March 5, 2018

Fancy That! Quilt Along - Step 1

Yay!  I'm so super excited that it's time to get started on the Fancy That! Quilt Along!  This week, we're going to start with getting our panel/focal fabric blocks ready.

This quilt is designed to use 3 different size blocks:  12, 8, and 4-inches.  That allows for panel blocks in many sizes.  The first step is to decide which category your panels fit best.  You can use up to (15) panels in the 12" size, (28) panels in the 8" size, and (68) panels in the 4" size.

Let's start with the 12" panels and work our way down:

12" Panel Blocks

When you are cutting out your panel blocks, it's important to keep in mind that we are adding borders to them to get them to size and how big those strips will be.  I try to keep it in half inch increments and not at the EXACT finished size, so in this case, try not to trim these to 12".   Anything up to 11-1/2" or go to 12-1/2" exactly, but don't do 12".  Trying to sew such a thin strip to the ends is doable, but difficult.  For example:


I'm using The Adventurers fabric designed by Cori Dantini for Blend Fabrics for my quilt (aren't they cute!) and as in most cases, the panels aren't square.  I trimmed my large squares to 10-1/2" wide  x 11-1/2" high.  Now here's the math that we are using for the sides of the 12" blocks:

13.5 - (cut block width) = x
x divided by 2 = y
cut (2) strips y x block height

In my case that is:

13.5 - 10.5 = 3
3 divided by 2 = 1.5
cut (2) strips 1-1/2" x 11-1/2"

And then we need the strips for the top and bottom:

13.5 - (cut block height) = x
x divided by 2 = y
cut (2) strips y x 12-1/2"

In my case that is:

13.5 - 11.5 = 2
2 divided by 2 = 1
cut (2) strips 1" x 12-1/2"

Doing the math is really the hardest part of the quilt. I've created a project planner for you that you can download here.  It's not nearly as hard as it seems but that should help if you're having trouble.  Here's where we stand:

Now, starting with the sides of your block, sew your strips to the panel using a 1/4" seam.  Then do the top and bottom.  You'll end up with a 12-1/2" square.

I've got a second version going in Valentine's Day themed fabrics too:

8" Panel Blocks

We will be doing the same thing with our medium size blocks.  Trim your blocks to size, anything from 5" to 8-1/2" in half inch increments, skipping 8" if you can.

Originally, I really wasn't paying attention and trimmed to 5" x 8" but caught myself quickly.  Cutting a 3/4" strip to attach to the top and bottom would be doable but no fun at all.  So I trimmed everything to 8-1/2" high by 5" wide.  Here's the math:

9.5 - (cut block width) = x
x divided by 2 = y
cut (2) strips y x block height

In my case that is:

9.5 - 5 = 4.5
4.5 divided by 2 = 2.25
cut (2) strips 2-1/4" x 8-1/2"

And then we need the strips for the top and bottom:

9.5 - (cut block height) = x
x divided by 2 = y
cut (2) strips y x 8-1/2"

In my case, I cut mine to the needed height, so no strip on top and bottom is needed.

8.5 - 8.5 = 0
0 divided by 2 = 0
no strips needed

Attach your strips to the sides then the tops and bottoms.

And my second set:

4" Panel Blocks

In my case, I had a perfect focal fabric to play in this spot, so I cut some blocks to 4-1/2" and called it good.

But you may have some small prints that would look cute in these small blocks.  So let's assume you have some cute 2-1/2" squares that will play nicely in the small blocks.  Here's your math:

5.5 - (cut block width) = x
x divided by 2 = y
cut (2) strips y x block height

In my case that is:

5.5 - 2.5 = 3
3 divided by 2 = 1.5
cut (2) strips 1-1/2" x 2-1/2"

And then we need the strips for the top and bottom:

5.5 - (cut block height) = x
x divided by 2 = y
cut (2) strips y x 4-1/2"

In my case that is:

5.5 - 2.5 = 3
3 divided by 2 = 1.5
cut (2) strips 1-1/2" x 4-1/2"

And that's it for the first week of our quilt along!  Just get your panel blocks made and bordered.  I know not everyone is good at math.  I promise this is the most complicated that it gets and I'm hoping the worksheet helps those of you that get confused.  If you have any questions at all, please let me know!  I'll be glad to help out!  Can't wait to see your panels.  Please use #FancyThatQAL on your pics so I can see!!

