I've gotten all sorts of e-mails asking me for a little more information on how many squares I made, what yardage I used - and how much of it I used, how did I know which blocks were in the video and so on.
Here's the whole story... a week or so after Thanksgiving, after all the fun we'd had making the Round and Round quilts, Cupcake and I decided that we needed to do something equally entertaining over the Christmas holiday. Patterns were suggested and rejected, and then Cupcake mentioned Camille's video - 25 Half-Square Triangle Blocks.
Bingo! A plan started to emerge. I knew I had some April Showers on the way from Sample Spree and we both had Moda Bella Solid White No. 97 on hand. As soon as fabric arrived, we both started making HTSs. I finished the HTS before Christmas and started posting some pictures on Instagram showing what I was doing, and then showing finished blocks.
I sewed on Christmas Day and finished my quilt that evening. Cupcake finished hers a few days later - she had houseguests for the holiday. She was much better about blogging about her quilt than I was. I know, you're shocked.
Now for the specifics of the quilts Cupcake has dubbed "Shower Shuffle". It was going to be that or "The Camille Shuffle".
Our finished quilts measure 75 1/2" x 75 1/2". That's four rows of four blocks each in a straight setting separated by sashing strips. The blocks finish at 15" x 15". The sashing strips finish at 3" and the border now measures 3 1/4" wide. After quilting, trimming and binding, it will finish at about 3" wide.
Just so you know, we thought about making all 25 blocks but that sort of went against the "finish this in a couple of days" plan. Sixteen big blocks was perfect.
To make 16 blocks, you'll need a minimum of 256 HTSs - 16 HTS for each block. That's 128 print squares and 128 background squares. We decided to make a few extras - 280 HTSs - so we'd have a little room to play and some options. So we both started with 140 print squares and 140 background squares.
We both watched the video until we had memorized every single word, twitch and hand gesture. Okay, so Camille doesn't say anything. I still watched the video more than once. Porquoi? Because I wanted a "cheat sheet" of the blocks in the video and I had to watch the video to get screenshots. Fortunately, Camille has made it much, much easier for everyone - she created a printable download of the blocks. (If you haven't already seen it... or just want to take another look at her wonderfully cute boys and her gorgeous APQ quilt-along quilt.)
Blocks. We cut our squares to measure 5" x 5" for two reasons. First, some of the fabric came in the form of charm squares so they were already cut. Second, both of us like to trim our HTSs down to size. Technically, the squares could have been cut at 4 3/4" x 4 3/4" and still left a little room to trim but really, cutting them at 5" x 5" was probably easier. The amount of extra yardage required - 1/4" per strip multiplied by 16 or 18 - amounted to less than 1/4 yard and we were both fine with that.
Cutting - Background:
- Blocks - HTSs. For 128 squares, cut 16 strips - 5" x 42" crosswise width of the yardage. For 140 squares, cut 18 strips. From each strip, cut 8 squares - 5" x 5".
- Sashing. Cut 2 strips - 15 1/2" x 42" crosswise width of the yardage. From each strip, cut 11 rectangles - 3 1/2" x 15 1/2". Cut a total of 22 rectangles.
- Sashing & Border. Cut 9 strips - 3 1/2" x 42" crosswise width of the fabric. Set 8 strips aside for the outer border. From the remaining strip, cut 2 more rectangles - 3 1/2" x 15 1/2" to make a total of 24 sashing strips.
Cutting - Prints:
- Blocks. From charm packs, layer cakes, FEs, FQs or your scraps / stash, cut a total of 128 - or 140 - squares measuring 5" x 5".
- Cornerstones. Cut 9 squares - 3 1/2" x 3 1/2".
Yardage. The prints are easy - 128 or 140 squares measuring 5" x 5". That would be 3 1/2 charm packs or 1 Layer Cake would be perfect. Fat Eighths aren't the best option because cutting a 5" strip - or even a 4 3/4" strip - won't leave enough to cut a second strip. Unless you want to use that for something else. Fat Quarters will work - 3 strips plus a bit of leftover... enough for a scrappy binding.
Background - 4 1/4 yards is plenty for 128 squares / 4 1/2 yards for 140 squares. It breaks down this way: 2 1/4 or 2 1/2 for the squares for the blocks, 1 yard for the sashing and 1 yard for the borders... actually, 7/8 yard but I like rounding up for something like this.
Backing - Depending on the width of your fabric, you'll need 5 yards or 6 1/2 yards. If you didn't mind piecing the extra strip with four pieces, you could piece a backing big enough with 5 3/4 yards.
Binding - 3/4 yard should be fine. You'll probably need less but that allows for some options - straight grain, bias, width, straightening cuts, etc.
I hope that helps... and if you decide to give it a whirl, either with HTSs you make specifically for the project or serendipitously find in your sewing room, I also hope you have as much fun making this quilt as I did.
And yes, plans are already in the works for some kind of post-Market quilt-along.
I'd start now but my "business manager" tells me absolutely not.
Still... something else might be in the works.
I have all these red, yellow and gray charm squares that need to be used...