Happy Friday, everyone! Remember this quilt I made for my grandson, Alex? You asked for the tutorial and here it is. Actually, I will show you how to make the block and give you all the measurements you need to make a larger quilt.
I started with the pattern No Bake Jolly Bar by Fat Quarter Shop. It is free and you can download it by clicking here. Here is the one I made with this pattern in December for the Fat Quarter Shop blog hop:
I love this quilt - the pattern is simple and beautiful. For this quilt I used Daysail by Moda, and the leftover blocks I turned into Alex's quilt. Here is the tutorial for the block which I am calling No Bake Jolly Bar Shuffle:
Start with your favorite Jolly Bar by Fat Quarter Shop. For this tutorial I am using Fresh Air by American Jane for Moda Fabrics. Stitch 2 pieces together lengthwise with a 1/4" seam. Press seam towards dark fabric.
Stitch the bottom and the top only of a 9-1/2" by 10" square of solid, contrasting fabric, RST, onto the fabrics you just pressed.
Cut this block in half, right down the middle (notice on photo above - cut in between the stitched lines, not through them).
You will get two blocks from each set of 2 rectangles and a solid square. Now, prepare to 'shuffle':
Trim 1-1/2" from each side of the block.
Trim 1-1/2" from top and bottom of the block.
This is what you will end up with.
Shuffle bottom and top strips as shown (as I grab the top strip, I turn it around so prints aren't aligned with the top prints anymore).
Now, do the same with side strips so prints align at the bottom.
Stitch top and bottom strips to center of block. Press seams.
Pin side strips to center of block as shown above. See how it looks on the back? My pins catch all the seams so they won't move when I stitch over them.
Stitch the side strips, trim ends and press open. Let seams fall where they may.
This is the finished block. I love it! Remember, you will chain piece the blocks so they come together pretty fast. Now, for the materials for the quilt:
Quilt measures 67" by 83"
2 Jolly Bars
(or sixty-four 5" x 10" rectangles)
2-1/2 yards solid, contrasting fabric
1/2 yards border fabric (cut 2" x WOF strips)
5-1/4 yards backing
5/8 yards binding
The original blocks measure 9-1/2" x 9-1/2". When you are done shuffling them, they will measure 8-1/2" x 8-1/2". Two Jolly Bars will give you 80 blocks which you will assemble in rows: 8 blocks in each row, 10 rows exactly. Nothing left over! I did add a 1-1/2" border to my quilt and the yardage for that is mentioned above. I think this should do it.
Now, for the giveaway - Fat Quarter Shop is offering 2 Jolly Bars for a lucky quilter:
The Vintage Picnic line by Moda is gorgeous and it will look so nice with this pattern, don't you think? All you need to do is leave a comment telling me if you dream of changing patterns, or if you prefer using them as they come. Make sure I have a way to contact you (if you are a no-reply blogger, leave your emails as "soandso at myemail dot com" so you don't get spammed). For an extra chance to win, leave another comment letting me know how you follow this blog. I will announce the winner next Wednesday, March 9.
I hope this makes your day fun. Mine is looking brighter now (it is cloudy outside and the photographs reflect it, but the colorful fabrics always cheer me up...).