- Various prints of novelty fabrics cut in to squares. For this technique I recommend squares from 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ to 6″ x 6″
- White 2 1/2″ wide strips of fabrics, usually referred to as jelly roll strips
- Quilt Ruler that you can see through easily – this is the one that I used.
- Basic Quilting Supplies
Also: I find a rotating cutting mat and a mini iron to be helpful when making blocks. Here are the links to the mini iron (CLICK HERE) and rotating cutting mat (CLICKE HERE) that I use.
Fussy Cut your fabric into squares. Fussy cutting simply means to cut a specific “scene” out of your fabric versus just cutting it off the end of the fabric.
Place one of your squares on top of one of your 2 1/2″ wide strips right sides facing so that you will sew down the side of your square (not the top or the bottom). Stitch in place with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Do NOT cut your thread or move the fabric off of the machine.
With the jelly roll strip still under your presser foot, place your next square ontop of the strip right sides facing. Stitch.
Repeat until you’re out of squares or run out of jelly roll fabric.
Repeat the process stitching the other side of the squares.
Cut the squares apart.
Using your iron, press the seams of the block to one side.
Trim the top and bottom of the white fabric so that it is flush with the top and bottom of your square.
Next using your ruler as a guide, trim the white fabric to the width that you want. I recommend 3/4″, but if you want a smaller or larger border you can do that too. Just remember that you will lose 1/4″ of fabric when you stitch your block into your project.
Repeat the process this time stitching the white strip of fabric to the top and bottom of the sewn blocks.
Press the seams to one side.
Trim white strips so that they are flush with the sides of the block.
Trim the TOP white border to the same width as your side borders.
Trim the BOTTOM white border to double the witch of your side borders. For example if your side borders were 3/4″ trim your bottom border to 1 1/2″.
This method is so easy that you can even stitch different size blocks at the same time.
If you’re wondering WHAT to do with the blocks when you are done, I have a tiny sneak peek of two projects I have planned for the next few weeks.
You can turn the blocks into a fun quilted zip pouch like this one (tutorial coming SOON):
Or you can make a mini quilt!
This photo is terrible I know, but it will give you a good idea of some of the things we have in store next month!