Tile Style Quilt Tutorial

Jenny Doan

Tile Style Quilt Tutorial

Quilt Size: 75" x 75"
Jenny Doan demonstrates how to make a beautiful Tile Style quilt using 2.5 inch strips of precut fabric (jelly roll). For this project, Jenny chose "Garden Rose" 2.5" Strips by Timeless Treasures, which is a roll that was curated exclusively for Missouri Star! This easy quilt pattern comes together quickly with strips sets. Learn how to measure and sew precut strips with pinked edges.
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Hi everybody, it’s Jenny from the MSQC. And I’ve got a fun project for you today. Take a look at this quilt behind me. Now a lot of people will ask me where I get my ideas and honestly I look at a lot of tile floors. And this is one of those ideas that came from there. And we’re calling this Tile Style. It’s a super easy block and I can’t wait to tell you how to make it. So to make this quilt you’re going to need one roll of 2 ½ inch strips. And we have used Garden Rose by Timeless Treasures. And this is a roll, one of those rolls that is curated especially for Missouri Star and so I love it. It’s beautiful. You’re going to need some background fabric. You’re going to need about a yard and ¾ and that takes care of these center blocks and this first border out here. Your second border out here is a nice big six inch border. And you’ll need a yard and a half for that. Our backing is 4 ¾ yards and we used this beautiful big print on there, just gorgeous, gorgeous quilt, super easy.

So here’s what we’re going to do, we’re going to make two strip sets from our jelly rolls. So we’re going to take our rolls, all of our 2 ½ inch strips and we’re going to make some strip sets. We’re going to make five strip sets that have three in them. So you’re going to choose three contrasting strips so you might want to use your beige and a black and a green and a red and put them together. And you’re going to make a strip set like this that has three strips on it, just like this. And we’re going to sew them together a quarter of an inch . Then you’re going to make five strip sets where they are in a strip set of five. And so we have these right here and you make this big strip set of five. And again you’re just going to lay them right sides together, you’re going to lay your strips together and make sure that there’s some contrast and that you can see, you know, different colors and different play in amongst them. Then what we’re going to do is we’re going to take our background fabric and we’re going to cut squares for our middle. This is the block we’re making right here. And we’re going to cut squares for our middle. The middle of this square happens to be 6 ½ and so I just cut a 6 ½ inch strip and then sub cut that into 6 ½ inch blocks.

So now let me show you how to put the block together because it just comes together so slick. Alright so what we’re going to do is we’re going to take our set of three right here. Now one of the tips, this is a really important tip. When you get your strips, because of this pinked edge on the outside of our pre cuts, not all pre cuts are created equal. They are sometimes a little different sizes. So this one is set up for a 2 ½ inch strip, three times making a 6 ½ inch finished piece that’s going to go with our 6 ½ inch square. And so those all have to match up. So you want to look at your strip. Now if you will look at this strip right here, you will see that it is a full quarter of an inch bigger than 2 ½ if you measure from the outside of the peaks to the outside of the peaks. So on this one you’re going to want to measure from the inside of the peak to the inside of the peak when you sew your strips together. So just look at them. Look at what you’re doing. Measure them to make sure that your sewing line is 2 ½ and they will all go together perfectly.

Alright so here’s our little three set right here. And I am going to fold these together so I can cut two at a time. And so what I’m going to do is I’m going to lay this right here and my edges are matched up. If your edges aren’t matched up, just trim a little line to match them up. I’m using my 2 ½ inch ruler because it just will make a, it’s a perfect cut and the perfect size. And I’m going to cut my whole strip set up and I actually suggest you sew your strips and then go ahead and cut up all the strips and have a pile of your threes and a pile of your fives so that you can mix them all up. And so you’re going to set those aside and make two piles. Now we’re going to cut from our five inch, I mean our five strip set and we’re going to have to straighten up this end. So see how I have all these different little selvedge edges and my pinked edges. I want to make sure that I catch all those in my trim. And I’m going to take my ruler here and I am going to just pull this out just a hair further and we’re going to cut off right here and give us a nice straight edge just like this. Then what we’re going to do is we’re going to go ahead and cut 2 ½ again, all of your threes, all of your fives, they’re all cut at 2 ½ inches just like this. And you’re going to go ahead and cut all of yours and make, you know, have a pile so they’re all mixed up of yours as well.

Alright so let me show you how to make this block because it’s really cool. So we’re going to take our three inch, I mean I’m sorry, our 6 ½ inch block. And we’re going to put the two three strip pieces on either end just like this. And we’re going to sew those down. So let’s go to the sewing machine and do that. And my chair out here. And again you want to make sure they match up. Now if one of your sides is just a little bit bigger, put that one on the bottom. So my strip is just a hair bigger so I’m going to put this over here and I’m going to put my strip on the bottom. Your feed dogs will take in more fabric and so you’ll be able to, you know, if it’s just a little bit off you can make that fit. And so we’re going to sew across here and now we’re going to press these open. And I like to press so that the seam goes toward the middle. When you’re dealing with a lot of little seams like this it just lays down so much nicer if you press toward the center. Alright now we have to put our side pieces on. So I have this piece right here and I have this piece right here and they should just line up exactly. And so what we’re going to do is we’re going to sew these on. Now the one place you want to watch to match up is this seam right here. So just make sure that your seams are nested together, this one and this one over here, these are the two pieces that they actually have a line to match up on because they have to match up on the first row. So we’re going to go ahead and put this on here, like this. And I am going to make sure that I’m lined up and I am. And then the next seam I’m going to worry about is something down here on the other end. Make sure that fits. These don’t have to line up to anything so I can really just kind of sail along. And then we’re going to come over here and do the same thing. We’re going to make sure this, oop. Now this is interesting because I’m using two of the same pieces. So to make this look different, if I put this on here exactly the same it would look the same as this. But if I flip it then you get a different look and so don’t be afraid to flip them around and don’t be afraid to, you know, mix them all up. Alright so now I’m going to put this one and I’m making sure my seams line up and I’m going to make sure this one lines up down here. And then these two are just going to sew over. And then we’re going to press this down. Again I’m going to press my, all my little seams to the center and I’m just going to kind of make it start to go the way I want to on the back and then I’m going to flip it over and make sure that it’s pressed. It’s nice, no creases in those seams. Give it a little bit of steam. Alright.

So this is your block. This is the finished block. Now when you go to put these together what you’re going to do is you’re just going to take your blocks and you’re going to line them up right next to each other and sew them together just like that. And it gives you these tiles that are close together that make that cool sashing around the middle. Now in making this I had several ideas. This inner part here, of course it can be any color that you want it to be and that would be interesting. It would be an interesting place to do some quilting. It might be fun to do an embroidery block. You know like you having a, do an embroidery block and you want to do something a little more interesting around it. That would be fun. Or even an individual block. I mean so this is just a fun pattern to play with. So let’s look at this quilt behind us. We have one, two, three, four, five, six, by one, two, three, four, five, six, so this is basically a square quilt. And it is 75 by 75 so it’s a great size. Great quilt. Super easy. Great way to use a set of strips. And we hope you enjoyed this tutorial on the Tile Style from the MSQC.

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