MSBHQAL – Sashaying!

The things I do for y’all! I have been doing some intense quilty math tonight in an effort to determine how much fabric you need to get for your sashing. I even spilled a glass of sparkling wine all over my algorithms, but don’t worry, I sucked it up with a straw! You don’t waste the good stuff!
So full disclaimer mode, I’m pretty good at arithmetic. However, this definitely tested my skills, especially providing multiple sized sashing, for multiple sized quilts and different units of measure to boot! In an effort to be safe, I rounded up just a bit. The true test will come when it’s time to sash, and if it doesn’t work out, I’ll be screaming at myself right along with you!
To explain the chart below, you need 3″ WOF for each block you make. If you have purchased the MSBHQALB from Intrepid Thread, the small kit makes 16 blocks, so you need 48″ (1.33 yards / 1.3 metres) and the medium kit makes 32 blocks, so you need 96″ (2.66 yards / 2.5 metres).
How much fabric you need for the sashing between the finished blocks depends on how many blocks, and the size of sashing you want to use. (Sidebar: Every time I type “sashing” my computer tries to auto-correct to “sashaying” and really, could it know me any better? I know, right?!) So, in the chart, you’ll see two options for the width of your finished sashing, 0.5″ and 2″, and two sizes of quilts, 4×4 and 5×6. Again, I’ve tried to inflate your fabric needs by a smidge, because really, are you gonna complain because you have too much fabric? Yeah, I didn’t think so either. Just remember to add the amounts from the “For Blocks” section and the “Between Blocks” section to get the total you need.

Oh, and I wanted to share this solids version I made last night! It’s a bit hard to tell, but I promise there are three different orange fabrics of similar value in there. I’m telling you, solids would be a supafly way to go with this quilt. (Someone please prove me right! Yes, little and lots I am looking straight at you!) 
Also worth highlighting … only three fabrics in one block, and it still looks awesome, right? Exactly. I said, werk. (But not in the skanky way Miley Cyrus chose to do so at the MTV VMAs — gurl, your daddy has more class than that, and that is saying somethin’!)

That is all.

8 Responses

  1. Sooli says:

    Lordy that girl needs to keep that tongue in her mouth and put her clothes back on (that's Miley I'm talking about, not you Molli, but if the tongue fits….)
    On a separate note I think you're onto something with the sashaying – that sounds so much more interesting than sashing a quilt!

  2. Vera says:

    Where all these words comming from? I mean, seriously, sashaying?!? Don't worry, I know pretty well how to use google, lol.

  3. charlotte says:

    The orange solids block is amazing!! If you keep showing such gorgeous stuff, I may have to make more than one version of this quilt. I can see why you love this block so much! Thank you for doing the math. My math skills are sorely tested every time and I always add extra on "just in case". Keep sashaying along.

  4. Oh my gee. I want to do a solids one of these so bad–can't you see pink and orange solids? The mass of awesomeness that is this QAL is quickly sucking me into orbit…

  5. The O's says:

    Say whaaaaaaaaaa'…..???? nice pic of a cake in the side bar. What was this post about again? LOL!

  6. Megan says:

    Awesome quilty maths there sir! Your comment about Miley made me snort with laughter.

  7. Katy Cameron says:

    You need to just take the Amy Butler approach to fabric quantities, think of a large number and double it ;o)

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