2016 Column Along
For the 2016 Rainbow Scrap Challenge, I will be designing a column-along quilt. What is a column-along quilt you might ask? It is just like a row by row quilt, but when I did the math, mine just worked out better vertically than horizontally. I think it gives the quilt a "modern" flair. Then again, modern isn't my thing, so maybe I'm just imagining things.
Each of the 10 columns will feature a block between 3 and 9 inches in finished size. All blocks will be traditional pieced blocks! The 9 inch blocks will be a bit more complicated than the 3 inch blocks, so don't worry about the size range. At the beginning of each month I will post a new block tutorial and let you know how many to make for the twin sized 60 by 72) or couch size (60 by 60) version of the quilt. Just follow along using the colors of the month and you will be ready to sew your rows together before the end of the year.
As always, feel free to change things up along the way and make them your own. It won't hurt my feelings if you decide that you don't like orange or prefer to simplify or substitute a block along the way. You could even do your own math and add more rows to make a larger quilt if you like. The choices are limitless!
There are no fabric requirements for the blocks themselves, as I encourage you to use your scraps. I will be using a bundle of 10 hand dyed fabric palates from Vicki Welsh, with 4 fat quarters per bundle. I am sure that will be more than enough. If you want to use a consistent background fabric though, I calculated out the math and 3 yards should be plenty. Mine is going to be solid parchment from Connecting Threads. It is a very light grey, less stark than white and a little different from ivory for a nice change of pace.
January block Twinkler Star (9 inches) printable PDF
February block Patience Corner printable PDF
March block Large Butterfly printable PDF
April block Whacky Pinwheel
May block Flying Geese
June Split Pinwheel
July Indian Hatchet
September Staggered Steps
October Cross Plus