Opposites Attract (aka Alford Inn Quilt)

1 Old Glory Gatherings Layer Cake
1 Old Glory Gatherings Jelly Roll
3/4 yd. binding fabric
5 yd. backing fabric

 Layer Cake:
Trim 1 1/8″ off two adjoining sides of each layer cake piece to make an 8 7/8″ square. (Careful: cut adjoining sides or you will end up with a rectangle!)

Make 18 sets of 2 complimentary layer cakes 8 7/8″ squares, placing right sides together. On the lighter of the 2 cakes, draw a diagonal line with your ruler, creating two triangles. ( 5 layer cake pieces will be leftover.)

Sew 1/4″ down each side of the drawn line. Cut down the diagonal line to make two half square triangles from each square.  Press the 1/2 square triangles open, with seam allowances to the darker side.

Jelly Roll:
From Each jelly roll strip, cut 4 pieces:
2 – 8 1/2″ x 2 1/2″
2 – 12 1/2″ x 2 1/2″
Cut carefully – there is very little waste.

Match the coordinating cut jelly roll strips with each set of the 8 1/2″ half square triangles that you made. First, sew the 8 1/2″ strips on the sides of the coordinating block. (Opposite colors attached to each other.) Press seam allowance away from the block to reduce bulk.

Then sew the 12 1/2″ strips on the top and bottom, as in the picture below.

Make 35 blocks.
Lay then out 5 by 7 in any fashion that is appealing to your eye.

This makes a 60″ x 84″quilt.

Other size options:

72″ x 84″: 6 x 7 – block layout
42 – completed blocks
2 fat quarters for additional squares and jelly roll strips.
3/4 yd. binding fabric
5 yd. backing fabric

96″ x 120″: 10 x 8 – block layout
80 – completed blocks
Requires an additional layer cake and jelly roll to complete 80 blocks.
1 yd. binding fabric
8.5 yd. backing fabric


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