Modern Blocks Quilt Along – Choosing Your Fabric

Choosing fabric for a new project, especially a sampler-style quilt with a range of blocks is always a little daunting. Especially in this kind of quilt-a-long when you don’t know the precise amount of fabric needed as we’re all doing a wide range of blocks to be announced along the way! But we’ve got a few tips to help you get started.

Essentially you need a healthy stack of fat quarters of 3 – 5 colours. This will give you a variety of options when selecting your fabric for each block. Be mindful of what solid you’re going to choose for the background – if you’re going to use white as your solid, avoid prints with lots of white so as to keep the contrast.

Modern Blocks QAL Sample Honey Honey

One easy option is to use a line of fabric, picking out a few prints from some of the main colourways. This sweet little stack of Honey Honey by Kate Spain features some of the navy, blue, pink and orange colourways to create a fresh, cohesive colour scheme. This is certainly the easiest option, and will help use up some of those bundles sitting around… or is that just me?

Modern Blocks QAL Sample Fabric Pull

Another option is to create a colour scheme and pull from your stash. I chose a purple print from Bohemian Soul by Pat Bravo and then grabbed a few prints from the four main colours in the print, including the green version of the print.

The third option is to choose scraps as you go, according to the block design and the sizes of fabric needed!

What else will you need these measurements are for a standard 3×4 block layout with 1.5″ sashing resulting in a 42″ x 55.5″ quilt1.5 yards background fabric
2/3 yard sashing fabric
2 1/2 yards backing fabric
1 2/3 yards batting
1/2 yard binding fabric

Modern Blocks QAL

Alyce (226 Posts)

Living in Japan, Alyce spends her days mothering 2 little monkeys, quilting, blogging at Blossom Heart Quilts, and revelling in the fabrics of Japan!


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  1. […] Alyce suggested 3-5 fat quarters as a starting point. There’s half a metre of each of the fabrics across the top (the bottom fabric is probably my backing, there’s 2 metres) […]

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