Sunday, January 22, 2017

Stash Report and Yardage Calculations for DP II

Since I finished my Dancing Plus II flimsy this week, I get to count the yardage used. A tight estimate is 9-3/4 yards out. No yardage in. I'll post the totals for January at the end of the month.

DP II has at least 57 different dark fabrics and 52 different light fabrics. I tried to remember to count each time I cut into a different fabric, but I may have forgotten a time or two.

It's good to have some yardage out this month because my guild is holding a fabric swap next month and I'm sure I'll bring home some new-to-me fabrics. Better to get ahead now than be in the hole later! Linking up with Sunday Stash Report at Patchwork Times

Here's how I calculated the yardage used for this quilt (too many fabrics were used to get a reliable yardage estimate from EQ). If you're not interested, just skip all this.

  • There are 143 blocks in this quilt plus light pieces at the end of each column to accommodate the half-drop layout.
  • Blocks were originally made oversized and trimmed down to get the tilted or dancing effect. The oversized blocks required 3" cut pieces of light background.
  • For the totals, odd fractions of yardage are rounded up to the next 1/4 yard.

Dark fabrics:

  • Each block uses a 5" charm square or equivalent yardage 
  • 8 charms can be cut from a 5" WOF fabric strip
  • 143 blocks divided by 8 = 18  5" WOF strips 
  • 18 strips x 5" = 90" which is 2-1/2 yards
  • Add 10% for straightening cut edges of fabric, etc. 
  • Total dark yardage: 2-3/4 yards
Light fabrics: 
  • Each block uses a 3" x half-WOF strip
  • 2 blocks per 3" WOF strip
  • 143 blocks divided by 2 = 72  3" strips needed
  • 72 strips x 3" = 216" which is 6 yards
  • Add 10% for straightening cut edges of fabric, etc.
  • Light yardage for blocks: 6-3/4 yards
  • End pieces measure 3-1/2" x 6-1/2", which if all were the same fabric could be cut from one   6-1/2" WOF strip which would require 1/4 yard
  • Total light yardage: 7 yards


  1. congrats on the finish, I love that quilt!!!!

  2. Congrats on a beautiful finish and on a great start on your stash busting for the year.