Friday, September 23, 2011

Fascinating Friday Quilt Along Week ONE

Thank you for joining my first quilt along. Please take a minute to read all the helpful information below before starting.

Recommended Tools
It is very important that you cut and sew as accurately as possible. Some tools that I highly recommend for this project are a rotary cutter, grid ruler, cutting mat and 1/4 inch foot for your machine.

The second most important tip is about pressing. Press each seam as you go with a dry iron. Press straight up and down. Do not use steam and do not push the iron back and forth. Both of these will distort, stretch and change the shape of your fabric. You have a lot of seams in this quilt and want to keep everything as accurate as possible.

Cutting Information
This quilt is designed to be a scrap buster quilt made with random light and dark fabrics. The cutting charts will only be written as lights and darks not colors. It will be up to you to randomly cut your fabrics into those two categories. Here is a link that talks more about selecting the fabrics.

All measurements will be in inches. Blocks measurements are written in width x length.

All seams are 1/4 inch.

The finished quilt size is 58 x 82. That includes a 4 inch border. You can change the borders if you need to make your quilt bigger.

Terms used
Blocks - individual cut squares and rectangles
Unit - several blocks sewn together
Section - several units sewn together

Assembly and Viewing help
This quilt has a random assembly. It is not made with a set block size or in equal rows.You can get lost very easily with this design. I highly recommend that you keep everything labeled. You can use a flannel sheet or piece of batting as a design wall. Pin your sections to it as you make them that way they will always be in the right spot when you start back again.

This design comes into focus as you back away from it. Having a design wall will also help you with viewing the design clearly. Another helpful tip...for some reason viewing the quilt through a camera lens also makes the design easier to see.

Let's get started..........

Week 1 - Section 1

Cutting Chart - Darks
Block A - 7 ½ x 9 ½ inches
Block B – 7 ½ x 11 ½ inches
Block C – 5 ½ x 8 ½ inches
Block D – 5 ½  x 12 ½ inches
Block E – 12 ½ x 4 ½ inches

Sew Block A to Block B
Sew Block C to Block D and attach this to Unit A/B
Sew Unit A-D to the top of Block E
Section 1 finished size 12 1/2 x 24 1/2

Week 1 - Section 2

Cutting Chart - Darks
Block F – 3 ½ x 4 ½ inches
Block G – 5 ½ x 4 ½ inches
Block H– 8 ½ x 8 ½ inches

Sew Block F to Block G and attach to the top of Block H

Section 2 finished size 8 1/2 x 12 1/2

Week 1 - Section 3

Cutting Chart – Darks
Block I – 5 ½ x 6 ½
Block J – 4 ½ x 6 ½
Block K – 9 ½ x 4 ½
Block L – 3 ½ x 3 ½
Block M – 3 ½ x 7 ½

Sew Block I to Block J then attach this to the bottom of Block K
Sew Block L to Block M and attach to the left of Unit K-J

Section 3 finished size 12 1/2 x 10 1/2

Week 1 - Section 4

Cutting Chart – Darks
Block N – 3 ½ x 1 ½
Block R – 6 ½ x 4 ½

Cutting Chart - Lights
Block O – 3 ½ x 1 ½
Block P – 3 ½ x 2 ½
Block Q – 6 ½ x 4 ½

Sew Block N to Block O then attach to the right of Block P
Sew Block Q to Block R then attach to the bottom of Unit N-P

Section 4 finished size 6 1/2 x 10 1/2

Week 1 - Section 5
Cutting Chart – Darks
Block S – 10 ½ x 2 ½
Block T – 8 ½ x 2 ½

Sew Block S to Block T
Sew previously completed section 3 to previously completed section 4 
Sew Unit S/T to the top of sections 3/4

Sew previously completed section 2 to sections 3-5
Woo Hoo!! You’re finished Week 1.
Pin all the sections on your design wall.

I look forward to hearing your comments. 


Kim said...

This may be one of the coolest flippin quilts I have EVER seen!!!!!! AWESOMENESS!!!!!!

JanetK said...

I do love this quilt, but probably can't bite off a QAL at the moment.
long life and prosperity

JenH said...

Hello! I'm one of your newest followers from the Friday Blog Hop! I would love if you could return the follow! Thank you so much!

JenH said...

Hello! I'm one of your newest followers from the Friday Blog Hop! I would love if you could return the follow! Thank you so much!

Kelly @ Blue Bird Sews said...

Oh, this is so cool you're doing a tutorial for Spock! Yeah!

MareMare said...

I'm totally joining this QAL! It will make a great Christmas present for my boyfriend! I'm cleaning my sewing room right now in preparation because it's beyond trashed.

Ella Rain said...

I know it is about a year too late, but I am joining this quilt-a-long.