Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Sunrise - Sunset Quilt Tutorial

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.



Dolores said...

This is so cool. Thanks for the instructions. I have a quilt on the frame at the moment but making this is definitely in my future.

Connie Hudson said...

I really like this Kay. Great way to get rid of some fabric that has no plans.

Sue Scheckel said...

I can't wait to try this, Kay-lots of charity quilts are on the way!!!!!!!!!!

Janet Jo said...

This is a very clever process. What fun and uses up those scrappy strips.

Kathy said...

I thought this was nice but not too interesting to make until I read these instructions. It's the unpredictable factor that makes it so much fun...and your beautiful fabric choices, of course! Thanks for posting the instructions.

Deb said...

Looks like fun! I'll have to try one after I finish up some of my current stuff. Thanks so much for sharing!

Judi said...

Thanks for the tutorial this is called many things such as the jelly roll race, the spaghetti quilt or the lasagna quilt. I like your added black and white squares I'll have to try another one.

Alison Schwabe said...

Certainly fast and easy (somewhere you did mention therapeutic sewing). The black and white units are a bit different; and instead of them you could put in short sections of the border fabric - that would be a nice variation too, tying it all together.

Gina said...

So this is the quilt whose puzzle took me way longer than average last night! Fun quilt and I like how it's stitched together.

Lisa from DippyDyes said...

Kay - perfect timing. Our guild challenge this year is 'scrap attack.' Inspired by Jane Hamilton (I think), the only requirements are that no new fabric can be purchased and it has to contain some buttons and embellishments, which can be purchased if needed.

LynneP said...

Adding the contrasting spacers makes this quilt go from "nice" to "wow". Thanks for this idea.

Myra said...

Sounds interesting Kay! Another one to add to my "to do" list!! Thanks! 8-)

Robyn Anderson said...

A wonderful adventure! And you are so right I will make another tommorrow. Thankyou.

Del Soden said...

I can feel one of these coming on.

Anonymous said...

How many strips would I need to make a full/queen potato chip quilt without any borders. I am a beginning quilter but feel I could do this! Just not great at transitioning sizes. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

How many strips would I need to make a full/queen potato chip quilt without any borders. I am a beginning quilter but feel I could do this! Just not great at transitioning sizes. Thanks!

Unknown said...

your accent is just perfect, nice

Unknown said...

your accent fabric is so perfect, nice work, thanks for sharing