We're going to keep this quilt along laid back, so every two weeks.  I'll have your next step posted on 3/19!!!

March 1, 2018

Fancy That! Quilt Along Fabric Choices

I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am for this quilt along!  Are y'all ready???  It took me longer to post my fabric choices than I expected because.....Blend Fabrics so graciously agreed to send The Adventurer's fabric by Cori Dantini for my use!  And.....they sent enough that I have some to share!! :)  Isn't this fun?!?

If you've been a follower of my little spot in blogland for any length of time, you know that I am a HUGE fan of Cori Dantini.  She is a wonderful artist and her fabrics pull at my heartstrings.  That being said, how perfect are these:

 The Adventurer's by Blend Fabric

Those will be some of my larger focal fabrics.  Now look at these:

 The Adventurer's by Blend Fabric

The little pirates!  I can't even!  These will play well into the spaces for smaller focal fabrics.  And then we have my supporting fabrics:

 The Adventurer's by Blend Fabrics

Y'all, I know exactly which little boy is getting this quilt and can I just say, it's going to be fantastic!  I might have trouble parting with this one.

Now I've decided that we will do the giveaway at the end of our quilt along.  To be entered, all you'll need to do is link up a picture of your finished top! :)  Play along, and you'll have a great chance to win!

Remember, here is the original Fancy That:

 Fancy That

And here is another version (still need a better pic, forgive me) without the panel prints, just larger focal designs:

 Fancy That

I've already got a modified version about halfway done piecing using a Valentine's theme that I'll be sharing along our journey and my sister is going to make another version so you can see yet another take!

March 5th!!!  I'll say it again, "Are y'all ready?!?"

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts, My Quilt Infatuation, and Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

February 14, 2018

Fancy That Quilt Along! - Fabric Requirements

Are y'all ready?!?  I've been so excited about this, trying to work out all the details.  I truly hope you'll join me on this one.  You'll love it, I promise!

I am providing the instructions in the quilt along for a twin size quilt, 60" x 84" without borders, 68" x 92" with borders.  Today I'm going to give you the fabric requirement.  This is a very "organic" pattern in that it's going to be different for everyone.  The list below is going under the assumption that you aren't using ANY focal fabrics at all, just straightforward pieced blocks throughout. 

About the focal fabrics.  As you can see in my sample, I designed this to work with your hoarded focal fabrics, ranging in size from 2-1/2" to 12-1/2".  I'll walk you through getting them into the quilt.  Just start searching your stash and finding those much-loved pieces and, if you'd like, a complimentary fabric that will work for bordering them.  

You can see that on my focal blocks, I used complementary fabrics.  You can also choose to use fabrics that you're already using in the quilt for the stars, churn dash, or pinwheels.  If that's the case, you will want to add some additional yardage.  This is a very fat quarter friendly quilt.  You can choose to use a myriad of fat quarters instead of yardage.  THAT'S FINE!  This is your quilt.  Choose what makes you happy. 

As stated, I'm going to provide you with the instructions for this quilt in a twin size.  There is also a queen size and I'm working on getting lap and crib sizes done too.  I'll make these available in a pattern in my shop when we kick off the quilt along.

I'm planning Monday releases for each step of the quilt and we will start on MARCH 5!  I'm so, so excited!  I can't wait to see what you're working with.  I think we will start sharing our fabric pulls next Monday with a linky party.  I'll show you what focal fabric I'm going with.

Let's get this party started!!