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The Batik Braid Quilt Tutorial

on Jun 28, 2009 in pattern, quilt, tutorial | 55 comments

Welcome to my Braided Quilt Tutorial. This tutorial is just a “how I did it” and “this is how it turned out” kind of tutorial. The one jelly roll makes a nice lap sized quilt, roughly 50″ square.

Batik Braid Quilt Tutorial by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily DesignThe Batik Braid Quilt Tutorial

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Edited to add- It has been pointed out to me that the math for this tutorial is off a bit, for a standard jelly roll. The jelly roll I used is from Walmart. (My current wallies sold fabric.) I think there might be more strips in their roll or something because I used the math listed below and I even have pieces left over. BUT if you are using a traditional 40 strip jelly roll- you’ll need to divide your 7 x 2.5″ strips {there should be 240 of them} equally in to then start the tutorial. (8 piles of 30 strips OR maybe 6 piles of 40 strips.)
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Create the Batik Braid?Quilt

The following directions are for the quilt I made, with the roll from Walmart. Here’s how it shakes down:

Batik Braid Quilt Tutorial by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Design
I took the plunge and decided to finally cut into my jelly roll pack. I own 5 packs (well, 4 now) But I’ve been hesitant to cut into the beautiful strips… ’til today.

Batik Braid Quilt Tutorial by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily DesignI made the quilt by cutting the jelly rolls into 7″ lengths. (2.5″ x 7″) I then sorted the strips into 7 piles of 40 pieces each.
Batik Braid Quilt Tutorial by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily DesignThen using one stack of 40 at a time, start sewing in the above fashion. I grabbed the strips quite randomly, so the quilt has that absolutely scrappy feel. Stitch them in the order illustrated above, alternating right and left sides.

Holding piece 1 in your left hand, right side up, lay piece 2 on piece one, right side down. Sew that short seam (where piece one is touching piece two) using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Grab a Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide to make sure your 1/4″ seam is always accurate.

Open this piece. Next add piece 3, match right sides, use a 1/4 seam allowance and make sure piece 3’s short edge is in line with piece 2- as in the picture. I hope that helps. Your quilts are looking really cool.

Next you have to trim the long braid. You’ll trim it twice; the sides and the ends. First trim off the triangles on the sides. My strips turned out to be about 8″ wide. (The picture below represents all 40 strips, not just the 10 or so shown.)

Batik Braid Quilt Tutorial by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily DesignNext you’ll need to square up the top and bottom ends. (The picture below represents all 40 strips, not just the 10 or so shown.)Batik Braid Quilt Tutorial by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily DesignThe long strips will not have intersecting seams, so its ok to square off the ends at “the point where you run out of fabric”. Does that make sense?

After the 7 wide braided strips are complete & square, ya just sew them together. When the quilt top is complete, you will need to go back with your rotary cutter and trim the top and bottom edges so they are flush and even with one another.

Go forth and cut into those jelly rolls!!!

Quilting the Batik Braid Quilt

Batik Braid Quilt Tutorial by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Design

It took me a while to decide how I wanted to quilt the Batik Braid quilt. I ultimately decided to treat each column of the quilt as its own individual quilting space.

Batik Braid Quilt Tutorial by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Design

Using a Sulky Blendables Thread thread on top, pink thread in the bobbin, and my domestic home-sewing machine, I free motion quilted?Spineless Feathers on each column. To create the feather:?make a half?heart shape to the right, then a half heart shape to the left. Create each new half heart shape at the “V” of the bottom or top, depending which direction you are quilting. The “V” is the key to the Spineless Feather.

Batik Braid Quilt Tutorial by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Design

You can generally?see quilting better from the back. … but not always.

Batik Braid Quilt Tutorial by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Design

Now you might find this strange- I bought the original jelly roll in 2008 or 2009 in a small town, back when Walmart still carried fabric. I didn’t buy or save any binding fabric. The binding was purchased at Joann fabrics in 2015 and matches pretty darn well. Way to go batik fabric. Well, played.

Batik Braid Quilt Tutorial by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Design

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