Christa’s Quilt Along 6.1 – String of Pearls Fabric Cutting

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String of Pearls Pattern

Although you don’t have to buy a pattern to make this quilt, a PDF version of String of Pearls is available for your convenience.

Welcome to my String of Pearls Quilt Along. Please work at your own pace and remember, these posts will be a permanent part of my quilt along series, so you can refer back to them whenever you like!

String of Pearls

String of Pearls 66″ x 66″
Designed in EQ7

About This Quilt

Each of the Pearl Blocks is made from one pearl “square” surrounded by a strong black accent, floating against a sea of grey.

It’s an efficient quilt to cut because it makes use of the leftover pearl fabric for the binding.

I used 12 different Pearl Bracelets fabrics (3 squares each) but you can make yours as scrappy or as coordinated as you like.

The quilt size is 66″ x 66″ and  is made from a total of 36 blocks that are 11″ finished. If you’d like a bigger quilt, just make more blocks or add colorful borders!

Total cutting time for today’s lesson took approximately 2 hours. Note, “WOF” means “width of fabric”. My measurements are based on 40″ of useable width.

Step 1 – Cutting The Pearls (45 minutes)

Wash and press your pearl fabrics and starch them if you like. You will need exactly 7.75 inches inches of usable width out of 9 inches. It’s ok if your fabrics shrink up a little, but take care when you cut so you don’t lose too much waste.

Hint: wash lights and darks separately in a garment mesh bag on gentle cycle. Throw a dye magnet in the wash to catch any excess dye.

Pearl Bracelets Bundle

String of Pearls Fat Eighths Bundle

From each of twelve 9″x20″ fat eighths of Pearl Bracelets, cut:

  • 1 (5.5″) strip and subcut into 3 (5.5″) squares
  • 1 (2.25″ x 20″) strip for binding
  • You will need to cut one extra 2.25″ x 20″ strip for binding for a total of 13 strips.

Pearl StripsString of Pearl Squares

For a total of 36 pearl squares and 13 strips of scrappy binding. By the way, I just love the Olfa Splash rotary cutter I’m using. Its cute and ergonomic!

String of Pearls Cut Pieces

Step 2 – Cutting the Backgrounds (1 Hour, 15 Minutes )

There is very little waste when cutting and you may lose an inch or two to washing and trimming. If you are new to cutting, be sure to add on an extra 1/8 to 1/4 yard to the measurements below.

Hint: Be sure to measure twice, and cut once.

For those of you purchasing kits, I’ve thrown in a couple of extra inches of black and grey solid just to be on the safe side.

From 1.5 yards of black fabric cut 34 (1.5″ x WOF)  strips for the “strings”.

Black Strips

Cut 34 Black Strips – 1.5″ Wide by WOF

  • From 14.5  strips, cut 72 (1.5″ x 7.5″ ) rectangles – you should get 5 per strip.
  • From 10.5 strips, cut 72 (1.5″ x 5.5″) rectangles – you should get 7 per strip.
  • Cut 1 strip in half so that you have 2 (1.5″ x 20″) strips and set aside.
  • Set aside the remaining 8 strips for strip piecing in lesson 2.

Hint: if you stack them up 4 per pile as you cut, it will take 18 piles of each. That helps me count!

Cut Black Pieces

72 (1.5 x 7.5 in.), 72 (1.5 x 5.5 in.) 2 half strips, 8 full strips

From 2.5 yards of grey background, cut 9 (5.5″) strips and 9 (3.5″) strips

  • Cut one of the 5.5″ wide strips  in half so you have 8 full-length strips (5.5″ x WOF) and 2 half-length strips (5.5″ x 20″).
  • Cut one of the 3.5″ wide strips in half so you have 8 full-length strips (3.5″ x WOF) and 2 half-length strips 3.5″ x 20″).
  • Set aside for strip piecing in lesson 2.
Grey Strips

Grey Strips – 9 (5.5 in.), 9 (3.5 in.)

That’s it for today’s lesson. Now you’re ready to sew!

Ready to Sew

String of Pearls Pieces, Ready to Sew!

Now it’s your turn – show me whatcha got! Please share pictures of your fabric selections and your cutting progress on my flickr group: Christa’s Quilt Along.

Quilt Along Schedule – links will be active at the completion of each step:

String of Pearls Quilt Along

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17 thoughts on “Christa’s Quilt Along 6.1 – String of Pearls Fabric Cutting

  1. Kerry says:

    Christa, where’s the sewing instructions? I’m on the other side of the world so
    well ahead of you time wise that is. (LOL!)

  2. cprayerlady says:

    I have seen alot of fabric and bought many yards. The String of Pearls is beautiful and the tutorial is awesome. I looked locally for the fabric but cannot find it. I will order onlineif If cannot find it and enjoy making the quilt for myself. I would rejoice if I could win some of course.

  3. Sarah says:

    I’m so jealous you guys have started!!! I’m behind on a couple of things that have absolutely got to be finished by next Wed. so I will have to double up on the second 2 weeks. Can’t wait to get started.

  4. Michele says:

    I really love the look of this quilt and want to join in but I have too much on my plate already. I’ll be anxious to see all the great finishes.

      • msminnesota says:

        Not much to see yet – it’s cut and that’s as far as I got! I’m doing the Bloom Bloom Pow QAL….rather, I was! I’ll circle back to it!

      • msminnesota says:

        I used to be project monogamous and that worked for me. Then I got bored with one I was working on and all of the sudden I have about6 WIPs. I be honest, it’s making me a little twitchy! I need to work on finishing them and not starting new projects! (I say that now, but I ordered Architextures and can’t wait for it to arrive and get started…)

      • Christa says:

        I like to work on about 3-4 projects at a time in different stages of completion – designing, piecing, quilting, and finishing!

      • Christa says:

        The tutorial is broken up into several steps and it’s listed under my quilt alongs. You left your comment on step 1. Scroll to the end of the post for links to all of the next steps. Happy sewing!

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