Week One - Let's get started.

Week One – Let’s get started.

I am assuming  you have pattern in hand and are ready to choose your fabrics. Everyone has their own tastes, style and way of choosing fabric so you don’t have to choose my colours BUT, if you did like what I chose, here is where I started. I spent some time with Monique at Modern Bee in Virgil  
arranging the bolts in the order the flying geese would be laid out in the pattern and that helped me determine which fabrics worked best. 

Then I took a picture. Some times you are so close to the fabric you can’t get a sense of the values (light or dark) of the fabric you are using and either the colours all blend together and you don’t get a contrast and maybe – just maybe – you don’t like the colour combinations.
There is great information on Craftsy about choosing a colour palette for quilting projects. In the end, you just have to like the fabric you have chosen. Especially if you are sleeping under it! These are the fabric choices I made and the Modern Bee kits use these fabrics subject to availability. 

I want to talk about the red fabric for the Maple leaves. Red is notorius for bleeding so test a sample first. There are several schools of thought about pre-washing or not. I choose the not group and I did get stung once when the red ran. Thankfully Colour Catchers saved me. You can buy them online and most often at your local quilt shop. In this case, if you pre-wash the red alone it will be fused to the background fabric using the fusible web and then seriously quilted so you won’t see the difference between washed and not washed together.

Other supplies I like to use:

  •  WonderUnder is my preferred fusible web. Aurfil thread for piecing and quilting.
  • The Debbie Tucker Wing clipper.
  • Frixon pen or other fabric marker. There is a whole school of thought on markers. I have had success with Frixon ironing it out and washing aftwards as well. I won’t be sending it in a plane to a quilt show so it is not an issue. Just a reminder the pattern is a personal use only.
  • Spray Baste. I do use it along with pinning for making my quilt sandwich.
  • Sewing Machine with walking foot. The walking foot is a must have for all the walking you will be doing over the top of your quilt. For all you quick quilters, head on over to Craftsy and my favourite modern quilter and walking foot guru Jacqui Gering. Jacqui has an excellent beginner class that was my starting point with machine quilting with a walking foot. I will be working with you on how I quilted the Canada 150 in weeks 5-7 but there is a lot of learning to be had following Jacqui.
  • 1/4″ foot (not essential but helps with accurate piecing)

Cutting your fabric. I have included two graphics in the pattern showing the assembly and the layout for cutting out the sections of the quilt. Please pay attention to the layout of the blocks and cut them as indicated. Mark the top of each block so you will remember the orientation of the block. It will make quilting easier if you have all the pieces going in the same direction. The width of fabric (WOF) is measured selvage to selvage and has more give or stretch in the fabric than the length of fabric (LOF) which is the direction along the selvages. 

You will have plenty of fabric to use the flying geese directions in the pattern or the “4 at a time” method. If you are not worried about the direction of the fabric print on your ” wings”, you will find the Debbie Tucker (4 at a time)method easy. I will be going over the Wing Clipper method in week 2 of the Quilt Along. The directions for using the wing clipper are not in the pattern. 
*Hold off on cutting your flying geese, if you want to try the “4 at a time” method with the Wing Clipper.*