The Above All Fabric Spring Quilt-Along started yesterday. The assignment: cut out the sashing, border, and binding strips and work on arranging the charm squares.
Backing up: fabric choices
Before I can blog about progress on this, I have to tell you about my fabric choices, huh? I’m doing the quilt top entirely out of Just Wing It by MoMo for Moda. I played around with some other collections to go with the Just Wing It charm pack, but wasn’t feeling it.
- Sashing & bag lining/straps/ties
- Jelly Stripe (32447-20)
- Leaf Flowers (32444-19)
- Bag body
- Multi Winged Flight (32440-27)
- Multi Flower Garden (32441-13). It’s not visible in the above photo but is basically that top charm in a (very slightly) different colorway.
- Kona Charcoal. I wanted a dark background, because I’m envisioning this quilt going to a lot of bike races and being laid out on a lot of questionable outdoor surfaces.
Looking forward: modifications
My sashing fabric is a thin striped fabric, and I don’t want the abrupt pattern direction change that would come from normal sashing techniques (especially not in the exact center of the quilt!). In pictures, I don’t want the center of the quilt to look like the left, I want it to look like the right. Hello, set-in seams.
The outer sashing corners will be mitered, as will the border corners. It’s all just kind of a personal preference thing, really. I may not like the process, but I really do love the look of mitered corners better than butted ones.
I mention this now, because I had to adjust my cutting since this requires a different strip configuration.
So, my current pieces are:
4 strips: 5″ × WOF (Borders: I don’t like cutting down borders until my center is squared!)
4 strips: 2.5″ × WOF (Outer sashing: see above… I figure the outer sashing is essentially just an inner border)
4 strips: 2.5″ × 15″ (Inner sashing. Math: 13.5″ finished block height + 2 seam allowances [.5″] + half the finished sashing width [2″/2 = 1″] )
5 strips: 2.5″ × WOF (Binding)
This would be a great project for bits of a jelly roll… look at all those 2.5″ strips!
I’m using the same fabric for sashing and the bag lining/straps but evidently fail at math, and only ordered 1.5 yds. of the purple stripe instead of the full 1.625 (1 5⁄8) yds I need according to the instructions. I went ahead and cut out the pieces for the bag as well, and was lucky to have enough—I even have enough for a whole spare 5″ strip. Thank goodness the fabric was very close to square to start with.
Another option that wouldn’t require extra fabric would be to make a 2.5″ square for the center out of whatever fabric you want. I have a feeling I’ll make this quilt again, so perhaps I’ll do that next time.
I’ve also figured out my nine-patch fabric ordering, but I don’t have a decent picture of it yet. You’ll have to wait until next time…