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Mettler quilting thread giveaway || Sugaridoo BERNINA QAL fabric requirements

Thank you so much for all the lovely messages on the announcement of the Sugaridoo BERNINA quilt along. (If you missed it, hop over to THIS POST first) I’m soo excited that you all are going to join.

In this blog post you will find all the details to enter the very first giveaway of this quilt along, sponsored by Mettler threads. And I’ll also share all the information on the materials and fabrics you need to make the quilt.


Let’s start with the tools and materials. Here is the list of all the things I used to make this quilt, besides my Bernina 770QE:

  • Cutting mat
  • Rotary cutter
  • Inch ruler. I used a 6 x 24″ and a 6 x 12″. It is no problem if you have just one ruler or have a slightly different size.
  • Paper scissors
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pins
  • Thread (in the color of your background fabric)
  • For foundation paper piecing I used an add-a-quarter-ruler, tea bag paper and freezer paper. Tea bag paper is my favorite kind of paper for paper piecing paper.

Fabrics and Fabric kits

So now for the fabrics. I selected three different Kona Cotton fabric bundles to make this quilt. The background fabric stays the same throughout the whole quilt. And every row will have a different main color. In each row there will be snippets of an accent color.

I came up with three options. This row along quilt is perfect for a rainbow bundle. So if you’re a rainbow fan like me you can either go for a rainbow on a white background, or a rainbow on a light grey background. 

The third option is a blue fabric kit with a yellow accent. The background in this kit color is this light blue and the main colors in the rows will be other shades of blue, light grey and dark grey.

With the rainbow kit there are some grey accents in every row, and with the blue kit those accents are yellow.

The accent fabric will be used as a little snippet of contrasting fabric in each row. Using contrasting pieces in the quilt will create a little playfulness and make the overall look of the quilt more fun and interesting.

Order your fabric kit at Sugaridoo

You can order a fabric kit at, the kits cost €125 EUR. Outside the EU that would be around 115$ or 149CAD. The kits will start shipping at the 15th of October. Until then, there will be a 10% early bird discount when you use the code BERNINA10 on checkout.

Using your own fabrics

Using all solid fabrics will accentuate the modern feel of the quilt. Want to select your own fabrics? That’s also great!  This quilt will work perfect with all kinds of fabric. The colors in the different rows won’t touch each other. So you could for example use bold prints in the rows and keep the background fabric a solid or a low volume fabric.

Also making a two colored quilt would be a great option in this quilt. You can make it two colors completely, or do two colors with an accent fabric that will show up as a little piece in each row.

You don’t have to use just two fabrics (and an accent fabric) in each row. You can definitely use scraps to make this quilt. Especially when you keep the background fabrics simple you can use any fabrics you want as main fabric in the rows. 

Fabric requirements

Below you’ll find a list of what is in the kits. You can use that as a guideline to select your own fabrics. All the mentioned fabrics are Kona Cotton with a width of fabric of 110 cm / 44 inch. Can’t wait to see what fabric selections you come up with!

Rainbow quilt

These fabrics are used in the rainbow version of the quilt.

  • Row 1: Medium pink, 20 cm / 8 inch
  • Row 2: Camellia 42.5 cm / 17 inch
  • Row 3: Pomgranate 30 cm / 12 inch
  • Row 4: Kumquat 30 cm / 12 inch
  • Row 5: Papaya 30 cm / 12 inch
  • Row 6: Canary 37.5 cm / 15 inch
  • Row 7: Cactus 37.5 cm / 15 inch
  • Row 8: Sour apple 32.5 cm / 13 inch
  • Row 9: Fern 35 cm / 14 inch
  • Row 10: Emerald 27.5 cm / 11 inch
  • Row 11: Breakers 30 cm / 12 inch
  • Row 12: Capri 30 cm / 12 inch
  • Background fabric: Silver or White 5.25 meter / 5.75 yard
  • Accent fabric: Titanium or Silver 37.5 cm / 15 inch

