarter of an inch from the outside cornerstone diagonal.  As this is a large quilt, I simply trimmed mine from cornerstone to cornerstone until I had trimmed the entire quilt.

4.  Putting right sides together, sew all 3” border strips together.  After pressing your quilt top, lay out and measure the quilt the long way through the middle of the quilt.  Cut two border strips to this measurement.  Sew onto the long sides for the quilt and iron towards the border.  Repeat to add the border on the shorter side.


FINISHING:
1.  Quilt as desired.

2.  Bind using the ten 2.5” strips.


One approximately 77″ by 89″ quilt.

Kelli Kramer
{www.joscountryjunction.com}

Cheddar & Blue Quilt

Here’s the latest baked up goodie from Jo’s Country Junction. The quilt features a traditional block in a barn raising setting and is made with the most gorgeous Moda fabric, Morris and Company, by Barbara Brackman. It’s a must see to appreciate fabric. The colors are so rich and inviting. If you want to see the fabric up close and personal, Karen over at Cabbage Rose Quilting and Fabrics has the entire line and has generously offered to give a lucky reader from my blog a jelly roll along with $30 gift certificate. I used a new to me batting, Quilter’s Dream Cotton Select…which I loved! Ramona from My Fabric Nook sent it to me to try and she is giving one of my readers a batting to try. Check out the tutorial here first then hop over to my blog and I’ll tell you all the details of these great giveaways.


Jelly Roll of Morris and Company
3 3/4 yards Gold Redwood 8213 18 Moda #1
6 yards
Kelmscott Blue 8217 17 Moda #1
8 yards backing
Hammersmith Tea 8217 13 Moda #1
Quilter’s Dream Cotton Select batting- Queen Sized

~From Jelly Roll, set aside the gold and blue strips. Cut 440 2.5″ squares from the remaining strips.

~From Gold cut 32 – 2 7/8″ strips. Subcut into 440 – 2 7/8″ squares. Cut them on the diagonal to create 880 triangles.


Cut 9- 2″ strips for narrow border

~From the Blue cut 28 – 4 7/8″ strips. Subcut into 220 4 7/8″ squares. Cut squares on the diagonal to create 440 triangles.


Cut 10 3.5″ strips for outer border.
Cut 10 2.5″ binding strips.


To make the above section of the block, take one of the 2 1/2″ squares. Attach a gold triangle to it. Press the square.

Attach another gold triangle to the block. Press to the gold. Then attach a blue triangle to created triangle. Press to blue.


Create four blocks.


Sew them together to make one large block. Create 100 blocks.


Using 25 of the blocks, sew the blocks into a 5 x 5 setting.

Repeat to make a total of four.

Sew those four pieces into this.


Following the initial block construction directions, create 40 more of these blocks.


Sew them into two sets of these.


Sew those rows to the top and bottom of the quilt.

Sew the gold inner border strips together. Sew them onto the quilt.

Sew the blue outer border strips together. Sew them onto the quilt.

Your quilt top should look like this.

Piece together the backing. Layer it with the batting and quilt top. Machine quilt as desired. Bind with the blue binding strips.


89″ x 97″ quilt

My beagle Gracie and I invite you to stop over to my blog, Jo’s Country Junction to check out the great giveaways sponsored by Cabbage Rose Quilting and Fabrics and My Fabric Nook.



Jo Kramer

Jelly Roll Chair Cover

Hi from Jo’s Country Junction! Our beagle Gracie prompted me to get creative with a jelly roll to make a chair cover. Hopefully now all those hairs she is shedding will end up on the chair cover and not on my chair. If you have a pet, little ones in the house, or a messy hubby like mine, the chair cover might just be the thing you need to protect your furniture.


1-Jelly Roll of Civil War Reunion

1/4 yard coordinating fabric for trim
3/4 yard coordinating fabric for chair center
2 1/2 yards coordinating fabric for backing

Batting Scraps

Here’s a picture of what it will look like before you put your cover on your chair. I thought seeing this picture before you read the instructions might help you understand the construction a little better.



Cut the 1/4 yard of coordinating fabric into 3-2.5″ strips. Set aside.

Open your jelly roll.

To make the front flap piece, pick 9 strips from your jelly roll. Trim to 13″ long. Sew them together lengthwise. Press the seams open. Trim so the piece is only 12″ long.



Take one of the 2.5″ strips of coordinating fabric. Trim to the appropriate length. Stitch on place. Press.

From your batting scraps and your backing fabric, cut pieces that are the same size as the front flap you just made. Layer batting, then backing right side up and pieced section right side down. Pin around the three sides as shown, leaving the top portion without the trim piece unpinned.

