And technically, there is only one true 'tutorial' for this quilt-along. Since the technique is the same throughout the entire process. But I will still be posting weekly to give you all that little push if you need it.
One correction from my original calculations - I originally said that this first tutorial would make 2 'sections' - but you could actually make 3 sections. But more on that later.
It is very important to make sure you use a 1/4 inch seam allowance. I cannot stress accuracy enough. If you are unsure - measure from your needle and mark it. Accuracy in your seam allowance makes for less frustration when matching seams later.
So let's begin.
You will start with 34 strips of light (or white/cream) and
34 strips of dark.
Each strip is 1.5 inches wide and 21 inches long.
Sort your strips into groups. You will have 4 groups total.
Group 1 / 3 = 9 strips of light & 8 strips of dark
Group 2 / 4 = 8 strips of light & 9 strips of dark
You will sew one group at a time.
Group 1 - start with a 'light' strip and sew all strips in group together. Alternating between light and dark. You will also end on a light strip.
Group 2 - start with a 'dark' strip and sew all strips in group together. Alternating between dark and light. You will also end on a dark strip.
You will end up with with two 'blocks' that look something like this.
See how Group 1 on left starts and ends on a 'light' strip. And how Group 2 on right starts and ends with a 'dark' strip?
Press all seams towards the dark strip as shown.
I also press from the front to make sure that they are pressed flat.
Now you will cut these into 1.5 inch strips. First trim the edge to make it straight...
Then start cutting into 1.5 inch strips. You will end up with 4 groups again that look something like this.
Now you will begin to sew them together. You can do them in any order as long as you alternate between a strip that starts with dark then one that starts with light.. and so on.
Sew 17 of them together.. pressing the seams all in one direction this time.
I like to press as I go for this step. I think it's easier to match my seams when the piece I'm working with is flat.
It will slowly start to grow..
And grow.. until you have one big block that is 17 'stamps' across and 17 'stamps' down
This block is what I have previously called a "section". You should have enough strips from this initial set to make 2 sections and possibly 3.
If you only make 2 - save all the remaining cut strips to use in later "sections". This will help to mix up the squares a little bit.
A Twin size quilt will need 20 sections (4 across x 5 down)
approx 5.25 yards light and 5.25 yards dark
Queen will need 30 sections (5 across x 6 down)
approx 7.5 yards light and 7.5 yards dark
King will need 42 sections (7 across x 6 down)
approx 10.5 yards light and 10.5 yards
I hope all this makes sense - Please don't hesitate to ask for clarification - I will make sure to answer all of your questions!
So.. go get sewing!Pin It