This is the amount of background fabric you’ll need for each row:

  • Row 1: 25 cm / 10 inch
  • Row 2: 50 cm / 20 inch
  • Row 3: 47.5 cm / 19 inch
  • Row 4: 17.5 cm / 7 inch
  • Row 5: 35 cm / 14 inch
  • Row 6: 45 cm / 18 inch
  • Row 7: 50 cm / 20 inch
  • Row 8: 20 cm / 8 inch
  • Row 9: 37.5 cm / 15 inch
  • Row 10: 37.5 cm / 15 inch
  • Row 11: 50 cm / 20 inch
  • Row 12: 20 cm / 8 inch

You will also need some extra background fabric for a few strips between some of the rows, so the total amount of background fabric that you need is 5.25m / 5.75 yard

Blue tones quilt

For the quilt in blue fabrics you will make two rows with each fabric.

  • Row 1+6: Capri 57.5 cm / 23 inch
  • Row 3+11: Breakers 60 cm / 24 inch
  • Row 7+12: Jade 67.5 cm / 27 inch
  • Row 2+9: Emerald 77.5 cm / 31 inch
  • Row 4 +8: Silver 62.5 cm / 25 inch
  • Row 5+10: Titanium 57.5 cm / 23 inch
  • Background fabric: Aqua 5.25 meter / 5.75 yard
  • Accent fabric: Canary 37.5 cm / 15 inch

I am going for the rainbow on a grey background option for my quilt. Mainly because I have made a lot of quilts with a white background. I do love that and I know it would turn out awesome, but I just want to try something else this time.

How to enter the Mettler thread giveaway

And now on to the fun part, the very first giveaway in this quilt along. Before we even start sewing you can already win this awesome Summer thread set by Mettler. It’s a set with eight different spools of 150m silk finish cotton thread. They are a great match with rainbow fabric kit. Mettler is giving away 12 thread sets! So 12 lucky quilters who start this quilt along can win one.

Here how you can enter the giveaway:

  • Post a picture of your fabric pull or of the fabric kit that you’ve ordered to Instagram
  • Use #SugaridooBerninaQAL and #Mettlerthread

Don’t use Instagram? No problem. You can also enter by uploading a picture to the community section on the BERNINA blog: Sugaridoo Quilt-Along on the BERNINA Blog. When uploading to the BERNINA community section make sure to select “Sugaridoo Quilt-Along” from the dropdown list.

Post your picture before the 30th of November 24.00h. We will draw a random winner from all the posted pictures. The 12 winners will be announced the 1st of December on the BERNINA blog and contacted via their Social Media channels or by email where the email address is known.

So, hop over to to order your kit, or dive in to your fabric stash to select some beautiful fabrics. Post your picture to Insgatram or to the BERNINA blog and you might be one of the lucky 12 to win this super pretty set of thread.

See you on the 28th of November for the very first pattern of the quilt along.

Ps. If you want to see some sneak peeks, make sure follow me on Instagram @Sugaridoo


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  • sewhappy43

    Good Day! I am searching for the sashing for rows? where can I find that? I have seen some already putting together the first six rows with sashing and thought I might too.

  • Pam Holmes


    When will you tell us the amounts and types of fabric that we shall need for the backing of the quilt? It would be good to know with plenty of time to buy them on line.  Thank you.


  • ippy

    Hello Irene, Ippy from Scotland here,
    Can I just check that I am signed up correctly?   Is all correspondence done on  the Bernina site, not your Sugaridoo.

