28 minutes ago
Monday, 24 January 2011
single girl quilt along
Who wants to join in with Nova, Megan and me? This quilt has been on my list of must do quilts for some time. I started cutting templates almost a year ago, then gave up, and ignored them. I even mentioned starting a quilt along back then, but it never happened. Fortunately I've got 2 friends to help this time round and together we'll hold your hand through each step and have even set up a support group on flickr for more hand holding (and progress reports). The group is set to private - but just request an invite if you'd like to join. You don't have to make a full quilt if you don't feel ready to take that step - Nova is making a pillow (she has already made 2 twin size quilts, so she's practically an expert), but if you do sign up to play along make at least a pillow - you'll be glad you did!
To play along you will need the following -
* the single girl quilt pattern (there's a list of stockists at the bottom of the post)
* lightweight card stock or template plastic to make the templates
* a pencil for marking your fabrics (if you use dark fabrics a silver pencil or silver gel pen is a great tool)
* fabric scissors (yes - you have to cut those fabrics the old fashioned way with scissors)
* paper scissors (for cutting the templates)
* fabric - the requirements for each size are listed below;
Baby size (4 blocks) :: 43 x 50" :: 1/8 yard each of 31 or 36 fabrics for rings :: 2 1/2 yards of background fabric
Twin (12 blocks) :: 64 x 88" :: 1/8 yard each of 31 or 36 fabrics for rings :: 5 1/2 yards of background fabric
Queen (16 blocks) :: 85 x 92" :: 1/4 yard of 31 or 36 fabrics for rings :: 7 yards of background fabric
King (20 blocks) 106 x 92" :: 1/4 yard of 31 or 36 fabrics for rings :: 8 1/2 yards of background fabric
Scrap lovers - you will need strips of scraps that are at least 3 1/2" wide
*EDIT* - Rosie made a single girl with 9 blocks and used a layer cake for her rings by being very careful with her cutting and placement.
This quilt is probably not the most beginner friendly pattern, but it's not actually difficult - the worst part is the preparation, once you've got all your templates marked and cut out and your fabrics cut it's actually a pretty straightforward pattern. Curved piecing is also very forgiving to slight hiccups, so don't be afraid to give it a whirl. Remember - we are on hand to help out.
Another person on hand is Miss Denyse herself, she said she'll be watching how we're all doing and if we need any clarification on any of the steps to just ask.
We are kicking off with our first post on this blog on Valentine's day (awwww) February 14th, so you have until then to go shopping for your patterns and pick out fabrics. The schedule is listed below.....
14th February - my blog - marking and cutting
21st February - Megan's blog - piecing rings
28th February - Nova's blog - sewing the curves
7th March - my blog - assembly
14th March - Nova's blog - marking the quilting design and hand quilting
21st March - everyone's blog - wrap it up!
You can buy the patterns from these fabulous stores (amongst others).....
Pink Chalk Fabrics
Wish Upon a Quilt (on sale there!)
Blue is Bleu (free US shipping!)
The Stock Room
What are you waiting for? Go buy your pattern, get your solids ordered, choose your fabrics, let's make a quilt!
Looking for solids? You can't get more efficient than Sue at Simply Solid Fabric on etsy and for my UK peeps check out the fabulous Mandy at Simply Solids, Lizzet at The Fabric Loft or Alice at Backstitch
Posted by Katy Jones at 09:33
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