Welcome back to the Snowflake Shimmer Quilt Along! This week we are preparing the fabric for piecing the quilt top (and cutting our binding strips, just to get all of the cutting out of the way).
I timed myself as I went through the quilt making process, and the fabric preparation took me 1 hour. I know we all work at different paces, but I thought that I would try to give you some kind of expectation of the work involved for each step of this process.
Fabric A (suggested light value)
- Cut (6) 6 ⅛ʺ x WOF strips
- Subcut (33) 6 ⅛ʺ x 6 ⅛ʺ squares
Fabric B (suggested medium value)
- Cut (2) 5ʺ x WOF strips
- Subcut (16) 5ʺ x 5ʺ squares
- Cut (1) 8 ½ x WOF strip
- Subcut (4) 8 ½ʺ x 8 ½ʺ squares
Fabric C (suggested dark value)
- Cut (7) 5ʺ x WOF strips
- Subcut (50) 5ʺ x 5ʺ squares
- Cut (13) 8 ½ x WOF strips
- Set aside (3) 8 ½ʺ x WOF strips
- Subcut (2) 8 ½ʺ x 8 ½ʺ squares*
- Subcut (4) 8 ½ʺ x 16 ½ʺ rectangles*
- Subcut (4) 8 ½ʺ x 24 ½ʺ rectangles*
- Subcut (4) 8 ½ʺ x 32 ½ʺ rectangles*
- Subcut (2) 8 ½ʺ x 40 ½ʺ rectangles*
*Refer to the Fabric C Subcutting Diagram
- Cut (9) 2 ½ʺ x WOF strips
Tips and Tricks
First and foremost, double check when you cut Fabric A – it is 6 and 1/8″ and not 6 and 1/4″ strips and squares you will be cutting. Ask me how I know that… 🙂 Yup, I had to cut down each of my 33 squares by 1/8″ the first time I made the quilt. Fabric prep will go a lot faster if you don’t have to do that!
I also want to share my Tips for Handling Large Yardage post. I used this tip a lot during my fabric preparation for this quilt.
If you have requested to be on the email distribution, you will be receiving a link to the PDF for this portion of the Quilt Along. Note that I had 2 people ask to be on the email list but whose email addresses did not work, so please email me at jetgirl8(at)gmail(dot)com if you think that might be you so that I can add you to the list!
Linkup #1 Winners
And to wrap things up, I want to congratulate the winners of the giveaways from Linkup #1! There were 36 entries in the link up and 14 email entries. Using numbers 1-36 for the linkup and 37-50 for the email link ups, I used the random number generator to select winning numbers: 16, 44, 46, and 19. Congratulations to:
Susan S (#16), who won the Bohemian Garden by Maureen Cracknell 10 small spool, 50 wt cotton thread collection from Aurifil!
Nancy S. (#44), who won one PDF pattern from Meadow Mist Designs!
Rosetta W. (#46), who won the Black Birds PDF pattern from Sew Fresh Quilts!
And to Jennifer T. (#19), who won one PDF pattern from Quilting Jetgirl! Emails have been sent to the winners.
Snowflake Shimmer Quilt Along Schedule
Friday, July 1st – Snowflake Shimmer Quilt Along Opens (Fabric Selection)
Friday, July 22nd – Snowflake Shimmer QAL Linkup #1
Friday, July 29th – Snowflake Shimmer QAL (Fabric Preparation Post) <– You Are Here
Friday, August 5th – Snowflake Shimmer QAL Linkup #2
Friday August 12th – Snowflake Shimmer QAL (Piecing Instructions #1)
Friday August 19th – Snowflake Shimmer QAL Linkup #3
Friday August 26th – Snowflake Shimmer QAL (Piecing Instructions #2)
Friday September 2nd – Snowflake Simmer QAL Linkup #4
Friday September 9th – Snowflake Shimmer QAL (Finishing Details)
Friday September 23rd – Snowflake Shimmer QAL Linkup #5 (Final Linkup for Finished Quilts)