I've decided that I'm going to post, step-by-step, how my new quilt comes together. Since I'm trying to blog every day of November, I thought this would be a good way for me to do that. (Blogging every day this month is sort of participating in NaBloPoMo (which is on my list) but I didn't actually sign up.)
This also might help me to actually meet the 15 minute challenge a few more times this year, as well as to finish another quilt (see #19 on my list).
So, the next step on this quilt is figuing out how much fabric to get. I usually just guess at it and have either way too much or not nearly enough. Here are my calculations and it looks like I need to get one yard of each fabric. (Let's hope I did the calculations correctly.) I usually do this in my notebook, but I didn't want to draw the pattern by hand.
Oops. I just realized that this says the number of strips needed for each color, but it's actually the number of blocks.
I'm thinking of making 4 inch blocks in the quilt, which means the finished size of each block needs to be 4½ inches. I was too lazy to figure this out myself so I did some research on the internet to find out what size to cut my blocks to end up with the size of block I want. The blogs/sites I read pretty much all said that the blocks, before being made into HSTs, needed to be 7/8 inches larger than the finished size, or 5⅜, so I'm cutting the strips/blocks to 5½ (giving myself a smidgen of extra that can just be cut off). But then I'm wondering, when they say finished size, do they mean the 4 or the 4½ inches? I'm hoping it refers to the 4 inch block, because I'm doing both HSTs and QSTs and I'm worried that I need to add another ⅜ or ½ (I can't remember which) to each of the pieces of the QST blocks. I'm going to check the sample block I made last week to see what size the blocks that started out at 3 ¼ squares ended up.
I am excited about starting this quilt. I want to go to the quilt shop and see what fabrics I can find.