Orbit QAL :: Supply List

The quilt along starts next week!

Today I wanted to talk about fabric and supplies to help you get ready.

rjrquilt

The pattern directions are written using 13 different fabrics + 1 background fabric.

If you follow the pattern design layout you will be using each of the  fabrics in 3 different places, as shown below.

I call these ‘Orbits’, ‘outer squares’ and ‘center squares’.

orbitfabric

You can also easily use up scraps and spare fat quarters if you want a scrappy feel to the quilt.

With my sample, I used a random collection of fabrics from my stash and scrap bin + my 1 yard of background fabric.

Below I’ve listed out two different supply lists.

The first is for those who want to follow the pattern exactly.

The second is for those who are trying to stash bust and want to use what they have.

I’ve also made them into a PDF that you can download and print.

Original Supply List PDF

Scrappy Supply List PDF

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Original Supply List: 60 x 60 finished quilt size

(All listed amounts are for 44″ wide quilting cotton)

• ( 1 ) yard background fabric

• ( 5 ) 1/2 yard cuts (for full circle orbits & accents)

• ( 8 ) fat quarters (for half and quarter circle orbits & accents)

• ( 3 3/4 ) yards backing fabric

• ( 5/8 ) yard binding fabric for 2.5″ wide strips  OR  ( 1/2 ) yard for 2.25″ wide strips

• batting that measures at minimum 64 x 64

You will also need the usual:

• sewing machine/needles/thread

• rotary cutter/ruler/mat

• basting spray or pins

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Fair warning, the scrappy list is a bit more wordy! 😉

Please remember that using scraps is not an exact science.  I’ve given you measurements for the cuts you will need to make and my best estimate of yardage you can do that with.

Going the scrappy route requires a bit more time on your part to make it work.   It’s not hard to do it this way, you just need to be more organized with your pieces and have time for digging through your scrap bins!

**I am breaking it down by design element with the idea that you are using a different fabric for each element.   If you want to use the same fabric for more then one element, you will need to do the figuring based on my measurements.    Please pay attention to the bold sections that tell you how many of each element there are in the pattern so that you pull together enough fabric.

Scrappy Supply List: (broken down by pieces)  60 x 60 finished quilt

Background :: ( 1 ) yard 44″ wide fabric

each Full Orbit :: (2) fat quarters or (3/8) yard

(**There are ( 5 ) full Orbits in the pattern)

The full orbit is just a few inches shy of being cut from 1 fat quarter. (I know, annoying! Sorry!)    You also need to take into consideration directional prints if you want the fabrics to ‘flow’ around the circle.

( 4 ) 10.5″ x 5.5″ rectangles

( 2 ) 6″ squares cut on the diagonal to make ( 4 ) HST (half square triangle)

fullorbit

(click on the image to enlarge)

each Half Orbit :: (1) fat quarter

(**There are ( 4 ) half orbits in the pattern)

( 1 ) 10.5″ x 5.5″ rectangle

( 1 ) 6″ square, cut on the diagonal to make ( 2 ) HST

( 2 ) 5.5″ squares

halforbit

(click on the image to enlarge)

each Quarter Orbit :: (1) fat quarter or scraps that equal the below measurements

(**There are ( 4 ) quarter orbits in the pattern)

( 2 ) 5.5″ squares

( 1 ) 6″ square, cut on the diagonal to make ( 1 ) HST.  Set aside extra half.

quarterorbit(click on the image to enlarge)

each full Outer Square :: scraps for measurements below

(**There are ( 5 ) full Outer Squares in the pattern)

( 2 ) 10.5″ x 3″ rectangles

( 2 ) 3″ x 5.5″ rectangles

outersquarecut

(click image to enlarge)

each half Outer Square :: scraps for measurements below

(**There are ( 4 ) half Outer Squares in the pattern)

( 1 ) 10.5″ x 3″ rectangle

( 2 ) 3″ squares

halfsquare(click image to enlarge)

each quarter Outer Square :: scraps for measurements below

(**There are ( 4 ) quarter Outer Squares in the pattern)

( 1 ) 3″ x 5.5″ rectangle

( 1 ) 3″ square

quarteroutersquare(click image to enlarge)

 • each full Center Square :: scraps for measurements below

(**There are ( 4 ) full Center Squares in the pattern)

( 1 ) 5.5″ square

squarecut(click image to enlarge)

each half Center Square :: scraps for measurements below

(**There are ( 8 ) half Center Squares in the pattern)

( 1 ) 3″ x 5.5″ rectangle

halfcentersquare(click on image to enlarge)

• ( 3 3/4 ) yards backing fabric

• ( 5/8 ) yard binding fabric for 2.5″ wide strips  OR  ( 1/2 ) yard for 2.25″ wide strips

• batting that measures at minimum 64 x 64

You will also need the usual:

• sewing machine/needles/thread

• rotary cutter/ruler/mat

• basting spray or pins

I know this is A LOT of information!  I tried to be as thorough and detailed as possible.

If you have any questions or are confused about anything, please leave a comment.

I will answer comments in this post instead of emailing back to you so that others can benefit from your question.

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Tomorrow I will share a PDF printable coloring page of the quilt design so that you can make a mockup if you’d like.

I’ll share how I make mine, complete with fabric and glue.

I like to see the real deal before I commit to cutting, haha!

Lindsey

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10 Comments

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10 responses to “Orbit QAL :: Supply List

  1. Terrific Lindsey, thank you xxx

  2. I’ve been looking forward to finding out what we will need 🙂 Thankyou! Now I can’t wait to pull out some fabric!

  3. Lizzie

    Looking good! Love your photo too!

  4. Denise Boysel

    Sounds great, I’ll attempt itDenise Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2013 21:26:58 +0000 To: sq_dancer576@live.com

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  6. I love the pattern! It will be my first sew along and I am so excited to try! Thank you, Lindsey!

  7. I love this pattern and have my fabrics pulled! yay! My only question is I am trying to make it a little longer, and based on the pattern I cannot figure out what I should do to add to it? 😦 I may just add borders but I wanted to see if anyone had any ideas first! Thanks!! 🙂

  8. Monica

    Do you have any ideas on how to make it bigger? I’d like something more like 80″ or 85″ maybe.

I truly appreciate your comments, thank you for taking the time to leave one! Lindsey

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