Friday, November 1, 2013

Twists and Turns - A MBS Tutorial

Today I am so excited to share a new Moda Bake Shop Tutorial.  It has been a little bit since I was over there so it is fun to be back again :)  I call this quilt Twists and Turns .  It is a super easy quilt to put together, I never used a pin :)  You can find the step by step tutorial over at the Moda Bake Shop.


This quilt is made with 2 jelly rolls and some 2 yardage cuts.  The fabric is the ever so adorable Bluebird Park from Kate and Birdie.  Those little hedgehogs are so stinking adorable!!


And now that this Moda Bake Shop Tutorial has been published for a while, I can now post it here on my blog for your convenience ;)   So just follow along below for the full step-by-step tutorial.  And if you love it, you can get the printerfriendly version here :)  

So let's get to it!!!

To make a Twists and Turns 84"x 84" picnic size quilt you will need:

2 Bluebird Park Jelly Rolls by Kate and Birdie
2 1/6 Yards of the Grey Flower print  (13106 18)
1 1/6 Yards of the Yellow print  (13108 19)
5 Yards of any print for Backing



STEP 1 - CUTTING

We will start with the Yardage.  From the Grey print yardage, cut (30) 2 1/2" x WOF strips.  From those strips sub-cut (36) 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares, (36) 2 1/2" x 12 1/2" strips, and (36) 2 1/2" x 14 1/2" strips.  Set aside.  From the Yellow print yardage, cut (15) 2 1/2"  x WOF strips.  From those strips sub-cut *36) 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" strips and (36) 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" strips.  Set Aside.
 

Now it's time to move onto the jelly rolls.  From the 2 Jelly Rolls select 54 strips.  I used the light grey, green, blue, and coral strips setting aside the yellow and dark grey strips for binding.


Divide the 54 strips into 2 piles, one pile of 18 strips and one pile of 36 strips.  Evenly distribute the colors in each pile.


From the pile of 18 strips, cut each strip while folded into a 10 1/2" and (2) 4 1/2" increments.  This will create (4) 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles and (2) 2 1/2" x 10 1/2" strips from each strip.  Cut all 18 strips this way and group the pieces into piles of similar size.


From the pile of 36 strips, open the strip and cut one of each of the following pieces from the strip.  A 2 1/2" x 12 1/2" piece, a 2 1/2" x 10 1/2" piece, a 2 1/2" x  8 1/2" piece, a 2 1/2" x  6 1/2" piece, and a 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" square.  Cut each of these pieces from all 36 strips.  Group these with the other prints into piles of similar size.


From your Jelly Rolls you should now have the following pieces



STEP 2 - BUILDING BLOCK

To start the block, gather a grey yardage 2 1/2" square and a colored print 2 1/2" square.  Place with right sides together and stitch a 1/4" seam along the edge, aligning as you sew.


Chain stitch 36 similar sets.  Chain stitching is just sewing one set after another without clipping threads in between.  Once you are through sewing all 36 sets, clip the threads and press toward the colored print.


Now, layout your pieced set and a colored print 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangle as shown.  Place the rectangle onto the pieced set with right sides together and aligning the raw edge.  Stitch a 1/4" seam along the edge.


Repeat for all 36 pieced sets chain stitching as you go.  Once you have chain stitched all 36 sets, clip the threads and press towards the 4 1/2" print piece.


And now the process will repeat again and again :)
Grab a colored print 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangle and place it onto the side of the pieced unit with right sides together and aligning raw edges as shown.  Stitch a 1/4" seam along the edge.  Repeat for all 36 sets chain stitching as you go.  Clip the threads and press towards the newly added piece.
Now, grab a colored print 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangle and place it onto the top of the pieced unit with right sides together and aligning raw edges as shown.  Stitch a 1/4" seam along the edge.  Repeat for all 36 sets chain stitching as you go.  Clip the threads and press towards the newly added piece.


Grab a yellow yardage 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangle and place it onto the side of the pieced unit with right sides together and aligning raw edges as shown.  Stitch a 1/4" seam along the edge.  Repeat for all 36 sets chain stitching as you go.  Clip the threads and press towards the newly added piece.
Now, grab a yellow yardage 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" rectangle and place it onto the top of the pieced unit with right sides together and aligning raw edges as shown.  Stitch a 1/4" seam along the edge.  Repeat for all 36 sets chain stitching as you go.  Clip the threads and press towards the newly added piece.


