Welcome to part one of the Staind Quilt Along!
Quilt details and Fabric Requirements
a little later than intended, but I did promise a very slow and completely relaxed attitude to scheduling, didn't I?
This QAL is because people encouraged me to make another of these, so I figured you could too..
but I didn't keep the plans and workings I did for it, and it turned out a whole lot bigger than I'd intended it to, so I've had another go at the design and we'll be working from this.
I used EQ7 for this, so if any details are wrong, its the programs fault not mine ;-)
Overall quilt size here is 44.5" x 55.5" so will very neatly fill a crib size (45 x 60") batting, and if you're really lucky you might manage to squeeze it onto a whole piece back too - I like simple! The crib batting I usually get is almost always a few inches bigger than 45 x 60 when you lay it out and get all the creases out... but I do realise you're meant to have the batting a couple of inches bigger all round, and the backing even bigger. Oops! Smack the back of my hands with a ruler if you like.
Block size is 11" square (10.5" sq finished) and there are 3 double blocks at 22x11" (21.5x10.5" finished). You are welcome to split the double if you'd prefer to keep all blocks the same size, I just wanted to throw it in to blur the grid look a little. The sashing around the blocks and within the blocks themselves is all 1/2" finished.
Now for the important bit.... to shop or not to shop... Well I shopped, naturally. (It was LAST year so it doesn't count.... ) However, despite the fact that it was sent on 30th December, its still not here yet. (no doubt customs are having a good nosey at it...) Which is kinda why this post is late too. I had wanted to have all my bits cut before I gave out any kind of fabric requirements. EQ7 is rather generous in its fabric allowance normally, so keep that in mind.
This should take 2 yards of a solid. Carefully cut that should be enough to include a binding if you so desire. EQ7 is saying 2 1/2 yards of print. However when I try to fill in all the pieces with 10 different prints, its coming up with 1/2 yard required of each!! See what I mean? I can tell you for sure that I made the first Stained quilt starting with 11 x 1/2 yard prints and I ended up with almost 11 FQs left over. So, I am going to say that if you cut carefully, 10 -12 FQ's should be plenty. If you are thinking Layer cake, that might work okay, but you might want to bulk it up with a FQ or two to accommodate the 11" patches.
With any luck I'll get my fabric in a day or so and rest assured I'll be choppin into it right away and I'll post exactly what it took as soon as I've done it... So, you'll have a definitive Fabric Requirement before I tell you to start cutting, I promise. Since I am having to consider making it with some FQ's and less than FQ's I'm being extremely particular and working out exactly which fabric to put in which patch, and then a cutting guide for every FQ print... So my question is, would you like me to have these available for you to look at, and follow if you desire? Or shall I just leave all the "cut what from where" up to you?! I'm doing all these fussy OCD workings for myself, I can easy put them into a google doc for you to check out too.
This quilt, it doesn't come across as a simple or easy quilt to make. There's no joyously simple "take one layer cake square and cut it in half"... But I swear once the bits are cut, and you do one style of block at a time and have the bits laid out in block layout, you'll soon find them coming together really quickly and the piecing is easy really. I'm just not all that good at finding an easy and simple way to explain it.
Just keep reminding yourself that I managed it... so anyone can ;-)