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Quick and Easy Jelly Roll Quilt Design - Week 2

How did the first week go?  Did you get all of your strip put together and cut into 14" x 14" squares.  I have had some quilters say that their squares were a bit bigger but as long as they are square we can make adjustments at the end. 

Again, I chose to use a Happy Go Lucky Jelly Roll by Bonnie and Camille.  I had so much fun piecing the strips together and just love the way the colors all came together.  The pattern for the squares was derived from a free pattern I saw on 3dudesquilting.com.  They have several other free patterns so check out their site when you have a chance.

Just to recap...this QAL requires 1 jelly roll plus 2 extra 2.5" strips for a total of 42 strips plus approximately 3 1/2 yards for backing and binding.  It's a Quilter's Choice so grab a jelly roll from your stash or go to 1 Choice 4 Quilting for your fabric supplies.  Comment below as to which fabric line you choose to use. 
The QAL will run from today on the following schedule:
Week 1 - piece and cut the strips **complete**
Week 2  - cutting and piecing the squares
Week 3 - finishing the quilt top
Week 4  -quilting
Week 5 - Backing and Binding (optional) but be sure to post your finished Quilt top on the 1 Choice 4 Quilting Group Flickr page by Memorial day for chance at winning an exclusive 1 Choice 4 Quilting Red, White and Blue Fat Quarter Bundle.

Step 5
Now that you have all your strips cut into 12 squares and pressed, take two of the squares and lay them flat print side up for both with one laying with the strips facing vertically and the other horizontally. 

Step 6
Take the one on the right and flip it over to the left so that they are now facing each other with the print sides together.

Step 7
Sew your two squares around the perimeter completely sewing them together.

 Step 8
Lay your fabric back down on your cutting mat.  If your cutting mat has a diagonal guide that will be great.  If not just use a rotary blade and a straight edge to cut your fabric on a diagonal from the bottom left to the top right and again from the bottom right to the top left in a "X" formation.

Step 9
 Open and press your pieces.  

Can you believe your strips transformed into this?

Step 10
You can now put them back one of two ways.  
The first is with the small triangles meeting in the middle.  

The second is with the triangles out at the four corners.  Either way you piece them together is fine. 

I am adding this as a third way I found to piece your squares back together....did you find any?  Please share your piecing!  I actually think this may be my favorite way.  What a discovery!

 You can even mix and match your 14" square pieces for variety.  There is no right way.  

Repeat steps 5 through 10 until you have 6 large squares measuring approximately 18" x 18".

Now you know why I didn't want to give away the reveal!  Doesn't it look like you spend so much time on piecing this together when it was just a few cuts of the rotary blade and waalaa! 

Can't wait to see your progress.  
Feel free to post anytime on the Flickr 1 Choice 4 Quilting Group Page!! 

And as always comment below with any questions!
Thanks for Quilting Along!


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