Thursday, 9 December 2010

Off the Rails!

Off the Rails is the name of my new quilt (see more photos of my finished version here), not my state of mind. Well, not quite. It's been pretty busy at work for the past couple of weeks. I'm still trying to catch up after a couple of days off with the 'flu. The students are facing a number of end of term deadlines which means lots of questions and reading of drafts for us lecturers. I am looking forward to a long Christmas break - three weeks on the other side of the world with Mr Q's family and friends. I can't wait to switch off my phone, stop answering my emails and relax in the warmth of a Queensland summer.
Before that, I promised you a quilt pattern so here it is....

Off the Rails quilt pattern

Fabric Requirements
This pattern uses 2½ inch wide strips of fabric. You can use pre-cut 2½ inch strips such as Jelly Rolls or cut your own strips if you prefer. One Jelly Roll (40 strips) will make a lap quilt 48 inches by 60 inches. You will also need 3 yards of (42 inch wide) fabric for the backing, and ¾ yard of (42 inch wide) fabric for the binding.

1. Cut each 2½” strip into three, to give three pieces each 2½” wide by approximately 14” long.

2. In order to stay organised while you are sewing the blocks, make two piles. On Pile A, place two identical 2½” x 14” strips, and put the remaining strip on Pile B.
3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for all 40 strips.

Sew the blocks 
4. Take two identical 2½” x 14” strips from Pile A and sew them either side of a different 2½” x 14” strip from Pile B. Press both seams in the same direction. Use a variety of fabric combinations to make a total of 40 strip units. 

5. Neaten one end of the resulting panel, and then cut into two 6½” x 6½” blocks. Make 80 blocks in this manner. 

Assemble the top 
6. Referring to the quilt assembly diagram, lay out your blocks in a pleasing arrangement alternating horizontal and vertical rail blocks as shown. Blocks are arranged in 10 rows of 8 blocks each.

7. Sew the blocks into rows. Press the seams of alternating rows in opposite directions so that they don't add too much bulk when the rows are sewn together.
8. Sew the rows together.

9. Prepare the backing fabric by cutting two pieces of fabric each 54 inches by the width of the fabric. Join them as shown in the diagram below.

10. Layer the top, wadding (batting) and backing fabric.
11. Tack (baste) the layers together and then quilt as desired.
12. Trim excess wadding (batting) and backing.
13. Cut binding strips. Cut 7 strips 2½” by the width of the fabric.
14. Join binding strips to form one continuous length.
15. Attach double fold binding using your favourite method.

Lawson and Lotti


Maureen said...

That all looks do-able, for a novice; but as a COMPLETE neophyte, may I ask what "quilt as desired" means??
The local wool/thread/really quilting shop sells lovely tins of jelly-roll fabrics. I covet the tins every time I go there, and now I can tell myself I have reason to buy one.

Quiltification said...

Once you have completed the quilt top you still need to turn it into a quilt. This means layering up the patchwork top, some wadding, and a backing fabric and then stitching those three layers together. The stitching that holds the layers together is the quilting and you can choose to make it as simple or complex as you like. You can quilt the layers together with hand or machine stitching, with straight lines that run across the quilt or with complicated stitched patterns - hence "quilt as desired".

Maureen said...

Thank you for explaining! - I think I can do that!
Hmmm, Warm Queensland summer - maybe not, we're just about underwater with all the heavy rain, and it was only yesterday that we had our first hot day!Bring your umbrellas with you.

Lotti said...

Great tutorial and quilt, thanks for linking up

Bunny Wilson said...

Hello! I just printed out the pattern and have a Moda Jelly Roll I want to use. Do you have any tips for cutting the 2.5" strips into 3? Do you cut each one separately, or is it possible to cut several at once? Thanks!