Quilt Alongs!

Perhaps I’m spending way too much time hopping around the internet! I’m finding some wonderful Quilt Alongs and Block of the Months (BOM) that are so tempting!

I’ve joined a few, and will be watching a few. Here’s what I hope to participate in:

  1. One Block Wonders BOM Hosted by Sandy of UpStairsHobbyRoom.blogspot.com  This started in October of 2015, and has been a lot of fun. You can make just one block or any size quilt you like using the block pattern presented each month.
  2. Facets Quit Along  Hosted by Christa of christaquilts.com  The Facets quilt is one of the quilts in Christa’s new book Machine Quilting With Style. This quilt along starts now with gathering supplies and then February 5th is the first week of sewing, but of course ladies are already busy piecing. You can see some lovely progress on the Facebook group page.
  3. Tribal Block Club Hosted by Amy of 13spools.com Amy is presenting 6 blocks and 3 patterns over the next few months. Her tag line is “6 blocks | 3 quilts | endless possibilities”. I had the pleasure of testing a pattern for Amy, and do hope to play along some using several of her blocks!
  4. And as if that is not enough, I also signed up for Machine Quilting Block Party Hosted by Leah Day of freemotionquilting.blogspot.com This is a BOM that is a quilt-as-you-go technique. The idea is to improve piecing and FMQ. There is always room for improvement!

I’m thinking I’m a sucker at this point! At least #1 and #4 are just one block a month. I’ll tweak the Facets quilt to my liking, and not sure what I’ll make during the Tribal Block Club.

Above is Block #1 of Leah Day’s BOM, pieced and ready to mark for quilting.

Here are a few Quilt Alongs I will be watching:

  1. Quilt with Me Hosted by Katja of katjasquiltshoppe.com This quilt along is pieced hexies also constructed with a quilt-as-you-go technique. Plus it is English Paper Piecing (EPP) and Katja is using big stitching with perle cottons for the quilting. Lovely! You can follow along on her Facebook page. I think EPP and hand work is a lovely idea, I just don’t see getting to it this year.
  2. Suzybee Growth Chart is also a FMQ Quilt Along Hosted by Karen of karensquiltscrowscardinals.blogspot.com Karen uses preprinted fabric growth charts to practice FMQ. She will be sharing tips for improving FMQ. I bought the growth chart, (hope it arrives in today’s mail! It did!) and will see if I actually fit this project in to my sewing time!
  3. The Splendid Sample Hosted by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson. There will be 100 – 6″ block patterns presented through out the year by many talented quilt designers.  There is a Facebook page too.  This one I’m watching! A friend sent me a link and asked if I would be joining. Mmmm, no! Not with everything else already planned!

Above, preprinted growth chart for FMQ along.

I finished the Dot-to-Dot top. Pattern by Sew Kind of Wonderful. I have fabric for the binding, and some pieces left over from the top. I plan to piece those and put into the back.

I used a Layer Cake pack of Horizon by Kate Spain and several tone-on-tone creams for the background. The top is 57″ x 76 1/2″.

How did I do on last week’s To-Do List?

  1. Add border to my daughter’s quilt. ✔️Border attached and back made. Needs some longarm quilting.
  2. Call customer to pick up her t-shirt quilt and pillow. ✔️She picked them up and loved them!
  3. Work on Dot-to-Dot top. ✔️ Top completed!
  4. Work on One Block Wonders January block.

This week’s To-Do List includes getting to those BOM and Quilt Alongs!

  1. Piecing One Block Wonders January quilt.
  2. Mark and quilt first block of the Machine Quilting Block Party
  3. Decide on fabric for the Facets Quilt
  4. Start prepping t-shirts for next customer quilt
  5. Tuesday, Jan 26, Curvy Quilters Group, pick a WIP to take to work on.

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4 Responses to “Quilt Alongs!”

  1. Karla Brown Says:

    Thanks for the list quilt along list — I’m a newbie and need lots of practice!! Your Dot to Dot quilt is beautiful!

  2. Christine Slaughter Says:

    Wow! So many block of the month I had not even heard of. You are a great source of info. I am definitely going to be watching the Machine Quilting Block Party and may participate if I have extra time in the month. Honing that skill is definitely at the top of my list.

    Your Dot-To-Dot quilt is fabulous! I absolutely love the colors. The Horizon fabrics are so beautiful. Great to know that the pattern is good for a layer cake. I have several of those that I need to sew up. I may add that pattern to my summer quilt top to-make list!

  3. Andrea @ Tideline Quilts Says:

    I am signed up for Pat Sloan and Quilt Jane’s Splendid Sampler 100 Block quilt-along and also for Pat’s My Secret Garden Mystery BOM. First Mystery Garden block is done…having lots of fun! Your BOM blocks are wonderful!!!

  4. Julie @ The Crafty Quilter Says:

    I love your Dot to Dot quilt! I’m a fan of Sew Kind of Wonderful, too. I’m like you and can’t say “no” to all of the wonderful QAL’s and BOM’s out there!

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