We each picked very different fabrics, but they all came out so well - it shows how versatile this quilt is.
Stacey: Santa's Little Helper by Erin Michael for Moda
Lucinda: Dill Blossom by Robert Kaufman
Tara: Dizzy by Robert Kaufman
Ingredients Needed: 1 Jelly Roll (A pre-cut roll of fabrics - 42 strips, 2 1/2 inches wide)
1/2 yard of fabric for binding (or set 5 jelly roll strips aside for scrappy binding)
3 yds for backing
Prep Time: The quilt top can easily be done in about 3-4 hours. We tend to chat while we're sewing so we may go a little slower than others!
Do not pre-wash jelly roll strips - they will fray and shrink. These strips are made to be sewn without pre-washing. Because of that, do not pre-wash your backing or binding either - that way, the first time it is washed (always on cold - tumble or air dry) all of the fabric will shrink at the same rate.
Lay out your jelly roll strips in piles according to color.
Then begin joining your strips together as you would binding - right sides together at a 90 degree angle with a little extra on each edge. Sew according to the dotted line shown below. Mix up your color selection so that it appears random.
Sew all of the jelly roll strips in this fashion.
* Chain piecing is a good idea here*
Once all of the strips are sewn together, iron the seams open and then trim to 1/4" on either side. Your strip will be 1600" long!!
The next step is important - cut 18" off of one side of your long Jelly Roll strip to help with offsetting the seams along the way. If you are making a scrappy binding you need to use this 18" strip for your binding.
Now for the fun part - start sewing!!
Find the beginning and the end of your long jelly roll strip and place them right sides together - sew together on the long side using a 1/4 inch seam. Once you get to the end, you will need to cut the end to open it up. Your strip will now be 800" long. No need to iron the seams now, you can do this at the end.
Repeat 4-5 times until your quilt is approximately 44"x 65"
And here are our fabulous lasagna quilt tops!
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Make your quilt "sandwich."
To finish your quilt, lay your backing down on a hard surface and tape down with blue painters tape. Layer your batting over it and then place your quilt top to make a "sandwich" of the three pieces. Tape the top down with painters tape as well, taking care to line up all three pieces. Once they are in place - pin or spray baste the three layers together to prepare them for quilting.
Quilt according to your favorite method, either "in-the-ditch" or free motion quilting. Tara quilted her's in the ditch and it was done very quickly.
I chose to free-motion quilt mine, so it will take a little longer to complete.
To bind the quilt, cut 2 1/2 inch strips of fabric (or use those leftover jelly roll strips) - join them in the same way the quilt top jelly roll strips were, then iron in half the length of the strips. Sew the raw edge of the binding to the quilt and miter the corners. Wrap the binding to the back of the quilt and hand or machine stitch down.
Here's the finished product - don't forget to add a label to your quilt!