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!!!





55 comments:

Molly said...

Beautiful quilts! I can't wait to make them! :)
Congrats on your first project! ;)

ladybugquilting said...

Congratulations!
Your Quilt is Absolutely Gorgeous,
Love the Fandango too!

Cristina said...

I love your quilts, so simple and yet so gorgeous =)

Regina said...

Lovely! And scrappy quilt friendly, too!!! Wonderful!

comfortstitching said...

I love this quilt!!!!

Jeannie said...

I love this quilt and it will look awesome as a scrappy too. I love things that are fast and doable. Thank you!

eileensideways said...

a very pretty modern quilt. it's art. i love it.

jaybird said...

fantastic pattern!!! now i just need to find the perfect fabric so i can make one!!

Ryan said...

Love this quilt!! It's so modern. I think I need a neptune version!!! :)

restitcherator said...

Really a lovely pattern. Simple and really elegant at the same time. I really like all of the quilts using solid white that seem to be so popular recently.

piecemealquilts said...

Beautiful quilts, and it's so easy! I have some jelly rolls and now I know what to do with them. Congratulations on your first Moda Bake Shop pattern - I see many more in your future.

Qubie said...

Simple, easy, modern and great fabric. What a great first project. Can't wait to see what else you come up with.

Erin said...

Beautiful project idea! I am keeping this in mind for baby quilts, and maybe even expanding it for a twin sized quilt for my daughter's bed! Thanks a bunch!

SewDivaDiane said...

What a great idea!

mascanlon said...

So fun! And a perfect quilt when you just had to have the jelly roll!

kwiltmakr said...

Super nice quilt!

Jan said...

Outstanding, I really love it.

traceyjay said...

yahoo for Karrie!

It looks AMAZING in the Fandango!

Beautiful.

Love it. :)

Mandy Noble said...

Absolutely Gorgeous!! I am definitely going to make one!

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

Its perfect for beginners, too! Great job!

Jeannette said...

Awesome! I love the randomness of the fabrics! I feel lucky to have you as our Bee Moma! Congratulations!!!

KarrieLyne said...

Thank you all so very much for all of the warm comments! Ya'll are giving me *warm fuzzies* :)

Daisy said...

Oh my goodness, I absolutely love this quilt and so will my daughter, who has asked me to help her make a quilt this summer and she likes one of my jelly rolls and wants to use that, this will be perfect for her.....shes away at a conference this week,I can't wait for her to get home so I can show it to her, thanks

Katie B. said...

I love this project! I'm definitely adding this to my list.

Bessiemae said...

Lovely, I can't wait to try it!

Sherry said...

I just love this quilt. I can't wait to make one. Thanks so much for sharing with us.

BabyPop said...

love this so fun thanks for sharing

Caroline ~ TrilliumDesign said...

Awesome tute!! Congrats again - it looks great!

live a colorful life said...

I love this quilt! I'm starting on it today.

Jodie said...

This is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your tutorial!

John said...

It's absolutely beautiful! I can't wait to make one of my own. Unless you want to send me yours ... ? : )

Kari said...

Wow! I LOVE this. Thanks so much for sharing.

Jackie Russell said...

Love this! Looking forward to some more projects from you.

Cori said...

What a beautiful quilt! I love it and am looking forward to making one. Thanks for sharing!

a little bit biased said...

I really like this quilt. Good job!

D-Carlton said...

Oh, my goodness, I love this! Am currently on vacation, but as soon as I get home I am making this quilt!
Thank you!

Stephanie C. said...

Do you think you will need more fabric if you want to make this into a quilt? How much do you think?

This is exactly when I've been trying to find in a quilt pattern for my son's bed!

Geek+Nerd said...

Very beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

Natasha said...

This is fabulous! I have a son who is a big reader, this quilt turned so that the prints are verticle reminds me of stacked books! Think I will make him one.

HMG said...

LOVE this quilt! I've been looking at some stacked books patterns, but not loving them ... this is EXACTLY what I wanted ... I'm putting it into a qult for my daughter right away. Thanks!!!

Susan said...

I really love those quilts! Can't wait to try this project!

Julie said...

I came here via Approachable Art blog and am so delighted I did! I have a batik jelly roll that I have been trying to think of f design for and this pattern is ideal! Thank you so much for your generosity and for converting the instructions to a PDF file.

Julie said...

Oops! I meant Quilter Beth's blog!

Marit said...

Lovely pattern and great tutorial! Thank you!

; )

Carla said...

Thank you for this great pattern. I just finished a quilt using scraps to be sent to an orphanage in Rwanda. If you would like to see it, here's the link:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/36907269@N02/5003492130/

SewOverwhelmed said...

This is a GREAT pattern! Thank-you so much for sharing it. Will definitely have to give this one a try!!

Helen in the UK said...

Thanks so much for sharing your pattern. Looks like a fun one for jelly rolls or 2.5" scraps :)

Robert and Courtney said...

I am currently making this quilt. I call it my timeline quilt cause I am using fabrics from different projects over the years plus it looks like a timeline to me. Thanks for the pattern.
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Mrs Shilts said...

I absolutely adore this quilt! Think it maybe my next project using my It's a Hoot by Momo jelly roll fabrics..

Thank you for your inspiration :)

www.mrsshilts.co.uk

Alix Broadfoot said...

just got my fandango jelly roll! waiting for the rest of my fabric so I can get started!

sewfrench.com said...

I can not believe I did mine a different way... I wasted so much of the background color.
But mine does have a continuous color strip, no seam.... for what it's worth...

cc said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial. I've been wanting to make this for a while. I'm starting it today. LOVE MODA!!!

pamb said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial. I need a quick but beautiful quilt to make for the "Celebration of Life" golf tournament that is being put together for my brother Jesse. He died last month after struggling with cancer most of the year. I made a golf-themed quilt for him several years ago, and I just found out that he and his loving wife Sharon bragged about it a great deal to their many golfing friends. It only seems fitting to do this to honor him, my best brother, as his friends celebrate his life in the way that he would have loved best. I love this delightful pattern, but it is quick enough that I think I can finish it in time to make it a great tribute to my brother. Thanks so much for sharing it. Pam

Julia Lucas said...

Stunning design. Very colourful quilt

michele flores said...

I am new to sewing. After step 5, seam is gone. Do i need to resew printed & solid to make another strip to cut pieces from?