2 1/4 yd background fabric - I used Moda Bella White 9900-98
2 1/2 yd "frame" fabric - I used Moda Washed Black 9900-118 but it would look great with Gray also!
4 2/3 yd backing fabric - I used the gray Pip puppies 18502-16
2/3 yd binding fabric - I used scraps of some of the other prints
Batting at least 82x82 which is a Full Size if you're buying it packaged
Before we start cutting, you may want to change your rotary cutter blade! There is quite a bit of cutting involved. Most of it starts with 2.5" strips so if you have an Accuquilt Go! cutter, dust that baby off ;-) I went ahead and did it with my rotary cutting tools.
Be sure to pay attention to squaring your fabric as you're cutting strips. After cutting several strips, check to be sure your edge is still square.
When cutting the fat quarters, you need to be really careful about which direction your pattern is going. You want a total of 25 squares - 13 cut with the pattern running vertically and 12 cut horizontally. You will see what I mean in the pictures.
Next turn the cutting mat 90 degrees. Cut off the fold in a small sliver and continue to trim each piece into 10.5"x6.5" rectangles. When you're finished you'll have four.
I thought it would be
super-confusing rather helpful if my pictures showed random fabrics in each picture.
The left-most pieces are scrap:
Okey-doke. Now comes the fun part. Take your ginormous piece of Moda Bella White (or whatever background fabric you're using) and fold selvage to selvage so you're cutting strips the WOF (width of fabric).
Cut 5 strips 4.5" wide.
Then subcut each strip into 9 squares 4.5"x4.5" for a total of 45 squares. You'll use 40.
Go back to your huge piece of background (white) and cut 26 strips 2.5" wide.
Subcut 3 of those strips into 3 lengths of 14.5" each.
Subcut 1 of those strips into 1 length of 14.5" and (8) 2.5" squares.
Subcut 4 of those strips into 4 lengths of 10.5" each.
Subcut 8 of those strips into 9 lengths of 4.5" each.
Subcut 2 of those strips into (16) 2.5" squares each.
Leave the remaining 8 strips untouched. They will be used in the border.
Next take your Moda Bella Washed Black (or whatever Frame fabric you've chosen) and cut (35) 2.5" strips. Set 25 of them aside for the frames.
Subcut 5 strips into (16) 2.5" squares each.
Subcut 5 strips into (9) 4.5" lengths each.
Backing: cut in half so you have two pieces 2 1/3 yds x WOF.
Binding: cut (8) 2.5" strips x WOF.
The key to getting this going at a decent pace is Chain Piecing. For those of you unfamiliar with chain piecing, it is a bit like an assembly line. Piece all of your pieces back-to-back without cutting your machine thread and starting over. Here is an example of chain piecing: