Random Reflections

Hello!!! I am KarrieLyne from Freckled Whimsy and I am so excited to be bringing you my very first Moda Bake Shop goodie!! The amazing ideas here at MBS are what got me back into quilting again!! I hadn’t really been quilting much and one day I went into my LQS and saw a sign that posted the web address for MBS.  I went home and spent hours looking at all the projects and now I can’t stop sewing…and now, designing! :)

I am truly honored to be able to share my very first design with you all!

Enjoy … Random Reflections!

** All seams are to be sewn with 1/4″ seam allowance.

1 Jelly Roll print- I am using Fandango
1 Jelly Roll solid in Snow (or 3 yards) 
4 yards coordinating print for backing (I used 27044-11)
1 yard for the binding (I used 27051-11)
10 1/2″ square ruler (you can use a larger one, but using this ruler makes it MUCH easier)


1. Choose 40 printed jelly roll strips and 40 solid jelly roll strips. Trim the selvage ends.

2.  Sew each printed jelly roll strip to the end of a solid jelly roll strip, right sides facing, and end to end. You will have one LONG strip (approximately 80″). Chain piecing makes this step go faster.

Press to the printed fabric.

3.  Choose 4 strips and lay them close together on your cutting mat so the seams lay in a random order (at different levels).

4. Lay your 10 1/2″ square ruler so that you have some of the print under it as well as some of the white. There is no right or wrong way to position these as each time you do this, it will be different. The important part is when you go to cut your strips, lay them out differently each time. You want the randomness :)

**Note: Make sure your strips are straight. I lined up the outside edges with the lines on the ruler.

5. Using your rotary cutter, trim at the top of the ruler, and at the bottom. This will yield you (4) 2 1/2″ by 10 1/2″ strips.

6. You will need to repeat this for all 40 of your strips. (Remember to change how you lay the strips and how you cut them to get different lengths of the print).

Repeat using each of the 40 jelly roll print and solid strips 3 more times. This will give you 160 strip pieces.

Now choose 20 of your favorite prints and 20 of the solid strips and do this once more for each of the 20 strips. This will give you a total of 180 strip pieces.

7. Make your blocks by choosing 5 of the strips you just made and sew them together. You will need 6 blocks for each row so I suggest chain piecing. (Sew two together leaving them in the machine; sew two more, etc, until you have done this 6 times. Remove from the machine and add the third strip, and so on). Strip piecing makes this go much faster. :)

Note: Make sure when sewing these pieces together, that they are all in the same direction. If you start with the solid on top, continue in that same manner for each block. 

8. Pressing is the next step. This is important. You MUST press every block in the same direction. This way when you sew your rows, your seams will nest together nicely. When I pressed my blocks, I had the solid at the top and pressed to the left. How you choose to do it does not matter, so long as each block has the seams pressed in the same direction.

9. Each row is 6 blocks. Once you have them pressed you can sew them together.

10. Make 6 rows of 6 blocks.  Then alternate the direction of the rows. The first row should have the solid fabric on top, the second row should have the prints on top. This gives the random mirrored reflection of the prints.

11. Once you have all 6 rows together, you are ready to sandwich your quilt, baste, quilt, and bind!

Here it is made with Eva by Basic Grey. (I made this one 6 rows of 5 blocks, so a bit smaller)


One very unique and modern quilt that measures approximately 60″ X 60″. There will also be enough strips left over if you’d like to make it larger too. :)

I hope you have enjoyed my first MBS tutorial and I’d love to see your interpretation of this quilt. My favorite part about this quilt is that no two will be alike.

If you make this quilt, I would love it if you added it to my Flickr group –> Freckled Whimsy – Show & Tell! I want to oooohhhh and ahhhhhh over them all!!! :D

Also, if you have ANY questions, feel free to email me.

Much Love!!!

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