Sew around the three pinned sides. Trim the corners and turn the piece right side out. Carefully poke the corners out. Iron the entire piece. Machine quilt as desired. I recommend using a walking foot if your machine has one.

I stitched along each seam as shown.

Trim the edge.

Set the front piece aside.

Making the side pieces that go over the arm of the chair is a very similar process. Chose nine jelly roll strips. Sew them together along the length. Press seams open. Trim off the selvage edge. Add the trim pieces to each end. Cut in half and you will have two pieces as shown.

Finish preparing the arm pieces as you did with the front piece. Set aside.

To make the back piece, select 10 jelly roll strips. Sew them together. Press and square up the edges as you did with the previous piece. Add a trim strip to one edge.

Finish preparing the arm pieces as you did with the previous pieces. Set aside.

Using the coordinating fabric, cut two squares that are 21″ x 21″. (This was a good measurement for my chair. You may want to adjust the measurement if the cushion on your chair is larger or smaller.) Cut a piece of batting that is 22″ x 22″.

Lay the batting down. Place one piece of fabric right side up on the batting. Then begin laying the quilted pieces onto the fabric with the right side of each piece facing down and the unfinished edge along the edge of the fabric square. The arm pieces need to go across from each other. The front and back pieces need to be across from each other. Pin in place. You will have to fold arm pieces back as shown in the photo. Continue until all pieces are pinned in place.

Sew all pieces in place using a scant 1/4″ seam allowance, being careful not to get one of the pieces caught in the seam. I recommend using a walking foot if your machine has one.

Trim the batting so it is even with the fabric edge. Fold the edges of the back piece up as shown.


Place the other 21″ x 21″ piece on top of the project putting the right side down. Pin in place as shown.



Sew along the edges using a generous 1/4″ seam allowance and leaving a section about 8″ long along the back unsewn.

Trim corners. Turn right side out.



Carefully poke the corner out. Get the base of the project to lay flat.

Pin the opening shut. Hand stitch it closed.

Machine quilt the center if you desire.

You now have a completed chair cover.

Put it on your chair and enjoy some security, knowing your good furniture won’t be ruined…or if you’re like our family, put it on your chair and know that your company won’t see all the spills and stains you can’t get out.

This was a fun project that went together very quickly. It’s an easy weekend project that’s fun to make and will surely get used. Don’t forget to hop on over to my blog, Jo’s Country Junction, and check out what I’m working on. I’m always busy with something….and Gracie…she’s usually snuggled up in the chair.




Jo Kramer
{Jo’s Country Junction}


A Very Morris Piano Runner




I am always glad to be baking at Moda. From my quilting kitchen today, I have gathered the savoury tastes of William Morris and baked a piano runner.

For this project you will need:

  • 2 x ‘A Morris Tapestry’ Charm Packs by Barbara Brackman
  • 1/2 yard of dark blue fabric for border and binding
  • 1/4 yard for peeper border
  • 1/2 yard wideback fabric 60″
  • Fusible Webbing
  • Wadding
  • Template Plastic


Step 1 – Sorting the charms

  • From the two packs choose twenty four (24) dark / medium charm squares
  • From the two packs choose twenty four (24) medium / light charm squares
Medium / Dark set
Medium / Light set

Step 2 – Create the background

  • From the medium / dark squares, sew two (2) rows of twelve (12) squares each
  • Press open the seams
  • Join the two (2) rows together to make the twenty four (24) square background

Step 3 – Prepare the applique leaves

  • Make a template by drawing on a piece of light cardboard or heavy weight paper a 6″ line. Mark the midpoint at 3″. Next, divided the line into sections at 1 1/2″ intervals either side of the midpoint. At the midpoint draw a 2 1/2″ line across (equal distance on both sides of 1 1/4″s). At the other points draw a 2″ line (equal distance of 1″ on both sides). Carefully draw the outer leaf shape on one side only. Fold in half, cut along the line and fold out. Voila, a perfect leaf shape. Now trace it onto template plastic and you have a leaf template.
  • Select pairs of the medium / light squares.
  • Place a pair right side together and draw one line from corner to corner.
  • Sew either side of the line using 1/4″ seam allowance.
  • Cut on the pencil line to yield two (2) half triangle squares.

