Wednesday, February 15, 2017

8 Shooters: Fabric Requirements

Time's a-wastin'!
We ain't got no time to lose!
We have to begin our mystery NOW!

Why the rush???
Well because of the fabric. There are pesky fabric thieves on the loose and you have to grab your fabric and protect it before it's all gone!

You see, when I was deciding what fabric to use, I just couldn't help myself, I was drawn to the fabric we used in our last mystery. Sort of. There is a new line that came out that is very similar, but different. And it's almost ALL GONE.
There is more coming available TODAY at Fabric . com but I don't expect it to last but a few days, so I knew that I had to rush and post. I had a hard time finding it anywhere else on the net even.

In fact, you can use solids, or make it scrappy,  or use whatever you heart desires. I'll explain as we go here on this post, but you will need to pay VERY CLOSE ATTENTION as we will be using 13 fabrics in this quilt. It will be alot of colorful fun, but you are going to have to choose very carefully. There are times when you can use the same fabric twice. Your quilt might not be quite as colorful but it's will still be quite pretty.

I'll explain each fabric and why I chose it. I'll recap the fabric requirements at the very top of the 8 Shooters page (see it at the top of my blog?) so that fabric requirements will be easy to find and check back with. But if you want details of the WHY of each color, then you will need to check this long blog post.

Ok, ready to load your bullets? Let's talk ammunition!


QUILT SIZE: The quilt finishes at 51" x 51" NOT COUNTING BORDERS!!
You WILL NEED TO ADD extra fabric for borders and backing. They are NOT INCLUDED in these requirements. You can choose your own border size, and you know it is a 51" x 51" square quilt. I highly recommend picking up extra of some of your background or accent fabric for a border or two.


EVERYTHING has to be thought of in sets of 8 or divisible by 8 or multiplied times 8. In fact, I should have probably gone pirate theme with this mystery and called it pieces of 8. Think 8s folks.
8 Shooters. That's the name of the game.

With that in mind:


I am using this panel called Kismet Mandala's.
If following my example, YOU WILL NEED FOUR PANELS.
Can we say drool? It's all gone right now but more is supposed to arrive within hours of this posting, (at Fabric . com) so act fast or it will be gone.
If you want to go a less expensive route, then that is fine! Any tonal or print or even solid will do. The hardest thing is we work in repeates, in case you are fussy cutting. I will be fussy cutting this piece so it took me four panels. But if you don't fussy cut, you will need far less. This IS THE FOCUS. It will set the mood and choose your fabric for the entire quilt. So pick something colorful.

You will be cutting 160 pieces that are approx 1.5" x 3" from your focal fabric. And you will be working in multiples of 8. If you will see, there are two mandala repeats per panel. So, from each I was able to get 8 repeats, but at times I cut all of them out for a total of 64 matching pieces. Then I did it again for 64 different matching pieces. I will explain that as we go. The point I am trying to make is this: You will be cutting 160 focal pieces and they at least need to look similar in sets of 8. Make sense? I hope it does. I would try to at least stay in the same color families for the sets, and really, you are most of the time going to want to match them in at least sets of 16 if not sets of 64.

If you can find any of the older panels around the web, they would work just as well. The names change but they are all by Paula Nadlestern by Benartex. I've used them multiple times and they never disappoint.  In fact, any of the Paula Nadlestern fabric would work.

If NOT fussy cutting, then you just need 3/4 yard of your focal fabric.
(there are several):

are matching prints.
I chose to fussy cut these as well.
You can use two colors as I did, or you can just combine them as one color and it would still look really nice.
You need only 1/4 yd of each if not fussy cutting but if fussy cutting then watch what I did:

I wanted to use the same color, just working with a lighter, and darker version, but I didn't have one available so I purchased these two prints from the Kismet line. They are called Kismet Flash Dance:

They were highly frustrating to me as I could only get one yard of each and there weren't enough repeats in one yard. One yard only has 15 repeats for my fussy cut! NOT COOL when I needed 16. (I am making 8 shooters here! ) So, I made it work with only one yard of each. And it does work. But if you want to make things much easier on yourself as we go along, try to purchase a yard and a half of each.
Again if not fussy cutting, then you only need 1/4 yard of two different matching prints or 1/2 yd of one print.


are also matching prints. 

This time I was able to grab up a dark and a light of the same color. I used the same Kismet Flash Dance prints that I used above, but this time in blues.

Unfortunately I had the exact same fussy cut problem as I had before. What's with a repeat of 15 anyway?
So, stress like me and get a yard.
Or save trouble and get 1 1/2 yards.
Or make fussy cut repeats down right easy and get 2 yards.
Or use a non fussy cut print and get 1/4 yard of each.



Remember my color A was pink, my color B was orange and my color C/D was blue?
Well we are going to match these colors. You can in fact use the same fabric if you desire. But I wanted to add some character, and chose matching tonals. See below and you will understand what I mean.( If you chose the same color for A/B then just choose the same color for A2 and B2).

So for my A2 and B2 I chose these tonals:
You need 1/4 yd of each A2 and B2 

For C2 you need just ONE tonal and it needs to be 1/2 yard. 
This is my C2 tonal (it matches my C and D blue prints):



First choose your main background fabric. This fabric will come in contact your focal print and all of your coordinating prints and other background solids, so it needs to very much be a backgroundish type solid. (Such as black, gray, white, ivory). I chose black as I want all my bright colors to really stand out.

You need 1 yard of your main background fabric. 
(More if you want to use some on a border). 

You need 1/3 yard of each of two solids that match but are not the same as your coordinating colors.
I chose aquas. A lighter and a darker one. 1/3 yard of each.

And then you again need two matching solids, a lighter and a darker of another color. I chose purple.
You need 1/2 yard each of these two matching solids.


And that, my fellow 8 Shooters is it. 
I know it seems confusing. Remember to click on the little 8 Shooters button at the top of the page where I've typed out a re-cap of them all, and I think you will understand it better. 


This is a quick re-cap of fabrics needed to make things easier and all in one place:
** If using Kismet Mandalas (or any Benartex mandala panels) you need four panels.
** If using your own print you need 160 pieces that are approx 1.5" x 3". If NOT fussy cutting you would need 3/4 a yard.
**If fussy cutting, you need to make sure repeats are in sets of 8. Sets of 16, 32 and 64 are most                desired.

**If using Kismet Flash Dance, you need to get 1 1/4 - 1/ 1/2 yds of each to make fussy cutting easy, but I got by with yard of each.
** If not fussy cutting, then you would just need 1/4 yard of each.
**They can be combined to one print/ one color for a 1/2 yd.

**If using Kismet Flash Dance, you will again need to get about 1 1/2 to even 2 yards of each for fussy cut repeat. But I survived with 1 yd of each.
**If not fussy cutting, then you would just need 1/4 yard of each.

**You need 1/4 yd each of A2 and B2. These need to match your A and B prints. They can be the
same tonal, you'll just need 1/2 yard if so.
**You need 1/2 yd of C2 Tonal. This needs to match your C/D prints.

**You need 1 yard.

 **You need a 1/3 yard of each of two matching colors.

 **You need 1/2 yard of each of two matching colors.


  1. Ok, clear as mud. Seriously, the pictures of the fabrics you choose make it a lot easier to understand