I am super excited to announce that myself and Jess of The Elven Garden will be co-hosting a Quilt Along together, starting on Friday 27th of July.
We would be stoked if anyone would like to join us - we're pretty proud of what we've come up with. Plus there will be prizes! The Fat Quarter Shop have very generously offered to be our sole sponsor for this - we'll be revealing prize details in the next week!
So what is the How Far Will You Go? QAL (maybe HFWYGQAL for short LOL )
Earlier this year Jess mentioned to me that she would like to do a QAL, and I said how about doing one together? So we started planning. I came up with a pretty nice layout for it, and we've been nailing the details over the last few months (getting confusing with the Jess's everwhere?)
It is a sampler style quilt with three different block sizes, and a total of 18 different blocks, so we're hoping it will be a bit of a skill builder as well. The quilt that we'll be making will look something like this, finishing at about 65" x 80":
But as you can see it would be open to mix and match blocks around - so you could do more of some and less of others as you choose! We are also giving the option of making a smaller quilt or quilted item. For example, a 30" mini quilt or a 45" x 50" throw quilt. There will be prizes for each of the three categories, so if you're time poor you can make something small and still enter to win!
So the nitty gritty stuff. This QAL will run over 24 weeks. Yep, nearly 6 months! We will be presenting one tutorial each week, alternating between the two of us who does the tutorial. Then there will be a few weeks for finishing up blocks, quilting and binding - so we're giving you (and us!!) time to get it all done.
The order for tutorials will be as follows:
Week 1: Susannah (10”) – 2 blocks
Week 2: Weathervane (10”) – 1 block
Week 3: Pieced star (10”) – 3 blocks
Week 4: St Louis Star (10”) – 1 block
Week 5: Jack in the box (10”) – 2 blocks
Week 6: Windblown Square (10”) – 3 blocks
Week 7: Another star (10”) – 1 block
Week 8: See Saw (5”) – 4 blocks
Week 9: Dutch Rose (20”) – 1 block
Week 10: Clay’s choice (10”) – 2 blocks
Week 11: Tippencanoe (5”) – 4 blocks
Week 12: Tassel Flower (20”) – 1 block
Week 13: Crazy Ann (10”) – 2 blocks
Week 14: Farmer’s Daughter (10”) – 1 block
Week 15: Pinwheel skew (5”) – 2 blocks
Week 16: Wandering Foot (20”) – 1 block
Week 17: Rolling Pinwheel (20”) – 1 block
Week 18: Hayes Corner (10”) – 1 block
At the conclusion of the series of tutorials, we will have a two week break to allow participants to catch up on making all of the blocks.
Week 20: Piecing your quilt top together.
Week 21: Ideas for quilting (with two weeks given for finishing the quilting)
Week 23: Binding your quilt.
Week 24: Link up your finished quilt.
Week 25: Prize winners announced.
The prize winners will be randomly selected from all entries.
I have drawn up the quilt layout using Electric Quilt 7, so we have a fabric requirement guide for the largest quilt size.
Background fabric - 3 yards
Inner border fabric - 1/2 yard
Outer border fabric - 1 5/8 yards
Blocks - a total of about 5 yards of fabric (ie 20 fat quarters, or 10 half-yards or a combination)
Jess will be using her stash of Heirloom by Joel Dewberry for her version – I am using Ruby along with some FMF with Bella Feather for the background.
We've started up a Flickr group for you all to share your fabric choices and progress as we make the blocks. We'll also update the Flickr discussions as new tutorials become available.
We are really hoping you'll join us for this QAL!