  • Press the seams open and leave the tails. (There is not much room for error when fusing the leaf to the block)
  • Trace the leaf shape onto the back of the fusible webbing
  • Cut around the leaf shape leaving a 1/8″ allowance.
  • Accurately lay the leaf (adhesive side down) on wrong side of block and line up the centre along the seam line. Make sure the leaf is on the fabric and press down with iron set on recommended heat setting for fusible product. I suggest using baking paper to avoid any adhesive getting on the ironing surface.
  •  Cut along the trace line of the leaf and voila, your first leave. Repeat Step 3 until you have made twenty four (24) leaves.



Step 4 – Applique leaves to background

  • Each leaf will be placed on a square as shown below. Make sure the the centre point is exactly where the blocks intersect at the seams  and the outer tip is in lined up with outer corner. There should be a 1/4″ allowance between the outer point of the leaf and the corner.



Step 5 – Applique

  • Machine applique around each leaf. I have used a very small stitch in a neutral colour. A decorative or raw edge finish would also enhance the block.

    Step 6 – Adding Borders 

    Border 1

    • Cut four (4) x 1 1/2″ strips WOF of border fabric
    • Measure through the centre of the runner lengthways and add  border to top and bottom.
    • Measure top to bottom and add side borders.

    Peeper Border

    • Cut four (4) x 1″ strips WOF of peeper fabric
    • Press in half lengthways
    • Measure through the centre of the runner lengthways and add peeper border to top and bottom.
    • Measure top to bottom and add side peeper borders.
    Using a longer stitch, sew 1/8″ from edge so that the stitching line is hidden when binding is attached.

    Step 7 – Quilting and Binding the Runner

    • Layer the backing (right side down), wadding and quilt top together. Baste and quilt as desired.
    • Cut four (4) 2 1/4″ strips from the WOF (width of the fabric).
    • Sew binding strips together using a 45 degree angle.
    • Press in half lengthwise and sew to runner.
    • Cut back backing, and wadding layer to a scant 1/4″. (Be careful not to cut quilt top and binding)
    • Fold binding over to the back and stitch in place.


    One very Morris Piano Runner.


    ….. and I used the left over charms to make a piano stool cover.



    (P.S Alternatively, use the leftover charms to make the runner backing or get more fabric and make a quilt)

    Finished Block 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″
    Finished Runner Size approx. 56 1/2″ x 11 1/2″

    Jane Davidson
    {quiltjane.blogspot.com}

    Kristy’s Dream Quilt



    The highlight of this project was working with “A Morris Tapestry” fabric designed by Barbara Brackman. The colors and design of this fabric line is STUNNING! This is my second project for the Moda Bake Shop and I could not have enjoyed it more.

    1 Layer Cake
    3 yards for background, setting triangles, #8171-34
    1/2 yard #8172-22 for border #1
    2 3/4 yards 8175-11 for border #2
    Backing, 5 1/2 yards #8176-11

    Cutting Instructions:

    Layer Cake

    • From each layer cake 10″ x 10″ sheet, cut (5) 2″ x 10″ strips for a total of 210 strips (will use 204)

    From Background, For Blocks and set-in triangles
    • Cut (8) 3 1/2″ length of fabric (“LOF”) strips
    • Subcut to (96) 3 1/2″ squares
    • Cut (4) 2 1/2″ LOF strips
    • Subcut to (60) 2 1/2″ squares

    • Cut (14) 2″ wide LOF strips
    • Subcut (30) 2″ x 6.5″ strips
    • Subcut (30) 2″ x 9.5″ strips

    • Cut (2) 14″ wide LOF strips
    • Subcut to (4) 14″ squares (set aside left over for next step*)
    • Subcut diagonally twice (as pictured below) for 16 triangles

    • Cut 2, 7 1/2″ squares from the left over * above
    • Subcut diagonally once for 4 triangles (as pictured below)

    From Border #1 Fabric
    • Cut 7, 2″ LOF Strips

    From Border #2 Fabric

    • Cut 9, 6.5″ LOF strips
    • Cut 8, 2.5″ strips for binding

    Sewing Instructions:

    Large Flower Wheel – Make 24

    • For each flower wheel, make (4) 5″ rail fence blocks
    • Choose 2 sets of 3 strips (2″ x 10″) from the sliced layer cake.
    • Sew each set of 3 strips together, pressing seams to one side.

    • Slice each set in half, for (4) 5″ square rail fences.

    • Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on each of the 3 1/2″ background squares and another line 1/2″ away.

    • In the upper right hand corner of each 5″ square rail fence block, sew a 3 1/2″ background square diagonally. Then go back and sew a second seam on the other line.

    • Cut away excess between the two seams and press the blocks open. Because you have already sewn a second line, the leftovers can be opened for HST’s for bonus projects later.

    • Assemble the Large Flower Wheel, following the picture layout below.

