Okay, the bugs have been worked out and we’re ready to start!
First, I made you a coloring sheet that has color placements noted with red letters. You can download a PDF by clicking on the image.
Because of the size of some of these pieces, especially in the large quilt, you need to be careful about how you cut things. I laid out the cutting placement for you, and you can either view these photos (click to see them larger) or download a PDF of the cutting instructions.
Large Cutting Images:
Small Cutting Images:
Important: For the larger quilt, the strips are cut the length of the fabric, not the width. They will run from cut edge to cut edge, NOT selvage to selvage! Make sure you have at least 42″ of useable fabric after squaring it up. This will give you the most efficient use of your fabric, and will give you a little wiggle room when sewing the blocks. That extra inch or three makes a big difference. If you have wider fabric (useable fabric from selvage to selvage is MORE THAN 42″), you can cut selvage to selvage if you like. For the smaller quilt, watch placement on the long side vs. the short side of your fat quarter!
You’ll notice that some of the pieces on the diagrams are in white and some are in grey. The white pieces are used as is – no additional cutting/piecing. The grey pieces will be used to assemble the Ironwork* blocks. I suggest cutting all of your pieces then setting aside the white diagrammed ones so you don’t get them mixed up with the ones you need to work with.
You also need to cut your ironwork strips. There are approximately 87 million strips. Okay, that’s not quite true, but it seems like it. There are three different block sizes – 4 1/2″ and 9 1/2″ finished (5″ and 10″ unfinished) for the small quilt, and 9 1/2″ and 20″ finished (10″ and 20 1/2″ unfinished) for the large quilt. For the small quilt, all of your ironwork strips are cut at 1″ wide. For the large quilt, you’ll cut the smaller block ironwork at 1″, and the larger block and sashing at 1 1/2″. I prefer to cut a few at a time rather than all of the strips at once, so I don’t have strips laying around that could potentially be thrown away by mistake (Hi Mom! Love ya!). If you really want to precut all of your strips, here’s what you need. (Okay, I’ll be honest, these counts are not absolute. I did the calculation real quick just now, and I really should double check the numbers but I wanted to get this post up this morning!)
Large Quilt Sashing:
Cut (38) strips at 1 1/2″ wide
Cut (14) strips at 1″ wide
Small Quilt Sashing:
Cut (26) strips at 1″ wide
Once your fabrics are all cut and organized, we’ll get started on the Ironwork* blocks!
Please let me know if you have any questions, or if you find an error!