Lasagna Quilt Patterns

The concept of a lasagna quilt became popular in the early 2000’s. These quilts are made from leftover strips and they are simple enough for a beginner quilter to put together in a few hours. Speed cutting and strip piecing make lasagnalasagna quilts quick and easy.
Being a beginner quilter and perhaps having no leftover strips is no problem when starting these quilts, as lasagna type quilts can be sewn with pre-cut strips for sale at quilt shops. These groups of fabric are called “jelly rolls” and they are normally strips cut from the cross-grain of the fabric, being approximately 45 inches long and generally 2 ½ inches wide. These strips are rolled together and sold in packages that usually contain approximately 40 strips of two and a half-inch wide fabric. One of these rolls is enough to make a medium sized quilt. For larger quilts, more fabric is necessary.

Fabric For Lasagna Quilts

Lasagna quilts get their name from being sewn from these long and narrow strips, like the pasta noodles. The strips from the store-bought jelly rolxls are normally color coordinated, containing fabrics from a particular color collection. If that’s the case, then separate the fabric strips from the same fabric to randomize color and print lasagnaplacement. If making it from leftover strips from other projects or scraps, cut the strips 2 ½ inches wide from the cross grain of the fabric, folding it twice and pressing it as usual to cut using a rotary cutter, ruler and mat. If using a jelly roll, it is best not to prewash the fabric, as it can fray. If need be it’s best to rinse the dark colors or colors that might bleed in a lukewarm pan of water, swishing them gently and hanging them to air dry. Never attempt to dry pre-cut strips in the dryer. Lasagna quilts can be made from fabric in related color families, such as pastels or brights, they can combine large and small prints, or made totally scrappy by using all sorts of odds and ends of different colors and prints. Just make sure when sewing strips together or sewing rows of strips, to keep alike colors and prints away from each other.

Piecing a Lasagna Quilt

Once all fabrics are cut and laid next to the sewing machine by groups by color, prepare several bobbins ahead of time. You will be sewing a lot of inches of seam and you will need more than one bobbin. The strips need to be sewn together to create one long strip, end to end on their short side first. Some lasagna quilts use straight seams, where the two strips are sewn together on the two and a half inch side just one quarter inch from the ends, while others use a diagonal seam, as the ones used when making quilt binding. The option is personal. If sewing the diagonal seam, lay the two strips right sides together at a ninety degree angle, mark the diagonal line on the angle slightly with a pencil and sew on the mark. Then trim the ends to one-quarter inch from the pencil mark. Press or finger press the seam. Continue sewing strips to make one long lasagna strip. In order to make a quilt approximately 64 inches long by 55 inches wide, you will need 1.600 inches of running strip.

At this point, when all the lasagna strips are sewn into a long strip, and if making a medium sized 55 inch wide quilt, find the beginning and the end of the lasagna strip and offset them by about eighteen inches, in order to randomize lasagnathe seams. Join them right sides together and sew by using a quarter-inch seam allowance, until you get close to the middle of the strip. You will have sewn a seam that is roughly 800 inches long. Snip it open, finish the seam and repeat the same procedure, finding the beginning and end of the unit composed by the two strips, and sewing them right sides together once again. The seam will be 400 inches long this time. Just as before, snip the middle open when you get to it, and repeat a total of five times, at which time you will have turned the long lasagna strip into a top that is roughly 55 inches wide and 64 inches long. When it is all sewn together, you will have to press all the long seams before layering to quilt as desired.

If making a wider lasagna quilt, a little math is necessary in order to figure out the total length of the initial strip. Conversely, one can simply cut strips and sew them into one long strip that is roughly the same width as the desired quilt top width. Make as many strips as needed to achieve the desired quilt’s length. Remember to randomize colors and seams, so they don’t stack on top of each other.

And there is yet another method to lasagna quilts. Prepare the quilt’s batting and backing in advance and hold the two layers together by sparingly using spray adhesive. Sew the lasagna strips into long strips of the desired width of the quilt. Pin the first long strip to the backing-batting layer, with the right side facing you and the wrong side facing the batting. Pin the second strip over the first one, wrong sides together and sew using a quarter inch seam allowance on the batting-backing sandwich. When the seam is complete, all the layers are quilted together. Flip open and place the third long strip over the strip you just sewed and do exactly as before. When all the strips are sewn onto the batting-backing, the quilt is ready to be trimmed and bound, already quilted.

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