It is exactly one week from the start of the "On the Road to Spring" quilt-a-long! (A special thank-you to Jenny for coming up with that name!)
Most of the final details are in this post and if you are shopping online for your fabric, you may want to get it soon. If you have a local quilt-shop, waiting isn't a big deal since the first week is VERY easy! If you end up getting your fabric a bit late, no worries since the first two weeks are actually pretty easy and non-time consuming, so it would be a cinch to get caught up quickly.
I have set up a special listing in my shop here in case you want to buy from me, but please feel free to shop wherever you want to.
You are going to need a rotary cutter, mat and ruler to cut your fabrics. (If money is an issue, you can make a pattern for the squares and rectangles--this will be very simple!--and cut them out that way, but rotary cutting is ideal. Pattern cutting will leave you with pieces that aren't quite "squared".) Joann Fabrics has a Fiskers set here ,a Dritz set here and a coupon here (promo code TEW30) which will bring the price down to about $29.00 for those sets. (I use Fiskars and I love it, but I have friends who like Dritz better.) If you are planning on continuing with quilting, you will be glad you made this purchase.
For the quilt top: 1/3 yard pieces of 10 different prints (for the rectangles)
2 yards of a solid/neutral fabric (for the squares)
For the binding: One yard of a coordinating print
For the backing: Three yards of a coordinating print
For the batting: Two yards of 90" wide Warm and Natural batting (You won't need this for a few weeks so you can wait until it goes on sale at your local quilt store or try using the Hobby Lobby coupon).
Our first week of the quilt-along will be about buying and preparing your fabrics, so feel free to wait until then to buy.
I started a Flickr group here. This is where we will be posting pictures and discussing making our quilts. I wanted to put this in a forum where everyone can participate. When questions are asked, anyone can jump in and take part in the discussion. You do not have to join the group in order to do the quilt-along, but Flickr is simple and it costs nothing join, so please consider it.
Christine has been kind enough to make up a sidebar button for the quilt-along. If you would like to use it just grab the code underneath the one on my sidebar. If you have questions about inserting it into your own blog, please mention that in the comments and maybe someone will be able to offer help. Computers and their complexities are not understandable to me.
I have a feeling that I am forgetting to add something here, so I may be edited this post as the day goes on.
Have a great Monday!