Grab a colored print 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" strip and place it onto the side of the pieced unit with right sides together and aligning raw edges as shown.  Stitch a 1/4" seam along the edge.  Repeat for all 36 sets chain stitching as you go.  Clip the threads and press towards the newly added piece.
Now, grab a colored print 2 1/2" x 10 1/2" strip and place it onto the top of the pieced unit with right sides together and aligning raw edges as shown.  Stitch a 1/4" seam along the edge.  Repeat for all 36 sets chain stitching as you go.  Clip the threads and press towards the newly added piece.


Grab a colored print 2 1/2" x 10 1/2" strip and place it onto the side of the pieced unit with right sides together and aligning raw edges as shown.  Stitch a 1/4" seam along the edge.  Repeat for all 36 sets chain stitching as you go.  Clip the threads and press towards the newly added piece.
Now, grab a colored print 2 1/2" x 12 1/2" strip and place it onto the top of the pieced unit with right sides together and aligning raw edges as shown.  Stitch a 1/4" seam along the edge.  Repeat for all 36 sets chain stitching as you go.  Clip the threads and press towards the newly added piece.


Almost done!!!
Grab a grey yardage 2 1/2" x 12 1/2" strip and place it onto the side of the pieced unit with right sides together and aligning raw edges as shown.  Stitch a 1/4" seam along the edge.  Repeat for all 36 sets chain stitching as you go.  Clip the threads and press towards the newly added piece.
Now, grab a grey yardage 2 1/2" x 14 1/2" strip and place it onto the top of the pieced unit with right sides together and aligning raw edges as shown.  Stitch a 1/4" seam along the edge.  Repeat for all 36 sets chain stitching as you go.  Clip the threads and press towards the newly added piece.


You should now have (36) 14 1/2" x 14 1/2" blocks that look something like this :)



STEP 3 - ASSEMBLING QUILT TOP

And now is the really fun part.  This is where you get to decide what kind of a quilt layout you want.  There are so many possibilities.  These are a few of my favorite :)    Play with the blocks until you have the layout you love, and there are lots more options than shown ;)  Once you have a layout you like, sew the blocks into rows and the rows into the quilt top :)

 
 

If you decide to do the staircase layout, the same as I did, it is easiest to first sew the blocks into the two  sets of two shown below, making 9 of each set.



And then sew the sets into two sets of row, making 3 of each row as shown.


And lastly, sewing the rows into the quilt top.



STEP 4 - FINISHING


So now it is time to turn that finished quilt top into a finished Quilt ;)  Time to  Baste It, Quilt It, and Bind It!!!  Which is a whole lot in one little sentence.  If you are new to quilting, you can see my Finishing Your Quilt Series of video tutorials that will walk you through Basting, Quilting, and Binding step by step ;)


When it came time to quilt mine,  I was a little swamped with my Lucky Stars Market quilt at that point, so Barbara was kind enough to quilt this up for me on the long arm.  She quilted adorable flowers in all shapes and sizes and traveling loops.  It is just perfect for these whimsical prints :)



 STEP 5 - ENJOY

And just like that, you have made one adorable Twists and Turns Quilt that is just the design for you :)    Twists and Turns measures 84" x 84", perfect for a family picnic, well  just as soon as it warms up enough to have a picnic :)


I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and if you make your own Twists and Turns Quilt I would love to see it!!  You can email me a picture at happyquiltingmelissa@gmail.com, post it to social media with #happyquiltingwithmc  or or add it to my flickr group here ;)  I can't wait to see your Twists and Turns Quilts!!!

Linking up to Sarah's and Amanda's
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10 comments:

  1. Love the quilt and the tutorial Melissa ! Thanks for sharing all the great ways the blocks can go together. Congratulations on another wonderful pattern. Karen

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  2. Congrats on another fabulous design!

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  3. Thanks for sharing - particularly the different layouts.

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  4. So Pretty! Love the different possibilities.

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  5. I, too, love seeing the different arrangements for the blocks. I love log cabins, and you've really made this variation look good!

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  6. Love! Thanks for sharing all your wonderful quilts!

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  7. Cool, like the flower quilting :o)

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  8. I love the different design options. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Oh wow! This is a great little quilt. Love the different arrangements. My goal for the NS winter, get through more of my scraps. This pattern would certainly help with that. Heading over to look at the tutorial!

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  10. Another cute one Melissa. I just finished your "playing the scales" quilt one yesterday...just love it.
    Check it out: www.sewsunshine.blogspot.com

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Thank you so much for your sweet comments. I just love hearing from you!!
Have a Happy Quilting Day :)

Melissa