In January we started our Quilt-Along (QAL) with Mandy Monroe. For those of you who have not taken part in a QAL before, here are some general guidelines to help you start up a QAL to make the quilt.
The quilt is fully described over four issues of Popular Patchwork. If you have missed any of the parts, back issues of the magazine can be ordered online from www.myhobbystore.com or by email from firstname.lastname@example.org
A quilt-along is a fun way of making a quilt and very popular with quilting groups as the idea is to share fabric choices. These types of projects are sometimes called ‘round robins’. The main goals of a QAL are to have fun, improve your skills and, by incorporating fabrics into your quilt that you have not chosen, stretch your imagination and creativity.
Over four issues we show you how to make the blocks and assemble this quilt. You can make the quilt alone or gather together some friends to exchange fabrics for a group QAL (see below). Beginners and improvers that have mastered the 1/4in seam should be able to take part.
You can make the design individual to you if you prefer, changing the setting, adding more blocks or replacing the ones we’ve used with some of your favourites. You can also use up your scraps to add more borders and make a larger version if you wish.
The QAL is divided into four parts, spread over four issues, describing and illustrating the various blocks and borders needed to make and finish the quilt.
Part One (January issue) – Getting Started, Block 1, Block 2, assembling the central unit.
Part Two (February issue) – Block 3, Block 4 and Block 5.
Part Three (March issue) – Block 6, assembling Border 1, adding Border 2 and Block 7.
Part Four (April issue) – Block 8, Block 9, assembling Border 3 and finishing the quilt.
If you want to take part in the QAL as a group, then three to seven people would work well. You’ll each make blocks for your own throw-size quilt but swap mid-tone fabrics before you start. For the mid-tone exchange we suggest exchanging 1 yard rather than 1 metre in case you’d like to arrange an international virtual group. If you choose to work from 1 metre everyone will receive just under 2in more on each strip. A mixture of yards and metres won’t be a problem. The quilting group called Jo Blox will be joining our QAL, so we’ll get to see some of their blocks along the way.
QALs generally have some guidelines or ‘rules’, so the finished quilts stand some chance of working, design-wise, in terms of colour, fabrics and techniques used. ·
Below left: Fig 1 The mid-tone fabrics chosen by the Jo Blox Quilting Group. The lights and darks still have to be added
Before the 1yd fabric exchange of mid-tone fabrics, the Jo Blox Quilting Group decided on the following guidelines for their QAL. Your group might consider similar guidelines. Some quilt blocks from the Jo Blox quilt will be shown in Parts Two and Three and the finished quilt in Part Four.
Group name: Jo Blox
Number in group: 7
Quilt style: modern
Fabrics: no batiks, solids, children’s prints or predominantly brown. No 1930’s reproductions (we love them but not for this project)
Strictness: must include some of every exchanged fabric in the final quilt. The forfeit for failure is that the rule breaker has to bind everyone else’s quilt! Secret choice of lights and darks is allowed and quilts can be worked on at meetings after additional fabrics have been chosen. Fig 1 shows the Jo Blox Quilting Group’s choice of mid-tone fabrics.
Fig 2 Mandy’s choice of mid-tone fabrics plus two lights and one dark fabric
You can still join the QAL if you are working alone. You can choose to restrict your palette to four mid-tone fat quarters or use eight fat eighths. Scraps are fine too – choose strips 4in, 3 1/2in and 2in wide. Add 1/2– 3/4yd of light fabric and 1/2yd of dark fabric.
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