Quilt Alongs can be great fun to make a quilt, sometimes you’ll learn a new technique, all while finding inspiration and encouragement by sewing with others. Here are a few QALs that have caught my attention for 2017:
ONE WORLD, hosted by Quilt Fusion and Chatterbox Quilts
This fun QAL began in late 2016, but there is still time to join the fun. New block patterns are released on the 15th of each month. Join now and you’ll receive copies of all of the blocks that have been released so far.
Some participants are using fabrics from their stash and some are using fabrics showcased in the pattern, from Hoffman Fabrics.
There are also many ways to win prizes thru this QAL, even followers can win without sewing anything, just simply be a viewer! But, I can honestly say these blocks are fun and fast to make so I hope you’ll consider joining the fun. Participants can also share their progress thru a group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/oneworldquiltalong/
FAT QUARTER SHOP
The Patchwork Quilt Along starts January 15th on their Jolly Jabber blog, when the first block and fabric requirements will be revealed. In partnership with Moda Fabrics, participants are encouraged to donate to the Make-A-Wish foundation! Fat Quarter Shop and Moda Fabrics will match up to $20,000 of the donations raised!
A new block will be released on the Jolly Jabber on the 15th of each month, with the 12th and final block, as well as the finishing and backing, released on December 15, 2017!
This is sure to be a fun quilt along and also such a great fundraiser for Make-A-Wish! We can’t wait to get started! Be sure to join their 2017 Patchwork Quilt Along Facebook group!
LEAH DAY DESIGNS
Leah has kicked off a new Machine Quilting Block Party for 2017, where participants can learn to piece and quilt, one block at a time. New block patterns and tutorials will be released monthly. The January block pattern is also currently on sale, for a very reasonable price.
Participants can also share photos and network thru a Facebook group for this event: https://www.facebook.com/groups/quiltingblockparty/
SEW FRESH QUILTS
Join the Have A Jolly Little Christmas, which kicks off January 14th. Lorna of Sew Fresh Quilts has plans for the release of 15 – 12″ blocks, possibly more. You can make a quilt, table topper, wallhanging, pillow, etc.. And, come the 2017 holiday season you’ll have beautiful new handmade items to decorate your home, or for gifts.
Lorna plans to release new block patterns every two weeks, during this fun event.
SEAMS TO BE SEW
Marian will be kicking off another BOM program for 2017 with the theme of Twas The Night Before Christmas and kicks off January 15th. Her beautiful applique’ blocks have her signature detail that will certainly help you create a stunning project, or projects, thru this fun event.
Marian has also compiled a list of other BOM events hosted by various blogs.
What are your quilting plans for 2017? Will you be joining any quilt-alongs and/or taking any classes? Who is interested in learning/improving their free-motion quilting skills, possibly learning ruler work? Or do you have another skill that you are wanting to learn this year?