Wednesday, May 26, 2010

quilt along #5

Here is my initial plan for the quilt along.

(why is it that posting quilt sketches feels so revealing!?!) This sketch has a few errors, but you get the idea, at least.

Ok, let's take a closer look at the pretty fabric.

It's Anna Griffin's new line The Lizzie Collection (comes out in July, I believe). This was my one market purchase. Too pretty to pass up!

Now, on to a few estimations.....

I'll start sometime after May 31, so you can finish up Jacquie's spring to finish challenge.

Quilt size: 64" x 88" (twin size)

Approximate yardage required:

Background fabric: 4 1/2 yards. I might buy 5 just in case. Having an extra bit of white hanging around wouldn't be the worst thing.

Main fabrics: I'm going to use my stack of 20 fat quarters, which will be more than plenty. IF I calculated correctly, I will only need 20 fat eighths. Or 10 fat quarters. Or 2 1/2 yards. But again, how could it hurt to buy a little too much?

Backing fabric: about 5 3/4 yards.

Binding fabric: I usually just buy a yard or whatever I choose for binding. 3/4 of a yard should be plenty.

Any questions? Anyone want to join me?

And one more question...for those of you who write patterns (even if it's "just" on your blog), when you calculate yardage, do you round up say, a quarter yard, or do you list the exact fabric requirement? For those of you who use patterns, do you buy the exact amount of fabric or do you buy a little bit extra, just in case? I guess that's two questions. ;) Any feedback would be much appreciated.

161 comments:

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Oh yes, I'll join you Amanda! I had less self control at my first sample spree.

Melissa said...

I don't write patterns, but I have found that when I buy them, and purchase the yardage listed on the pattern, I have TONS of fabric left over. It kind of makes me crazy. Because you have to buy what is listed, in case the fabric you need is gone later- but then you have leftovers. As you said, leftovers are not the worst thing in the world, but sometimes, and particularly if I am sewing for someone else in something that is not particularly to my taste but that I know they will love, I don't want the leftovers! Anyway, it seems to me like a quarter yard extra per fabric is almost always called for in the list on the pattern.

Either way, count me in for the quilt along- I already know what fabric I'm using!

Michelle said...

I would love to join in! I have some fat quarters I bought last year that have been waiting for a new project and I think this one is it! Can't wait!! Thanks :)

Asiyah said...

When I write patterns, I round up about a 1/4 of a yard. That way I can accomodate for cutting errors and use the extra for scrappy binding or in the backing. I always find a use for the leftovers! It's a comfort thing for me...I feel better if I have a little more than a little less.

nettie said...

i love it!

I don't really write patterns, but I try to round up a bit, and when I buy fabric, I rarely take a pattern and buy exactly what it asks for...I try to use my stash, and if I fall short somewhere, I fill in with something that is almost the same.

I can't wait. I really should finish what I am working on b4 i start something new...but you know how that goes.

Just JaiCi's Crafts said...

I love this quilt - it's going to be gorgeous in your new fabrics...I'm very jealous of your market purchase!!

When I write my own patterns i ALWAYS round up! I would have to have mis-calculated and not have enough fabric. Besides, then I always have a little extra for something else :)
Also, when a pattern calls for 3/4 yard, I purchase 1...just in case. I am one of those that would rather be safe than sorry!!!

Crafty Mama said...

Oooh, pretty! Count me in!
As for buying fabric, I agree that patterns almost always list too much, but I would definitely rather have too much than too little! ☺

Amy said...

First off-

I love the quilt design! I think it's fun, pretty, and I appreciate you letting us see your process.

I usually do round up, but not by much when making patterns. I only account for having about an 1/8 of a yard extra of fabric, especially if I know I won't use it in anything else. If I'm using solids though, it never hurts to buy an extra 1/2 yard. When buying fabric for a pattern, I will re-do their math before buying. I had one before that said I should buy 31 fat quarters. It turns out I only needed 9 (they wanted each square to be different- I didn't care)! Granted, I checked before I bought everything, but GEEZ. Patternmakers usually tell you how much to buy based on their own preferences and an "oops" factor.

Jessica Christensen said...

I'm with everyone else as far as writing patterns. When I tell my quilt group what materials to buy, I try to round up just a little. I don't usually go up 1/4 of a yard (except with backing fabrics), but like if I think the quilt will need 2/3 yard for binding, I just tell them to get 3/4 yard. I'm never gonna tell someone to buy 7/8 yard -- always one yard. I figure out how many inches I need and then go to the NEAREST quarter yard. I warn them, though, that I've slightly overestimated so they don't buy MORE again and have WAY too much. Now, when I BUY -- I so rarely buy fabrics with a pattern in mind. I just buy what I like and then make it work. I definitely don't mind having extra either.

And I'm in -- of course I'm in. I have a FQ pack of Whimsy that needs an idea to be used on. You solved that for me. Thank you. Love YOUR fabrics.

