Who doesn’t love a QAL?! What about a QAL that uses a simple block that can be arranged in a multitude of ways, to create your own customized quilt? Well if that’s what you’re looking for, then you’ve come to the right place.
My Print Panache quilt is actually the first in a series of foundation paper pieced (FPP) quilt patterns that I’m designing, alternatively known as “1 Block, 10 Quilts”. If you’ve seen my pattern in Issue 57 of Love Patchwork & Quilting, then you’ve seen the block and the ten different quilt layouts that can be created by rotating, alternating or staggering the blocks. If you choose to not follow any of the provided patterns, and improv your layout, the possibilities are endless!
So here are the details, schedule, and all the goodies! Please bear with me as this is the FIRST quilt-along I’ve organized and I’m going to do my best to sew along with everyone who participates!
The QAL will follow an 8 week schedule and is outlined below. But before we get into the fine details, I’ve got some PRIZES!!!
The following companies have graciously donated prizes for this QAL! Be sure to check them out and show them some social media LOVE as they’re helping to make this event a success!
Love Patchwork & Quilting has offered a year’s digital subscription to one lucky participant! They have also offered us a special subscription promotion (which I am TOTALLY signing up for!) Details will be forwarded upon registration. Thank you SOO MUCH to the team at Love Patchwork & Quilting – they have been an absolute pleasure to work with and I’m so happy they’re on board for this QAL!
Mad About Patchwork (my LQS) has generously donated a $50 (CAN) Gift Card as a prize to one lucky participant! They have also offered a 10% off discount code for participants to order fabric for their quilts! Discount code will be forwarded upon registration.
Hobbs Bonded Fibers has donated a queen sized batt of their Tuscany Wool batting to one winning participant! I’ve been dying to try wool batting in a quilt and will be getting one of these for myself!
Sew Fine Thread Gloss & Bytowne Threads are teaming up and have 3 awesome prize packs! 2 lucky participants will take home a hand-quilting set (1 thread gloss, 1 pair of embroidery scissors and 1 spool of 12wt white mako Aurifil thread), and 1 lucky participant will take home a deluxe hand-quilting set (1 thread gloss, 1 pair of embroidery scissors, 1 package of leather stick-on thimble pads [the kind I use ALL THE TIME!] and an Aurifil thread sample pack)!
First things first – to quilt along with us you’ll need a copy of the pattern in Issue 57 of Love Patchwork & Quilting. Its currently on newsstands in the US and Canada, but if you can’t find a printed copy locally, you can purchase a digital copy of the magazine and download the pattern template through the app. Fabric requirements are included in the pattern.
The template is either 2 pieces of 8.5×11″ taped together, or there’s an enlargeable version – I would suggest taking that to a print shop and having them print your 36 blocks on the size of paper needed (11×11″) at the proper size (10.5×10.5″ with seam allowances).
You might also want to grab a big glue stick! The instructions mention pin basting, but I’ll be doing a blog post towards the start of the QAL demonstrating glue basting, which will be super handy for these big blocks! Make sure they’re the washable white craft kind!
Registration – April 3-29 (lots of time to register, and order fabric for your quilt!)
April 30 – Week 1 – introductions, inspiration, fabric pull & layout pick
May 7 – Week 2 – Row 1 blocks
May 14 – Week 3 – Row 2 blocks
May 21 – Week 4 – Row 3 blocks
May 28 – Week 5 – Row 4 blocks
June 4 – Week 6 – Row 5 blocks
June 11 – Week 7 – Row 6 blocks
June 18 – Week 8 – final layout
Participants must post either their inspiration colours, or fabric pull and which layout they’re planning to follow (or improv) between April 30 – May 6. I also would LOVE for you to introduce yourself, tell us where you’re from, etc.
Participants can work at their own pace, week by week, and post updates as they complete their blocks (6 blocks per week average) using the #printpanacheQAL hashtag. There are 36 blocks in total to make the 60×60″ throw sized quilt. Should participants wish to make their quilt bigger, go for it! Just add more blocks onto the ends of the rows, and/or add additional rows of blocks and continue the block arrangement pattern.
During the week of June 18 – 24, to be eligible for the prizes, participants must post their final layout (either the blocks finished and arranged in their chosen layout, or quilt top sewn together). Final check in must be posted on Instagram by June 24 at 11:59pm EST.
Winners will be chosen at random from participants who have posted their finished layout or finished quilt top, and will be announced by June 28th. This event is not affiliated with Instagram, Facebook, or any other platform used for promotion. To be eligible to win, you must have an open Instagram account that I can check to ensure that you’ve met the required check ins.
Thank you so much for following along and I hope you join us for this super easy, and quick quilt-along!