    Photos to add to the  QAL –  I have added some and is it correct I just log on to the Bernina site and click on BLOG go to the row I am completing and then upload mine?  I hope this makes sense.
    Really enjoying this and thank you for the clear instructions.
    So pleased I discovered your site even if a little late. Good we have a month to complete a row. 🙂



  • Beatriz Bocanegra

    Hi Irene, found you on YouTube and just loved your enthusiasm with fabric and quilting.  Will be joining your quilt along, besides my own quilting and sewing projects.  Also will be using my own fabric very similar to your rainbow colors.  As soon as I finish my hashtag row will post it.  Very happy to join this quest for a whole year.  I’m retired and always looking for things to keep busy.  Have a great Holiday, my sewing room is out of commission till January 7, 2020. I’m in Florida, USA.


    If I want a different color for the background and accent pieces can I change them?


    Bonie Loiselle

  • Philipp Köstner

    Dear readers of the BERNINA blog

    The winners of the Mettler Thread Kits have been found. For the English blog these are:

    • – amaurer65
    • – tinav
    • – Mary Beth

    Congratulations! I contacted you by email to arrange the next steps.

    Other winners were drawn from the Dutch and German blog readers and from Instagram. The announcement of these winners will take place in the respective channels.

    I wish everyone who didn’t win this time good luck for the upcoming raffles.

    Best regards

  • Helga Bruynooghe

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  • Helga Bruynooghe

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  • Gwendetta White

    What do you mean when you say post your picture before the 30th of November 24th?

    • Diana Kastelic

      I’m pretty sure the picture of your fabric pull needs to be posted by *midnight* (‘2400 hours’) November 30th. That’s just the European way of stating it, like military time.

  • Kayleen Rich

    I’m sooo excited I’m kinda a beginner status so I hope I can keep up and learn more


    Hello Irene, I just saw the post about your quilt along. I am very excited to be part of your quilt along. I have never done a quilt along and I’m kind of new to quilting. I have an old Bernina 930 and a Bernina B560. With only days away from the start I want to use some fabric I have on hand. I have some fat quarters and some jelly rolls. Will I be able to use either of these sizes?

    Will be looking for your reply. Thank you, Katherine Faller

  • annerankin1186

    I’ve had lots of fun choosing fabric. The quilt store close to me had a packaged Kona fabric grouping that I had fallen in love with (with 12 different colours – its like they knew!!!!) so that went into my shopping basket! I shopped my stash at home for the accent pieces and I’me pretty thrilled with the choices I’ve made.

  • carolcc

    Sugaridoo Bernina QAL.

    I’m not sure which area in this blog I should post my photos. I don’t use Instagram, but I have already posted in Facebook and another area in the Bernina blog.  Here is another photo of my fabric choices anyway…Sew excited!

    • Philipp Köstner

      Dear Patty,
      I just tried to contact you via email. It seems like your email provider blocked the confirmation email sent to you. At least, this is what happened to the email I just sent you. Unfortunately, there’s nothing we can do from our side. Please reach out to your email provider or try to register with another email address. I’m sorry to have no better news for you.
      Regards Philipp

  • dreamssewn

    I’m logged in, but unable to upload my fabrics.   I get a message stating I don’t have permission.   Can anyone help?    Thanks,

    Sandie in Louisburg, NC

    • Philipp Köstner

      Dear Sandie,

      please check your inbox. I sent you an email and explained the needed steps in order to post your projects on the blog.

      Regards Philipp

  • Lori Walter

    Hey, Bernina!  Why can’t I log in?  I forgot my password. When I enter my email address it says it’s invalid. If I try to register it says my email address is already being used….???

  • reneebg

    This is my first QAL and I’m excited to join other quilters around the world. I wanted to dig into my stash and use batiks for my BERNINA QAL Here’s my selection. I’m curious to see how these subtle colours will work with the bold geometric designs shown in the images.

  • northernquilter

    I am super excites to join in my first QAL. One of my sisters is also joining in. Perhaps all 4 of us sisters will partake. I know this is going to be fun! My fabric selections are based on the rainbows that Irene choose. 


