If you’re looking for an easy quilt idea that is also eye-catching, this is the tutorial to try. It teaches basic piecing skills to beginners but is still an interesting pattern for the savvy quilter. All you will need is a jelly roll, some colorful solids, and a hankering for another sewing adventure. Hang on tight, this project is out of this world!
20 strips (2 1/2″ x 44″) of coordinating fabrics (i.e. half of a jelly roll or one design roll)
8 strips (2 1/2″ x 44″) of coordinating solids
1/2 yd. border fabric
2 yds. backing
2 yds. 45″ wide batting
1/2 yd. binding fabric
Arrange the strips in desired order and sew together, alternating the direction of your stitching. This is important – Sew your rows in a switch back style. Start your first strip going from Left to Right, then sew the next strip going from Right to left. This trick eliminates the look of the strips having bowing or a subtle curving downward effect.
Press seams in one direction.
Cut 20 strip piece into seven 6″ segments.
Turn every other segment around so segments are arranged top/bottom/top/bottom.
Sew coordinating solid strips between each segment and on either end.
Cut two 9″ strips from the border fabric and sew to the sides of the bed runner.
Layer backing, batting, and top. Secure and quilt.
Bind and enjoy!