Here we go! Are you ready?
It’s the Canning Season Quilt-Along!
For this quilt, I altered the construction method to make it easier to make the quilt scrappy, and it allows for playing around with the layout a bit more, since the blocks are made in sections. And I’ve left off the appliqué.
Here’s the quilt:
I had trouble with my pictures (when do I not?), but I hope to have much better pictures to share with you next week. Here’s a close-up that might help when you’re deciding on fabrics:
I made my quilt using all the pieces from the Vintage Kitchen line by Andrea Muller for Riley Blake Designs. It fits in with my retro ’50s theme perfectly! But it will also look great in lots of various scraps, no matter what your tastes. I’m anxious to see what you all come up with for color combinations for this quilt!
The finished quilt measures 74″ x 91″.
Here are the materials requirements:
Background: 6 1/2 yards
I used all one fabric for my background, but you could make your background scrappy, if you wish. An assortment of low-volume prints, or a mix of creams and light tans, would also work great, and help you use up stash if you’re needing to do that.
Prints: 3 1/2 yards total, in as great a variety as you want (the more, the better).
I used 21 different fat quarters, which was more than I needed total, but it gave me a greater variety to sprinkle around my quilt top.
Binding: 3/4 yard
The quilt is machine pieced, so you’ll need your sewing machine in good working order, and you’ll need a rotary cutting system (ruler, cutter, mat). Thread in a neutral color to match your fabrics, and basic sewing supplies, and you’ll be all set to get this quilt done.
Here’s a mockup of the quilt done in the original colors of the Corn and Beans and Other Things block, so you can see how it might look in a specific color way, or in a more planned scrappy version. (Plus, this gives you a little better idea of the quilt’s layout than the photo does.)
Here’s the Quilt-Along schedule:
I’ll try to remember to come back and make these links live as each step is posted. They will also be available in the sidebar on the main page for easy access to each step as we progress.
If you have any questions, be sure and let me know. I’ve had a few computer problems today, so in my frazzledness, it’s entirely possible that I forgot to mention something!
Have fun picking your fabrics! I hope you’ll join us for Canning Season!