Friday, May 27, 2022

Positivity 2022 QAL - Fabric Requirements

Fabric Requirements
The cut block is 8.5" square. The finished block is 8" square. 
Our completed quilt will be about 64" by 80". We need 80 blocks, arranged 8 across by 10 down.

To make 80 blocks, we will need the following.
Background Fabric - 3 yards. If you wish to make binding from the same fabric, get 3.25 yards. 
Focus Fabric - One Layer Cake/Stack (Set of 40 squares of 10" side) OR 14 fat quarters OR 10 fabrics, 10" by width of fabric.

The following table is our ultimate destination. 

But let's take a scenic route :-) 

Choosing Fabrics
It is very important that the background fabric has a good contrast with our focus fabric. I believe that most of us understand contrast (light vs. dark). However, if you are new to quilting or just need a refresher, you may read this post from the QAL in 2021.

Usually a Layer Cake has 42 squares. Remove the ones that will have a poor/subtle contrast with the background fabric. If you end up removing more than two squares, you may substitute similar/matching fabrics from your stash to get to 40. I have done this many times. No one will ever know :-)

Let's look at a few examples. Since I am an Island Batik ambassador, I will be using some of the Island Batik's 10" Squares as examples. 

This is the Calm Lagoon collection from Summer 2021 by Kathy Engle for Sherry Shish of Powered by Quilting.  If I were to use this collection, I would choose a white background and I would remove the fabric in the top left square. Everything else should work beautifully with a white background.



This is the Celestials collection from Summer 2021 by Kathy Engle.  Gosh, I love this collection for its range as it includes fabrics from very light to very dark. I would use a white background and get rid of the fabric in the top left square. How would a green background look? Hmmm...



This is a beautiful collection named Constellations, also from Summer 2021, designed by Kathy Engle for Kari Nichols.  As much as I love this collection, it is a bit problematic. All the fabric in the top row will have a poor contrast with a white background and all the fabrics in the bottom row will not look good against a black background. If I were to use this collection, I would choose a medium gray background.



This is the Flutter Fly collection from Spring 2021, designed by Kathy Engle.  Every fabric would work
beautifully with a white background.
 



This is Free to Fly collection from Spring 2021, designed by Kathy Engle. If I were to use this collection, I would use a black/dark charcoal background and all fabrics would sing :-)




This is Midnight Dazzle from Spring 2021, designed by Kathy Engle. And dazzle it does. A white background would work perfectly.




This is Sail Away collection from Summer 2021, designed by Kathy Engle.  This would be perfect for a Quilt of Valor, with a few changes. I would use a white background but not use the fabrics in the top row.  Either add another set of 10" squares, or use red fabrics from the Island Batik Basics.




This is the Sea Glass collection from Summer 2021, designed by Kathy Engle for Karen Overton.  I would replace the fabrics in the top row with aqua/green (or even blue) fabrics from the Island Batik Basics and use a white background. It would be gorgeous! Or I could use a black background and remove the fabric in the bottom right square. That would work too. 




This is Stick and Stones collection from Spring 2021, designed by Kathy Engle for Jean Wells.  So masculine, so different. I would use a medium turquoise or a green background.  Orange if my passions were ignited!




This is Twilight Glow collection from Summer 2021 by Kathy Engle. I love this collection and it would look beautiful against a white background.


I hope that was helpful and you have picked out your fabrics and background. Let's get to the next stop in our scenic journey.


Cutting Directions
Background Fabric
  • Cut five strips 5" by width of fabric (at least 40"). Subcut each strip into 5" squares. You should get eight squares per strip. We need 40 squares of 5" side.
  • Cut five strips 9" by width of fabric (at least 40"). Subcut each strip into 2.5" sections. You should get 16 rectangles (2.5" by 9") from each strip.  We need 80.
  • Cut five strips 5" by width of fabric (at least 40"). Subcut each strip into 2.5" sections. You should get 16 rectangles (2.5" by 5") from each strip.  We need 80.
Check you have the following:
40 squares - 5" side
80 rectangles - 2.5" by 9"
80 rectangles - 2.5" by 5"

Focus Fabric
If you are using a pack of 10" squares, cut each square as shown in the graphic below.
Cutting Diagram for a 10" Square

  • First Cut - Cut a 2.5" by 10" strip and set aside.
  • Second Cut - Cut a second 2.5" by 10" strip and keep it with the strip from first cut.
  • Third Cut - From the remaining, cut a 5" by 2.5" strip and add it to the cut strips.
  • Fourth Cut - Cut a second 5" by 2.5" strip and add to the above cut strips.
You will be left with a 5" square of fabric. Set this in a separate pile.
Similarly cut up each of the 40 squares - 5" squares in one pile and the 2.5" strips in a second pile.



If you have a fat quarter bundle (you will need at least 14 fat quarters), here is how to cut it up. 
Iron the fat quarter to remove all creases and set it on the cutting mat, aligning with the lines on the mat, such that the short edges (18") are on the top and bottom. 

Cutting Diagram for a Fat Quarter (18" by 21")

  • Make the first cut 10" from the top. Set it aside for a bit.  
  • Make the second cut 7.5" from the just cut edge. Save the leftover strip on the bottom (18" by 3.5") in your scrap basket. Subcut the 7.5" by 18" (yellow) unit into six sections (9" by 2.5") as shown in the cutting diagram.
  • Now subcut the top 10" by 18"(green) unit into three squares of 5" side, and six rectangles 5" by 2.5", as shown in the cutting diagram.  Save the 3.5" by 10" strip in your scrap basket.
As you can see, cutting up the fat quarter is not very efficient but if you have a FQ bundle and do not wish to purchase more fabric, this is the best way to cut it up. The leftover scraps are large enough for use in another project. Similarly cut up all of the remaining fat quarters. You will have some extras. Like I said, not very efficient, but no purchase required.



If you are using fabrics from your stash, I suggest at least ten different fabrics, 10" by width of fabric (at least 40"). From each fabric, cut four squares of 10" side. You should have a set of 40 squares of 10" side.  Cut each square as shown in the Cutting Diagram for a 10" Square. 


However you sourced your focus fabric (stash, pre-cuts or scraps), you should have the following:

We will combine the focus fabric squares with background strips and background squares with focus fabric strips in the next blogpost - Block Tutorial.  Coming very soon!!!

Is anything unclear. Do you have a question? 
Ask away and I will answer in the comments so that all can see.

6 comments:

  1. Did I miss something? What does the block look like or is this a MQAL?

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    1. The QAL begins on Sunday, May 29, 2022 with the Block Tutorial. If someone wanted to pick out fabrics in advance, they can do so and then hit the ground running, come Sunday. Not a Mystery.

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  2. Hum, I just happen to have 1 layer cake.... I just might do this QAL. Thanks for all you do Preeti!

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  3. You've given us some very clear instructions. Thank you!

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  4. love looking through all the collections - gorgeous colors!

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