Thursday, February 3, 2011

Happy Quilting Quilt-A-Long Fabric Requirements

Hello All you Happy Quilters!!!  Are you ready to get going????  Cause we are off!!!  I am excited to announce, that at the conclusion of the Quilt-A-Long, all those that have finished their quilt-top will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $25.00 gift Certificate to Burgundy Buttons!!  Yippee Skippee!!

 It was unanimous to do the Variation design!! I will show some more of these layouts in different sizes and different colors at the end to give you some more ideas and help you decide what size you want to do :)

This is the 4 x 4 block layout so it would measure 68 x 68

So I sat down and worked out some fabric requirements.  Now, the fun of this quilt-a-long is that you can make the size quilt you want with the fabric you want.  So don't get overwhelmed when you see these fabric requirements, I am just trying to give all the options for everyone!!

I know this is a little small.  You can click on it to see a larger version :)

Okay, so here is the key to reading this little chart :)

  SIZE is the appx size of the quilt when put together.  This does not include borders!  If you want to change the size around a bit to make a desired size larger you can always add some borders to make it the exact size you want.

BLOCKS are the row x column layout of the quilt in blocks.

The next 3 columns are the different ways to pick your colored fabrics - Only use 1 Column!!

#5" Squares - This is if you want to do a scrappy version of the quilt.  The number of squares listed in the size you want are the number of 5" squares you will need to put your top together.

Pre-Cut Needs - If you plan on using pre-cuts (which this is designed around for convenience and will be what I use) this is the list of what pre-cuts you will be needing.

Yardage in Inches - So this one is a little trickier but not bad.  Each number is the total number of inches you will need.  However, you will want to get these in several different prints, right.  And you also need to remember that you will be cutting 5" squares so you want to keep your purchases in 5" increments.  So I figure an example is the best way to show how to use this.

If I were making a 4 x 4 layout I need a total of 120 inches.  Now I want to decide on how many different prints I want.  Lets say 8.  So I divide 120/8 and get that I need 15 inches of each print.  That is equal to 5" increments so boom!  I would get 15 " or 1/2 yard of 8 different prints.  For the sake of things not coming out perfect, lets say I wanted 7 prints instead of 8.  I would divide 120/7 and get 17 1/2" inches of each print.  Obviously, the 2 1/2 inches extra will do me no good.  So I can either get 20 inches of all the prints and have some extra or I can get 15 inches of 3 prints and 20 inches of 4 prints and just have some prints slightly more used than the others.

I hope this makes sense.  If not, please do not hesitate to email me and I can help you figure out exactly what you need :)  I like doing that kind of math :)

Sashing Needs - Regardless of what kind of way you want to get your colored fabrics you will need to also purchase the sashing requirements for your desired needs.  I will probably go with a solid but you are welcome to pick any sashing you like.  Just make sure it will contrast :)

So . . . .  Did that all make sense???  If not, don't hesitate to email me.  Now, as I mentioned before, Burgundy Buttons is hosting our little Quilt-A-Long!!!  Yippee Skippee for Burgundy Buttons!!!  Leah has agreed to give 10% off your total purchase for your Quilt-A-Long supplies.  Simply add the following code to your order before checkout.

Not valid on previous purchases, special orders, exclusive offers, Bella solids or other items as listed in their item or special promotion detail.  Cannot be used in combination with another promotion code.  Promotion code valid until 2/10/11 midnight, CST.

So here we go!!!  Go ahead and decide on your size and then get your fabric rounded up.  I will give you a bit of time to do this.  I will be ordering mine today or tomorrow, I am so excited!!  I will be using Giddy by Sandy Grieves.  I love the adorable pinks, browns, and aqua!!  What a great combo!!!

So as promised earlier, here are some of the layouts :)  Leah, over at Burgundy Buttons is also working up some designs featuring collections she has in stock and I will be adding them as soon as she has them finished.  Just to give you some ideas of what you can put together :)

This is the 2 x 2 block layout so it would measure 34 x 34 
This is the 3 x 3 block layout so it would measure 51 x 51

This is the 3 x 4 block layout so it would measure 51 x 68

This is the 4 x 5 block layout so it would measure 68 x 85

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  1. I have a layer cake of ''Dream On'', so I'll head out to pick up coordinating yardage today :) I guess I'll be doing the 3x3 block layout!

  2. This will be great, I have some great fabric I just bought, will be great for this.
    Do you have a blog button for this?
    Take care Leslie

  3. Can you tell us how wide the sashing will be cut? Any chance a jelly roll would work? I'm sure I could figure out an estimate, but since you already know, I thought it would be easier to ask!

  4. Oh Dear, just bought my fabic just like yours. Since I am a real beginner, I need to follow everything you do. I am so excited.

  5. Yay! I am curious too about whether a jelly roll will work for the sashing...

  6. Unfortunately, this is not a very friendly jelly roll quilt. They won't work for the sashing :)

  7. Hmmmm to use a layer cake I already have or to go shopping. That is the question. I definitely need to buy some sashing fabric either way. I'm going to have to think this over because I was naughty and just bought some fabrics this morning that I don't think will work for this project. hmmmm

  8. Wow! Melissa, you have done a ton of work for this! Your chart is amazing, thank you so much! I went through my fabric today, and pulled out everything I need, including backing and binding from my stash. So excited to make such a great quilt and bust through a bunch of stash doing it! Yippee!

  9. How cool. You DID do a lot of work here to make this super easy for us. I am glad that you am doing this with you. No off to figure out what fabric I want to use.

  10. Thank you for showing all the options - it's so helpful for a beginner like me to understand :)
    I think I will make the 2X2 block as a baby quilt.

  11. I like the solids in the blue and in the orange/red sample. I am not sure which one I like better. I want to do the square 4X4 size.

  12. looks like I'm doing the 5x5 as I have 2 jelly rolls and a King size bed. This is my second quilt, the previous one I designed myself. I take it the sashing isn't shown in your diagrams? Do we need that straight away, or can we get it a little later?

  13. Rachelle. Jelly Rolls won't work for this project as you need to have 5" squares. It is more of a charm pack / Layer cake quilt. I am sorry. The sashing is the last column in the chart :)

  14. I might still give it a go doing the blocks smaller and work out the rest as I go; it'll be a variation on your variation ;)

  15. Rachelle, That would work out fine. Little tiny triangles, so cute!!! And they will be easier to make than you anticipate :)

  16. Great! I might make this up in Christmas fabric....

  17. i just came here via Stash Manicure...I think I'd love to jump in..this is fun!


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