Nantucket Backgrounds

I’m working as much as I can at night to get this project off the ground.  I can’t wait to get to the end result!

The pattern calls for 6 background fabrics in 3/4 yd cuts.  Since I’m using a FQ bundle, all my cuts are FQs… 

My solution was to group my background/light tan fabrics together in 6 sets of 3 fabrics.  I am treating each set like a single 3/4 yd cut as called for in the cutting instructions.  Here are 5 of my ‘sets’ of backgrounds. 


Nant Bckgrnd Sets

I take the three FQ pieces and stack them neatly on my cutting board and proceeded to cut. 

First, after trimming up a straight edge, I did the two skinny cuts for the 9 patch units. 

Then, I cut three strips at 4 1/4″ each. 

The pattern wants you to end up with six (6) rectangles that are 8″ long and also (21) squares.  To do that I took one of the strips (that is 3 fabrics deep) and cut twice to get my 6 rectangles.  Then I was able to get one more cut done for 3 of the squares. 

I took the next strip group and cut it into 5 squares (15 total for all fabrics). 

Finally, I just had to make one cut off the last set of strips to give me the total 21 squares needed.  That left me with 3 background strips that were around 4 1/4″ x 17″ long.  Scrap bin stash!

Here’s the result of one of my 3/4 yd sets:

Nant Bckgrnd Set 1

The project pieces are at the top, again 6 rectangles (2 of each fabric) and 21 squares (7 of each fabric).

My leftovers are on the bottom of the picture.  Some smaller pieces that I may never use, but certainly stash away those 4 1/4″ strip remains.

My progress so far … I have cut the red strips for the 9 patch units and I have cut this one ‘set’ of background fabric.  I plan to catch up tonight on the cutting though!

Here’s Jewelry, helping me out as always…

Nant Bckgrnd Jewelry

Good thing this quilt will be for me.  I wouldn’t let my kitties sit and walk on my quilt pieces for someone else’s quilt.  Or at least, not intentionally.

Have a great day!  Thanks for visiting!


5 thoughts on “Nantucket Backgrounds

  1. Mmmm, those background fabrics are soooo pretty, and I really liked your solution for dealing with the 3/4 yd vs 3 fat quarters cutting issue. I’ll be following your progress with great interest!

  2. I have enjoyed reading your blog. You are a very busy lady! I also want to do Nantucket in the same awesome reds. I have everything ready to go but have not found the time. I hope after thanksgiving I will have some quality time in the quilt/guest room!

    • Sorry it has taken a while to respond – I do appreciate your comments. Nantucket is a pretty quick quilt to make, if you don’t mind some repetitive stitching for the 9 patch blocks. There are 90 of them you know! I find most of my time is spent laying it out to make a planned scrappy look. Otherwise, easy peasy. Best wishes for a relaxing Thanksgiving holiday week and some ‘you’ time in your sewing room. My ‘you’ time is usually between 11:00 pm – 1:00 am.

  3. Great start! I rarely cut an entire quilt project at once, I don’t have the patience for it. I cut out what I needed for my center stars, pieced them, and am now cutting and piecing the border blocks. You were very smart the way you planned out how best to cut your fat quarters, my leftover are not nearly as good.

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