Fabric chosen… check!

October 7, 2011 § 10 Comments

mostly stash fabric

Have you chosen your fabric for the Carpenter’s Wheel QAL yet?

Part of the reason for making this quilt is to just use up some of the fabric already in my stash. So I just went through my stash and pulled a few. There might be a couple that are a little too dark in value, but I’ll have to see what it starts looking like when I begin cutting the fabrics.  I decided against string piecing the diamond shapes…  too much work for me at the moment!  I need fast and easy.

I’m making the big 7″ strip diamonds for the largest quilt option.  And my plan is each diamond shape will be a different fabric.  That means 32 different fabrics for the star portion and 4 more for the corner blocks… if I decide to make the corner blocks.

How is the choosing of your fabrics going?  Any questions that have come up so far?

Next week I’ll talk about cutting the strips.  I was planning on doing it this week, but the week has gotten away from me. Yesterday afternoon was spent waiting for my car to be serviced. Booo.

EDITED TO ADD:  Oh yeah, and by the way… I will explain the Y-seams method and the half-square triangle method of assembly.  Don’t worry. You all will do fine.  And one of these days I will make an official QAL page.

Carpenter’s Wheel QAL

October 3, 2011 § 17 Comments

It’s about time we made our way back to this block called the Carpenter’s Wheel.  Wanna have a quick Quilt-Along before the holiday busyness sets in? Then we can do a more proper lengthy quilt-along starting in January. How does that sound?

My original post on how to draft this block is over here.  I intend to make one giant block the size of a good throw quilt.  What I’m debating about is if I want to make the diamond shape one whole fabric or if I want to use up some of my long skinny scraps and make them scrappy like the Liberated Wedding Ring blocks I have been making. I haven’t completely decided what I want to do just yet.

Let’s take the next week or so to decide the size we want to make and how we want to make the block…AND… gather our fabric.  I’ll offer you 3 different sizes from which to choose. Or you can play around with any size in-between. It’s up to you.  I’ll show you how to rotary cut one diamond in the next post and then you can play from that point on.

Here’s a button for you.  Right click on the button above and save the image to your computer.

This is Option 1:

  • You will cut 7″ strips of fabric.  (I’ll show you how to strip cut this in the next post.)
  • The finished size of the quilt will be 63″ x 63″.
  • You will need approximately 2 1/2 yards of fabric in a variety of prints for the star portion.
  • You will need approximately 2 1/2 yards of background fabric.

This is Option 2:

  • You will cut 4″ strips of fabric for the diamonds
  • The finished size of 1 block will be 33.75″ x 33.75″.  You have the option of making 4 blocks to make a bigger quilt.
  • You will need approximately 1 yard of each a variety of prints for the star portion and the background fabric for ONE BLOCK.
  • Multiply 1 yard times the  number of blocks you want to make for the complete yardage needed.
  • Additional yardage will be needed for sashing if you choose to add that.

This is Option 3:

  • You can use 2 1/2″ strips of fabric for the diamonds.  Got some leftover strips from a Jelly Roll? Perfect! Or just use scraps.
  • The finished size of 1 block will be 19.5″ x 19.5″. You have the option of making as many blocks as you want for a bigger quilt. 1 block would be a great mini, 4 blocks would be a good baby quilt, or 9 blocks would be a nice throw. You decide.
  • You will need approximately 1/2 yard of each a variety of prints for the star portion and the background fabric for ONE BLOCK.
  • Multiply 1/2 yard times the number of blocks you want to make for the complete yardage needed. Maybe just a smidge less if you are making lots of blocks.  There may be a little bit of waste from each block that could be utilized.
  • Additional yardage will be needed for sashing if you choose to add that.

Ready to dive in?  Great! Come on over and post your fabric choices, progress, and finished quilts in the Bloomin’ Workshop Flickr group.

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