Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Mystery Quilts: Other fabric requirements.

Mystery Quilts: Other fabric requirements.

I order to make good choices it is important to have selected the feature fabrics first!

The other fabric are divide into 2 types:

Frame fabric. This fabric will be used to frame the feature fabrics to ensure they stand out. It need to be a contrasting fabric to all the others and is probably better if one solid color; for example: white, yellow, red, navy, black. You will need approximately 2 yards (queen) or 1 1/4 yards (single). This will be cut into 1 1/2" strip or 2 1/2 strip first border.

Background fabrics. These need to tone with your feature fabrics, however they need to be small scale prints or tone on tone, and most of them need to be less bright than the feature fabrics. This is a great way to use up lots of little bits.  You will need approximately the equivalent of 6 yards (queen) or 3 1/2 yards (single)  These will be cut into strips 2 1/2", 3 1/2" or  4 1/2"


Highly symmetrical quilt: my feature fabrics will be Japanese figures printed on a light  fabric, therefore my background fabrics will be mainly navy, bottle green, black or burgundy red to pick up the colors in printed figures. My Frame fabric will be white. Pictured left to right : feature fabric, frame fabric, background fabrics.

Spontaneous quilt: my feature fabrics will be Australian animals with a green printed on a light  fabric, therefore my background fabrics will be mainly yellows and green. My frame fabric will be brown. Pictured left to right : feature fabric, frame fabric, background fabrics.

 PS I have decided there is not enough contrast in this selection ... I will re do tomorrow and up date

A finished block showing how the background fabrics pick up the colors in the feature fabrics


Mystery Quilt - Feature Fabrics

I am going to have 2 mystery quilts with the sewing up by January 14. 
However I am going to put up the fabric and cutting requirements beforehand to enable you to fit this in with your lives.

I began this project as one quilt in 2 sizes but the 2 quilts ended up being very different in character. The instructions are for the central panel - I will make some suggestions for the borders to be added to make the required size.

1.  Highly symmetrical quilt Queen: 74" square (queen or double size with borders). This will be actually the simpler option to piece due to the symmetry. If you are a fan of my Trinity Celtic Knot quilt please choose this option.

2. Spontaneous quilt Single: 44" x  64" ( single or Aussie hero size with borders). This quilt is not symmetric and therefore has a more modern look.

These quilts is planned around some large feature fabric pieces.  They do not need to all be cut from the same fabric.   If any of you are like me you have those fabrics in your stash that you just don't want to cut up too small and loose the impact.

These are the sizes of the feature fabric pieces you will need:

1.  Highly symmetrical quilt, Queen :including seam allowances of 1/4 "

ONE 18 1/2" x 18 1/2 "    FOUR 7  1/2" x7 1/2"     FOUR 5 1/2" x 5 1/2  "     TWO 8 1/2"wide x 12 1/2" high   TWO 12 1/2" wide by 8  1/2 " high         TWO 9  1/2" wide x 6 1/2 " high    TWO   6  1/2" wide x 9 1/2 " high

2.  Spontaneous quilt, Single: including seam allowances of 1/4 "

ONE  12 1/2" x 12 1/2"  FOUR 6  1/2" x 6 1/2 "           THREE 5 1/2 " x 5 1/2 "        ONE  9 1/2 " wide x 6  1/2" high         ONE  4  1/2" wide x 6  1/2  high                    ONE  6  1/2" wide x 8  1/2 " high        ONE  7 1/2" wide x 5  1/2" high

The next post has the other fabric requirements.