1 2/3 yds of A VERY LIGHT fabric (usually white, or cream, or a very light piece from the color pallet you are using)
3 1/8 yds of A VERY DARK fabric (Usually black, or a very dark piece of fabric of your colorway)
2 7/8 yds of a light/medium fabric
2 2/3 yds of a dark/medium fabric
A note about the 2 mediums. The best samples I've seen use a light medium that still contrasts with the very light fabric (white) and a dark medium that still contracts with the dark fabric (black). It's best if the two mediums aren't too close in value. There should be a pretty good contrast between the two mediums.
Bottom line- try to get 4 fabrics that are all distinct in value.
The pattern calls for Black, White, Dark Grey and Light Grey.
Other pallets might be:
Cream, light gold, dark gold, dark brown
VERY light blue, medium light blue, medium dark blue, VERY dark blue
Cream, medium light tan, medium dark tan, Dark brown
Light color, medium light multi-color small print, medium-dark multicolor small prnt, very dark solid (Be careful with this pallet)
A good way to see what combinations you like would be to search for "Labyrinth Walk Quilt" on Pinterest.
There are only 2 different blocks in this quilt. (BIG blocks!) You will be making 9 blocks total- 4 of one and 5 of the other.
The pattern has yardage requirements for the entire quilt. You may certainly cut it all out before class, but you really only need to cut out the fabrics for one of each block before class. It's not necessary to cut the border pieces before class. They are the pieces that are "some number" by the width of the fabric.
If you have not had the opportunity to get your cutting done before the day of class, I will have the building open 30 minutes early for those who would like to cut your fabric before class. Note that this will just give you enough time to cut the two blocks- not the whole quilt.
So here's how our morning will look:
7:30-8:00 am: I'll be setting up the room.
8:00- 9:00 am: Arrive, bring in your things, set up your table, and do any last-minute cutting.
9:00 - 4:00: Class
4:00 - 5:00- Clean up
For those who would like to participate, we will have a potluck lunch. Refrigeration and microwave are available but no cooktop or oven. Coffee and ice water, paper plates, and plastic utensils are provided.
A note about set up and clean up:
Many hands make light work! Help is always appreciated if you are able. Not all tasks require a lot of walking or lifting. Some like to come early and help prepare the sewing room and others like to stay and help clean up.
Here is what you need to cut to make just one of each block:
The pattern refers to the 4 fabrics as White, Black, Light Grey, and Dark Grey. I'm going to use these notations.
(1) 1-1/4" x 19-1/4" strip
(9) 1-1/4" x 18-1/2" strips
(2) 1-1/4 x 15-1/2" strips
(2) 1-1/4" x 14" strips
(2) 1-1/4" x 8-3/4" strips
(2) 1-1/4" x 8" strips
(1) 1-1/4" x 7-1/4" strip
(3) 1-1/4" x 6-1/2" strips
(2) 1-1/4" x 5" strips
(5) 1-1/4" x 4-1/4"" strips
(13) 1-1/4" x 3-1/2" strips
(2) 3-7/8" squares
(1) 3-1/2 x 22-1/4" strip
(1) 3-1/2 x 18-1/2" strip
(1) 3-1/2 x 17-3/4" strip
(1) 3-1/2 x 14" strip
(3) 3-1/2 x 11" strips
(3) 3-1/2 x 8" strip
(3) 3-1/2 x 6-1/2" strip
(1) 3-7/8" square
(1) 3-1/2 x 19-1/4" strip
(1) 3-1/2 x 17-3/4" strip
(1) 3-1/2 x 15-1/2" strip
(1) 3-1/2 x 11" strip
(2) 3-1/2 x 8" strips
(2) 3-1/2 x 5" strips
(2) 3-1/2 x 4-1/4" strips
(16 ) 3-1/2" squares
(1) 6-1/2" square
(1) 3-7/8" square
(14) 3-1/2" squares
I'm often asked if this quilt can be re-sized. I've seen some that have extra borders that look nice, but sometimes just adding more black detracts from the look. To do the math to shrink or enlarge the blocks would take a lot of time. My short answer is- Just make it the size of the pattern as written, or maybe add a little onto the border.
Aside from the pattern and fabric, come to class with the following:
-Thread- since you're sewing 4 different color values, a medium neutral will work best for most fabric selections.
-Marking pencil to contrast with all fabrics. This can be chalk markers, colored pencils, Frixion pens, or simply pencils. You will most likely be fine with a while pencil and something darker.
-Ruler or straight edge of some kind. The marking pens and ruler will be used to mark diagonal lines to keep us sewing straight.
-Wonder clips or small binder clips. These are not necessary but bring them if you already have some. They will come in handy for clipping piles of cut fabric with a label.
-sticky notes or scrap paper- any size
I will have most of the above available for purchase for your convenience. I also have lots of marking tools that you are welcome to borrow.
The guild will supply cutting stations and ironing stations. The room is well lit, but if you have a personal light you like to use, feel free to bring it.
After the class, feel free to bring your project to Sewing Saturdays or retreats if you would like additional assistance from me. I'm happy to help you for as long as it takes. I want you all to FINISH your Labyrinths!!!
Questions? Call, email, or text me!