  • jinx

    Debbie Mannino: I’m so excited to star on our BERNINA QAL this month! Mettler’ s rainbow threads would look gorgeous with my Sugaridoo QAL rainbow fabric! #SugaridooBerninaQAL #Mettlerthread

  • Linda Olsen

    I ordered the fabric and the paper for piecing but did not receive the paper. The fabric  came a couple of weeks ago but I was too busy to really look at it then.

  • Theresa Bryant

    Please, can someone assist me.  I am unable to get logged in to post my picture of my fabric.  Thx, Theresa

  • Bernadette Mason

    Can you tell me how much of each colour we need for the Quilt Along project? I plan to use my own fabrics.

  • dsumner

    I’ve been rummaging around in my stash having a blast!! I have decided to use batiks on a white background and have navy blue accents. The only fabric I’m not 100% sure about is the light turquoise. I might try and find a slightly deeper shade to balance things out. The colours should go really well with the Mettler threads!!! Lol Cannot wait to get started!!

    • msbs

      When posting a picture of our fabric, do we go to the “Community” and use “New Project?” I’m in the Community area but don’t see where to post! ?

  • Suzanne

    I received my rainbow fabric today from Irene…beautiful and bring. Then I put the fabrics in warm water and dried them – no bleeding – yeah. Now to iron…Should I starch?

  • Connie Ploch

    Since there is a delay in shipping of the kits, will the deadline be changed for this give-away.

    • Irene - Sugaridoo

      Hi Connie, good question. The deadline will not be changed. You can use one of the pictures from the blogpost to enter the giveaway to show what fabric you are going to use. If all goes well you should have your kits in time before the QAL starts 🙂 Thanks! Irene

  • jovdmey

    I am using fabrics from my stash as I have a desire to use it up…. I love batiks for their bright happy colours and for the hand of the fabric. Irene YouTube channel is  one of my favourite spots to watch. Love her quilts and her happy presence! I would have followed the QAL even with out the chance of prizes… 

  • Pirjo

    I will be using my upcycled linen stash. These have all had a previous life as clothes. Pants, shirts or skirts. While the rainbow brights, especially the batiks are lovely. I really like the subtle colors of these fabrics. Black linen will be background and the mustard yellow as accent.

  • mcoleman89

    I finally picked my fabric. It’s my first quilt along and I usually do more traditional quilts.    Oh and I’ve been dying to find some ways to use multiple  shades of my favorite color.


  • susan Cole

    I want to try the rainbow version with light gray background. How much of each rainbow color should I buy?


  • quiltercat

    I am also unfamiliar with tea paper?  Is there a different name for the product and what are we going to be using it for?


  • Shirley Robinson

    I have been trying to decide how I’m going to use my black and white stash so maybe my base colors will be black and white or white and black with bright colors.

  • Francine Bateman

    I think I must going blind, can anyone please tell me how much tea bag paper we need for QAL. I know I saw it somewhere but I can’t find it now. Thanks in advance for your help.

  • Florence Matthews

    What is tea paper? and where do I get it. Can it be substituted for something else??

  • Marie Black

    I am not sure if I am signed up correctly. I signed up for Sugaridoo emails. Is there anything else I must do? Thanks, Marie

    • Irene - Sugaridoo

      Hi Marie, you are all set! Signing up is just to get email notifications when a new blog post with the pattern is up. If you want to participate in the giveaway you can find the directions on how to do that in this blog post. ~Irene

  • Ginny Davis

    If I’m only going to use 2 colors plus an accent how much yardage of the 2 colors will I need?

    • Irene - Sugaridoo

      Hi Ginny,

      You can add up the amounts of the rainbow fabrics. Then you know how many you need. That will probably be a little bit to much, but haven’t calculated the exact amounts for a two color quilt..


  • Gunny Davis

    If I’m only going to use 2 volts plus an accent how much of the 2 colors will I need?

  • Jean McKinstry

    How would bright batiks, in a variety of shades, from blues, purples and greens,  suit for the colours,  and a darker blue  almost into a black for the background, and a lighter pale mauve  or pale blue for accent?

