-(1) 10 pack Jelly Roll (2 1/2″ x 44″ Strip)
-(1) Junior Jelly Roll for Sashing (Solid Color)
-Thread to match
-Ruler, Rotary Cuter, Cutting Board
1. Separate jelly roll from dark to light. You will need 5 sets of 2 strips each (one dark and one light).
2. Sew together to make 5 complete sets.
3. Cut these 5 strips into 2 1/2″ cuts. Each strip needs to yield 17 pieces.
4. Decide which way you will press your seam allowance. Ideally, you will press in opposite directions, toward the darker fabric.
5. To assemble squares you can mix and match as long as your squares are opposite dark and light.
6. See how the block on top is being pressed to the left, while the block on the bottom is being pressed to the right? This makes it really easy, later on, to make a perfectly aligned intersection. To make sure you don’t “lose” any fabric in the seam, gently pull both sides of the block away from the seam while using your fingers to press and hold the seam allowance the direction you will press it with the iron. Work slowly and carefully so you don’t skew or stretch your blocks. Press with hot iron.
7. You will notice that your seam allowances are facing different directions, directly opposite each other. You will also notice, that if you use your fingers to gently slide the blocks against each other, you can feel when the block “clicks” into place. This is usually called “butting” or “nesting” your seams, and is a great way to not only get precise intersections, but also to distribute bulk.
8. Press it. (And when I say press it, I mean pick up your iron, and place it on the block. Straight down. Don’t move it around. That will just stretch and warp your block.)
9. Take sashing and cut 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ strips from jelly roll or yardage. You should have a total of 35 pieces.
10. Sew sashing between each block. Continue with other 6 rows.
11. Sew sashing between each finished row to connect all 6 rows together. Sew sashing or yardage of choice for outside border.