Wendy said...

When I write patterns, I always round up. Just in case, you know? And I always buy extra rather than what is called for.

Maybe that's why my fabric requires its own closet.... hmmm....

highwaycottage said...

Lovely looking quilt! I'd love to join in. I have the perfect fabric hre to use, just need to buy some more white. I prefer to have yardage rounded up a bit, but not too much IYKWIM.

Wendy Lou said...

I have never done a quilt-a-long before, and I think this is a great chance! I have made two quilts before, both hand quilted, but I have learned so much more just reading blogs since then. (I think I've read nearly all your posts... :) )

Both my quilts were of my own design, and kind of changing as they were being made, so I never had fabric requirements at the beginning. That being said, I love patterns, and a little extra is okay. Scrappy quilts are beautiful! :)

liz taylor said...

I have not done a quilt a long before, but I am very excited to make this quilt!

Kathie said...

I prefer to buy exact which usually leaves some left overs for the kids to play with :-)

Jill said...

I am in on this one! Can't wait. When I write patterns I try and round up, but not too much, though I never mind having too much fabric. Leftovers can be incorporated into accessories or coordinating pieces.

Cindy said...

My bedroom needs refreshing. Would my quilt still qualify if I made it a queen?
Now I just have to decide on colors. I want to change every room in the house and have no idea what to do in any of them.

I always buy extra fabric. I make stupid mistakes enough to make it important to buy extra.

Cheryl Arkison said...

Well, I can't answer your questions, but I do commend you for posting the sketch. It isn't that scary, is it?

HRH Gigi said...

I think I need to be in on this one. I've been a lurker for so long on the quilt-a-longs, time to get into action. And I think I am with the majority on the comments, I like extra fabric. So I usually buy more than what the pattern calls for, even when I know it is more than I need.

Cristin said...

Oh Amandajean I wish I could quilt along with you!! Right now I'm VERY lucky to get a couple 1/2 hour sewing sessions a few times a week... My 8 week old IS starting to nap well, but there's laundry to do too :-)

At any rate... I always buy a bit extra yardage than what the pattern calls for. Better safe than sorry, eh? :-)

leigh said...

1. This looks like it might be a great scrap quilt. how big are those little squares?

2. When I write a pattern I always overestimate by just a little bit, but never as much as 1/4 yard. Maybe 1/8, depending on the size the pieces will be cut.

3. When I buy fabric I rarely have a project in mind for it. Because it's always seemed too expensive to me to buy it all at once plus a pattern. Plus, I'm always interested in lots of fabrics, so if I added those too - I'd spend even more. And at this point, my stash is LARGE. I don't need to purchase anything. But I might get a little extra just in case.

CJ said...

ohhhh a quilt along!! Interesting!! Might have to join in.
Not a pattern designer BUT...what I find frustrating is when a pattern says to get say 7.5 yards for backing and then the pattern doesn't say anything but back and bind your quilt. I am wondering WHAT am I supposed to do with 7.5 yards when by MY calculations I could do the backing with say...5.5 yards. I get frustrated by the patterns in other words. If you are going to say this much yardage then at least show me HOW YOU lay it all out! Plus I think pattern designers shouldn't always assume someone knows how to do the backing piecing. Seems like every pattern shows how to do the binding and dont' we all know how to do that??? ;)

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I'd love to join in. Although we may be moving in a couple of months, I will try my hand at it. I usually buy what the pattern calls for. So far it has worked out well. Actually the only time I did not have enough fabric was from a Shop Hop I did last year. I bought the quilt blocks at each shop, and some were way too skimpy. That's the last time I will do that :-(

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Jane said...

I don't write patterns (I wish) and always buy more fabric than a pattern calls for,,,you just never know!!! :D

becky @ becky ann designs said...

I wrote my own pattern for this quilt http://beckyanndesigns.blogspot.com/2009/10/my-first-quilt.html
I strip pieced it and I think my strips were 3" wide. I was actually making 2 identical quilts for my daughters. I calculated the yardage and had only about 1/4 yard left over total. After I have sewn the quilts, I was getting pretty sick of looking at some of the fabric. I had just enough left over to make a doll quilt and a few scraps I can make pillows with or something. I don't want a ton of leftovers, but a little bit is ok.

OurCrazyFarm said...

What a beautiful pattern for a quilt along! I will have to seriously consider joining again, expecially since it starts after May 31. I always, always buy more material because I know the odds of me making a cutting mistake is pretty high, plus there's always lot's to do with the left over scraps.

Heather said...

I love that quilt pattern you are working on, it's adorable, and so is the fabric. You are so lucky getting to go to market!

When I write a pattern I always add on a 1/8 of a yard more, and if I have extra, that doesn't bother me. With binding, I usually get 1/2 to 3/4 of a yard.

