Little Bits Quilting Bee | talking pre-cut fabric | Squadron

by kath_red on 10/02/2012

in Little Bits Quilting Bee, Quilting

Squadron … A single bed quilt — By Kathreen Ricketson

Throughout February I will be featuring quilts from my book Little Bits Quilting Bee (published by Chronicle late last year). Because designer fabric is often only in print for one season it can be difficult for quilt designers and authors to choose fabrics that will be still available when the book or pattern is published; so to help you out I will be offering advice and alternate fabric choices for many of the quilts in my book. 

Squadron is inspired by planes flying in formation — such fun to watch — the blocks in this quilt are made with an improv method and once the blocks are done there are endless formations you can arrange them into.

For this quilt I used a Jelly Roll of Bar Harbor by Minick and Simpson for Moda. This fabric range is no longer available, I have searched out some other bold fabric ranges to use it its place – just make sure that the range you choose is not too floral as this quilt is perfect for a boy.

Here are some ideas for alternate fabrics:

  • Pezzy Print by American Jane for Moda Fabrics — this collection is a little more colourful with the addition of green and orange and yellow to the mix. (available at cotton blossom farm – pictured below)
  • Lost and Found (My Mind’s Eye) for Riley Blake Designs  — (you’ll need 2 rolls as these have only 30 strips instead of the regular 40) this collection is a little more graphic – grey and red combination — would make a great teen girl quilt using this range)
  • Stars and Stripes (My Mind’s Eye) for Riley Blake Designs  — (again you’ll need 2 rolls here as well) this collection is the closest you’ll get to the one I used – and in fact it might even be more perfect. A great mix of red, blue and white with hardly any florals at all (available soon) and some fabulous plaid, polka dot and star prints.
To make this quilt top you’ll need:
  • 1 Jelly Roll (40 strips), you’ll also need a neutral cream fabric or an unbleached muslin fabric for the background 4 1/3 yard (3.4 m) should do it. You will also need to get some extra yardage of one of the fabrics from your charm pack for the binding 1/2 yard (46 cm) will be enough, or use leftovers from your jelly roll strips or a couple of matching fat quarters to make a scrappy binding.
  • You’ll also need a copy of my book – and they are available in all good book shops and online too.
  • I quilted this in a free-style overlapping square design and used a neutral cream coloured thread so that the quilting blended in rather than standing out.
Quilt images are copyright John Paul Urizar who did a great job on the photography in the book. And thank you also to my two kids who did a great job of pillow fighting each other and getting photographed.
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1 Mindy February 10, 2012 at 8:42 pm

I really like this design! It would be interesting to see it is those Pezzy prints. They have been calling my name, but I’m trying not to buy any fabric until I use up some of what I have.


2 kath_red February 10, 2012 at 9:04 pm

If you have a range of blues and reds in your scraps – then this design is really easy to make from scraps – a 2.5inch ruler to cut the strips is really handy too.


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