Friday, 9 September 2011

Dead Simple Quilt Fabric Requirements

The starter post for this Dead Simple QAL is here and please feel free to join at any time.  I would love to see links to blogposts, palette and progress pics so please upload all of these to my Flickr group which you can find here.

Once your palette is picked out, you need to pull fabrics from your stash or go shopping to get together the fabrics needed for your quilt.  I have chosen my palette, matched the Kona solids to that palette and then placed an order for 25 FQs of fabrics from that palette from Sew Fresh Fabrics.  If you want to contact them to discuss them providing the same service for some or all of your fabric requirements for this QAL, they are happy to provide that service for this QAL.  I will be using a mix of solids and prints but you can of course choose all solids, all prints or a mix.

There are two sizes of quilt you could make following this QAL - 50" X 70" and 70" X 90".  And there are two sizes of "blocks" within the possible quilts - 5" charm squares or 9" squares obtaining by cutting a fat quarter into four squares (I will call these quarter fat quarters or QFQs).  You could also take the concept of the Dead Simple quilt, pick and a palette and go off and make any quilt at all and still sew along with us.

For a small charm square quilt, you will need 16 FQs cut into 192 charms to make a quilt 12 X 16 charms and 54" X 72".




For a small QFQ quilt you will need 12 FQs cut into 48 QFQs to make a quilt 6 X 8 QFQs and 51" X 68"




For a large charm quilt you will need 25 FQs cut into 300 charms to make a quilt 15 X 20 charms and 70" X 90"


For a large QFQ quilt you will need 22 FQs cut into 88 QFQs to make a quilt 8 X 11 QFQs and 68" X 93"



I have used my newly acquired EQ7 programme to produce these quilt mock-ups and, although I am only at an early stage in working out what this programme can do, producing these very simple quilt diagrams was dead simple and dead simple is a good thing for a computer numpty like me.  

16 comments:

  1. Think you do yourself an injustice on the computer front - welcome to the world of EQ, no holding you now!

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  2. Can't wait to see your order from Sew Fresh fabrics! I agree with Sheila - you're not a computer numpty!!

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  3. So many ideas! I am not sure yet what I will make, I do want to make some more coasters using this pixelated concept and maybe some pillows and I am still contemplating a lap quilt. Although the concept is "dead simple" there are a whole lot of ideas I have to use it.

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  4. I was planning on truly going 'dead simple' and using only the 5 solids in my palette. It'll be fun to see everyone's ideas come to be!

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  5. So I am think I will do the 16 FQs to make a small quilt...now I need to get some money's and get started;)

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  6. yeehaw! Bring it on! oh my ... what size quilt? - decisions, decisions.

    ... love your EQ quilty things, and you're definitely not a numpty, you're what we'd call a reluctant geek LOL!

    (My meaning of geek being someone who knows a lot about their subject but not necessarily and understanding of how it works!) :)

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  7. I am completely smitten with that citrus, sky blue, gray palette.

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  8. Exciting! Now to dive into my stash and see what needs to be ordered.

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  9. Hahahhaa I loved Sarah@pingsandneedles comment! Geek. Your palettes are gorgy and now I want an EQ7...but I was just gifted Photoshop so I should just let this one go shouldn't I?

    Is it wrong to admit that I am So Excited to get started?? Small or Large...hmmm...what to do, what to do...

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  10. according to sarah's definition, i may be a numpty in many areas. :-)

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  11. so excited!, now all i have to do is get my machine fixed.Or invest in a new one and buy fabric!. gonna work on rachel-lynnes tute tonight!.

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  12. Way to get that EQ out of the box, up and running!!! I know a lot of people who invested big $$ on that program and have done diddly with it. These mock ups and palette pix are fantastic!

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  13. I think I'm feeling the solids right now....I hope that's not too boring...the colors alone feel like a big enough challenge right now.

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  14. Yeah doing a good job with EQ7 - got to start somewhere! But I agree no numpty in your quarter! Try mine!

    Sorry have put this project to one side while I finish off others but will try to catch up later!

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  15. I'm enjoying your blog while trying to beat the heat here in Tunisia (wish Fall would arrive soon). Came over from your "Cut to Pieces" interview. Your posts are very interesting--I liked your discussions about color and fabric choices and also others' works that you show. Thanks so much!
    best, nadia

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  16. Damn, I was not going to do this one, but you sucked me in. I spent the last 2 hours working out my palette in both solids and then prints when I realized that you could do it in prints. I should be able to pul mostly from the stash, but that doesn't mean I won't buy a few new things as well. I need a good fall wall hanging.

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