  • sivannika

    I am super excited to make this modern quilt with my “:old” batik fabric stash! I think I should have enough. . .

  • Pam Grossman

    I’m having trouble registering for the blog so I can post pictures. Any ideas out there?

    • Darija Grgic

      Hi Pam,

      could you please specify the troubles when registering, so we can find a solution ;-)? Do you get some sort of error message? Which step are we talking about?

  • pilkcindy

    These colors are from a fat quarter bundle in my stash and I’ll use a combination of two background colors since I didn’t have enough of a single one. I’ll use either green or purple as an accent color.

  • Lora

    [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="4032"] I’m going with rainbow with white for background and gray accent And maybe also rainbow with black background and light gray as accent[/caption]

  • Pam Grossman

    How much fabric of each color is in the bundle? It doesn’t seem like we need to buy too much of any one color. Can this be done with fat quarters or does it need to be the 44 inches in width?

  • tamilee

    Here are my fabrics for the Sugaridoo QAL. This will be my first QAL and I’m very excited! Can’t wait to get started! ?

  • jaynerook45

    This is my fabric selection….it’s the first time I’ve been able to order the fabric before a sew-a-long. I’m sew excited as I’ve never done modern quilts in solids, or foundation pieced before

  • linda Harvey

    Hi. Cani purchase a rainbow quilt kit anywhere in the uk?


  • Suzanne

    Since this is my first attempt at modern quilt making, I decided to use the fabrics directly from Sugaridoo. I selected the rainbow on grey/silver. Hmm the site keeps telling me it is a duplicate comment, but as this is the only one, I don’t know what it is talking about! If it is a duplicate, my apologies

  • Suzanne

    Since this is my first attempt at modern quilt making, I decided to use the fabrics directly from Sugaridoo. I selected the rainbow on grey/silver.

  • Cheryl Libby Libby



    It would be nice to have a pdf to print out so we did not have to print the fabric pictures.


    Thank you,



  • Margaret Vachon

    For foundation paper piecing I cut my medium weight tearaway stabilizer into 8.5” x 11” pieces run it thru my printer and print directly on it from my pc. ?

  • Cherie Lund

    Super excited to join my first ever QAL, can’t wait to start learning new techniques & see the amazing results. Thanks Irene for taking us on this beautiful journey with you. Kind Regards Cherie (Australia)

    • glen Parks

      carol Doak had a great foundation piecing tablet that I think would be what she is calling tea bag paper.  Joann’s should have it locally in the US. I love old phone books for paper piecing. Just something that easily tears away without putting pressure on your stitches.

  • Denise Sefton Sefton

    I’m confused. Those fabric amounts listed 8 inch, 10 inch is that by wof?

  • Rebecca Wolf Wolf

    I can’t decide which color path to go. I may have to one of each color way. I have fat quarter bundles of each and plenty of background grey or white to go with either. I can’t wait to get started!

  • Joan Elkins Elkins

    I would like to print this information, is there a listing for this in an email?

  • Marilyn Crawford


    i just love this. Can’t wait to start.

    I’m having trouble posting my picture of my material

    any help would be appreciated

    marilyn Crawford from Lyndhurst Ontario Canada

  • Betty Meyskens

    Would it be possible to get the Kona colour numbers that you used for the Rainbow one?

  • Justine Dowell

    I can’t wait to start QAL be lovely to see everyones different fabric choices enjoy the journey everyone xx

  • Penny A Siemen Siemen

    I am so excited to be doing this QAL, this is the first one I will be doing and Love watching Irene on the sugaridoo you tube, she always has a smile on her face, and the bonus is the Bernina sewing machine seeing how it works… thank you for this, also the fabric is beautiful just have to decide or make a couple at the same time……

  • Debbie Smith

    Does this list include fabric for the back or is it just the quilt top?

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