Thursday 5 July 2012

Introducing the How Far WIll You Go? Quilt Along

I am really excited to announce that myself and Jess of Scrappy and Happy will be co-hosting a Quilt Along together, commencing 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 later this week :o)

So what is the How Far Will You Go? QAL (maybe HFWYGQAL for short ;o) )

Earlier this year I mentioned to Jess that I'd like to put a QAL together, and she said she'd love to do one together so we started planning. Jess came up with the fantastic layout for it, and we've been nailing the details over the last few months (getting confusing with the Jess's everywhere?) It is a sampler style quilt with three different block sizes, and a total of 18 different block types, 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:

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, there will be a Mini Quilt category (ie a 30" mini quilt) or a and a Throw Quilt category (ie 45" x 50" throw quilt). We will be giving some ideas as to how you could put these together as well. 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.

Jess has 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)

I will be using my stash of Heirloom by Joel Dewberry for my version - Jess is using Ruby along with some FMF.

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! We are so excited!

x Jess


Gabriella said...

Wonderful QAL!!!


Thank you
Gabriella from Italy

Jess @ Scrappy n Happy said...

Looks great! I have just done my post!!

Beth said...

Great idea! Looks like a fun quilt to make!

Ella said...

I soooo don't need another QAL but ONLY because you've got this one going slow, I think I can (and I can play catchup when I need to). I love the layout of this one.

Longvacation said...

This sounds fun, I'm going to try to keep up with it.

Taryn V. said...

I love the quilt design, it is very dynamic!

Deborah said...

I'm thinking seriously about doing this!!

Deborah said...

I'm thinking seriously about doing this!!

Katy Cameron said...

It looks great, but if I take on one more quilting project right now I might die. Or explode. Or both... ;o)

Di said...

As I started reading your post I was thinking "got no time for this" then I saw the design.....oh no I would really like to do this one. Now I will have to have a debate with myself about over committing! LOL. Di x

Rosa said...

Awesome QAL.Love the layout design.Fantastic!!

Annabella said...

This looks great, and I`ve always wanted to do a sampler quilt. It looks like a great scrap buster too.

Nicky said...

Looks a lot of fun! Wonder if I have time to fit this in??

Bethany (Make Me A Quilt) said...

That is a really cool looking, unique quilt, I am so tempted.. I did a Kona solids swap and will be getting 5 yards of 10" squares (all different colors!) of solids soon.. I wonder if I could make it work with all solids, plus a neutral background color. Hmmm! :)

Lucy | Charm About You said...

This is a great design and I'd love to join since I need some skill building! I'm going to dig around for fabric and hope I have enough ;) x

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

How far will I go is the question....grin. I can't remember the last time I finished anything, but starting is fun as well.

Anonymous said...

I think this quilt will make a perfect christmas quilt for me ! I might start a bit late since I need to order my fabric (Brr!) but I'll definitely join you guys :)

Nectarine said...

Hello , I have an awfull english but i want to participate to this QAL, is it possible ?