This quilt is made with 2 jelly rolls and 2 yards of Bella Solids. The fabric I used was Sphere by Zen Chic. I loved how easy I could use Low Volume and High Volume contrasts which really was a huge part of the design. It also has such a fun modern vibe and this quilt was being made for a certain someone who thought it was "awesome".
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 going!!!
2 Sphere Jelly Rolls
2 Yards of Bella Solid Grass
5 1/2 Yards of Backing
STEP 1 - CUTTING
Begin by separating your jelly roll strips into 2 piles, one of Low Volume (or light) prints and one of High Volume (or dark) prints.
2 1/2" x 11" 2 1/2" x 10" 2 1/2" x 9" 2 1/2" x 8" 2 1/2" x 7"
2 1/2" x 6" 2 1/2" x 5" 2 1/2" x 4" 2 1/2" x 3" 2 1/2" x 2"
I found the easiest way to do this is to stack up 4-5 jelly rolls and cut all the even sizes from each strip and repeat the process for 21 strips so you have a total of 21 pieces of each even size. Then do the same for the odd sizes. (You will have to cut a few from the scraps as you will have 40 strips and not 42)
2 1/2" x 11 1/2" 2 1/2" x 10 1/2" 2 1/2" x 9 1/2" 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" 2 1/2" x 7 1/2"
2 1/2" x 6 1/2" 2 1/2" x 5 1/2" 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"
Once again, stack up 4-5 jelly rolls and cut all the even sizes from each strip and repeat the process for 21 strips so you have a total of 21 pieces of each even size. Then do the same for the odd sizes.
(9) 2 1/2" x wof (width of fabric) strips to be used for binding
(10) 1 1/2" x wof strips - Trim the selvage and sew 2 strips end to end to create (5) 1 1/2" x 84 strips.
(210) 2" x 2 1/2" rectangles
Now with the cutting done you are ready to start assembling the blocks. Grab the first set of your grouped fabric strips (The 11 /2" Low Volumes and 2" High Volumes). You will be sewing these into a row by first sewing the Solid Grass rectangle to the Low Volume strip and then second, adding the print strip to the Solid Grass Rectangle.
With your strips all set, you are ready to start sewing your blocks together. So take all of your strip sets and mix them up in a large pile.
And now you can put your quilt top together! Layout 6 rows of 5 blocks. Play with the layout until it is pleasing to the eye. Once you have layout complete mark the blocks so you remember which row is which :) Now, sew the blocks into rows. To do this, just place the second block onto the first with right sides together and sew a 1/4" seam along the edge. The place the third block onto the now sewn together first and second block with right sides together and sew a 1/4" seam along the edge. Continue in this fashion until all 5 blocks in the row are sewn together. Repeat for all 6 rows.
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 quilted this up with a fun "firework" all over design. It is a little hard to see in the pictures as the grey thread really blends, but just think along the lines of the "pow" and "smash" graphics from the old batman series and you are pretty close :) It was a super fun design to quilt and really matches the overall theme of the quilt.
You will use the 9 strips you cut and set aside at the beginning to do the binding.
STEP 6 - ENJOY
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and if you make your own Mister DJ Quilt I would love to see it!! You can email me a picture at firstname.lastname@example.org, post it to social media with #happyquiltingwithmc or or add it to my flickr group here ;) I can't wait to see your Mister DJ Quilts!!!
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