Week 1 Berry Cross Quilt Along: Fabric Requirements and Color Options

Hi everyone and welcome to the Berry Cross quilt along! I hope you’re all ready to play!

Berry Cross finishes at 48” x 60” (lap size) and contains 20 blocks. During the quilt along, we’ll be sewing up the individual block units first, then assembling the blocks and finally, sewing the quilt top together. This quilt is definitely fast and easy! This week, we’ll talk about fabric selection and requirements.

Let’s start by taking a closer look at Berry Cross. The Berry Cross pattern features two different blocks that allow you to build the quilt you want. Block A has colored corners, and Block B uses the background fabric in the corners. The difference is striking, isn’t it?

Block A

Block B

Using these two blocks, you can build Berry Cross in three different colorways.

Here’s how it works:

In Colorway 1, you use both Block A and Block B. You make 10 Block As, and 10 Block Bs.

In Colorway 2, you make 20 Block As, but you make them in opposite colors—in this case, 10 blocks with burgundy in the center and 10 with blue-green in the center.

In Colorway 3, you make 20 Block Bs, again in opposite colors—10 blocks with burgundy in the center and 10 with blue-green in the center but with the background filling the rest of the block.

Color Options

Although you can use any colors you like to make Berry Cross, you might want to follow what I did and limit your color palette by choosing a light and a dark version of two different colors, plus a background color. In my original example, I chose a light/dark blue-green and a light/dark burgundy and white.

In this example, I chose a light/dark blue-green and a light/dark orange and used white again. I love how white makes bright colors pop! A friend of mine says this version reminds her of hibiscus.

If you’re looking for a Christmas quilt, you could choose a light/dark red and a light/dark green and use white or off-white depending on what looks best with the actual fabrics you choose. For example, bright reds and greens might look best with white, while toned reds and greens (slightly gray) might look better with off-white or beige.

To help you choose your colors, here’s a coloring page you can download.

Fabric Requirements

After you decide on a color scheme, you're ready to purchase your fabric! Here’s what you’ll need to make Berry Cross in Lap size--48” x 60”. First the easy stuff—binding and backing.

Binding

  • 1/2 yard

Backing

  • 3-1/8 yards

Now for the blocks. Choose a colorway and purchase the listed amounts. In Colorway 1, you are making 10 Block As and 10 Block Bs.

Colorway 1

Colorway 1

  • Fabric A (Blue) 1 1/2 yards
  • Fabric B (Green) 1/2 yard
  • Fabric C (Dark Burgundy) 1/2 yard
  • Fabric D (Light Burgundy) 1/2 yard
  • Fabric E (White) 1 3/8 yards

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colorway 2

For Colorway 2, you are making 20 Block As, but in opposite color pairings.

Colorway 2

  • Fabric A (Blue) 1 1/2 yards
  • Fabric B (Green) 1/2 yard
  • Fabric C (Dark Burgundy) 1 1/2 yards
  • Fabric D (Light Burgundy) 1/2 yard
  • Fabric E (White) 7/8 yard

 

 

 

 

Colorway 3

For Colorway 3, you are making 20 Block Bs, but again in opposite color pairings.

Colorway 3

  • Fabric A (Blue) 3/4 yard
  • Fabric B (Green) 1/2 yard
  • Fabric C (Dark Burgundy) 1/2 yard
  • Fabric D (Light Burgundy) 1/2 yard
  • Fabric E (White) 2 1/8 yards

 

 

 

 

 

Giveaways and Linky Party

I bet you thought I forgot! The winner of the free downloadable pattern from my shop and the Berry Cross pattern when it’s ready is Laura! Congratulations! I have already sent you an email with directions on how to choose your prize!

Well, that’s it! It’s time to make your fabric selections and to prep them for cutting. To inspire the rest of us during this time off from quilting, please share your fabric selections in the Inquiring Quilter Facebook group and/or on Instagram with the tags @inquiringquilter #BerryCrossQAL.

As an extra inspiration to invite you to share photos and encourage each other, I’m hosting my very first linky party! I’m pretty psyched to up the ante here on my blog and embrace this blogging tradition.

On Friday, October 14th, I will host a linky party for you to share your fabric selections here on the blog where everyone will be able to see them together in a nice grouping. The linkup will be open from October 14th to Thursday, October 20th. By linking up, you’ll be eligible for a giveaway! The prize will be a $25 gift certificate from my quilt along sponsor, Always in Stitches. The gift certificate can be used online or in-store, so this giveaway is open to all! Isn’t that awesome? Please visit their shop soon and return the quilt love!

If you don’t have a blog, you can link up by linking to an Instagram photo of your fabric choices. If you don’t use Instagram, you can email me a photo during the linkup period. I’ll be showing off my fabric selections as well, so be sure to check back next Friday and join in on the fun!

So….to recap: as soon as you make your fabric selections, please share them on Facebook and Instagram. Seeing those photos online will encourage the rest of us to make our selections and it’ll also get the party started! During my first quilt along, I can't tell you how much fun it was to share our quilting experience online as we worked together to finish the same quilt in so many different ways so I really, really want that to happen again. So I encourage you to use Facebook and Instagram to share your thoughts, ask questions, and get some help if needed in making that all important fabric choice. Then next Friday, we’ll parade our selections in my spankin’ new linky party where we can all oooh and aaah at our clever creativity!

I can’t wait to see the fabrics you choose! See you next week!

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