    ASSEMBLY – Small Flower Wheel (Finishes at 9″), Make 15
    For each small flower wheel, make 4, 3 1/2″ square rail fence blocks.

    • Choose 2 sets of (2) 2″ x 10″ strips
    • Sew each set of 2 together (for 2 strip sets) pressing seams to one side.
    • Slice each set 3 1/2″ to make (4) 3 1/2″ square rail fences.
    • Draw a diagonal line across each of the 2 1/2″ squares.
    • In the upper right hand corner of each 3 1/2″ square rail fence, sew the 2 1/2″ background square diagonally and cut away the excess.

    Assemble the Small Flower Wheel, following the picture layout below.

    Frame the Small Flower Wheel with the background strips, 2″ x 6 1/2″, pressing seams to the outside. Then sew the 2″ x 9 1/2″ strips to the top and bottom, press seams to the outside.

    Top Assembly – Diagonal Setting

    • 4 – Large Flower Wheel Blocks across, 6 down
    • 3 – Small Flower Wheel Blocks across, 5 down
    • 16 – set in triangles for sides, top and bottom
    • 4 – 1/2 square triangles for corners

    Border #1

    • Join 2″ strips diagonally
    • Cut (2) 76 1/2″ long for sides, and (2) 54″ long for top and bottom

    Border #2

    • Join 6 1/2″ strips together diagonally
    • Cut 2, 79 1/2″ long for sides, and 2, 66″ long for top and bottom

    Sandwich, quilt as desired, and add binding.

    Finished Blocks, 9″

    Finished Quilt: 66″ x 91 1/2″

    Jamie Elfert

    L’Fair Quilts

    Braided Irish Chain Quilt

    Hello all!  I am so excited about this project.  It happens to be the largest quilt I have made, as well as the largest quilt I have quilted.  This project is a “twist” on a classic.  The Irish Chain is one of the most traditional quilting patterns, so I took that wonderful tradition and then kicked it up a few notches.  And please don’t be scared by the size, whether you are a beginner or an expert, this quilt is a wonderful project.

    So are you excited??  If you have any questions feel free to contact me at happyquiltingmelissa (at) gmail (dot) com.   And you can always find me at happyquiltingmelissa.blogspot.com.  And as always, Happy Quilting!
    1 –  A Morris Tapestry Jelly Roll  (I used this collection as I wanted a more traditional collection to match my twisted traditional pattern.  If you want a different collection so that it matches your room or what not, feel free.  You’ll just need 40 Jelly Roll Strips.)
    2 –  Moda Bella Solids Natural Jelly Rolls (If you are using a different collection make sure your solid coordinates )
    2 3/4 Yard – Bella Solid Natural.  (You need exactly 2 3/4 yard so if they don’t cut straight at the store, give yourself a bit extra to square things up.)
    6 3/4 Yard – Coordinating Print for the Backing.  (You will cut this into three 2 1/4 pieces and sew them together to make the back.)
    A quick side note before we start. I tried to make this tutorial very beginner friendly. If you are not a beginner, feel fee to simply skim the instructions for what you need. If you are a beginner and you happen to have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. You can email me at happyquiltingmelissa@gmail.com. I will try to answer all of your questions asap.  All sewing is done with 1/4 inch seams.


    STEP 1 –  CUTTING 

    Layout the strips of your jelly roll, lining them up with the 0 line at the base of the board.  I did mine 8 at a time and didn’t double them up since you will be making several cuts and don’t want things shifting.  
    Cut across at the horizontal 16 1/2 inch line on your mat.  Now if your mat is like mine, you don’t have a 16 1/2 inch line.  So how do you do this you ask?  Simple, just line your ruler up so that the first 1/2″ mark is aligned with the 16 inch line on your mat.  You can check to make sure it is aligned along that 1/2″ ruler mark between each of your strips.  So now, your ruler should be placed at exactly 16 1/2″ up from the 0 line on your mat.  And just cut across all 8 pieces of your jelly strips.   Now without moving your fabric cut at the 19 inch horizontal line on your mat and the 21 1/2 inch line using the same method you did for the first cut.  This gives you a 33″ long piece and 4 pieces that are 2 1/2″ square in each print. (and a tiny bit of scrap selvage)  Repeat this process with all 40 of your print jelly roll strips.  Remember to take your time, precise cutting saves time in sewing 🙂
    When you are finished, you should have a stack of (40) 33″ long strips and (120) 2 1/2″ squares.  This project only requires 54 of those squares.  I picked out 1 of each print and then 14 more squares of my favorite prints.  Set the remaining 66 squares in your stash to make up something fun in the future. (These are perfect for HSTs, as they are already cut and ready to go.)
    Now grab your first Bella Solid Jelly Roll.  Isn’t it so hard to open them up? They look so cute rolled in a roll.  Go ahead and open it up.  Layout  the jelly roll strips in the same fashion, 8 at a time, lining up along the base of the board on the 0 line.  
    You are now going to make the same first cut at 16 1/2 inch line (using your ruler to create the line) . Then without moving any of your fabric, cut again along the 21 inch line on your mat.  This gives you a 33″ strip and two 4 1/2″ pieces out of each strip.  Repeat this process for all 40 strips in your Jelly Roll.   
     
