Good morning! Are y’all ready for Part 2 of this series? I spent most of yesterday writing and rewriting the original pattern. This is how it goes with me. One of the reasons I love my graph paper and pencils. Things could change so much in just a short amount of time. The fabric requirements haven’t changed a terrible lot. It’s still pretty easy and simple. I added a small difference to the pattern and now, the finished quilt will measure 80″ x 106″. Just a titch smaller in width than what a queen sized quilt requires. I may do more to make it extend out. We’ll see.
The original fabric requirements were:
- Black/Dark Green: 2 yards
- Green: 1/2 yard
- White: 1 1/4 yard
- Green #2: 3/4 yard and (1 1/3 yard for border) ( 2 1/8 total)
- First border (1/3 yard) and binding (5/8 yard), different black color: 1 yard
My modified version requires:
- Black/Dark Green: 2 1/4 yards
- Green: 7/8 yard
- White: 5/8 yard
- Green #2: 2 1/4 yard
See? Not so very different and I went from 62″ x 86″ to 80″ x 106″. How did I do it? Let’s begin.
When we finished last week, I had you creating the (24) 12 1/2″ blocks. I’ll show you how I created them – they are not finished being sewn together but that was because I was redesigning the pattern. It took two and a half hours, from start to finish, to get these blocks read for assembly. That’s creating the 9-patches and the HSTs and lining them up on my design wall to be sewn together.
First, we create the 9-Patches.In the first step, I sewed 5 blacks to 5 greens. This preps me for the second step.
I used strip piecing and chain piecing in conjunction with each other. Strip piecing means I sewed the long strips of 2 1/2″ x WOF pieces and then will cut them into 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ when done. Chain piecing means I did multiples of them at a time and then trimmed the threads and cut them apart.
Here you can see the pieces ready for cutting into 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″. I added the black to the other side of the green for 3 of the sets and the green to the other side of the black for 2 of the sets.
Cutting them into their pieces. I need (24) GREEN/BLACK/GREEN and (48) BLACK/GREEN/BLACK measuring at 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″.
Taking them back to the sewing table to chain piece them together. Makes things move right along smoothly. For ironing, I ironed to the black and/or double black every time.
All done. (24) 9-Patches out of the black and green colors.
The HSTs were done very similar. I had (24) sets of black/white cut at 6 7/8″ x 6 7/8″ and sewed all down one side, cut them apart (the tiny threads connecting them) and then flipped to sew all down the other side. After, I cut on the line drawn from corner to corner, ironed open and trimmed to 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″.
All done. Ready to be sewn together!
I want to make this quilt bigger. It will not be exactly what people expect for a queen sized quilt but it just might work for me. We’ll find out.
The above is the placement of our blocks. A is a straight block, B is turned. Look at the original picture if you need help. Right now, we know that each block is 12″ finished. So, we just add it up. There are 4 blocks across (12″ x 4 = 48″) and six blocks down (12″ x 6 = 72″).
Yes. I wrote notes on the graph paper to help me remember to show you different parts and pieces.
Sashing? Really! Yes. Sashing.
It would make a great throw quilt or a quilt you take to the beach/river with your family.
What if I added a 2″ sashing between all the blocks? If you look, you’ll see I wrote the 12’s and the 2’s above and beside the blocks. This helps me in counting how big the quilt would be if I did do the sashing. I am constantly writing notes on my paper and later erasing them.
This is true. If you look at the original, the blocks grouped together create a secondary pattern. I don’t want to completely destroy that, so I will put sashing around four blocks, not around every block. Time to redraw!
Tada! Again, notice the little notes to myself so I can add up the total size of the quilt as I go. This also helps with measuring the fabric need for what I plan to do. Here, we’ll need to add in (3) 2 1/2″ x 24 1/2″ and (2) 2 1/2″ x 50 1/2″. I am going to use the same green I used for the 6 1/2″ squares. I think it will give it a rather unique look. Add this amount of fabric on page 4 of this pattern, Fabric Requirements, under the Green #2 color.
To finish off what we’re doing and give it a “stopping” point, I am going to take the same green as the first border of the quilt. So, we’ll need an additional (2) 2 1/2″ x 76 1/2″ and (2) 2 1/2″ x 54 1/2″ of the same Green #2. Again, add this amount of fabric under Green #2 on the Fabric Requirements page of our pattern.
This is my progress as of right now. I haven’t done the top or bottom borders. Let’s pick this up again next Tuesday, shall we? I’m going to review my math just to be sure it’s good to go.