If I use patterns from a book, I'll buy extra too, I mess up sometimes and don't want to go get more fabric...

I'd love to join in on a quilt a long :)

Hannah said...

I want in on this quilt-along! I have a pile of fat quarters that need used and can never find a pattern that fits the fabric. This looks like just the thing.

I usually buy a little extra in case I make a mistake and can't buy more fabric later. Nothing wrong with a pile of scraps. =)

Deb said...

I'm in! I have just got to put the binding on my 9-patch from the first round of that quilt-a-long. It is actually amazing how lovely it turned out (I hated it most of the time I was making it!!) I love the quilt-a-long concept it really does motivate me, plus I can do with another stash-buster!

Jennifer said...

i don't write patterns (only for myself) but i always buy a little extra over what i calculate. this is because i usually mess up some cutting step or another.

Karen In NC said...

May I say how happy it makes me that you are back posting! I get giddy when I see your blog in bold in my Google Reader. How fabulous!

Farm Gal Designs said...

Ooh, I'd love to do this, but it will have to be put on the list for later (I've got way too many projects going on right now as it is . . . but so tempting!).

If I'm buying for something I designed myself, I always buy a little extra, just in case, but if I'm using a pattern I usually buy what it says, since most of them I've seen have a little extra built in.

Teresa said...

I'm in! I always buy extra for a pattern I am following, just incase. I can't wait! I was just so happy you came back to blogging, and NOW a quilt along. What fun!

A.J. Dub. said...

This sounds fun and I should be finished with my current project by then.
Does the background need to be all white or can it have a pattern?

Di~ said...

I buy the exact amount of fabric. I don't like a lot left over. Oftentimes, I can barely afford to buy the required amount of fabric, so I hope it doesn't call for more than is needed. Cute squares quilt and fabric.

Georgia said...

I'd be very tempted to join! I have a bunch of Good Folks fat quarters hanging about with no purpose in mind, so I might use those. :-)

- dlm. said...

I'm excited to see you posting again! Your newest quilt is lovely. I would *like* to try to make this with you. As per the last time though, I would have two of these lovely quilts to make. I have so many FQ cuts sitting in bins, so all I will need to purchase is extra background fabric.

BTW, I always round up my yardage needs by 0.25 yards. ( If I really love the fabric, I'll buy as much as 0.5 yards extra just because :) ).

AJ said...

I'll join the quilt along, though I'm not sure what fabric I'll use yet.

Greta said...

This looks great! I'm totally in! I usually buy extra if I am buying yardage but if I am working with a pattern that calls for a layer cake or a fat quarter bundle I don't usually buy more.

Barbara said...

I would love to be a part of the quilt along.....I usually purchase more fabric than I really need.
I don't mind adding to my collection and would rather have too much than too little.

Mary said...

When I design a quilt, I round up to the nearest quarter yard. I almost never follow a pattern exactly, so when I do I usually buy what is listed.

This is a cute pattern, what fun, thanks for sharing

Gypsy said...

I'd like to join in, but I've never joined a quilt along before, in fact I'm in the process of making my very first quilt! Will it be suitable for beginners? How big are the little squares in your quilt sketch?

Megs said...

Oh - I think I have to get in on this! I've been collecting a special pile o' fabrics and I've been stuck on a design and this one looks very different from anything I've thought of but it may be just perfect!

I've only made about 10 quilts or so but only one from a pattern. I used my stash so I'm not sure if the pattern's requirements were more or less compared to what I used.

I have a bad tendency to way overbuy fabric. I think part of it is just being a bit of a newbie and part is panic that I'll run out and not be able to get any more of the same design. I'm getting better about adding to my stash in smaller increments unless I have something specific in mind.

Brenda said...

I would love to join you. I always buy more fabric than the pattern says. Mostly because I'm afraid I'll cut something wrong or in some other way run out of fabric.bveinotte@juno.com

Lara said...

Sounds like fun Amanda!

With regards question B) I always buy a bit more. My rotary cutter and I have a volatile relationship so I like to cover my bases! Especially if I've ordered the fabric online!

Lara said...

Sorry Amanda - just one question because I am too lazy to count - how many squares will we need all together? I am considering using a bunch of charm packs or layer cakes instead?

THANK YOU!

Tammy in Ontario, Canada said...

I love your blog! Those new fabrics are yummy also! When calculating measurements...I usually round up 1/4 meter to give a bit extra for mistakes- same thing goes when I buy fabric- I usually buy at least 1/4 meter more of each fabric (unless it's supposed to be really scrappy and I only need 1/8th yrd of each to start with). If there is a fabric that I really love I sometimes will buy a meter more just so I have it for another project in the future. Hope this helps :o)

Amber H. said...

I want to join the quilt along! I've never done one before and it'll be EXCITING.

But when I'm creating a pattern for personal useage, I round up to the nearest quarter.

Dawn N. said...