    Now we need to cut a few remaining pieces.  So break open your second solid Jelly Roll.  Lay out 6 strips from your jelly roll however, this time lay them slightly over the 0 line.  Only like 1/4″.    
     
    Start by aligning your ruler along the horizontal 0 line on your mat and cut off the tiny overhang.  So now you won’t have any pieces that are folded.  Without moving any fabrics, slide your ruler up to the 8 1/2 inch line and cut horizontal.  (Now I know there is no 8 1/2″ line but you are a pro at the ruler trick by now).  Continue to slide your ruler up and cut along the horizontal 17 inch line on your mat. Once more, slide your ruler up and cut along the 21 1/2″ line. You should have four 8 1/2″ strips and two 4 1/2″ pieces out of each of the 6 strips.  So (24) 8 1/2″ long pieces and 12 more 4 1/2″ long pieces.
    And now, we only need 4 more 4 1/2″ pieces from our jelly roll.  So get one more strip out, line it up and cut 4 more 4 1/2″ pieces.  I choose to take it from the top doubled up.  You can do that or whatever works best for your and your scrap needs.  
    We are done with the pre-cut cutting.  Go ahead and pull out your solid yardage of neutral fabric.  (And iron it first; don’t follow my poor example. I cut this one strip and then ironed because I already had my camera out and didn’t want to forget where I was).  You are going to cut (22) 4 1/2″ strips out of your yardage. 
    Simply line your fabric along any vertical line on the far right of your mat making sure that the fold runs evenly across the 0 line on the bottom of your mat. If the edge of your fabric is not straight, line up your ruler on a vertical mat line closest to the edge of your fabric and cut along the mat line, giving you a nice straight edge to work with.  Now,  count over 4 1/2″ on your mat, align your ruler along the top and bottom of that measurement and cut.  Keep doing this until you run out of mat and then start over repeating until you have 22 strips.    
    You are going to take those strips and cut them up some more.  First, you are going to take 6 strips and cut them into four 10 1/2″ pieces for a total of (24) 10 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ pieces.  You can do this the same way we cut the jelly roll strips before.  Line 3 strips along the bottom of your mat slightly hanging over the 0 line.  Cut along the 0 horizontal line.  Then measure up 10 1/2″ and using your ruler trick, cut at 10 1/2 inches.  Then measure up another 10 1/2 inches which will put you at the 21 inch horizontal mat line and cut again.  Repeat this process with the other 3 strips.
    Your almost there, just one more set of cuts.  Now you are going to cut the remaining 16 strips and cut them into six 6 1/2″ pieces for a total of  (96) 6 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ pieces.  Once again, we are going to use the same method as above.  Line 3 strips along the bottom of your mat slightly hanging over the 0 line.  Cut along the 0 horizontal line.  Then measure up 6 1/2″ and using your ruler trick, cut at 6 1/2 inches.  Then measure up another 6 1/2 inches which will put you at the 13 inch horizontal mat line and cut again. Now measure up 6 1/2″ more to 19 1/2″ and using your ruler, cut horizontal again.  There is some extra scrap along the top.   Repeat this process for all 22 strips.
    Wow, you did it!!  Remember, this is a large quilt, so it is a large cutting job!  Just as a checklist, this is what you should have.  I made this picture a little larger so that you could see my little handwritten notes 🙂
    STEP 2 – STRIP PIECING
    Okay, so no one wants to stitch all of those squares together individually.  To save a huge amount of time, we are going to sew our strips together first, and then cut.  I call this Strip Piecing, I don’t know if that is the technical name for this method but it works for me.  In this method, we are going to take a 33 inch strip of solid and a 33 inch strip of your print and sew them together.  So this is the idea of what it will look like.  As a side note, I like to turn my stitch length down a bit for strip piecing.  Since I will be going back and cutting these all up I find it helps to keep edges from coming undone.  This is a personal preference, you do what you feel comfortable with.
    With right sides together, lay your 33″ strip on top of your solid strip.  Now remember, the picture only shows three but you will be doing this with all 40 of your sets of strips.  Where the pen indicates, you will sew a 1/4″ seam down the full length of your strip.  Don’t worry about pinning, just line them up by hand and feed them through, focusing on keeping the pieces matching where you are sewing your seam.  If you get to the bottom of the piece and the one piece overhangs a little no worries, I made allowance for that in the cutting.  
    Once you get to the bottom of the strip, simply feed the next set of strips in.  This is called Chain Stitching and it saves so much time and it is a lot of fun as well.  We also will be using it a ton in this tutorial so enjoy the practice.  Just keep feeding those sets of strips through your machine until you have sewn together all 40 sets. 
    Okay, so you have finished sewing the 40 strips.  Now you will go ahead and cut the threads between them.  
    Now to pressing.  This project has a lot of little squares put together and for that reason, I choose to press my seams open.  I found it really helped reduce bulk.  With that said, I know pressing is a very personal thing, so if you are not a fan of pressing seams open, press them whichever way you like.
    And back to cutting.  I know, but I promise, this is the last of cutting.  You now have 40 beautiful 33″ long sets of strips.  We are going to cut them down into 2 1/2″ pieces.  You got this right.  Just like we did before. Line up 4 to 5 strips along the bottom.  (I know it is tempting here to stack up several pieces on top of each other but fight the urge). Cut a nice straight edge using your 0 line.  Then keep measuring up 2 1/2 inches slicing as you go.  In the end, you have (13) 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 sets of 2 patches with a little bit of leftover for wiggle room from each print.
    Continue this process with all 40 of your sets.  You should have 520 little 2 patch rectangles.  Aren’t they adorable.  I left mine in stacks like this and choose randomly.  I would suggest not playing with them much as they are cut after being sewn and if they are mixed up in a bag or thrown around to much the seams can start to come undone. 
    STEP 3 –  CREATING BUILDING BLOCKS

