How to place your fabric for a 3 Yard Quilt Kit

3 Yard Kits, Color Placement Guideline

Some quilters avoid kits because they don't want to make a quilt that looks just like one everyone else is making. That never has to happen with a Fabric Cafe 3-Yard Quilt!

Our patterns give you lots of choices for fabric placement, which turn 3 yards of fabric into a quilt that is uniquely yours. Here we have, 3, 1 yard cuts of fabric from a 3-yard kit, Shades of Fall Batiks, a new quilt kit we just posted on Look what happens when you move the positions around.

When I first started designing 3 yard patterns, I was intrigued with the way I could move the fabric around and make the quilt look different by just changing the fabric position. Each of my patterns requires one yard of fabric for each of 3 positions in the quilt. As long as you cut all the same fabric for each position, you can move the position in which you place the fabric. Let's explore how you can take these 3, one yard cuts of fabric and make your quilt look different just by changing either the position of the fabric in the pattern, or by changing the pattern that you choose to make.

First, Let's move the fabric positions around. I suggest that you select the largest print in the #1 position. This means when you cut the fabric, the largest print will be placed in the largest block of the quilt. Next select your darkest fabric for the # 3 position. This will be your border. The remaining fabric is placed in your #2 position.

Now look at the 2 quilt tops below. On the left is Windmill 3 yard quilt pattern made by putting the largest print in the #1 position and the darkest in the #3 position. On the right, we swapped those positions and put the darkest fabric in the #1 position and the largest print in the #3 position. When you change the positions like this it looks like you've used a different pattern.

Now let's take the same 3, one yard cuts and make a quilt with our Pin Wheel quilt pattern (left) or the Picture Perfect quilt pattern which is in my new book, Quick 'N Easy 3 Yard Quilts (on right). Each of these will make up in about 8 hours.

If you need to finish a quilt really fast. Your might choose one the following 3 yard quilt patterns. Checkmate on the left, Sew Quick on the right. You can usually finish each top in about 6 hours.

It's a fun exercise to take 3, one yard cuts of fabric and know you could achieve so much diversity by simply changing positions of the fabric, or changing the pattern. Many customers tell me they can make the same pattern over and over because they never get bored. The tops all have their own unique personality!

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  1. I have used your book: Easy Peasy 3-yard Quilts. Your instructions call for fabric that is 44 or 45 inches wide. I'm having a terrible time finding fabric that width. And when using your book, I've had to purchase more fabric to make the patterns work for me. Are there revisions to your book that address the issue of fabric width? Any suggestions?

    1. All of my patterns are written using fabric that is no less than 42" after selvages are trimmed. If, the fabric has exceptionally wide selvages, it might be less once they are trimmed off. We find that most of the leading manufacturers are still making 44/45 inch wide fabric. As of today, this is all we sell on our website. If the brands you purchase are consistently more narrow, I recommend buying an extra 1/4 to 1/2 yard to ensure completion.

  2. Love, love, LOVE your 3-yard quilts. So much fun to make. What a great and productive way to use up some of my stash. Thank you. PS: economy binding was very helpful.

    1. So glad to hear you enjoy my patterns! Thanks for checking out our articles! Donna


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