I would love to join in!

When I'm buying fabric to make a quilt from a pattern, I always round up by about a quarter yard. I'm paranoid that I will run out. :)

Dawn said...

Can't pass up a quilt-along... looks fab... whne I write patterns I usually round up but not by too much cos most times I don't want large peices left over... way to much for the stash.... I usually round up by 1/8 yd maybe... allowing for those that wash fabrics and also those that may cut wrong.... 10% is usually the go.....
Hugs Dawn x

Kate said...

Lovely fabrics!
I round up in my patterns, but I try not to round up too much, but I like to make sure there is enough for the odd cutting mistake or a fat quarter that hasn't been cut straight. And the left overs can always be used in the backing.

Goddess in Progress said...

Oh, now that is ENTIRELY too tempting, Amanda Jean... I may just have to stitch along with you! I have a FQ bundle of Nicey Jane that might be nice for this...

And don't you love graph paper for getting an idea down to something workable? I'm newly addicted to it.

As for patterns, I typically buy what the pattern says as far as yardage. Unless I really like it, then maybe I'll buy more. :-) But I haven't worked with a lot of normal patterns lately.

Sarah said...

Count me in! Now I have to decide if I want to use a stack of yellow and pink FQ or another stack with all different colors and happy little flowers and mushrooms...

Pam said...

I want to join! Please, please?

pdudgeon said...

sounds wonderful! count me in.

Terry said...

This looks like such a pretty quilt! I'm going to try to do it with you! Thanks for doing this! :0)

live a colorful life said...

Definitely will be joining...and using a fat quarter bundle I bought at sample spree at spring market in Portland. I've been wondering what to do with it--love the fabric and this will be the perfect project.

Yes, I always round up a little bit for patterns, and sometimes buy a bit more than a purchased pattern calls for, but not usually too much because hopefully the designer has rounded up a bit...

Viki said...

1. When calculating yardage i round up to the nearest 1/4 yard.

2. i rarely make quilts exactly as the instructions tell me (i like to experiment and swap things around!) so i tend to round up the yardage to the nearest 1/2 yard.

Terriaw said...

I adore your sketch, and appreciate that you shared it with us. Just because of that preview, I would love to join in on this quilt along. As if I need another project, but hey, who doesn't?! I think I can "scrounge" up enough fat quarters and order the solid to make a go of this!

Fonville Farm said...

I would love to join! I always buy more and always have left overs, but that's ok with me:)
Can't wait to start!
Robin

Anonymous said...

I am totally in! I love the sketch. (Your sketch looks much better than mine usually do.)
I will be looking for the fabrics. I love the delicate colors you chose but I might try something a little darker-we'll see.
I don't write patterns but I always over buy so that I will be sure not to run out. If I am tired of the fabric I just use it in a give-away quilt so I don't see it everywhere I turn.
Rebecca O of Buffalo

Amy said...

My first quilt along! Can't wait to get started.

Lynn said...

I always buy a little bit extra, helps in my numerous cutting mistakes and sometimes it needs to come home with me and live in my stash.

makingnew said...

Ooh, I might join in on this - it looks fun! I found your blog shortly before you took a break - so glad you came back!

I don't design, but when I make a quilt I tend to overbuy. And hey - the leftovers can be used for a scrappy quilt!

Alana said...

This looks like great fun.... I can't wait to see more! And I always buy a little extra, like you said, "just in case"!!!

Rubyd said...

I have a fat quarter bundle that is calling out for a quilt along.....looks like this will be just what I need....

Cheri C. said...

Oh, I'm loving that... This may be the first time I actually going to just "do it"... BUT I want to do the same fabrics that you chose. I love Anna G.!!

qltmom9 said...

Oh, I am in. That looks delightful, and dd LOVES her ninepatch you designed.~ Thank you SO much.~
What size squares, please. I may use my vintage sheets.

Lucy~

holly k said...

I always like to buy a little extra for any project that way I for sure have enough!! :) (especially with stuff I know would be hard to find again...)

I'd like to design my own though...and if I did, I think I'd write the pattern using the actual measurements used with a suggested yardage with a bit extra...(cover for the ones who like exact and the ones who like a little more!!

Lukayna said...

I like the simplicity of the pattern, and the fabrics are super pretty. I think it would be fun to join in on this one.

As for fabric measurements, I tend to round up for my own patterns, and still tend to round up a quarter yard if following someone else's pattern. I'm still new enough that I'm convinced I'll make too many errors and won't have enough and the fabric will be gone.

I wouldn't want too much extra fabric when following someone else's pattern, but a quarter-yard overage built in would help offset cutting errors or get used elsewhere pretty easily.

Tracey said...

Count me in! I was looking for a new quilt along-the pattern looks great!

I always buy more fabric than is called for in a pattern. I use it for the back and if I have enough I use it for pillow cases. I also have a HUGE stash!

