Melissa Corry here from Happy Quilting. I’m so excited to be back here at the Moda Bake Shop and share this wonderful Valentines Day Quilt. XOXO is big in our family!! I shared a little bit of the story behind it in my last Valentine’s tutorial for MBS. This quilt is a twist on the basic lattice quilt adding the O’s to create the perfect quilt for you and your Valentine to snuggle up in. Hope you enjoy!!
1 Honey Honey Jelly Roll
3 1/4 Yards of Bella Solid White
3/4 Yard for Binding
5 Yards for Backing
STEP 1 – CUTTING
Choose 36 jelly roll strips from your bundle. (I set aside 4 of the double prints) Lay them out as follow, keeping them folded in half. You can cut about 6 rows at a time. Using the lines on your mat as a guide, cut a sliver off the end to remove the fold. Then cut a 2 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ rectangle, a 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ rectangle, and a 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ square. Place the remaining bit in scrap. You will have 2 of each cut. Repeat with all 36 strips to have a total of (72) 2 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ rectangles, (72) 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ rectangles, and (72) 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ squares.
Now from your white yardage cut the following.
STEP 2 – O BLOCKS
We’ll start by making the O blocks. Gather a 6 1/2″ square and (2) 6 1/2″ print strips and lay out as shown below. Place the strips onto the square with right sides together. Sew a 1/4″ along the edges, aligning as you sew. Press towards the center square. Repeat to make 18 center units total. (Chain stitching saves time)
Lay (2) top and bottom units and one center unit out as follows.
Lay the top and bottom units onto the center with right sides together. Nest the seams and pin. Sew a 1/4″ seam along the pinned edge. Press. And now, you just have to add the sashing border. Gather (2) 10 1/2″ white strips and (2) 12 1/2″ print strips and layout as shown. Lay the top and bottom border onto the O with right sides together. Sew a 1/4″ seam aligning as you go and press. Repeat for the two side borders.
And the O Block is finished measuring 12 1/2″ x 12 1/2″. Repeat the last 2 sub-steps to make a total of 18 O Blocks.
STEP 3 – X BLOCKS
Gather a 10 1/2″ strip and 2 subcut white triangles and lay them out as shown. Place the right hand square onto the strip with right sides together centering the triangle. Sew a 1/4″ seam along the edge, aligning as you go. Open and finger press the triangle. Lay the second triangle onto the left hand side of the strip with right sides together and lining the tips of the triangles up. Sew a 1/4″ seam along the edge, aligning as you go. Press towards the triangles. Repeat to make 72 lattice units. (Chain stitching will save lots of time here
STEP 4- SEWING THE QUILT TOP
Lay the X and O blocks alternating into 6 rows of 6. Play with the layout until you get a look that is please to the eye. I tried to separate the red and navy units most as they tend to pop. Once you have a please layout you are ready to sew the blocks into row.
I find the easiest way to do this is to stack each row and place some sort of marker on the first block indicating what row it is. This way you don’t lose the layout you just did.
Then just start sewing the blocks together, one block adding to the next, and the next until you have sewn all 6 in the row. Then just repeat for all 6 rows. I do not pin my blocks when sewing them into row as there are no seams to line up. I just align as I go.
Press your seams in the rows towards the O blocks. This will allow you to nest the seam and avoids bulk around the X corners.
Sewing the rows together is just like creating them. Lay the first row onto the second with right sides together. Nest the seams and pin them and then along the rest of the edge. Sew a 1/4″ seam along the pinned edge. Press open. Then repeat adding the third row to the now sewn together first and second row and so on.
And before you know it, you have a beautiful Hugs before Kisses Quilt Top!!
STEP 5- FINISHING THE QUILT
One adorable Hugs before Kisses quilt measuring 72″ x 72″ perfect for snuggling under.
I hope you enjoyed and if you make your own Hugs Before Kisses quilt I would love to see it. You can add it to my Inspired by Happy Quilting Flickr group here
Have a Happy Quilting Day!!