Independence Quilt Along- Week 1: Choosing Fabric

Hi, Quilty Friends! Today is the first official day of the Independence Quilt Along- yay!! 

Here are some basics first,

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Here is the General Schedule we will be following--

Introduction Post

Week 1 July 5- Choose Fabric
Week 2 July 12- Cut Fabric
Week 3 July 19- Make Blocks
Week 4 July 26Make Blocks
Week 5 August 2Make Blocks
Week 6 August 9Make Blocks
Week 7 August 16Make Blocks
Week 8 August 23- Assemble the blocks
Week 9 August 30- Add Borders

The Independence Quilt pattern will have 4 sizes.  They are as follows:

Throw Size- 64" x 64"

Large Throw/Twin Size- 76" x 76"

Full Size- 87" x 87"

Queen Size- 98" x 98"

Here are the sizes/blocks needed/detailed schedule--

Throw Size- 64" x 64"- 16 pieced blocks
Large/Twin Throw- 76" x 76"- 25 pieced blocks
Full Size- 87" x 87"- 36 pieced blocks
Queen Size- 98" x 98"- 49 pieced blocks

Here is the DETAILED SCHEDULE based on the specific size quilts that we will be following for the Independence Quilt Along:

And, here are the fabric requirements for each size-

Throw Size- 64" x 64"
13 jelly roll strips
2 7/8 yards Background
2/3 yard Border 1
2/3 yard Border 2
1/2 yard Binding
3 3/4 yards Backing

Large/Twin Throw- 76" x 76"
20 jelly roll strips
4 1/8  yards Background
3/4 yard Border 1
3/4 yard Border 2
3/4 yard Binding
4 1/2 yards Backing

Full Size- 87" x 87"
29 jelly roll strips
5 1/2 yards Background
7/8 yard Border 1
7/8 yard Border 2
3/4 yard Binding
7 3/4 yards Backing

Queen Size- 98" x 98"
40 print jelly roll strips
7 yards Background
1 yard Rose Border 1
1 1/8 yard Border 2
3/4 yard Binding
9 yards Backing

For Week 1, we will be choosing fabric/ordering/pulling fabric from our stash.  Its a fun and easy week!  I love planning the fabric that I am going to use for a new project!

For this QAL, I did decide on my fabric.  I am going to be using the following-

  • Riley Blake Designs Harry & Alice Go to the Sea Rolie Polie (which contains 40- 2.5" x WOF strips)
  • Confetti Cottons Latte (C120-Latte) for my Background fabric
  • Then I've added in some of the Riley Blake Basics that coordinate with the Harry & Alice Go to the Sea line just for fun!  I'm using the following-
                                         -Kisses Tone on Tone Redwood (C210-Redwood)
                                         -Kisses Tone on Tone Navy (C210-Navy)
                                         -Kisses Tone on Tone Denim (C210-Denim)
                                         -Shades Nighttime (C200-33)
                                         -Confetti Cottons Redwood (C120-Redwood)
                                         -Confetti Cottons Riley Navy (C120-RileyNavy)
                                         -Confetti Cottons Denim (C120-Denim)
                                         -Confetti Cottons Blueberry (C120-Blueberry)
                                         -Blossoms Barn Red (C715-Barnred)
                                         -Crayola Kaleidoscope Navy Niblet (CR480-NavyNiblet)
  • For Border 1 (the inner colored border) I am using the fabric shown in the quilt images above which is Harry and Alice Go to the Sea C8473 Red Small Floral
  • For Border 2 (the outer colored border) I am using the fabric shown in the quilt images above which is Harry and Alice Go to the Sea C8475 Navy Dots
  • For the Binding, I am using Harry and Alice Go to the Sea C8474 Red Rope

Here is a picture of the jelly roll-

Here is a picture of the coordinating fabrics that I am using-

You can see more details of Harry and Alice Go to the Sea by Amanda Herring for Riley Blake Designs HERE.

Don't worry if you don't have any fabric in mind yet!  You have all week to decide on something!  And, once you have decided, start sharing your fabric photos on Instagram using the hashtags- #independencequilt and #jessicadayonpatterns

I'd really love it if you can pass along the information on this QAL to anyone who you think might be interested.  I appreciate your help spreading the message!!  Thank you!

Just let me know if you have any questions.

Talk to you soon,



  1. What are the coordinating fabrics for? How much of each is there? And are they just being cut as 2.5inches by WOF to serve as additional jelly roll strips?

    1. I am just adding them in to give more variety to the jelly roll. They are not necessary in any way. And, yes, I got 1/4 yards and I am just going to cut 1 or 2- 2.5" x WOF strips and cut per the pattern as a jelly roll.


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