Welcome back Amanda Jean! I was so happy to see you are back.

tammiemarie said...

yay! i want to quilt along! maybe i will finally cut into my katie jump rope for this. maybe.

HRH Gigi said...

Okay, I am back again. I blew up the photo and it looks like the strips needed are 2.5" - is that right? Would a jelly roll work for this? or would you need 2 or more? Uh oh. Quilt math. I really am not very good at that.

Deborah said...

If I'm doing the math, I round up. If I am buying for a printed pattern, I trust the amount except for the backing. Some patterns use a horizontal seam for figuring the backing. I REALLY don't love horizontal seams. I'm in for the challenge! Looks like fun.

Tara said...

Oh, I am so in for my first crazy-mom quilt-a-long! I know from experience with bag and clothes patterns, at least those of the quilting/bag/clothes/awesome fabric pattern genre of late--they always over-estimate. Not that I mind having those "scraps", but Then a bag might not cost $70!!!

Beth said...

Oh dear. I have been moving very systematically down my list of "quilts for Christmas", but your quilt along might be too much fun to resist...

As to your question of extra fabric, I always buy extra by about 1/4 yard when I'm making a quilt from a pattern. I have made goofy cutting errors in the past and do not want to wind up short. I often buy my fabric and then get waylaid and don't start on my quilt for a few months, by which time the fabric I have chosen is no longer widely available.

When I write a pattern, which I have done only a few times, I am generous in my yardage requirements. I am writing these patterns only for myself, so I use the same reasoning I do for professionally written patterns.

It's been interesting to read everyone else's comments--what a great community you have here.

Shev said...

When I make a quilt, I always overbuy, just to be sure and to allow for errors. What's the worst thing that's going to happen - more fabric for my stash? Yay!

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Ettabug said...

I definetly round up. I always allow at least a quarter yard over when designing, and when purchasing I try to buy roughly a yard over, just incase I decide to size up or make a second quilt.

I have had it happen that when I go to make the quilt, I miss-estimated or change the design and wind up needing more of a fabric. This is a big problem as I usually buy my fabric not long after I design or purchase the pattern, but it can take me a year or more before I actually make the quilt.

If I wind up needing more fabric, then I have to adapt my pattern or design to the fabric that I have. So I always try to buy up.

Plus worse case scenario you have enough for a doll/child quilt or pillowcase.

Thanks!

What Comes Next? said...

beautiful quilt! Dare I say it... I'm in - I've got some fabrics in my stash that this will be perfect for!

VeeV said...

for ANY project - i always buy a bit more...... just in case!!

oh..so.. looking forward to what you make with this.....

i know it will fantastic ~ as always!!

xo
eva

Rebecca Maples said...

I always buy more fabric than what is required. First I don't mind having more fabric than what I need, and second, I hate to be difficult for the fabric store ladies, (I think it's eaisier to cut, say one yard of fabric rather that 5/8 of a yard). Hope that helps;)

Annika said...

Looks like that sketch is gonna turn out to be a really nice quilt! When i buy a pattern, I also buy the amount of fabric that it says that I should need on the pattern. If I make a pattern on my own, I always calculate with more fabrics, because I know I could have measured wrong :) When I buy a pattern I hope they have test-sewed the quilt before they sell the pattern.
Have a nice day!

Annalia said...

It makes me want to cry if I don't have any scraps left at the end of a project! What would I make matchy pillows with?

...and I'd love to join you.

nicolette said...

That quilt sketch looks really adorable Amandajean and tempting to join!

I always (re)calculate the fabrics needed, working from a pattern or my own design. I round up to a half meter for the background and often work with fat quarters or fat eights for the printed fabrics. I don’t like buying too much fabric for a project, because overhere we often pay € 18,- ($ 22,-) for a metre of quiltfabric.

Ethne said...

The design looks great and the fabric every so yummy but I think I'll have to pass on taking part at this time but I'm looking forward to seeing everyones version on Flickr.

mariarrosa said...

I'm not very good at quilt-alongs but this time I'll try hard (perhaps making it smaller...). This quilt looks lovely. Thank you very much.

sternwerfer said...

This will be my first quilt along and I'm happy to do it with you, Amanda!

The Calico Cat said...

I buy more! (Are those square 2.5 inches? If so - count me in. I have a pile of those that would be perfect for this!)

Off to get 5 yards of Kona bone.

Sarah Craig said...

I usually use fabric from my stash, but if I have to buy fabric, I usually round up because my fabric store is annoyingly chintzy on their cuts - exactly what you request, no more no less. Which would be great if the fabric was folded and cut straight, but I've had too many times where I needed exactly a yard, and after straightening the fabric out and squaring it off, I had less than that! So I almost always buy at least 1/8 yard more than I need. Which explains why I love scrappy quilts so much!!

