Math and planning ahead for a quilt may be my least favorite part. Most of the time I wing it and get really frustrated when I realize I don’t have enough fabric. That leaves me scrambling and digging through my scrap trash bag. That could be why backing and binding can be my least favorite part of quilting.
Carrie Merrill of Carrie Actually has created a handy workbook to help with all the quilty math from piecing to binding. Properly titled Quilty Math Workbook.
I’m going to print out a few copies of the Strip Pieced Backing Worksheet and Binding Worksheet to keep in my work station. For my recent finish, Stacked Bella Windmills, this would have been really helpful. A fat quarter of V Christenson’s Simply Style blue floral print was all that I had for binding. I cut 7 strips and started adding my binding.
As you can see below I actually needed 9.
As a midnight quilter, this would have saved me some time. Next quilt.
This workbook will be essential as I finish a collaboration quilt with a friend. I want to use all stash fabrics and use some yardage up. I plan to use the Pieced Back Worksheet so you can compare if it’s better to have strips vertically or horizontally.
The workbook is also great if you are planning a quilt and need to buy fabric. It can be a real money saver. Plus at $15 for the workbook if it saves you 1.5 yards of fabric, it’s worth buying to have on hand. I plan on working through my stash much more next year and this workbook will be by my side. Plus maybe it can help me decide IF I REALLY need more fabric. 🙂
Know a new quilter looking for resources as they get started? This would be a great gift in a cute binder to keep on hand. Stocking stuffer?
Disclosure: I received a free copy of the workbook to review and opted for no compensation for referral workbooks purchased. My husband swears I’m writing a book review for my 5th grade report card. He’s a comedian.