A few months ago I was asked by the wonderful folks at Fat Quarter Shop if I wanted to play with their brand new exclusive to Fat Quarter Shop, Jolly Bar!! And of course I wanted to play with it ;) The Jolly Bar is the in-between of a Layer Cake and a Charm Pack measuring 5" x 10". You can see more about the Jolly Bar in this Video :) I knew right away that I wanted to make a brick wall quilt. It has been on my "to do" list since I started quilting and having already cut 5" x 10" pre-cuts are just perfect for it!!! It really doesn't get much easier :)
And since I was making my own, I decided to take some pictures along the way and share with you how to make your own Simple and Fast Brick Wall quilt!!! I will be using the Somerset Jolly Bar by the ever amazing Fig Tree & Co. I love the beautiful fall tones of this line!!!
To make your own The Wall quilt You Will Need:
2 Jolly Bars ( each Jolly Bar has (42) 5" x 10" rectangles and you will be using 72 of those)
1 1/2 Yards of a chosen solid for sashing. I used Cream
4 Yards for Backing
STEP 1 - CUTTING
From your Solid Sashing fabric you will need to cut:
(7) 2 1/2" x Width of Fabric strips to be used for binding.
(17) 1 1/2" x Width of Fabric strips for sashing.
(65) 1 1 /2" x 5" rectangles for sashing.
From your 2 packs of Jolly Bars, first select 65 Jolly Bar pieces that will make up the full bricks in the quilt. Then select 7 Jolly Bar pieces that you will then subcut in half to make (14) 5" x 5" squares. These will make up the half bricks in your quilt. You only need 13 so put one square in your scrap pile along with the remaining 12 Jolly Bar pieces.
And your cutting is done. Easy as that!!!
STEP 2 - SEWING THE ROWS
Place a 1 1/2" x 5" solid rectangle onto the end of a Jolly Bar with right sides together. Stitch a 1/4" seam aligning as you go along the edge. Repeat this for all 65 of your Jolly Bar pieces. You totally want to chain stitch here to save oodles of time :) Once your pieces have all been stitched, clip your threads between pieces and press your seam allowance on all 65 units towards the Jolly Bar.
And now you are ready to make your rows. Layout 5 sashed Jolly Bars in a row and then add one half Jolly Bar 5" x 5" square to the end of the row as shown below. When placing colors I like to not worry to much and keep it random, but I do make sure not to put the same color right by the side of another, so I guess I would say it is controlled random placement.
Now you can sew the row together. Place the second sashed Jolly Bar onto the first with right sides together. Stitch a 1/4" seam along the edge aligning as you go. I don't bother to press yet. Now keep adding blocks to the row. Place the third sashed Jolly Bar onto the now sewn first and second units with right sides together. Stitch a 1/4" seam along the edge aligning as you go. Continue this process until your row is stitched together.
Repeat the last 2 steps, laying out and sewing together 13 total rows. You can chain stitch if you like, it will once again save some time ;) Press all of the seam allowances towards the Jolly Bars.
STEP 3 - SEWING THE QUILT TOP
And now, it's already time to sew the quilt top together!!! We are going to start by getting our horizontal sashing strips together. Sew all of the 1 1/2" x WOF solid strips together end to end using a 1/4" seam and making 1 super long strip. Press the seams to one side. Then, you are going to take that giant strip and cut it into 12 sashing strips. You can choose to do this a few ways, You can cut your strips 56 1/2" which is the exact measurement of your rows. You can lay the strips between the rows and cut them based on the length of your sewn row. Or, my personal favorite is to to cut them 58" so I know I will have a little extra to work with ;)
Now, on a large surface, lay your 13 rows out alternating each row as shown below to give you the brick wall effect. Place a horizontal sashing strip between each row. Go ahead and play with the layout for a bit until you get a color mesh that is pleasing to the eye. It really helps to take a picture and view it on your camera or computer to help you see if the colors are all balanced.
Once you have your colors balanced, mark your rows so you won't have to accidently rebalance your colors again ;) Now it's time to sew Place a sasing strip onto the bottom of the row with right sides together. Aligning as you go, sew a 1/4" seam along the entire bottom edge of the row.
When you get to the end of the strip, if you have used my preferred overage method of cutting, simply trim the sashing equal with the row. I love that you can just align things as you go with this method and don't have to worry ;)
Repeat adding the sashing to each row for your 12 sashed rows. You won't have to sew anything on to the last row. Press the seam allowance towards the sashing strips.
And now, it's time to start sewing the rows together. This is just like making the row but on a longer scale. Place the second row onto the top row with right sides together. I like to use a few pins just to keep everything aligned. Sew a 1/4" seam along the pinned edge. Just like making the rows, I don't bother to press yet.
Now, place the third row onto the now sewn first and second with right sides together. Align and pin your rows together and sew a 1/4" seam along the pinned edge.
Keep repeating this process until you have sewn together half of the quilt top. At this point, I find it easier to start a new section. Placing the 7 and 8th rows together and stitching a 1/4" seam along the edge. This just makes it so you don't have to bother with the quite as much weight pulling your quilt top.
Keep adding rows to the second half of the quilt until they are all sewn together. So now you should have 2 halves that look something like this.
Place the bottom half onto the top half with right sides together. Align and pin the edge, I use more pins here then I did before to help with the slipping from the extra weight pulling on the quilt top. Stitch a 1/4" seam along the pinned edge. And now, I press all of the seam allowances towards the sashing strips.
And your quilt top is done!!!! Wasn't that just so super easy and fun!!!
And with your quilt top done, it is time to finish it up. Just Baste It, Bind It, and Quilt it!! If you are new to quilting, you can see my Finishing Your Quilt Video Tutorials here that will walk you through the individual steps of basting, quilting and binding ;)
I quilted my quilt with an all over free motion Feathered Swirl. It really is becoming my favorite and matched the beautiful fabrics just perfectly!!
And look at all of the yummy, yummy texture it creates. So fun!!!
And for the backing I used this beautiful print from the Mirabelle line. For the backing, just cut your yardage in half and sew the 2 pieces together using a 1/2" seam ;) And for the binding, use your already cut 2 1/2" strips to create a binding strip.
And before you know it, you will have a beautiful 56" x 70 1/2" Wall quilt!! I can't wait to snuggle up in this one ;)
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and if you make your own The Wall quilt I would love to see it!!! You can add it to my Happy Quilting Flickr group here ;)
And if you are planning on making one, there is a super special deal going on!!! If you pre-order your Jolly Bars, choosing 1 of the 4 first exclusive lines, you might just find a Golden Ticket in your Jolly Bar giving you a $50.00 Gift Certificate to Fat Quarter Shop!!! Super fun!!!
Thanks so much for stopping by today!! I look forward to seeing your Wall quilts!!!! And be sure to pop on over to The Jolly Jabber for lots of Jolly Bar inspiration. There will be 8 of us sharing our Jolly Bar creations over the week!!!
Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!