WIP #6:  Elizabeth Dackson’s Paper Piecing Class Supplies

Julie at Wanna-be Quilter is a planner.  Makes sense considering her job is to organize extended learning for professionals.   Towards this time of the year, my brain power is focused on getting through the end of the school year.  I figured I could worry about it once we got closer.  We are still in the mad rush to cram lessons in and tracking students down to make up missing tests or homework.  In about 2 weeks, we reach a point where lessons are done, no more late work is accepted, and it is time to prep for finals.  Thankfully this is a week or so before then end of school.

Julie on the other hand works on a regular calendar schedule, not on a school calendar schedule.  She was actually proactive and looked to see what was required on the class supply list.  Not only do we have to bring the fabric, it has to be pre-cut!  This is typical of one day classes, but I wasn’t expecting so much cutting.  There are lots of pieces for each of the four different blocks.


Julie and I met at her LQS to get our supplies.  That particular shop’s reputation is that they have all of the Moda Solids!  She even came with a spreadsheet with check off boxes with both of our names to keep organized!  Good work Julie!  We did a bit of divide and conquer – we split the fabric requirements and cost.  The LQS won’t cut fat quarters.* So, Julie and I had to figure out the best cuts for us to get the necessary fabric for each of us.  We needed 12 different fabrics between a half yards and fat eighths.  Most of the fabrics were half yards, and then I cut the fabric into fat quarters while they were printing off the scanning code.  Needless to say, it was a bit confusing for the worker.

image The gray crosshatch is my low volume fabric for the background.


In less than hour, we had our supply and were out of the quilt shop.  Sound impressive?  The fabrics were solids and based on Elizabeth Dackson’s recommendations.  Not too many decisions to make besides deciding on a low volume fabric for the background and a color for binding.

Julie has extra Betty’s Red yardage, so she is providing that half yard, while I will be bringing the turquoise.  The LQS didn’t have the right turquoise at the store. So I dug through my stash of solids to see what I have. Found a color that I liked.

Interestingly, depending on the light in my sewing room, the fabrics take on different hues.  The first picture uses more natural lighting.

image   Hard to believe these are the same fabrics that are in the pictures above.image

Now I just need to get to the cutting and labeling.  There are 200 pieces from 12 different fabrics to cut for the 4 blocks.  There will be lots of pinning and labeling to make sure I am prepared for the class.  I don’t want to be “that” student who isn’t prepared.  The cutting starts simple and from there it becomes more of an exercise in organization.

From your low volume background fabric, cut: 

  • 32 rectangles, 2 1/2″ x 7″

From your red solid, cut:

  • 8 rectangles, 2″ x 6″ for Block A
  • 8 rectangles, 1 1/2″ x 4″ for Block C
  • 8 rectangles, 3 1/2″ x 6″ for Block D
  • 8 rectangles, 2″ x 3″ for Block D

From your light orange solid, cut:

  • 4 squares, 3″ for Block A
  • 8 rectangles, 2″ x 3 1/2″ for Block C
  • 8 rectangles, 2 1/2″ x 5″ for Block D

See what I mean about having to organize and label my cuttings!  I like that Elizabeth is organized and able to at least get us started that way!  Off to start cutting!

* They also won’t sell you fabric if there is less than a yard left on the bolt.  They want you to finish the bolt, yet don’t give you a discount for finishing the bolt.  Don’t get me started on this.  This has caused some backlash from the customers.   Yeah, this is a bit of a bone of contention with some of our local quilting friends too.

I am linking up with  Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday!  Thanks for hosting Lee!

About My Pieced Life

I am in love with all things quilting. My sewing room has many works-in-progress and a large stash of fabric. I have big plans and lots of ideas of creations I would like to make. My wonderful husband supports my obsession and Carson, my Australian terrier, keeps me company while I sew.
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3 Responses to WIP #6:  Elizabeth Dackson’s Paper Piecing Class Supplies

  1. Pretty collection of colors. I’ve never actually asked for a fat quarter to be cut from the bolt, so I don’t know if my LQS would either. When the bolt is so low it’s around a yard, they just cut them into FQs anyway, so you’ll never find less sitting on a bolt. Yours is going to be a pretty, colorful work when done!

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