    Each of the blocks in this quilt are made up of smaller “building blocks”.  We are going to start with what I call the opposite 4 patch block.  Now I have tried to really detail this process because not only does it create “building blocks,” it goes over the basic building steps of piecing quilts that will be used over and over in this tutorial.  So here we go.  Start by grabbing 2 sets of your 2 patch rectangles. Align them so that the prints and solids are opposite.
    Now lay your first piece over on to the other piece.  When I say lay, I don’t mean pick up and possibly spin around and then lay.  I like to think that whatever two pieces I am going to be sewing have a hinge between them.  When it is laid out, you simply lift the top piece and “fold” it over onto the bottom piece without changing anything where the seam or “hinge” would be.  I know this sounds silly with this little piece but the rest of the tutorial is based on understanding this and it is really easy to mix up where your seams are being sewn if you don’t keep an eye on it.  So with that being said, I tried to slightly alter the alignment on this picture to illustrate this point. 
    Whenever you are aligning two pieces that have seams in the same spot, you always want to make sure those seams align perfectly.  Don’t worry about how the edges line up as much.  The seam is the most important.  
    So go ahead and pin your piece where you will be sewing your 1/4 inch seam ie where your “hinge” would be.  (Sorry, I just realized that after I picked this piece up to take a picture of it I turned it over when I pinned it, I hope that doesn’t cause confusion.) 
    We are going to be making 144 of these opposite 4 patch squares.  So go ahead and pin up a bunch (I did mine in groups of 50, 50, and 44 as that is how many pins I had.)  Now that you have a huge stack of pinned sets, you are going to stitch them.  Sew a 1/4″ seam, making sure to pull out pins as you come to them.  Just keep feeding your pieces through, chain stitching a long line of opposite 4 patches.
    After you’re done with a group of four patches, go ahead and clip your threads between pieces.
    Once again, press your seams open (or your preference) for your set of 4 patches.
    Keep repeating this process until you have 144 Four Patch Opposite Squares.  Aren’t they cute?
    Now we are going to be making the Same Four Patch Squares.  I know, not a great name, but it is all I could come up with.  You will be making 96 of these 4 patches.  Align your first two pieces so that your prints are next to one another and your solids are also next to one another.  
    Just like before, you are going to make sure your seam lines up.  Also, notice the difference on how your squares line up.  You know you are right if your prints are together and your solids are together.  Go ahead and pin at the seam first, and then along the edges.  Do this for your first batch of 50 or so till you run out of pins.  (I know, tons of pinning, but it doesn’t take much brain power, feel free to multi-task while pinning.  I found it was a great thing to do while helping my son with his homework.)
    Now start sewing your 1/4 inch seam, chain stitching your batch of 4 patches.  Remember to pull pins as you go along.  
    Clip your threads between pieces and then press.  Repeat this process with your whole batch.
    When you are finished, you should have 96 Same Four Patch Squares.  Way to go!!
    You only need a few more building blocks and they are already made.  Pull out 24 of your 2 patch rectangles.  This is a great opportunity to set aside any duplicates you might still have.  
    So now you have 16 extra 2 patch squares.  Set these aside for a future project. 
    Now that the building blocks are made, you are ready to start making the blocks for the quilt.  The next steps will walk you through making block A, B, C, and sashing. 
    STEP 4 – BLOCK A
    You will be making 24 Block A’s.  For each instruction, make sure you are doing it 24 times (unless otherwise noted).  It always saves time to do things in an assembly line.  Get 48 Opposite Four Patch Squares, (48) 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ solid rectangles, (48) 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ solid rectangles, and 24 printed 2 1/2″ squares.  
    This is the layout for the block.  Go ahead and sew your columns together and then your rows 24 times. 
    STEP 5 – BLOCK B
    You will be making 24 Block B’s.  For each instruction make sure you are doing it 24 times (unless otherwise noted).  You know the drill about saving time.   Get all 96 of your  Same Four Patch Squares, 48 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ solid rectangles, 24 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ solid rectangles, and 24 printed 2 1/2″ squares.
    This is the layout for Block B.  (Sorry, I forgot to spread out the pieces to make it easier to tell  the pieces). Sew your columns together and then your rows 24 times.
    STEP 6 – BLOCK C
    You will be making 6 Block C’s.  Yes that’s right , you only have to make 6 of something!  Here is what you need to make your 6 Block C’s.  24 of your Opposite Four Patch squares, 24 of your 2 patch rectangles, and  6 of the 2 1/2″ squares.
    Here is the layout for Block C. Sew your columns together and then your rows 6 times.
    STEP 7 – SASHING
    Okay, so now you’re asking, why are we putting the sashing together before we put together what we are going to sash?  And the answer is, because when we get those big huge blocks together and you are so close to seeing your quilt complete, the last thing you are going to want to do is fiddle with sashing. So I like to do them early so they are ready when you are. Grab the remaining 72 Opposite Four Patch Squares, 24 of the solid 4 1//2″ x 10 1/2″ rectangles, and 48 of the 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ solid rectangles.  
    So this is the layout of your sashing.   You will be making 24 sets of each layout.  Make sure that you have 24 sets where the top left hand corner of your four patch is a colored print and 24 sets where the top left hand corner of the four patch is your solid.  This is really easy to flip so pay close attention.  Sew your sashing.
    Split your sashing’s into 2 piles of 12.  Go ahead and set one pile aside, they are done.  The other pile of 12 we will be adding corner squares onto.  Here is the layout for the corner squares.  Grab the last of your opposite four patch squares.  This is where we finish up using your “building blocks”.  
    Make sure that your Corner Squares layout match these.  Once again, it is really easy to spin and block and then your chain will not quite link up.  Sew your corner blocks on.  
    And there you have it, 12 Sashing’s with corner blocks added.  Pat yourself on the back!  
    STEP 8 – THE BIG BLOCKS
    This is where you really get to see the quilt come together.  You will be making 6 “Big Blocks”. For each  “Big Block” you will need 4 Block A, 4 Block B, and 1 Block C.  here is how they will be laid out.
    Sew the rows together.  This is what your Row 1 looks like.  You should have 6 of them.
    Now onto Row 2. This is what it should look like when finished.  You should have 6 of them.
    And you guessed it, same concept for row 3.  This is what it should look like when finished.  Remember – 6 🙂
    Now that your Rows are all made lay them out and sew them together – 6 times :). 