Fun looking quilt-along - I don't think I'll be able to participate this time (too many projects in the hopper) but I'll watch and try for the next one!

aSprinkling said...

I'm a penny pincher, so I try to buy exactly what I need. But...the more I make, the more scraps I have and the more I like having extra sitting around.

peaknits said...

Oh, this looks so tempting...and labor intensive with all those little squares of fun. I'll see what I can pull together:)

Anita in Florida said...

I'd love to join this quilt along. Very pretty pattern...think I'll make it smaller though.

Lisa E. said...

Count me in. I haven't done a quilt-along before, so this is the perfect opportunity!

As for drafting and fabric - I always add 1/8 to 1/4 yd. to the amount I think I'll need. I drafted a very complex flannel quilt for a friend, and when I was working through the layout one last time (remember ladies: measure twice, cut once!), I realized I shorted myself almost 1/2 yd. on the fabric I wanted to showcase... It meant changing the entire look of the quilt. My friend doesn't know he got a "make-do" quilt, but I do! So now, I always err on the side of too much fabric.

It could explain Amanda, why we have so much in our stashes! :)

Carol said...

Great sketch...when I did patterns for my shop I always rounded up by about an 1/8th, if it was something I thought might be prone to cutting errors I rounded up 1/4. I always wanted them to have enough in case they bought fabric that they couldn't get again. When I buy fabric, I usually buy the same way, if I think I may goof cutting I always get an extra 1/4.

Jamie Lee said...

Hi, I don't write patterns, but I sure do buy a lot of them! I always buy more fabric than needed, for two reasons: 1) sometimes it is difficult to eke out the right amount of cuts from a fat quarter, especially if there is a specific cutting method that is not clearly defined in the directions or is really to difficult for me to execute and 2) sometimes I make mistakes such as forgetting that a design needs to be on point and I've already cut a few pieces (oops!).
There have been times that I don't like the fabric I have left over, so I just Freecycle it. I am glad your blog is back--I love it!

Ania said...

I love the quilt that you designed! I wish that i had more free time to join you....

Katie B. said...

I've never written a pattern, but as a pattern follower, I prefer to have a generous yardage calculation. I don't mind having some left over. It's better than being afraid of running out! Excited about this quiltalong!

Suzanne said...

This looks like fun. Not sure if I'll be able to go along for the ride right now but I might be trying it later :) I have way to many things to finish right now.
I don't think I've ever bought fabric all specifically for one pattern. I usually end up collecting fabric that I like and then figuring out what I can do with it and adding to it if needed. I have a nice fat quarter bundle sitting pretty on my shelf though...

lollybix said...

When I am writing a pattern, I round up a 1/4 yard. I think it's okay if you do it either way as long as you state this in your pattern. For example your directions could say "Exactly 2 3/8 yards" or "a minimum of 2 3/8 yards" that way people have a choice to buy a bit more if they like. As for using a pattern, if I like the fabric I always buy more! I am up for your quilt along as well, I am going to use some vintage sheets from a swap!

Kelly said...

count me in! i'm nervous, because this will be my first quilt along, and the only quilting i've done is a mini-quilt and a quilted bag. but i have sketches of LOTS of quilts. :)

Sara said...

I usually buy just a little extra to allow for my mistakes in cutting. Is that how my stash keeps growing?

Stephanie said...

I am soooo in!! :0) I usually buy a litte extra fabric when I make from a pattern. I have leftovers and I'm fine with that. I would rather have more left than run out.

Anina said...

I don't think my comment posted.
I'm in! A chance to use up some of my scraps. Yay!
As for the pattern. I round up to the next quarter yard. And, if I need to cut the fabric a specific way to ensure that I have enough (usually when there are long strips), I make sure to explain that.
Can't wait!

Staci said...

Like your plan, the more I look at the sketch the more I like it. How long will the quilt along take? Are you going to give us a couple weeks to get our fabric together before you begin?
When I buy fabric for a quilt, whether it is one I've thought up or from a pattern, I tend to buy just a little extra, especially for borders and sashing. Nothing worse than making a boo boo and having no more fabric!

Doris said...

When writing a pattern, I'm more of an exact yardage to the nearest 18th kind of gal. When I buy for a specific project, I usually buy just what I need.

But, I work at a quilt shop and I would say about 60% of our customers buy a "little extra", just in case...

outrosretalhos said...

A quilt along sounds like a good idea. I might join you... When I buy fabric for a specific project I always buy a little extra. This way I don't go crazy if I make a mistake. And also because I love leftovers...

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

it is really pretty

Kristine Hanson said...

hhhhhmmmmmmmm, think I just found the perfect project for my hope valley fabrics!

Amy said...

I always round up. Writing or buying, I guess I'm a "just in case" kind of girl :)

Quilt Monkey said...

I love this new pattern - simple but so interesting!

