Friday, April 12, 2013

Log Pyramid Quilt Along: Fabric and Supplies

To make your own Log Pyramid quilt you will need the following supplies:
  • *EDIT* One sheet (not two) of 12"x18" clear template plastic (you can get this on Amazon or Joann Fabrics or check with your local quilt shop).
    • NOTE - You really really really need to get clear or at least semi-transparent plastic for this, otherwise you won't be able to line up your template properly.  I would normally use card stock or something else I have around the house to make templates but having something clear will really help you out with this pattern.
  • A sharpie or other permanent marker
  • Rotary cutter, cutting mat and acrylic ruler
  • Printer paper, tape and the ability to print this template
  • Scissors or an exacto knife and metal ruler to cut template plastic
And...FABRIC.  Because this is a free quilt along and not a serious, hardcore pattern I'm going to be a little loose with my fabric measurements.  There's a lot of improvising in this pattern and so I'll give you some general suggestions on how much fabric you need and how much to cut but there will come a point when you will probably have to wing it.  So here it goes.

You will need various prints and solids that can be cut into long strips.  Fat quarters will work but you will need to piece strips together if you use them for the outer rounds of your blocks.  You can use smaller pieces and scraps for the triangle centers of your blocks.  I recommend choosing a balance of solids and prints, erring towards more solids if possible.  I also made sure to include a fair amount of neutral fabrics to keep things from looking too crazy.

As for quantity, you'll need about a half yard's worth of various strips for every four pyramids you make.  The new version I'm making for this quilt along will be made up of 12 full pyramids and six half pyramids in three rows and will end up being about 44"x47", a nice sized baby quilt.  The original log pyramid quilt was made up of 30 full and 10 half pyramids in five rows and was about 61"x78".  Below is a table that gives the number of pyramids you'll need to make standard sized quilts as well as an estimate of the total number of yards you'll need of various fabrics for your top and binding.

Quilt Size Finished Measurements # of Rows # of Pyramids per Row # of Full Pyramids # of Half Pyramids Total Yards of Fabric Needed for Top Yards Needed for Binding
Baby 44"x47" 3 4 12 6 3 1
Lap 53"x62" 4 5 20 8 4.5 1 1/8
Twin 70"x92" 6 7 42 12 8.5 1 3/4
Full 87"x92" 6 9 54 12 10 2
Queen 95.5"x92" 6 10 60 12 10.5 2
King 104"x107" 7 11 77 14 13.5 2

You will also need enough batting and backing fabric for your finished size.  

1 comment:

  1. I might not be able to keep up with the QAL, but excited to see what everyone makes. I sure want to try this. thank you