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How Much Fabric do I Need?

Currently I am working on the next two projects that I want to complete on this trip: the Seasons wall hanging and a table topper, Autumn Pennies by Kim Diehl. The monthly blocks for the Seasons wall hanging are almost done – only one to go. The next step is to add the Churn and Dash borders to each block. I brought along fabric from my stash and wanted to make sure that I had enough to frame the blocks alike. The pattern calls for 1/8yd. dark cuts from 12 different fabrics.

So to the Internet I went… I found two sites that I am sure will prove very helpful; now and in the future. The first is Quilt Yardage Calculator. This calculator will determine the yardage needed for specific number and types of blocks (i.e. square, rectangle, half-square triangle etc). The other, Quilt Fabric Calculator will calculate the yardage for an entire quilt.

Using the flash quilt version of Quilt Yardage Calculator confirmed that I had the amount of fabric needed. It also showed me the number of strips to cut.

I took a class from Kim Diehl on her invisible machine appliqué technique at Material Rewards in Dansville, NY last summer. Her pattern for Autumn Pennies is reminiscent of a penny rug. It combines quarter-square-triangle blocks alternately with penny blocks. My favorite time of the year is Fall and the colors in this quilt remind me of Fall. The blocks are completed and just have to be joined together.

Happy quilting.

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  • Reply Yvonne Hayes January 18, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    Hi Lucia, Ruth Bryan pointed out your website to me. Congratulations on your new venture. Enjoy your vacation and certainly enjoy your quilting. Best of luck to you, Yvonne Hayes

    • Reply Lucia January 20, 2009 at 4:29 pm

      Hope you like what you see on the Blog. – Hope you’re staying warm. It’s in the 60’s here. Hope we can get used to winter when we come back home in February.

  • Reply Lucia January 20, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Hope you like what you see. It was good to hear from you. Hope you’re staying warm.

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