Thursday, October 17, 2013

Penny Patch: Materials List

This post is part of a series {Penny Patch} a Beginner’s Quilt-Along.  You can join in anytime, even if you’re not a beginner!  Please see this page for links to all posts, and join us on Flickr to share your questions and work-in-progress!

Ok, here's the supplies list for your Penny Patch quilt.  You'll want to have quilt top fabrics in hand by the last week of this month so that you can be ready to sew in November!  Finishing supplies, which include backing and binding fabrics, basting spray, batting and walking foot attachments, won't be needed until December.

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Mmmm.... gathering fabrics.  I love this part!  This simple supplies list is designed for you self-starters.  If you would like help choosing a balance of color and neutrals to achieve a similar effect to my Vintage Tangerine quilt, hold off on ordering until you see tomorrow's post - Color Scheme Ideas. 

Note:  all supplies assume 44" wide fabric unless otherwise noted.  

Supplies for a Baby Penny Patch (42" x 54")
Supplies for a Throw Penny Patch (60" x 72")
Supplies for a Twin Penny Patch (66" x 90")
Tools for All Quilts

Helpful Info

Q:  What's a fat quarter?

A:  A "fat quarter" is a specific cut of fabric, measuring 18" x 22".  It's a half yard (18" x 44") cut in half to make a quarter yard that's more useful then a "thin" quarter yard.  A thin quarter yard would measure 9" x 44".  Be sure to buy fat quarters, not thin ones!  The cutting directions will be based on working with fat quarters.   Most online shops are happy to sell in fat quarters.  If you're buying locally and they don't want to cut fat quarters, you'll have to buy half yards and spend twice the money.

Q:  Can I buy 1/2 yards instead?

A:  If you know your way around fabric, you can buy anything you like and make it work with a little extra brain power.  You can also work from scraps!  But, if you're a beginner, I recommend sticking to fat quarters.  Doing so will give you more fabric variety than buying the equivalent amount of fabric in half yards (2 Fat Quarters = 1 Half Yard).  If you are making the twin sized quilt, feel free to convert some fat quarters to half yards since you don't need nearly that much fabric variety!  Again, I don't recommend a twin for your very first quilt.

Q: Why basting spray?

A:  It's easier and faster.  In my opinion, this is much more user-friendly than pins.  I'll be demonstrating basting with basting spray.

Q:  What's a walking foot?

A:  Don't you have two?  Kidding.  Without a walking foot, your sewing machine pulls fabric from the bottom only.  When you're sewing a thick quilt, this uneven feeding will easily cause puckers and bunching.  A walking foot pulls the fabric from the top as well.  I promise it will come in handy on countless projects!

25 comments:

  1. This is getting more and more exciting. Thank you for doing this.

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    1. I hate picking fabric so I am really looking forward to tomorrow's post.

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  2. Rachel ---- you are THE nicest person on this earth. Thank you so much yet again. Lots of Love P xxx

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  3. Can't wait for your Color Schemes post! Thanks for the great list . . .

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  4. Yay! Although the idea of choosing 32 fat quarters that coordinate gives me hives :-) What kind of ratio of colours do I need - I know - wait til tomorrow. Patience is clearly not my virtue :-)
    E xx

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  5. I want to make the throw size and I have a complete set of Carnaby Street (20 fat quarters). It's busy, am I going to need some solids to mix in?

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    1. I would personally mix in solids and/or low volumes. It all depends on the effect you want, but generally speaking I think the solids will help the Carnaby prints shine instead of overwhelming each other.

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    2. Thanks, I'm mildly freaking out here.... Not sure I've made the right decision. Going to have to look at this some more tonight and actually pull some fabric down..

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  6. i'm looking forward to tomorrows post, to help me with picking out a color scheme!!

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  7. I actually have fabrics in mind...So excited

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  8. Hello Rachel, could you please tell me what fabric is the striped aqua/teal that you have up there? Its the very first one on the bottom of the pile. It looks like a dotted stripe kinda maybe? Thanks so much, I"m getting excited :)

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    1. That's one of my favorites! It's Lush Running Stitch, I think? It may be hard to find. The green version is available at Lark Cottons.

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  9. Hi,
    Would I be able to use a layer cake and extra yardage to cut pieces from? I would like to make a throw size.
    Thanks

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    1. I suppose so! I won't be writing directions for working with layer cakes, but so long as you buy plenty of extra yardage you can always make it work. Just use up as much of the layer cakes as you want/can and go from there.

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    2. Thanks, I have a bunch of layer cakes, a ton of scraps, and yards of white fabric. I'll make it work! Thank you!!

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  10. this will be my first quilt start to finish...i have several started! I want to use the scraps and stash of fabrics I have to make it work...that should be okay, right?

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  11. Hello, this is my first QAL and I have a silly question. For the Throw size, does this require 20 totally different fat quarters? I am assuming it does. I have dome duplicates. I think I just need to figure out how to swap out. Thank you.

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    1. I'm glad you asked! Yes, I recommend 20 different fabrics just so your quilt has a nice variety. However, if you don't mind having less variety, you could work with identical fat quarters. It would work =)

      By the way you are a "no reply commenter" so I can only reply here and cannot email you. Just wanted to let you know!

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    2. Thank you so much for this information! And, thank you for letting me know about my "no reply" setting. How rude of me. ;) I will figure out how to change that right away.

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    3. Glad to help! FYI (and anyone listening) I and most others don't consider it rude, as some people want to keep their email private for privacy reasons. I didn't mean to make it seem rude =) I just let people know so that they are aware of the option. Emails are usually more convenient for all if privacy is not a concern!

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  12. ok I am curious about the thread you use and why. I have had zero luck with that basting spray got overspray on carpet and soap and water and Murphys oil soap did not work..Ugg had to remove and replace carpet.

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    1. You had to replace the carpet? That's soooo bad! I should specify that I use it on hardwood floors. Yes, there is some overspray, but it comes up next time I mop and doesn't bother me. Wow, thanks for letting me know that it can be such a problem with carpet!

      For thread I am not particularly loyal to one brand. I recently posted On Thread here: http://www.stitchedincolor.com/2013/09/on-thread.html I like to use cotton thread because I like to use natural fibers in general.

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    2. For spray basting on carpet take a Flat Sheet larger than the backing - but, there should be no overspray :-) Here are my steps (and I don't mean to highjack this thread) I still will lay a flat sheet on my carpet - Do make sure to open a window. Put your backing down right side facing the sheet. Make sure it is good and flat - With carpet use colored head pins to keep it flat you can stick through sheet and into carpet and See the pin heads :-) Fold and center your batting. Lay onto the backing (the needle punched side of batting faces up. Fold up a side of the batting spray ONLY on the batting, press down and fold another section of the batting up -- If you are only spaying onto the batting you should get no overspray - and 1 can should last 6 Crib or 4 Lap size, It does not need to be "wet" just a spritz down the fold, I do put a nicer spritz on the edges. Anyway this avoids overspray. Thanks Rachel I'm joining along with a friend and totally going to change the colors, need more boy Quilts4Kids :-) Am excited to get cutting now.

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  13. Hi Rachel! I am a beginner quilter from Malaysia and I am so hungry for beginner project that looks modern and pretty. I am going to attempt this quilt, throw size - which will be the biggest for me as I have only made baby quilts so far. I know I am late, I will just do this in my own time and will be updating on my blog. Thank you for hosting this quilt along it is really useful for us beginners *hugs*

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