Time to dig into your stash!

Fabric requirement for the ‘Round the Year” Quilt

You know, I used to be a banker! But I don’t remember checking and re-checking the accounts (in those days of manual banking) as many times as I have checked these figures. Each pattern will also be tested by at least one fellow quilter and me before I release it! But please remember, this Block of the Month quilt is more in the form of a quilt along; the fabric requirements that I give you are extrapolated from the five blocks that have been tested. True to my training as a conservative banker, I tend to err towards buying less fabric for a project than needed. This time I have made a conscious attempt to make a more realistic estimate and yet, it may not be very accurate. I hope you will bear with me on that! Having got that off my chest, let us get back to the task at hand.

Here is another look at the fabrics that I dug out of my stash for my quilt!

Several blues, a few oranges, golds and a dash of yellow! There are a few greys too, which I shall use in the background squares.

As you can see, I am using an assortment of fat quarters of Fossil Fern by Benartex and some batiks from The Square Inch. Basically, you need a minimum of 4 shades of the main fabric ( blues here) and at least 4 shades of the focus fabric ( ranging deep orange to bright yellow here), besides the background fabric ( at least two shades of grey here). There is a lot of flexibility in the choice of fabric and colours in the pattern, as long as you use fabric with strong contrast within a block. I have even designed these blocks with just two colours!

The measurements given in the first table are for fabric requirement for 16 circles that are inset into squares to make up the quilt. (Measurements for the background fabric are given in a different table.) In India, most fabric is available in 34″ – 36″ width, so I give that requirement in the last column. So here we go!

Fabric for 16 circles

Colour Fabric 40-44″ width Fat quarters Fabric 36″ width
Deepest blue/ Indigo 1 yard 4-5 1 metre
Dark blue 1 to 1 ¼ yard 4-5 fat quarters 1.25 metres
Medium blue 1 ½ yards 6-8 fat quarters 1. 5 metres
Light blue 1 1/4 yards 5-6 fat quarters 1.25 metres
Blues ( Total 18-20 fat quarters)
Deep orange 1 yard 3-4 1 metre
Light orange 3/4 yard 3-4 3/4 metre
Gold 1 yard 4-5 1 metre
Yellow ¾ yard 3 ¾ metre
Orange to yellow ( Total 12-14 fat quarters)


Background fabric

This gives the total fabric requirement. If, like me, you plan to use 2 or more fabrics, the yardage would need to be adjusted accordingly.

42-44″ width 34″-36″ width Fat quarters
Single 18″ Block 12.5″ X 20″ or25″ X 10″ 1 fat quarter ( cut 20″ X 12.5″) 1 fat quarter ( cut 20″ X 12.5″)
16 blocks (72″ x 72″ quilt without border and sashing) 3 yards 3.5 *metres 16 fat quarters
16 blocks ( 90″ x 90″ )
Including borders and sashing
5.5 yards 6 metres

I have also given the requirement for a single block, so that if you plan making fewer blocks, you can do your own calculations!

(* On second thoughts, have increased this to 3.5 metres from the more conservative 3.25 metres given earlier.)

Backing and batting

Backing fabric 42-44″ width 34″-36″ width Batting
16 blocks (72″ x 72″ quilt without border and sashing) 4 ½ yards 6.75 metres 80″ x 80″
16 blocks ( 90″ x 90″ )
Including 4″ overage
7.5 yards 7.5 metres 100″ x100″


If you are buying pre-cut batting, you would need Double/ Full size batting for the smaller quilt and King Size for the bigger one.



2.5″ wide binding Length of binding required 42-44″ width fabric 34″- 36″ width fabric
16 blocks (72″ x 72″ quilt without border and sashing) 300 inches length 5/8 yard (55 cms) 65 cms
16 blocks ( 90″ x 90″ )
Including borders and sashing
370 inches length ¾ yard (70 cms) 75 cms


Now to let you into a secret! I am not going to set my circles into the squares till all of them are done. I will then play around with the settings and layout till I find one that I like. I am not even buying the background fabric till then. You could do the same!

Your turn to get cracking, while I can relax for a day or two after all these mathematical calculations! Enjoy!

P.S. I have been thinking about this a lot – this seems to be such one way communication! Why don’t we start an online group, like perhaps a facebook group, where we can share our fabrics, blocks etc and drool over what others are doing? I’d love to hear from you, so please do write in to me!

You can download the fabric requirements for the blue-orange-yellow colourway from this link. Fabric Requirement -Round the Year – Dusk.

Some of you may prefer a more modern look! Like this one below? 20140704-194518-71118342.jpg

You can download the requirement for the `Rainbow” colourway from this link. Fabric requirement – Rainbow Round the Year

Author: Mads

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20 thoughts on “Time to dig into your stash!”

  1. Starting a Facebook group seems good to me – will lend a lot of support to beginners like me. Am quite hesitant looking at the complexity of the pattern, but want to do a few blocks at least. Thanks for putting in so much effort!

  2. Madhu I think a lot of the chatter has been happening over at the DQ page but I love the idea of a group for this . You could also add a hashtag on FB posts and have everyone post anything with regard to this its all under the tag. This is truly exciting and I will try my best to keep up with the BOMs and atleast do a few. Thank you for doin this for us! Will you be doing fabric requirements for the other colourways?

    1. Nissy, I am not very tech-savvy! So I don’t really understand how it will work. I do have a page on FB called Patchwork of My Life, but am not sure if others can post on it, like one can on a group. Yes, I will be doing fabric requirement for the other colourway – the rainbow. But I first need to make another block or two, before I can do so.

    1. Use a print from your stash with coordinating solids! So easy to get! And will look equally good, I assure you. In fact am planning to try one of those too.

    1. Of course you can do it! Who wants to do stuff that is not challenging even in the least? And I assure you, paper piecing gives such stunning results. I love it, because it makes me look much better than I actually am!

  3. Madhu, since I have been bitten by the quilting bug only recently I decide on a pattern by seeing the difficulty level! Your blocks are so beautiful and so complex I imagine the difficulty level to be in the ‘for the expert only’ level. Besides, I am handicapped by not having access to a variety of good cotton prints, leave alone plain material. I have been feeling quite frustrated. Most of the material sold as cotton are mix. I am not able to get 3 matching prints and plains in 2 different colours for a simple double pin wheel. But I do want to and will give your block/s a try with the meagre stock of materials I have with me.

    1. Veena, the patterns can also be adapted to use 1) a single print and two coordinating solids or 2) three solids in two contrasting colours, for example a navy contrasted with two shades of aqua. I would think a scrappy version would also look great, just like the original Camelot quilt!

  4. I am joining this and hoping to complete it in time. Seeing all the work you have put in Madhu I better pull up my socks and start getting my fabric in order. I love the oranges and yellows from your stash.

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