The Countdown to Christmas Quilt Along - Choosing Fabrics and Fabric Requirements

 Monday, September 2, 2013

Welcome back to the next post for the Countdown to Christmas Quilt Along.  Today, we are talking about fabric choices and fabric requirements.  Shown below is a copy of the schedule so you can see where we are at and what comes next:
  • August 19th - Announcement of Giveaway and sponsors
  • September 2nd - Quilt Along begins:  Choosing fabrics and fabric requirements
  • September 16th - Cutting 
  • September 30th - Applique techniques (machine, hand, puff-paint, ironed on).  The options are endless for how you would like to add your numbers to the pockets.  
  • October 14th - Piecing and layout variations
  • October 28th - Quilting ideas
  • November 11th - Binding
  • November 25th - The Big Reveal and ideas for what to put in the pockets.

If you want to see more details on the Quilt Along please go here.  Remember you can join in on the fun at any time!  Also be sure to check out Janice's blog at Better Off Thread to see her fabric choices.  She is showing a "more scrappy" version, which I think is going to look awesome.

Now back to the fabric.  Choosing the fabric is my second favorite part of the quilting process.  Nowadays there are just so many beautiful fabric collections out there.  The designers have been doing an excellent job in my opinion!  When I stumbled on this collection I knew that I had to have it.  The fabric collection that I chose was "Countdown to Christmas" by Sweetwater.  I am a huge fan of Sweetwater's fabric if you haven't noticed already!  I just love the deep reds, greens and of course black and white!  I don't even know if you can find it anymore.  I have had mine for over a year now and it was hard to find then!  I have been waiting to use it on the "perfect" project.  I believe this is my project.  Here is the entire fabric collection shown below.

Isn't it cute.  I will show you some other pictures that offer a "close-up" of the different fabrics.  The number fabrics shown below are my absolute favorite part of this collection and the reason that I purchased it!

The collection also includes "Christmas words", little reindeer, snowflakes, Christmas trees, and a few other filler fabrics.

Now that you have seen my fabric choices and the fabrics chosen by Janice at Better off Thread, we would like you to see what fabric collections you guys are using for this project.  The link up will be held open for one week, so you can link up anytime between now and then.  You can also link up your blog post or a picture from you flick account.  We can't wait to see what you have chosen.

Happy Quilting!


Nicole September 2, 2013 at 11:18 AM  

So excited for week 1, thanks again for hosting this fun quilt-along!
Nicole @ Modern Handcraft

katie@stvital September 9, 2013 at 8:55 PM  

Thanks for hosting this. Fun Christmas fabric :)

Kim September 11, 2013 at 2:46 PM  

Missed the link up. I had better of thread's link and must have missed the link up announcement.

Anonymous,  October 7, 2013 at 7:03 AM  

what is the fabric requirement? looks like fun and love your fabric choice and i love the fabric line as well. thanks.

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