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Blackbirds & Blossoms – – Oh-La-La! Fabric Requirements for Our Quilt-Along.

A special thank you to Darra, who spent many hours working out the fabric requirements for this project. Come back and visit us soon, Darra! We miss you already!

Quilt Along Beauty Shot

Finished Quilt Size: 53″ x 53″ (plus binding)

What You’ll Need (Fabric and Notions):

Along with basic sewing supplies, you’ll need the following fabrics and notions to make this quilt. Note: If you’d like to make just the center medallion as a smaller wallhanging, or the center block or one of the side panels as a pillow, you’ll need only the fabrics identified for those areas in the labeled photo below.

Fabric calculations are based on 40″ fabric width.

Fabric A: 5/8 yard for center square (cream)

Fabric B: 1/4 yard for framing strips (red-orange stripe)

Fabric C: 7/8 yard for inner setting triangles and Birdhouse blocks (turquoise)

Fabric D: 3/4 yard for side panels (taupe)

Fabric E: 1 yard for center wreath, panel strips, vines, stems, and leaves (green)

Fabric F: 1 1/8 yards for side panels (taupe/dots)

Fabric G: 5/8 yard for outer setting triangles (white)

Fabric H: 2/3 yard for birdhouses (yellow stripe)

Fabric I: 3/8 yard for birdhouse roofs (purple)

Fabric J: 1/8 yard (or scraps)for blackbird appliqués (black)

Fabric K: 2 yards total for flower circle, dot, leaf, and birdhouse door appliqués (assorted brights)

Binding: 1/2 yard

Batting: 60″ x 60″

Backing: 3 1/2 yards

Lightweight fusible web: 3 1/2 yards (18″ wide)

Assorted threads to match appliqués

Black and white embroidery floss

Quiltalong diagram

The following photos show you the fabrics we used to make our version of the Quilt-Along quilt. We used the first group, Fabrics A – J, for backgrounds, framing strips, vines and center wreath, setting triangles, and corner birdhouse blocks. These fabrics include a number of “linen-y” solids and subtle tone-on-tone prints, with a few stripes and a coordinating polka-dot for visual interest.

The second group includes examples of the colorful prints that we used for the flower circles and other appliques. We recommend that you include some multicolored, large-scale prints as we did; you can fussy cut them for varying effects.

Fabric A - J

Quilt-Along Fabrics A – J

Quilt-Along fabric(s) K

Quilt-Along fabric(s) K

So let the fun begin! Jennifer will be starting us out with the center medallion as our first round of the Quilt-Along. Watch for Jennifer’s post at the end of May.


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