Friday, May 10, 2013

Sunrise - Sunset Quilt Tutorial - Rerun

This blog post has had almost 10,000 views since I posted it a little over 2 years ago.

That means there are still a few people out there who haven’t seen it!

I have lost track of the number of people who have made one of these – and some of you have made a lot of them.

I also call it the Potato Chip quilt since you can’t make just one! It is so much fun and so easy.

How many have you made Cassandra?

There has been so much interest in this quilt I thought I'd share how I did it with you.
As I said before I got the idea on line somewhere but I don't know where.
That is almost irrelevant as I "did my own thing" - just using the basic idea.
38 different fabric strips. Each one should be 2 1/2 inches wide by the width of the fabric.
An accent fabric - 1/2 yard
I suggest you choose fabrics that have something in common, but still have a variety of light, medium and dark.
I would also suggest you do not chose large prints with a lot of colors in them as they create their own set of design issues. Save them for something else.
1. Your accent fabric should contrast with each one of your fabrics. An example of that would be if you choose to use green and blue fabrics for your strips, you might choose pink or red for the accent.
2. It is also a good idea to choose an accent fabric that is more dramatic than the fabrics you chose for you strips.

1. Try to arrange your fabrics so the values and colors are evenly distributed in the order of the strips.
2. You can not preplan what is going to go next to what else so it is important you have kept this in mind when deciding the order of the strips. The finished quilt will be a pleasant surprise if you keep this in mind.
1. Cut a 2 1/2 inch by the width of the fabric strip from each of your fabrics. It is not necessary nor desirable that they each be exactly the same length
2. Cut 38 2 1/2 inch x 4 1/2 inch pieces from your accent fabric.
You will sew all of the fabrics and spacers together to create one long strip which will measure approximately 1750 inches long.
1. Cut off 18 inches from the first strip and throw it in your scrap bin or the wastebasket. DO NOT USE IT
2. To the end of this first strip sew a spacer.
3. Sew the next long strip to the other end of the spacer.
4. Sew another spacer to the end of this strip.
5. Continue in this manner until you have sewn all the strips and spacers together ending with spacer.

6. Press seams to one side.
1. Bring both ends of the strip to meet and place them right sides together.
2. Sew them together and you will now have a piece that is about 875" long.
Cut them apart on the fold at the end of the seam. (Do not press the seam now - You will do that later)
3. Match up both end of your strip and sew them together just as you did the first seam. This time you will only have to sew about 437 inches. Cut open on the seam as you did before.

4. Do the same thing 3 more times for a total of 5 seams. The last one will be about 55 inches.

Now it is time to press all the seams to one side.
I press first from the back with a dry iron.
I turn it over and press carefully from the front with a steam iron, making sure if there are any tucks in my pressing I press them out.
When all the strips have been sewn together I do a row of stitching less than 1/4 inch away from the edge to prevent any stitching that has been cut from coming undone.

All that is left is the quilting and finishing.


Sharon Rotz said...

It's a very good suggestion to stitch the edges of the quilt to keep the stitching of all those rows from pulling apart. There is nothing more frustrating than trying to repair these ends.

Eileen Mirr said...

Looks like fun and a great way to use my scraps!! Thanks for the idea, Kay.

Eileen Mirr said...

It looks fun to make and a great way to use up some of my leftovers! Thanks for the idea, Kay.

Gurli said...

I am one of the few who haven't seen this pattern before. It looks great and I might give it a try.

Cassandra said...

Well Kay, I made five bed quilts and used modified forms of it on the back of two further bed quilts.Very useful technique for spreading the colour choices in your quilt around to make frames or backgrounds.

Margaret Cooter said...

I'm another who didn't see this first time round - it looks great, can,t wait to start one!