Road to Tennessee


Today I am going to show you a very easy, versatile project. This is a vintage pattern called "Road to Tennessee."  I will be giving you alternate layout options and size options, depending on how many charm packs you have on hand.  I also have a sweet giveaway going on over at my blog (check below for the link).


4 charm packs
1 yard background fabric (I used the off white from Hometown)
1/2 yard binding
3 3/8 yards backing.

Because this pattern is so easy to adjust, I am including a chart of fabric requirements for as few as one charm pack or as many as 8.  Please note this tutorial is for the 4 charm pack option.  I will include alternate layout options at the end of the tutorial.









Cut 2" squares from your background fabric.  For this size we will need 288 background squares (# of blocks x 2= background squares needed).


Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of each 2" square.


Place a 2" square on opposite corners of each charm square.


Sew along the drawn lines.


Trim off all excess 1/4" from the newly sewn lines.


Press open to reveal 1 finished block.  Repeat with all your charm squares.


This step is not necessary, but I separated my blocks into 2 piles...dark/busy and light/simple.  This was just to try to distribute color more evenly.


Sew your individual blocks into v shaped pairs.  I sewed my lighter colors on the left side and the darker colors on the right side.



Press toward the lighter color and when you flip the blocks together, the seams will nest.


Now sew your pairs into O shapes and press open.



Sew into rows. and sew rows together.


Baste your quilt sandwich




Approximate fabric requirements for backing: 3 3/8 YD.


Construct 2 strips the width of the fabric and length at least 60.5. Sew strips together to form horizontal seams in the backing.


Binding

Fabric required: 1/2 YD. Cut 6 strips and sew together into a continuous binding strip.  Attach to the front of your quilt by machine and secure using a ladder stitch on the backside of the quilt. 


I took my extra charms and added a few other Moda prints to show you some alternate layout options:


 Xquisite

Xs and O's

Medallion

My buddy Andie from Andie Johnson Sews took pity on a computer challenged gal like me and did a mockup of this quilt in 3 Bella Solids:

Love that!
Photo courtesy of Chris Oliver
Here is another version I did in Modern Workshop by Oliver&S using 3 charm packs:



One super snuggly 54" x 54" quilt.   I hope you liked this tutorial.  If so, hop on over to my blog and see what else is goin' on!  Right now I am giving an accuquilt GO! Baby and 3 dies to one lucky reader.

Special Thanks to Chris Oliver for braving the 110 degree Texas heat to take my header photo! 

Mary Lane Brown


36 comments:

Debbie B Sam said...

Great tut :) thank you, I have some baby quilts to make and this will be perfect..now I just need to win a go to cut those 2" squares! LOL

Tiffany said...

This tutorial is fantastic! Thanks for sharing the various sizes - I have 5 charm packs of hullabaloo just waiting to be made into this lovely quilt :)

I can't quite see how much background fabric is needed tho - I think it says 1.5 yards on the lap quilt size? (54" x 72")?

Kelli said...

Very cool! Another traditional pattern that still looks so cool!

pdudgeon said...

just to let you know, blogger is kicking out comments on your site blog for the accu-quilt post. if this post gets thru here, then you might want to check that link.

Moda Fabrics said...

Hi Tiffany! The background for the lap quilt is 1yd. The table should be easier to read now. Thank you :)

Pam L. said...

Just love Hometown by Sweetwater. I just want to snuggle up under your quilt. Thanks for putting a 'sofa size' - that's my favorite size to make.

Susan said...

Wonderful tutorial and the sizing charts are a bonus. My sister-in-law if opeining B&B inEngland. Her brother and I live in Tenneessee.This will be perfect pattern for a new "congrats on the buisness" quilt for her.

Andie said...

I love this color combo so much, Mary! Good stuff.

gill said...

Love this tutorial!
Thanks!!

Becky said...

I adore this. So many options with it. I LOVE the chart. Thanks so much.

Denise Schillinger said...

Thanks for the great tutorial...I love buying charm packs...but then never know what to do with them. This will be perfect!

Tanzie said...

awesome as always!!!!You never cease to amaze me... Great Tutorial and quilt!

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Dawn said...

I think I would pick hexagons, tumbler and rose by sharon. Thanks for the giveaway!! Always fun!

The Tulip Patch said...

Tiffany, the 4 charm pack version requires 1 yard of background. If you want to use all 5 charm packs, it will take 1.25 yards. Let me know how it turns out...I just found 5 charm packs of Peas & Carrots and I am dying to use them!

Pauline said...

Great tutorial, thanks for all the different size variations and design variations!

Shell said...

Awesome quilt.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful quilt. The tutorial was very easy to follow, esp with the clear pictures.

Marguerite said...

Love it. The colors were great.

Sherry said...

What a great recipe for using charm squares. Thanks so much for sharing.

Gena's Garden said...

I love this! That medallion layout would be so pretty in bluework and whites. And the chart is off the chart! Great Job!

Mary Grace McNamara said...

Love this design and thanks so much for including the chart for different sizes! I'm going to make the 5-charm pack size as a Christmas gift for one of my sisters using Tranquility by Sandy Gervais. Can't wait to get started!

MGM

Quiltjane said...

Thanks for sharing such a wonderful project made with charms.

Quiltjane said...

Thanks for sharing such a wonderful project made with charms.

Lorraine said...

Super project must have a go at this one thanks for sharing. Jersey U.K.

sewtakeahike said...

this is a really really cute design and your use of the fabrics is awesome!

Candy Riley said...

Love, Love, Love this quilt. The colors and fabric are so pretty. You're always spot on with the fabric and color combos. The tutorial is straight forward. I can't wait to get started. =)

Suzanne said...

Thanks for the great tutorial and the variation on layout. It's amazing what happens when the blocks are rotated.

The Tulip Patch said...

Thanks everyone!

Bridget said...

for the twin size quilt it has a finished size of 72x90...is that acruate, a normal twin bed is 35x75?
Love this pattern though can't wait to make it.

The Tulip Patch said...

Bridget, the 35"x75" measurement is the mattress size. The extra allows for overhang so you don't see the sides of the mattress. A typical twin size bed quilt is about 68x90 but I made this one a skosh bigger so I'd have enough blocks in each row to make the "O" shape. Thanks for your comment and have fun with your quilt!

Susan S said...

I love this tutorial using charm packs. I need to baby quilt I'm thinking rawhide charm pack with a brown solid or maybe brown paisley (since I live in Texas)

Thanks, for the size variations as well. Easy to have a table runner for every season or holiday.

Susan S

Aggiequilter said...

I LOVE this! So cool, thanks for sharing!

Eni said...

fantastico,tengo muchas telas,gracias por compartir
y por el tuto,saludos,lascosasdeeni@gmail.com

dioleida fernandez said...

espectacular para mi ..q me estoy iniciando...muchas gracias ..un saludo muy afectivo...¡¡¡