Monday, December 3, 2018

Hand Pieced QAL: Fabric Requirements

Have you been enjoying all of hand piecing basic tutorials?  You can find a link to all of them plus everything you need to know about the QAL here.

A bit less then a month to go until the kick-off for the Hand Pieced QAL - mark your calendars for Monday, January 7.  In the kick-off post, we will reveal the quilt, the prizes (!!!) and details about the schedule.  We are excited to share our quilt tops.

Today, we want to share a bit more about the quilt we'll be hand piecing and give you a sneak peak on fabric requirements.

We will be making a sampler quilt made up of 9 blocks.  The first four blocks are basic skill builders designed to help everyone tackle the skill of hand piecing.  The blocks finish at 6'' and are perfectly sized for scraps.

While we won't be able to give you precise yardage for the primary fabrics, we can give you some idea of  the range of fabric yardage by looking at several options:

  • Two color quilt (i.e. primary color plus background): Requires 1/2 yard of the primary color
  • Four colors plus background: Requires a fat-quarter (18 x 22'') of each of the four fabrics.  (A 1/4 yard cut WOF would also work.)
  • Each block in a different color: Requires fat-eighth (9 x 22'') for each of the nine fabrics  

The yardage for the background fabric will depend on the setting you choose for your blocks.  We'll have two options for this too, namely:

  • Traditional set, finishes ~23 x 23":  Requires 3/4 yard of background fabric
  • Set on-point, finishes ~35 x 35": Requires 1 ¼  yards of background fabric
I've chosen the on-point setting and will be using those awesome rainbow fabrics (pictured above) for my blocks.

Moda generously provided this beautiful bundle of Zen Chic Spotted for me to use for our QAL.  I will be making a second quilt in a different colorway - can't wait to get started!  Now go visit Kristin from Simple Handmade Everyday to see the fabric she has been sewing with!

Fat Quarter Shop has some great fat-eighth bundles to choose from.  Look for the smaller sets - about 10 fabrics - for your quilt!

For more information on the QAL including catching up with any tutorials you've missed, please visit the main event page - Hand Pieced QAL.   

You can also join our Hand Pieced Quilt Along Facebook Group and / or subscribe to our newsletter so you'll be among the first to know about new block tutorials.

Have a wonderful day! Patty


  1. I have a fabric combo already pulled that I think will be PERFECT for this project! Actually, I have two choices. Can't wait to get started. Thanks for waiting till the holidays are over.

  2. What a luscious rainbow of fabrics to work with!!

  3. I'm so grateful to have this to look forward to in January. I agree with Libby: with so much to do in this month, it's nice that you're starting with the new year. Thanks!

  4. So excited. Like a Christmas present we can't wait to open!

  5. Maybe I will go for one main colour and one background. Have a lot of batiks from Indonesia that I need to use. Especially now that I bought more .... thank you for "pushing" us to try out new things.

    1. I have hand sewn w/batiks and just want to say that they are a different texture from most of the quilt fabrics that we use. They are much more tightly woven and so pushing the needle through is challenging. You might want to practice on some first to make sure you want to use them on this project. I love batiks and can't resist them, but I use them for machine piecing and sewing! Just my opinion on batiks!

  6. Hi Patty! Ooooh-la-la, that fabric!!! It drew me right in - come and see the pretties. HAHA! I'm using that same fabric for another QAL that starts in January, I'm sorry to say. It would be so hard to limit yourself to only nine colors from all of those gorgeous ones. Happy Happy Monday to you. ~smile~ Roseanne

  7. Thanks for this! I bought a fat eighth bundle of Blueberry Park when it was a flash sale for Black Friday at Fat Quarter Shop, I think I might use it for this project! Now to decide on a background...

  8. I can't wait to see the design, what a great collection of fabrics!

  9. That is a beautiful bundle. I am running short on tone-on-tone fabrics, may have to get some of that. Thanks for sharing, Patty!


  10. Those are beautiful fabrics. I need to look over your tutorials as hand stitching is not something I have ever tried (except for mending, and I'm pretty bad at that).

  11. Thanks! I'm probably using two colors, so this makes it easy!

  12. Got all of my blocks done and plan to do the on-point setting. Does the yardage requirements listed include the sashing and large corner triangles?


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