Indie Folk designed by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery fabrics is stunning. My customer was torn between this line and one other. She made the right choice. Yes, this is a commissioned king sized quilt. A bonus as I’m working on this quilt, I am creating a video highlighting my process. Can’t wait to share with you that process.
Lots of prep work goes into making a king sized quilt. Half yard bundles of the fabric line were necessary and Fat Quarter Shop had the full line and great pricing.
For a patchwork quilt I prefer to incorporate coordinating solids. No one near me sells Art Gallery solids and I really struggled to find them online, especially at a price I liked. Crimson Tate stocks FreeSpirit solids and they coordinated well with Indie Folk’s colors.
To maximize the fabric I cut 4.5 inch squares. That means ALOT of squares for a king sized quilt. My customer wants patchwork and this delivers that design element. This step was probably the longest out of all of them since I needed around 700 squares.
Even the scrappy strips and snippets are delightful.
Cleaning my sewing area after cutting was imperative. This project will take over all my workspace for the next few weeks. Having it organized and ready to work at all times is a huge time saver. Taking the 10 minutes to clean was well worth it.
When prepping for a big project, this is a great time to check your machine as well. I prepped three bobbins, cleaned and oiled my machine before starting any piecing. Also, I put in a fresh needle for piecing.
The last step for preparation is sorting my fabrics. This project I sorted by the print or solid. Some projects I will sort by color, especially if a scrappy quilt. You need some space to make a sort effective. Using an extra cutting mat or folding table is helpful.
Next week I hope to share my portion on piecing the top. Any guesses how many rows I need for this quilt?