Thursday, July 5, 2012

How Far Will You Go? QAL

Hi Everyone!

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 )

How far will you go QAL BB

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":

QAL Progress 4

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!

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Hilachas said...

What a gorgeous layout you've made for the quilt along. I can't wait to get started.

Deborah said...

I just popped over from Jess's! This looks like a great QAL!

Marissa said...

I lovw the layout! Cant wait to get started!

Anorina @SameliasMum said...

Looks great Jess & Jess. I probably won't be able to participate through the whole quilt a long, so love the idea of making a mini.

Looking forward to it :)

Jess @ Elven Garden Quilts said...

Squeee! So excited!

Oops-Lah said...

It looks like a fun project. I'll try to play along, but I probably won't be making the big version either.

barcord said...

Ok. Jess. Ive never done a Quilt Along. I would love to be included if I may. Dont know what size I would be able to achieve. Willing to give it a go.

Rosa said...

Love this project.Hope to finish one of my QAL I`m playing and try this wonderful one.

prsd4tim2 said...

Wow! This is a very ambitious project! I love QALs but I have yet to actually finish one. Maybe this one will be my first! Count me in!

Kristy Rogers said...

Can't wait to starts most of the fabric is ready to go :)

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

What a beautiful quilt. I'm already so far behind in my scheduled projects, that I think I'll never get caught up, but, I just may have to check out my stash of reds and blues anyways. Hmmm...cream background and tans might work.

AnnaPeng said...

I hope with you!!thank you!

Lisa said...

This is stunning! I wish I'd seen this QAL sooner.