I do write patterns for a quilting class that I teach on Monday nights. I always round up by approx 1/4 yard. One time I accidentally put the exact measurement down and I got a lot of complaints from people who said they did not have enough fabric. You really need to consider that, depending on their cut of fabric, they may have a lot of waste making their initial square-up -- not all fabric stores cut straight lines when cutting your fabric for you. It is also a buffer for cutting errors.

In general when I buy patterns, I buy the exact amount listed, assuming they have also been generous with their yardage listings. So far so good on that...

Contented Caroline said...

Yes please, sounds good and will be nice to make a quilt that I may get to keep!!!

Annessa said...

I'm really excited to be joining you, even if it has to wait until my WIP's are finished this summer. As far as patterns, I usually buy exactly what they call for, except I'm realizing that leaves me with a lot of extra - like you said, not the worst thing, but when the budget is tight, I might get a bit risky and buy slightly less.

Deanna said...

I would really like to give it a try. Count me in.

Tracy T. said...

Your quilt design looks super adorable - and yes, I am always an extra fabric buyer - except of course, for those times when i really need it, like for a binding, or a backing...and then I *have* to go out and buy MORE fabric! When will it ever end? ;)

elei said...

I'm soooo in!!!! my first quilt along. and yes, i always buy a little extra. i figure it would be too hard to come up with extra after...it's worth the extra bucks. and i'll just use my scraps for your filmstrip quilt.

Meg said...

Anyone want to join you?! Count me in! I need another quilt-along like I need a hole in the head, but this is too cool to pass up!

Bebot said...

Count me in! I always buy more than I need! TIA for another quilt along!

carolaj3 said...

I want to do it. I usually round up my yardages to 1/4 yard increments because it seems silly to buy 3/8ths. I don't mind patterns that have extra because if I picked the fabric out for one quilt, the leftovers will always find a home in a later quilt.

Helen C. said...

I think I'll join this one! I just finished a quilting class and the awesome new shop Modern Domestic in Portland- I'm ready for my next adventure!!

Michelle said...

I would prefer to round up personally..Then I have scraps for other projects :)

Count me in on the Sew along..I'll pick up my white tomorrow!

PioneerValleyGirl said...

Pretty-looking sketch, really pretty fabric.

And I always round up when I'm buying fabric (or calculating yardage for myself, even though I don't write patterns) I figure it's good insurance against mistakes and a little something for the stash.

Rachel said...

I haven't ever written a pattern...and I've never really made a quilt from a pattern....BUT I would probably buy just what was listed unless it was something I really loved. The new fabrics look great!

Deborah said...

Count me in. This is my first sew along, I'm looking forward to it. I can't wait to pick out some pretty fabric.

tarryn said...

always always always always round up when buying. Too afraid I'll mess up and need more. Love the pattern. Am going to hop in for the quilt along - my first quilt along. A-long? -along?

Janette and Nick said...

Yeah - count me in

Mary said...

A quilt along sounds like lots of fun - count me in! And I usually buy what the pattern calls for - I find most pattern writers allow extra.

Chris said...

SO PRETTY! What color white are you going to use with that fabric? I might have to wait and do mine when I can get that same FQ bundle! Gorgeous.

Jo said...

I am excited for a quilt a long...you do the best ones! As far as fabric goes...I purchase what the pattern says unless I want a scrappy version then I might substitute a few extra fabrics. I trust the designer to give me the amount I need and I trust myself to cut according to the instructions. I don't feel the designer is responsible for my error. I am just fine with 1/8 yard more than necessary but I hate patterns that tell you to purchase a half yard more than I need...that's my 2 cents.

Valerie said...

I buy extra -- if I really like the fabric and want some hanging around. And, because sometimes I goof when cutting. But I'd rather say the extra is for my stash. *grin* I typically don't follow patterns to the letter --- so I'm usually figuring out yardage on my own 'cause I size up or down at my whim.

wishes, true and kind said...

OH -- this looks like lots of fun, and what a pretty pattern and fabrics. When buying fabric, I usually buy extra. Not so much for possible errors (which DO happen), but because I always have so much fun playing around with the leftovers. Sometimes after I start cutting for a quilt, I get further inspiration and piece a top with the leftovers before I actually piece the original quilt idea. Sounds a little weird, I know, but I don't think I am alone in doing this :).

joan

Trudi said...

Oh I'll be hard pressed not to try and join in! LOL

Q1 when Ive tested Ive found that exact may not allow for any squaring of fabrics, so I'd round up by 1/8th.

Q2. depends on the project I'm buying for, sometimes exact, but truthfully, if it's so good I love it I'll round it up a bit more. As I buy in meters not yards I will frequently by the yd amount but in meters so I have a little extra anyway.

Love those fabrics too!

Patice said...

I'm in! Any excuse to buy new fabric! lol. Can't wait.

Clair said...

Looks cute. But I won't be making it. I need to make that Minnesota quilt for Bruce's birthday.

sewnsusan said...

