A Touch of Red Quilt

Hi..it's Jo from Jo's Country Junction. I'm here with my latest Moda Bake Shop project "A Touch of Red". The quilt is a giant and finishes at 98" x 98" but it only uses two jelly rolls of Sweetwater's Reunion fabric line. One of the fabrics features newsprint. As I was sewing along I discovered my Iowa town, population of 257, was listed on the fabric. It was a fun coincidence! After you are done reading this tutorial, head on over to my blog for your chance to win two Reunion Jelly Rolls that Kim from The Fat Quarter Shop is giving away.

2 Reunion Jelly Rolls
2.5 yards
Ink 5477 18 Setting Triangles, Corners and Outer Border
3.25 yards Cherry 5476 22* Blocks, Inner Border and Binding
9 yards Cherry 5478 12 Backing

This quilt features 112 8" finished blocks set on point.

Each block uses 27" of jelly roll strip.
Three blocks can be made with two matching jelly roll strips. To cut the blocks you will need to unroll both jelly rolls. Match the like fabric together. Set the fabric that is the same as the red squares aside.

From each set cut:
6~ 2 1/2" cuts, 6~ 4 1/2" cuts, 6~ 6 1/2" cuts

From the red fabric:
Cut 30 2 1/2" strips. Sub cut into 448~ 2 1/2" squares.

Inner border:
Cut 9~1 1/2" strips

Cut 10~ 2 1/2" strips

Setting Triangles and Outer border:
Cut 3~ 13 1/2" strips. Sub cut into 8~ 13 1/2" squares. Cut SIX twice on the diagonals to create 24 setting triangles. Cut the remaining TWO once on the diagonal to create the corner triangles. Cut 10~ 3 1/2" strips for the outer border.

Let's start sewing! To make a block you need:

2~ 2 1/2", 2~ 4 1/2", 2~ 6 1/2" pieces from the jelly roll strips and 4~red 2 1/2" squares.

Sew the 2 1/2" squares together as shown. Press to the red.

Sew the pieces together to create a four patch. Press.

Sew the 4 1/2" pieces to each side as shown. Press away from the red

If the 4 1/2" pieces do not line up with the four patch, you are sewing with an incorrect seam allowance. Take the time to correct it now. If everything matches up continue on with your block.

Sew the remaining 2 1/2" red squares to the 6 1/2" pieces. Press away from the red.

Sew the newly created pieces to the block. Note the position of the red pieces.

Create 111 more blocks.

Lay the blocks out in an on point (diagonal) setting. Sew together in diagonal strips. Then sew the strips together.

Trim the edges if necessary. Sew the inner border strips together, pressing seams open. Add to the quilt.

Sew the outer border strips together, press seams open and add them to the quilt.

Piece the quilt backing together. Press. Layer the backing, batting and quilt top. Quilt as desired. Trim. Sew the binding strips together. Bind.

98" x 98" quilt

As I was sewing my quilt, I discover one of the fabric prints had newsprint as the design. I picked up and fabric and started reading it only to discover my little town of 257 people was listed on the fabric! It makes the quilt even more special to me. Read more about the discovery and the great giveaway from the Fat Quarter Shop over on my blog, Jo's Country Junction.

Jo Kramer
{Jo's Country Junction}


Shakey Stitches said...

Amazing. I jus love it.

Gill said...

A fabulous quilt!
Thank you

Dawn Hendrix said...


Logan said...

Great Pattern! Love the red:)


Johanna said...

Great quilt Jo!

foodmathquilts said...

Very nice! I really like this block, an I have two honeybuns looking for a project - if I can find a couple of contrast fabrics I can adapt this pattern to make a great lap quilt (or bigger)

Jenny said...

great quilt

krisgray said...

Lovely - and big enough for an adult, or two!

Jennifer said...

You could strip piece the four-patch by cutting 2.5" x 5", pressing, then slicing to 2.5". That way you wouldn't have to do a million little squares. Right?

Jeanne said...

Really nice quilt! Love the colors too!

JoyceLM said...

Love this pattern. Just have to choose a jellyroll from my stash.

Malini said...

Wonderful quilt. I love the reunion fabric.

Dina said...

I really like that block, and how those red "dots" create interest. I'm definitely going to have to try it out!

Will Work for Fabric said...

I love this quilt. Four patches are my favorites!!!

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trickysticks said...

Lovely snuggly loveliness~

Florence said...

love love love your quilt, tks for sharing the patter for us beginners

Cassandra and Alex said...

So beautiful!