Saturday, 22 November 2014

In Flight Quilt Along Fabric Requirements

In Flight Quilt Along- Starting January 2015 at The Tartankiwi

Having been approached by a few people who were wanting to know about the fabric requirements for the In Flight Quilt Along, I thought that it was about time to let you in on a few more details.

At this stage I must stress that these fabric requirements are based almost exclusively on the advice given by my computer software. In general I have found this software over estimates the background fabric, but my pattern testers are busy working away for me at the moment and I am hoping that once I have heard from them I will be able to provide more accurate information. Also, everyone has varying degrees of fabric wastage with paper piecing, so what is achievable for one person may not be for another.

As a general rule of thumb, the 12 inch blocks use about a Fat Quarter of background fabric. The 24 inch blocks require between 1/2 yard and 3/4 yard of background fabric.

The birds themselves need a lot less fabric. Depending on your stash you could probably work almost exclusively with scraps. All of the birds require under a fat quarter of fabric, many of the 12 inch birds are closer to a fat eight of fabric (with the exception of the 24" eagle which needs at least a full FQ if not more).

I have prepared three pdfs with fabric requirements for finished quilts. Please do not feel that you have to stick to these layouts.  Part of the fun of these birds is that they don't really belong in an ordered layout.

You may want to add even more depth to your quilt by altering the sizes of the birds, a few of the blocks would be suitable for reduction in size. All of them would work as bigger blocks. I intend to release two blocks as 24 inch patterns, 4 blocks as both 12 and 24 inch patterns and the remaining patterns as 12 inch blocks. Its up to you exactly how you put them together, but here are a couple of suggestions to help you on your way.

For each of these quilt layouts, I have provided a pdf with fabric requirements.

Fabric requirements for each quilt has been provided as two versions. One multi coloured one for those wanting to make each bird in different fabrics, another in two tones or minimal fabrics. I hope that this provides you with enough information.
In Flight Quilt Along 76 x 76 layout


The layout shown above will provide a quilt measuring 76 x 76 inch. I love the haphazard appearance of this quilt even though it adheres to a very simple block layout.

In Flight Quilt Along 94 x 94 layout
 Call me mad, but I'm planning to turn my In Flight blocks into a quilt for my own bed. This quilt will measure a whopping 94 x 94 inch. I can't wait to see it lying on our bed!

I must admit that at the moment this is looking a bit too ordered for my tastes and I may play around with it further, but in the meantime it will serve to give a good indication as to fabric requirements.

In Flight Quilt Along Potential Layout

This final quilt uses a traditional sashed grid layout and measures 45 x 56 inch. If you like this layout, I do not recommend reducing the Osprey in size (the bird which has its talons out ready to catch a fish). I am pretty certain that those talons would not reduce nicely. Don't worry though, as you can see in the diagram above, there are still 12 blocks for you to use in your grid as I have actually designed 13 blocks.

There are two versions of the seagull because I wasn't initially happy with the design and I almost immediately designed another one but once I had redrawn the block a thousand times I made peace with both versions and decided to provide you with both blocks.

I guess the moral of the story is that there are lots of possibilities to make this quilt your own. If in doubt, buy more background fabric than you think you might need or choose a fabric that you know you can easily source if you need to buy more.

It goes without saying that you do not HAVE to make all the blocks, you may choose only to do one or two- that is completely up to you, although the main prize will be saved for those making bigger projects.

Does that help?

Phew this is a lot of work, but I can't wait to get started!

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. I will do my best to answer.
Feel free to spread the word- the more the merrier!

EDITED TO ADD:


I had hoped to sew all the blocks before the start of the quilt-along, but unfortunately this has not been possible. I did however manage to sew eight of the twelve blocks. Here is a breakdown of the amount of background fabric that I used together with a projection of how much will be needed to complete the quilt.

At this time I have sewn eight blocks:

Six 12 inch blocks: the swan, the swift, seagull1, the curlew and the peregrin

Two 24 inch blocks: the eagle and the osprey

I used less than 2 ½ yards of fabric to sew these blocks. (One of my pattern testers has finished the same number of blocks and she has only used 1 3/4 metres of fabric so it can be done with less)

Even if I am generous and assume that I use a further 4 Fat quarters (1 yard of fabric) for the remaining four 12 inch blocks, that makes a total of 3 ½ yards of fabric for the background of the bird blocks.
A further 2 ½ yards is required to make the 76 x 76 quilt layout,
This means that I if I were to sew a 76 x 76 inch quilt, I would use 6 yards of fabric. This is significantly less than the 7 ¾ yards that my computer predicts.

The following table will give you an indication as to how much fabric you will need for the individual blocks according to myself and my pattern testers.
Block
Background
Bird
Swan
Fat Quarter
Fat Eighth
Swift
Fat Quarter
Fat Eighth
Seagull 1
Fat Quarter
Fat Eighth
Seagull 2
Fat Quarter
Fat Eighth
Curlew
Fat Quarter
Fat Eighth
Peregrin
Fat Quarter
Fat Eighth
Swallow (12 inch)
Fat Quarter
Fat Eighth
Duck (12 inch)
Fat Quarter
Less than a Fat Quarter
Kestrel (12 inch)
Fat Quarter
Less than a Fat Quarter
Cormorant (12 inch)
Fat Quarter
Fat Eighth
Buzzard (12 inch)
Fat Quarter
Less than a Fat Quarter
Eagle (24 inch)
5/8 yard
Fat Quarter (you may need slightly more)
Osprey (24 inch)
5/8 yard
Fat Quarter
If you are using a single fabric for your background fabric then you will need less than the sum of these amounts. The majority of the 12" blocks use less than a fat quarter, so remaining fabric can be used on other blocks.
Predicting the fabric usage for the 24 inch blocks is harder than for the smaller blocks. If you are careful then you may be able to make do with a ½ yard of background fabric for each block, but I would count on needing 5/8 yard.
When sewing the big blocks, it helps to cut your larger fabric pieces first. This allows you to be more efficient in your fabric usage and to minimise the amount of fabric that you use.


14 comments:

  1. Woo hoo...love your layouts! Glad for the fabric requirements. Can't wait to get started!

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  2. It is gorgeous. I am so looking forward to watching what people do with this pattern

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  3. Are the birds bigger on the bigger quilt? I have to pick a size but what I see is that I need to mostly pick a background and get a big bunch of it.

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  4. Exciting! I doubt I'll be able to really quilt along but I love these birdies. :)

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  5. Cannot wait to see all the different variations and combo's!

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  6. 7 3/4 yards for background fabric? yikes!

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  7. Wow! I just love the wheeling affect of the sizes/placement!

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  8. Hopefully I will be able to do some as they look amazing!

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  9. How much background do you think we'll need? I assume a non-directional or solid background would be best?

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  10. Oh this is so tempting!!! What a gorgeous finished quilt!!

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  11. Amazing! I have been looking for a paper piecing project. I'm in! Lucy x

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  12. Love this one. I hope I get to do thiá¹£

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  13. Hi! This is so fantastic! Your layout with birds flying Free on the sky is amazing! I want to do this absolutely but unfortunately can't just now. Busy summer and opening a shop takes all my time. I shall save this for the autumn and will follow what you all are doing. x Teje

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