Sunday, July 5, 2009

Quilt A-Long

A group of ladies from a yahoo group I belong to are going to be inspiring each other to complete a Disappearing 9-Patch quilt this summer. I offered to come up with a schedule for us (even though I’ve never hosted, or participated in, a quilt-along.) And once done, I thought wouldn’t it be fun to post this on my blog. So if there’s anyone lurking along that would like to join us, please do! And if you’ve never made a quilt before, but want to join us, jump aboard - with minimal fabric cutting this is a good beginner project.

We’ll be starting Sunday July 5th. And if everything goes according to plan, we’ll have completed quilts before the end of August.

I hope to have each week’s update posted sometime Sunday evening (while watching Law & Order CI and In Plain Sight, so please forgive typos.)

Week 1: July 5 – July 11 Gather Supplies
Week 2: July 12 – July 18 Cut Fabrics
Week 3: July 19 – July 25 Sew 9-patches
Week 4: July 26 – August 1 Cut 9-patches & assemble quilt top
Week 5 & 6: August 2 – August 15 Quilt (and catch-up)
Week 7: August 16 – August 22 Binding


Week 1 – Gather Supplies
July 5 – July 11

Our list of basic supplies includes:

  • Scissors

  • Rotary Cutter, Cutting Ruler and Self-Healing Mat

  • Thread

  • Straight Pins

  • Iron and Ironing Board (and in my personal opinion – spray starch)

  • Sewing Machine - Ok – you really don’t need a sewing machine, but it makes the sewing and piecing so much easier.

  • Fabric

Since we’re not all making the same quilt, only using the same method, and some will be using charm squares, while others are cutting their own “charms”, I really don’t have a list of how much fabric you'll need. For my quilt, I’ll be using a combination of Charm Squares (3 packs with 33 charms in each pack) and Kona white fabric that I’ll be cutting into 5” squares. I did come up with some general finished quilt sizes and number of charms needed to help you along (all of this is based on using 5” charms).

52” x 52” = 144 charms
58.5” x 58.5” = 189 charms
58.5” x 71.5” = 225 charms
65” x 65” = 225 charms

Want to see what fabrics I'm working with? I have 3 Oh Cherry Oh charm packs in my stash that I'll be pairing with some white Kona cotton.


Kell said...

Sounds like a fun little project. I really like the fabric choice. its gonna be so cute!

Cathy said...

Oh this would be so much fun!!! I am so busy right now to join in the fun but if you do it again, I would love to participate. I will keep watching for now!!

Mitzi said...

I started a D9P a year or so ago. Got caught up with life and let it go. Maybe this will help me get going on it again. I was using black Kona for the center square, a goldish tan and animal prints for the 4 outside corners. My plan was to have each 9 patch with a different animal print. Thats one reason it has taken me a long time..I keep finding prints I don't have...hahaha
I will be joining you all for this one.
Mitzi in NC