It’s been a busy weekend here at the studio… so busy that I got sidetracked and forgot I was posting today! I finally turned on the sewing machine, after 90 days away from it, and I’m thrilled to be sewing again.
Since last Thursday, I’ve really been trying to deal with the UFOs that I selected from the list, but I’ve been much busier than that. Once I started actually touching things in the studio, I couldn’t stop.
I may have overdone it judging by how my back has been complaining, but it’s a good feeling – having your back hurt from activity rather than hurting only because of something that happened 3 months ago.
Of the 5 UFOs I chose last week, 1 got put back on the shelf (I’ve got an idea for what I want to do now, but not ready to start cutting), and 1 got dismantled & put in the pile for adoption this summer.
3 projects got backing and binding made & are in the quilt closet ready to be quilted:
The last one – Carousel – is going to be worked on until it’s finished. I’ve decided to turn Carousel into a Quilt Along, so if you’re interested in joining, there are details below.
Carousel Fat Quarter Bustin’ Quilt Along
Block Size: 8″ x 8″ finished (8-1/2″ unfinished)
Unit Size: 2″ finished (2-1/2″ unfinished)
Sashing Size: 4″ x 8″ finished (4-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ unfinished)
Dies Needed (EDeN Notation): STR-2, STR-4, HST-2 (STR-2 1/2 is optional to subcut for HST-2)
How the Quilt Along Works
If you’ve got fat quarters or other miscellaneous scraps that you want to use up, I think this is a great project, and I’m happy to share with you how to make the blocks and put the quilt together. There is no fee for this quilt along, but I always appreciate when you support my efforts by shopping in my store.
I’ll post new steps here every other Sunday, with my planned Sunday Summary posts. That should be enough time for us all to get a bit done on our quilts, and I’ll just keep posting my progress until I’m finished. I’ll do some photo tutorials for those who need them, but if you have questions, the best thing to do is join my Facebook Group, Quilt Along with Ebony Love, and post there!
- Crib Size (40″ x 40″):
- 9 blocks
- 3/4 total yards of print (3-4 fat quarters)
- 1-1/2 total yards of neutral (6-8 fat quarters)
- 2-3/4 yards backing (11-12 fat quarters)
- 1/3 yard binding (2 fat quarters)
- Throw Size (64″ x 64″):
- 25 blocks total
- 1-3/4 total yards of print (7-8 fat quarters)
- 3-1/2 total yards of neutral (14-16 fat quarters)
- 4 yards backing (16 fat quarters)
- 1/2 yards binding (2 fat quarters)
- Twin Size (64″ x 88″):
- 35 blocks total
- 2-1/4 total yards of print (9-10 fat quarters)
- 4-3/4 total yards of neutral (18-20 fat quarters)
- 5-1/2 yards backing (22 fat quarters)
- 5/8 yards binding (3 fat quarters)
- Queen Size (88″ x 88″):
- 49 blocks total
- 3-1/4 total yards of print (13-15 fat quarters)
- 6-1/2 total yards of neutral (26-28 fat quarters)
- 8 yards backing (32 fat quarters)
- 5/8 yards binding (3 fat quarters)
- King Size (100″ x 112″):
- 72 blocks total
- 4-1/4 total yards of print (17-20 fat quarters)
- 9-1/4 total yards of neutral (37-40 fat quarters)
- 10 yards backing (40 fat quarters)
- 7/8 yards binding (4 fat quarters)
I started this quilt back in 2012, and at the time I had a fat quarter collection, jelly roll, and assorted yardage of Kate Spain’s Fandango line. This line was actually from 2010, so already the fabric was 2 years old by the time I began. The neutral I’m using is Kona Sand, but feel free to do this scrappy or go in a totally different direction.
I originally intended it to be a 52″ x 52″ quilt, but I still have tons of fabric left, and my goal is to pretty much empty the studio of Kate Spain fabrics. (This is nothing against Kate; it’s really just a challenge to myself to do everything I can to use up all the fabric that I set aside for this project.)
I’m making the king-sized version of this quilt, and assuming there is fabric left over, I’m going to add pillowcases to the mix. And even though my bed is a queen, it’s a super-deep pillow top mattress and I wanted enough to hang over the sides and add some overhang.
Just think… after 14 years of quilting, I may actually have a quilt that fits on my bed!
If you have a stash, I encourage you to use it for this quilt. If you want more variety in your blocks, use as many fat quarters as you want to cut the individual pieces, and just use whatever is leftover to piece into your quilt back.
If you have smaller scraps that aren’t fat quarters, that will work too! You basically need one print for the HSTs in the block, one print for the squares in the block, a neutral for the background, and then a bunch of random prints for the four-patches used as cornerstones in the sashing. And I suppose if you really wanted, you could do all the HSTs scrappy and be just fine.
I’ll give instructions for making the quilt sizes above, but if you want anything else – borders, different block calculations, an actual written pattern to print out… you are on your own. This is just a UFO for me that I want to get finished, and I’m happy for us to quilt together, but please don’t make this more work for me than it already is. Let’s just have fun making this quilt!
What to Do Right Now
How about going into your stash and picking out the scraps and fat quarters you want to use? Find that perfect neutral for your quilt (or several). Wash your fabrics if you’re into that sort of thing, and press all the wrinkles out to get them ready for cutting. See you in 2 weeks!
Carousel Quilt AlongBelow are links to all the posts for the Carousel UFO Quilt Along - so you can catch up on anything you've missed!
|Post Date||Post Name||Post Contents|
|April 22nd, 2015||Let’s Quilt Wednesday: Selecting Five UFOs and Deciding Their Fate||Announcing the Carousel Quilt Along|
|April 26th, 2015||Summary Sunday: Carousel Quilt Along and UFO Progress||Fabric requirements for the quilt, in five sizes|
|May 10th, 2015||Summary Sunday: A Bustle in the Studio, the Carousel Quilt Along||Cutting instructions, tutorials for strip piecing and making HSTs|
|May 24th, 2015||Summary Sunday: Working on Quilts, Carousel Continues||Making the two patch units|
|June 7th, 2015||Carousel Quilt Along – I Am Stuck, But You Should Keep Going!||Work on your HSTs|
|June 21st, 2015||Summary Sunday: Handi Quilter Retreat and Carousel Quilt Along||Making the pinwheel block|