I always buy a little more than I need. I can always make a pillow with the leftovers.

Laural said...

When I buy I round up to either the the next 1/2 yard or yard.

Islay said...

I always buy way more than I'm told (not that I ever particularly follow patterns, but on the odd time I do). However, scraps are one of my favourite things - I'd rather make a scrap quilt than an actual quilt, if you know what I mean, so it's never bothered me! Which is no help to you at all...

Definitely up for a quilt along - I can't get enough of fussy, teeny weeny pieces at the moment.

Brenda Rae said...

When I buy fabric for a pattern, I usually get what is called for. Can't recall a time I needed more. As for the quilt along - just gotta do it!

Anonymous said...

A newbie to your blog, looking forward to joining in. I was just reading some of your old blogs, and I do believe you just celebrated a birthday yesterday. So, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Busy Little Quilter said...

When I write patterns and figure the yardage, I too round up a quarter of a yard. Personally, it doesn't bother me to have a little more fabric than I need.

When I buy patterns, I buy a little more than I need, too.

What frustrates me is when I buy a kit in a quilt store and there isn't enough fabric.

J said...

I'm in. This would be my second quilt so it should be fun. Washing fabric to be prepared.

Corrie said...

yes yes yes I'll be in! all the way from australia

Corrie:)

Dorrie said...

Sounds like fun! I do write patterns, and I always round up the measurement to the width of the largest strip required of each fabric (this allows for cutting errors)~I don't purchase too many patterns anymore, but when I did I always bought a little extra, just in case; come to think of it, I still buy just a pinch more when buying backing fabrics. I'm such a junky!

Dawn said...

Is there still time to join in? Love, love the new line - am sure it will be a must buy this summer.

Princess Martha said...

I always buy too much fabric....hence the massive fabric stash in my house! I would love to join in also. What do we do? I am using my mobile at moment, so best grab the computer and read the full blog post for details :-) count me in though!

Regi said...

Count me in... this sounds very exciting.

Mama Sews! said...

don't know it I'll join in on this one or not, I have like 5 quilts waiting to be finished already. BUT, I just had to say I'm so thrilled to see you back, I had no idea you were blogging again until i read about it on another blog. :) Your quilting just sparks my creativity! Yippee!

kelli said...

Ooh, I'm in. I've been contemplating a 9-patch for my son's bed of oranges, blues and whites...(We're Gator fans through and through!) But I think I might like this better...a little more interesting. Of course, I might always change my mind and make it for me instead...we'll see!
Also--I always buy more fabric if I can help it. That way I have room to mess up and change my mind!
kelli
kellbell_6@hotmail.com

Nan said...

Yay!!! Amanda, I am soo glad you are back and YES!!! i want to do the quilt along with you. Can't wait to get started.

Beth said...

I sooooo want to do this quilt along. And there is a fq bundle at my local quilt shop that I would buy to do it with. I have been eyeing it up for a while... this would be the perfect excuse to purchase!!!

dara said...

I am so happy to read your blog again- I want to do this too- dara

Melissa said...

This is my first quilt along. So excited! I'm off to look through my fabric. :)

Over40 said...

I'm a new quilter and I buy exactly what I'm told...

Rebekah said...

What a cute pattern! I can't commit, but I will be following along and hope to make it sometime down the road.

Linda said...

oooh! I love this! It would be a good scrap pattern too! Oh, and by the way, welcome back my friend, I just found out you were back today... ;)

Sewlmate Sister said...

OMG...I can't pass this one up, so cute, and looks easy peasy!!!Count me in!

Bethany said...

This will be my first quilt along! I can't wait to do some cross-border shopping to find my fabrics :) I'm so glad you're back!

Tapestry Tree said...

Well, after much debate with myself.....I'm in on this one. I have not done a quilt along before so should be interesting. Love your colors!

Kelli said...

Amanda Jean, (or anyone with an idea)
I had a question for you--I was thinking of making it a full-size bed quilt. Any suggestions? I'm not sure how to add width without adding length? I can always just use different fabrics and make it twin-sized and give it to my husband (he's so tall he always complains that throws are too short to keep him covered!), and I may do that anyway, but any ideas on widening it??
THANKS!!
kelli
kellbell_6@hotmail.com

Heather said...

Oh my how cute. I usually don't follow patterns I just sew what comes to my head or I see on other blogs. The few I have followed I always round up a little. I'm sure to make some kind of mistake plus then I can add to my scrap stash. However I will say one time when following directions I ended up with a ton of extra fabric. It was one of my first pattern quilts and I bought everything to the T. They had an out outrageous amount of fabric needed for the binding. ??? Guess they didn't realize you could cut several strips out of the yardage...I don't know maybe I goofed but I still have some of that material left.

Aimee said...

Oh wow! Just bought all the fabric today....can't wait to start on this one. I have been looking for a new project.