January is my month and I have been working away to get my fabric sent out.
I picked out some fabric for the corners of my block from Spoonflower Fabrics. I am not wanting to be stingy with the fabric because I want to make sure everyone has enough to finish their block; however the fabric was outrageously expensive so I just might have to be so I do not have to buy more to complete the top!
I am using a tutorial from this summer's quilt series: Summer Sampler Series. As I am putting together my test block I am finding that the fabric the tutorial calls for is really an overestimate. So I am trying to figure out what I really do need to send out to my fellow bee members. I am also making a few changes instead of using white for the middle circle I am using solid colors from the color wheel. I hope it turns out. Off to sew and test!
Step 1: If you are one of the Quilting Under the Rainbow Bee members I will be sending out the templates. If not please go to the tutorial. You will need to have a total of 4 of each template. Once you have your copies made, it is a good idea to label each template according to how you are going to lay out your fabric I started with red at the top. I want the quilt to have a scrappy look so I do not mind if you decide to put a different color at the top.
Step 2: Cut out the fabric. You will need to cut the fabric up according to the directions below. You will also need to pull 8 4X4 pieces from your stash that go with the solids I am sending out. If you are using the tutorial, it gives different fabric requirements. If you are in the Bee please use my directions so you will have enough fabric. I found the 5X5 pieces to be too long in one direction and too short in the other.
I will send:
4 - 5.5inch X 4inch pieces This is the dot fabric I am sending out. I sent it in a 5.5inch strip. You will need to cut it into 4 inch sections.
16 - 4X4 pieces of white These will be the triangles on the sides of each of the fabrics you will choose from your stash.
8 - 4X4 pieces These are the solid colors I sent. I alraeady cut these for you!
From your stash:
8 4X4 pieces that go with the solids I send. I love modern fabric. I also want this to be scrappy so really I would love to see your personality in these pieces.
Step 3: Follow steps 2 to the end of this tutorial. Please press seams open when possible!
Thanks Kate for such a great tutorial! Happy sewing!
My first test block did not come out to 12.5 inches. I am not too worried about it but I am going to make a second to see if it goes better! I will probably pick it and see if I can fix where it did not line up!