Questions About Fabric Requirements or Cutting Instructions?

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Sandy H. Posted: Wed, Mar 28 2012 7:44 PM

Please limit posts in this section to questions about fabric requirements or cutting instuctions.  This is the first place I will look for questions.

And, yes, the directions do say to cut  628  2-1/2" squares!

 

  

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Patti replied on Fri, Mar 30 2012 5:18 AM

Sandy, i noticed in the kit that is offered, the background fabric is a med/dark floral print, and the jelly roll for the rest is a mix of light to dark strips.  Does value not matter in the fabric selection of this quilt?  I have a light background picked out, but if value doesn't matter, I also have a few floral fabrics I could choose for the background.

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Sandy H. replied on Fri, Mar 30 2012 5:23 AM

Patti,

The green floral is the border fabric and the light color underneath that is the background fabric for the kit.

It's the same kit they sent me and the fabrics are lovely.

  

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sandy274 replied on Fri, Mar 30 2012 1:07 PM

If we are to cut 160 squares 4.5 x 4.5 inches, we need about 2.25 yards of background.  I think people will come up short when they start cutting.

WOF:  You can get nine 4.5" squares cutting across width of fabric.  4.5 x 9 = 40.5 inches.  Then you will need 18 strips which equates to 2.25 yards.

LOF:  You can get sixteen 4.5" squares cutting down length of 2 yards of fabric.  Then you will need 10 strips which pushes you to 45" wide fabric.

 

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Tara replied on Fri, Mar 30 2012 2:39 PM

Do you use all of the jelly roll fabrics?  If I'm using yardage from my stash, about how many strips will I need?

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Sandy H. replied on Fri, Mar 30 2012 7:10 PM

Tara:

Do you use all of the jelly roll fabrics?  If I'm using yardage from my stash, about how many strips will I need?

Tara 

Hi Tara,

There usually 40 strips in a jelly roll and you will need them all.  Be sure the strips are full witdth of fabric - approx 40".

 

  

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safrmaz replied on Fri, Mar 30 2012 7:29 PM

Sandy,

Did you see Sandy 274's post?

"If we are to cut 160 squares 4.5 x 4.5 inches, we need about 2.25 yards of background.  I think people will come up short when they start cutting."

What do you think?  I ordered my fabric from Missouri Star today.  Hopefully, the yardage is accurate.

 

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Carol W replied on Fri, Mar 30 2012 10:39 PM

When I cut all my squares do I need to keep each fabric seperate or can they all be mixed up?

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Alicia replied on Fri, Mar 30 2012 11:05 PM

Is contast important between the "jelly roll" or equivalent and the background? I'm making mine with fabrics on hand, and I'm wondering about values/contrast since I"m mixing my own. Thanks! :) Super excited :)

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Sandy H. replied on Sat, Mar 31 2012 9:38 AM

Carol W:

When I cut all my squares do I need to keep each fabric seperate or can they all be mixed up?

 

Mix 'em up.  I threw all mine into a small trash can and set them aside til the next step.

  

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Sandy H. replied on Sat, Mar 31 2012 9:40 AM

 

Alicia:

Is contast important between the "jelly roll" or equivalent and the background? I'm making mine with fabrics on hand, and I'm wondering about values/contrast since I"m mixing my own. Thanks! :) Super excited :)

 

There should be contrast between the background and your jelly roll squares.  If you are using a light background, it would still be ok to use a few light jelly roll fabrics, but I wouldn't overdo it..

  

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Sandy H. replied on Sat, Mar 31 2012 9:46 AM

Sheri A.:

Did you see Sandy 274's post?

sandy274:
If we are to cut 160 squares 4.5 x 4.5 inches, we need about 2.25 yards of background. I think people will come up short when they start cutting.

 

Sorry for the delay in responding. I had to count my squares and I have exactly 160 4.5" squares cut from the 2 yds of fabric sent me by MSQ. I'm not disputing your math, but I did get the required number of squares from the yardage. However, I did not purchase this fabric and I did not measure it when I opened the kit, but it appeared to be two 1 yard cuts.

If you are purchasing fabric and are concerned about not having enough, I would suggest purchasing another 1/4 yard.

  

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Terri replied on Sat, Mar 31 2012 5:59 PM

I have a few fat quarter rolls.  Do you know how many fat quarters would be needed for the mystery quilt?  

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Sandy H. replied on Sat, Mar 31 2012 8:16 PM

Terri:

I have a few fat quarter rolls.  Do you know how many fat quarters would be needed for the mystery quilt?  

Hi Terri,

Let's see if we can figure this out.  A jelly roll has 40 strips that are approx 40" long.  A fat quarter is 22" wide so you would need 80 strips cut from FQ's.  If your FQ is 18" wide then you would only get 7 strips from each FQ so you would need 12 FQ's.  (give or take 1-2 FQ's to make up for squaring up and cutting straight)

I think that's right!  I've never been good with math. :o)

 

  

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Nana replied on Sat, Mar 31 2012 11:59 PM

Sandy

After reading though these it sounds like I could just pull out my bag of 2 1/2" squares from my scrap stash and then add a light background fabric.   Do you think this will work with a true scrappy mix of squares?
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