I never realized how fun quilting is! I thought I would never be in to quilting (especially because I like to make small things) but once I made one, now I want to make a ton of quilts! I was looking at all my moms quilts and thought this stack and whack "pretty poises" quilt would be fun to make, so I called up Aimee and we decided another quilt day was in store for us.
I liked this pattern, but it had you buy a little bit of extra fabric, so I would recommend to make this:
-8 fat corders
-3 1/3 for the back of the quilt
-l yard for the backing
-1/2 yard for sashing (sashing and binding can be same fabric)
-1/2 yard for binding
-3 fat corders for the poises
*you will still have a little fabric left over, but then you can make a cute little matching bag or something to go with your quilt.
The pattern also has you cut your quilt down to 50 inches and cut 10+ inches off, but I didn't want to do that, and neither did Aimee because we just spent a ton of time sewing it all together (it didn't make sense to cut off a lot of what we had just sewn together so) we just both changed the dimensions of our quilts to about 62inches and squared it off at the very end. It worked out well and the 3 1/3 for the backing is a little to small if you don't cut your quilt down, so get 3 1/2 instead!
-make sure when you cut your piles of fabric, all your fabric you have is in the same order in each pile. Like the same fabrics side by side in different piles. That way when you mix up all your fabrics, they go in the right order!
-the next thing Aimee and I learned is that make sure when you are going through your piles to sew your rows together you sew the right pieces together on the right sides, (or else you might be doing a lot of unpicking to make your rows even on each side) or end up sewing wrong pieces together.
-lastly, count each row you make to make sure it has the right amount of fabric strips in it, or else you might end up with some extras pieces that don't make sense at the end and need to go somewhere :)
*in other words, stack and whack quilts are really fun! Just pay attention to what your doing :)