Wednesday, April 29, 2015

COUNTRY VILLAGE QUILT-A-LONG! YAY!!! PART 1: Introduction, Schedule and Supply List ;-)

Hi peeps! 

For blocks and cornerstones

As promised in this post last Wednesday, today is the starting point for my Country Village Quilt-A-Long! Below is a hand-drawn example of the Country Village quilt block, designed by me(yay)! Sorry, I was not organized enough to have a sewn up a block for you beforehand…grr... 

So, please bear with me until next QAL post when there will be a real live block for you to see! I don't dare show you my own "test sample" block as it is made up with ancient, hideous, floral prints that I got in a scrap bag from Value Village!!!

I am working with the Maison de Provence fabric line(pictured above) by Connecting Threads. The photos don't do it justice at all, as the prints are so much more rich and vibrant. It is also economical-this line costs only $5.96 a yard!

Just so you know-Connecting Threads has generously provided me with the Maison De Provence fabric, a spool of Essentials thread and the Hobbs batting needed for this QAL, at my request.

Schedule(Wednesdays)...subject to change if I fall behind!!!

1. April 29- Introduction, schedule of posts and supply list.

2. May 6-Cutting fabrics for the Country Village blocks, cornerstones and sashing strips(we will cut the borders and binding strips in later posts).

3. May 13-Instructions for piecing the Country Village blocks.

***4 week break for piecing the 25 blocks***

4. June 17-Adding lattice strips, corner stones, laying out the blocks and sewing them all together. (I have a special way of doing this!)

5. July 1-Cutting and adding both borders.

6. July 7-Preparing the pieced backing and label.

7. July 14-Spray-basting the three-layer quilt sandwich.

**Break now till mid-September/October. It is just too hot to machine quilt!**

8. TBA-Machine Straight-Line and Free-Motion Quilting.

***2+ week break to allow for machine-quilting the entire quilt***

9. TBA-Cutting and sewing the binding to the quilt. 

10. TBA-View of the finished quilt after washing.

These are the three fat quarters that I removed from the 28-piece Maison De Province fat quarter bundle. The print on the left will be used for part of the Country Village block centres and the middle print is the "background" print. I might use the print on the right as corners on the outer border, but that will have to wait till the blocks are put together into a flimsy!

Fabric Requirements and Basic Supplies

*I have included the Connecting Threads fabric names and stock numbers so that you can make your quilt with Maison De Provence, exactly like mine…or you could choose another of their lovely fabric collections!

-25 dark or medium-dark value fat quarters(for blocks)*. I used 25 of the 28-piece Maison de Provence fat quarter bundle, #7213.(A fat quarter is a 18" x 21"-22" cut of fabric). * you could use a linear quarter yard cut(9" x 42") of fabric instead of a fat quarter. 

-0.75 yard of a contrasting medium to medium-light print(block centres).* French Medallion-Parchment, #7172, shown above on left. 
*you will have to piece one square from scraps if you have not also purchased the 28-piece fat quarter bundle…or you can always purchase 7/8ths yard of this fabric.

-4.5 yards of a light fabric(background)-can be a tone-on-tone like mine, above centre and below). Colette-Parchment, #7165.*
*I don't pre-wash my fabrics, so if you do, please purchase 4.75 yards of this fabric. The same goes if you are unsure or new to rotary cutting(buy 4.75 Yds).

-0.5 yard of a dark or medium-dark co-ordinating print(inner border), see burgundy print, second photo down. Feathered Sprigs-Rosewood, #7178.

-1.5 yards dark print,(outer border), see dk. green sprigged print in second photo below. Colette-Med. Mineral Green, #7163.

-1.25 yards dark co-ordinating stripe(bias binding). Cote d'Azur-Multi, #7157.

-2.5 yards wide backing. Amelie 104 Wide Backing-Lt. Mineral Green, #7191.

-100% Cotton or cotton/poly blend thread-Essentials brand in Sandstone, #20950. 

-Batting-queen-sized, must be at least 90" x 90". Hobbs Tuscany Cotton/ Wool Blend Batting, #21303. 

Also: Sewing machine in good working order, rotary cutter with new blade, various square and rectangular acrylic rulers, straight pins, new all-purpose needle in your machine, quilting needle, iron and ironing board.

PS: You can copy and paste these requirements(and the schedule as well) into a word document to make it easier to refer to.

**I will be putting all of the Quilt-A-Long posts under their own tab just under my title header. That way you can find a specific step with ease!

This is for the "pathways" or "background" of the blocks and lattice strips. It is difficult to see in my photo, but this is a tone-on-tone print.

From left: Centres, inner border, outer border and binding-to be cut on the bias.

Backing fabric and my thread choices for piecing and machine-quilting. For piecing, I always use two colours, one slightly darker than the other. For this project, I will be using my 5,000-yard cones of Sandstone, #20982, in the needle, and Taupe, #20980 in the bobbin. I find it easier to distinguish which thread is top and which is bottom this way. I got these two cones during a Connecting Threads sale and they last a super looong time!!!

Queen-sized cotton-wool blend batting. I am SOOO stoked to try this batting out! Has anyone used cotton/wool batting before? It is very light and soft and I think it would beautifully show off hand-quilting.

I hope that you are as excited as I am to get started on this Quilt-A-Long! 

Feel free to leave a comment or email me(my addy is on the "Drop me a line" page), if you need some assistance or even if you don't; I love hearing from you!

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Thanks for reading and have a great day! 

Quilty Huggs, 


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  1. Beautiful Fabrics. I do like your Country Village block - yes it is like a county town isn't it? I can't wait to see it as it comes together. My machine is on vacation - at the repair shop. I'm not sure she will ever be coming back :-( so I will not be joining you.

    1. Hi there Linda…I know your pain, my machine just came back to me after being in the hospital for 2 weeks!!!
      The best part about this QAL is that all of the posts will always be under the "Country Village QAL" tab across the top of my blog-so you can jump in at any time!
      It would be great to have you along!
      Quilty Huggs,


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