    For each Big Block you need 2 regular sashing’s and 2 sashing’s with corner blocks.  Here is the layout.  The regular sashing’s are layed on the left and right hand side of your block and the sashing’s with corners are added to the top and bottom of your block.  
    We’ll add the left and right hand regular sashing first.  
    Here is what it should look like.  Super nice!!
    Now you are ready to add the sashings with the corner blocks to the top and bottom of your block.  Make sure to pin lining up seams and sew 6 times.
    And there you have it!  6 Big Blocks that have been sashed and are ready to be put into your quilt top.
    STEP 9 – FINISHING THE QUILT
    I totally had to rearrange my living room in order to lay out the six blocks for a picture.  You can see all the furniture on the side, tee hee hee.  Go ahead and lay out your 6 blocks in three rows of 2 blocks each.  You can spin your blocks as much as you like to get the look that is pleasing to your eye. Sew blocks into rows and then rows together.
    And there you have it, your completed top!  Isn’t it amazing.  Ya, I did a little dance in my living room at this point in time.  Go ahead, do your own dance, you deserve it!!
    Now to finish you just quilt and bind.  I know, it sounds so easy.  There are tons and tons of tutorials out there on free motion quilting.  Just Google it and practice 🙂 .  I quilted this quilt on my little “Bernadette” the Bernette Bernina so don’t be afraid.  It is possible to quilt this without a long arm!  (If you missed that, yes, I named my sewing machine Bernadette).  Use 10 of your extra solid jelly roll strips to do the binding.  There is a great tutorial here on how to bind: http://www.modabakeshop.com/2010/08/binding-with-jelly-roll.html  And you are done!!!  Way to go!! This is a big project and you should be so proud of yourself.  Yup, It’s back to the victory dance!  Now, if you would like to, head over to my Happy Quilting Tutorial’s Flick page to upload your quilt.  I would love to see your work!
    One Beautiful Braided Irish Chain quilt measuring 76 x 114.  Enjoy!!!

