It has been great fun to hear about everyone’s fabric choices and now it is time to put in a new rotary blade and start cutting!
For the throw-sized quilt, I used a beautiful fat quarter bundle supplied by Moda Fabrics of Zen Chic’s Filigree plus yardage of white (Moda 9900-200) for the background. I love the shades of gray with the golden yellow color. The design on the fabrics were very fun too – the dandelion like flower is my favorite!
Pages 3 and 4 from the Loves Me, Loves Me Not pattern contain all the cutting instructions you need for the throw-sized quilt (page 3) and the baby-sized (page 4). The background fabric section includes the instructions for all the background units required for the blocks plus the units required for sashing and the outer borders. Likewise, for the 3 primary fabrics – dark gray, light gray, and gold – the instructions contain all the units you will need for all the blocks in the pattern.
If you are cutting from yardage, you can work directly from those pages depending on the size quilt you are making.
As the pattern designer, I truly enjoy seeing how a quilter brings their own personality and stash to a quilt so here are some tips if you aren’t working with yardage!
Using scraps? The individual block instructions (pages 5-13) each contain the units you will need to cut in order to make a single block along with how many blocks of that type you need to make for each of the quilt sizes. Use the instructions on pages 3 or 4 to cut your background units then use each of the individual block instruction pages to cut from your scraps.
Using fat quarters? The individual block instructions (pages 5-13) each contain the units you will need to cut in order to make a single block along with how many blocks of that type you need to make for each of the quilt sizes. Use the instructions on pages 3 or 4 to cut your background units. For primary fabric, cut strips from a fat quarter that matches the dimension of a specific unit in the first block and sub-cut that strip for the units you will need. (For best results, orient your fat quarter so the cut strips are 18″ long.) My quilt used four unique dark gray fat quarters, two unique light gray and three unique gold.
Unsure which size quilt you are making? Start with the cutting instructions for the baby-sized but do not cut the strips for sashing and for outer borders. Perhaps use a highlighter to mark those instructions to make it easier to find them when you come back to later.
Want to use one background fabric for sashing and borders and another for blocks? The cutting instructions clearly mark the units required for sashing and border so consider using a two different highlighters to help you remember which to cut in which background fabric. For throw-sized quilt, you will need 1 1/2 yards for sashing and border. For the baby-sized quilt, you will need 3/4 yard.
Yardage, fat quarters or scraps – leave a comment and let me know what you are sewing with!
Next Monday, February 6, we work on our first block – the Wedding Ring – and I will share a tip about the scant quarter inch plus tell you all about our next sponsor giveaway!
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