Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Summer on the Coast QAL: Fabric Requirements and Suggestions

Welcome to Month 1 of the Summer on the Coast QAL!

Today we'll be focusing on yardage requirements and fabric selection. Click over to Craftsy to download a printer-friendly version!
This quilt can be made with yardage or scrappy – we’ve included the approximate number of yards you will need with a little bit of wiggle room, but feel free to add a little extra.
Sizes and approximate yardage:
Baby: 42x60 – 5 yards total, 2 yards background recommended
Throw: 60x60 – 6 yards total, 2.5 yards background recommended
Twin: 78x90 –  8 yards total, 3.5 yards background recommended
Note: yardage does not include binding or backing. If you would want to use one of your fabric groupings for your binding, add on an extra half yard for the baby and throw sizes or an extra yard for the twin size.
You can choose to use as many or as few fabrics as you choose - your quilt will truly be your own design (with a little bit of help from us, of course!) We would recommend using 4-6 different fabrics, but if you are working from at fat quarter bundle, we can make a few recommendations for that as well.
I will be using five different fabrics in my throw quilt version. Here are the yardages of each:
  1. Burgundy floral - 1/2 yard
  2. Burgundy tonal zig zag - 1 yard
  3. Denim tonal zig zag - 1 yard
  4. Olive tonal tiles - 1 yard
  5. Burgundy/denim/olive floral - 2.5 yards (I am considering this my background fabric)

For each unit, we’ll tell you how to pick fabrics in your unit based on what fabrics you have and what fabrics you used where in your previous units! This quilt is completely foundation paper pieced and is designed for even beginner paper piecers to be able to make this quilt. The units will progress from simpler to more difficult. I will give lots of hints and tricks about paper piecing as well as what I will call “pre-cutting” to help save fabric and making some of the units easier to line up.

Are you going to join in? Share your fabric pulls on Flickr in the HBD group or share on Instagram with the hashtag #sotcqal!


Holy wow! Thanks for making us #1 on Craftsy's free downloads today!


  1. I can't wait to get started!

  2. I'm really tempted, but this month is just crazy. Maybe I'll join in next month, assuming it's any slower than March.

  3. Can we sign up for email notifications?

  4. I loaded my fabrics on the Flickr page, with a question about which should be my background and if I have enough. Please let me know so I can start cutting and get caught up, lol.



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