    ADDITION – I have since created a pattern for this quilt in 6 alternate sizes, including a Queen 90 x 90 and King 107 x 107.  You can find it here 🙂

    Melissa Corry

    Student Chair Cover



    Hello, my name is Karen Maxwell from Lisnaweary Quilts. I am just thrilled to bring you my first Moda Bake Shop tutorial. So everyone is back at school and lets face it, who doesn’t need a little encouragement to open the books and start studying? Use this tutorial to brighten up someone’s workspace!


    1 Layer Cake A Morris Tapestry
    5/8yd Moda Bella Solid Lilac
    4yds 20mm Cotton bias binding
    1 1/4yd 1/4″ elastic

    1. Take 16 of your favourite squares from the layer cake and cut out a 5 7/8″ square from each.

    2.Cut 16 5 7/8″ squares from the plain fabric.

    3. Half Square Triangles:Mark a diagonal line, from corner to corner, on each of the plain squares, using a watersoluble marker. The pen mark will be your sewing guide.

    4. Place a plain square on top of a patterned square, right sides together.

    5. Sew a 1/4″ seam on both sides of the diagonal line that is marked on the fabric.

    6. Cut along the pen line marked on the square.

    7.Press the triangles open to give two squares. Trim off any the ‘ears’ at both edges of the square. You should have 16 matching pairs Half Square Triangles (32 in total!).

    8. Take one of each fabric pattern and arrange Half Square Triangles in a 4×4 grid. Keep swapping them about until you are happy with the arrangement. Remember, the centre four will be the ones which will be seen on the on the seat. Sew the Half Square Triangles together.

    9. Make another 4×4 grid for the chair back, again swap them until you are happy with the arrangement!

    10. There are two choices when making the templates for the chair cover.
    EITHER: use the original cover as a template, which will be the exact size you need. (This is the original cover for my chair back):

    OR Place some heavy weight paper on top of the chair seat and using a felt tip pen, trace around the edge of the chair. Repeat for the back of the chair.

    Cut out template. Place template on top of the seat to make it is the correct shape. Repeat for the back template.

    Add on approx. 2″ around the edge of the templates for both the seat cover and the back cover.
    Cut out.

    11. To make the casing for the elastic, fold in 1/2″ of the end of the bias binding, place on top of the seat cover, right sides together.

    12. Using a scant 1/4″ seam, stitch in place around the entire seat cover, stopping 2″ from where the stitching was started. On the bias binding mark with a pin where the bias binding overlaps, cut off the binding 1/2″ from this pin.


    13.Fold the binding back so that it meets the starting point, but does not overlap it. Sew in place.

    14. Fold the bias over onto the wrong side of the cover and pin in place.

      15. Sew around the inside edge of the bias binding to complete the elastic casing.

    16. For the chair seat, cut a piece of elastic 22″ long and for the chair back, cut a piece 17″ long. Place a safety pin on the end of the elastic and thread it through the casing.

    17. Pin the ends of the elastic on top of eachother and sew together to secure in place.

    18. Fit the cover on the seat and the chair back. Centre the pinwheel in the middle of the seat and on the chair back.


    A bright and cheery chair cover!

    Sit back, relax and study!

    I hope you enjoy making this project, check out my blog to see it made in an alternative colourway.

    Karen Maxwell

    Lisnaweary Quilts

    http://www.lisnaweary-quilts.blogspot.com/