Backyard Chicks QAL - Week 5

It's Week 5 of the Backyard Chicks QAL! 

We are almost at the end of this quilt-along! This week we are sewing our quilt top together. Congratulations to all of you who have finished all their blocks last week. If you haven't, hopefully you can finish them all this week, and finish sewing your quilt top also.

The winner of the week 4 prize is @lmm3417! Congratulations Lisa - please email me at sedef@downgrapevinelane.com (or DM me on Instagram) to arrange delivery of your prize.

Week 5

  • Catch up - finish all blocks! You should now have all 48 blocks finished (for throw size). If you fell behind go ahead and sew those final blocks up now.
  • Plan final block placements, if you haven't already done so. You can download the printable colouring page if you would like to plan on paper rather than on a design wall / floor. Make sure you follow the quilt diagram in the pattern carefully to make sure all blocks are oriented correctly.
  • Sew the quilt top together. Sew the blocks in each row together, pressing seams in alternating directions, and then sew the rows together. Your quilt top is ready!
  • Next week will be a busy week with quilting and binding, so if you are an overachiever feel free to go ahead and get a head start on the quilting! Remember, your quilt needs to be finished by the last day of the QAL (27 October) to be in the running for the grand prize. 
  • Share your finished quilt top (or any other progress) on Instagram tagging them with #backyardchicksQAL, if you want to be in the running for this week's prize! 

This week's prize:

On Sunday evening I will randomly pick a winner from all the entries on the Instagram hashtag #backyardchicksQAL. The winner will receive:
  • 3 fat quarters of quilting fabric (from my own fabric collections)
Next week is the last week of the QAL where we will be finishing our quilts. It's going to be a busy week! Looking forward to seeing everyone's finished quilts.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Backyard Chicks Quilt Along Details

Dates: 16 September - 27 October 2019 (6 weeks)
Block size: 10" finished
Finished quilt size: 60" x 80" (throw)
Experience level: Beginner

    Schedule

    Week 1 - Planning, fabric selection, cutting
    Week 2 - Make 16 blocks 
    Week 3 - Make 16 blocks
    Week 4 - Make 16 blocks
    Week 5 - Sew the quilt top together (+ catch up!)
    Week 6 - Quilting and binding

    Materials

    Here are the fabric requirements for the quilt:
    You will also need the pattern!

    Follow Along

    • You can follow the QAL via my Instagram account here. Use the hashtag #backyardchicksQAL to post pictures of your progress and to see how others' quilts are coming along.
    • Sign up to the weekly QAL emails here
    • I will share a new blog post every Monday so feel free to check my blog each week for updates. 

    Backyard Chicks QAL - Week 4

    It's Week 4 of the Backyard Chicks QAL! 

    We are more than halfway in this quilt along already! This week we will finish making our quilt blocks. I have been enjoying seeing everyone's blocks on Instagram - so many different colour and fabric choices!

    The winner of the week 3 prize is @sewsayshelley! Congratulations - please email me at sedef@downgrapevinelane.com (or DM me on Instagram) to arrange delivery of your prize.

    Week 4

    • Make 16 blocks. This week we are making our final 16 blocks. Same as in the previous weeks, we are using four different fabrics, 4 blocks from each fabric. 
    • Finish all blocks! You should now have all 48 blocks finished (for throw size). If you fell behind hopefully you can put in some extra time this week to finish them all as next week we will be sewing our quilt top together.
    • Share your blocks on Instagram tagging them with #backyardchicksQAL, if you want to be in the running for this week's prize! You can share your photos on Facebook with the same hashtag if you wish, but I will only be selecting winners from Instagram. Reminder - I pick an account randomly from Instagram from everyone who posted their progress that week, regardless of whether you have completed the week's tasks or not! So feel free to post any and all progress you make, even if you are just joining the QAL for instance, and you will still be in the running for that week's prize. However to qualify for the grand prize at the end you will need to have finished and bound your quilt by the finish date of the QAL, which is 27 October. 

    This week's prize:

    On Sunday evening I will randomly pick a winner from all the entries on the Instagram hashtag #backyardchicksQAL. The winner will receive:
    • 3 fat quarters of quilting fabric (from my own fabric collections)
    See you back here next week, below is a recap of all the details for the QAL!

    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Backyard Chicks Quilt Along Details

    Dates: 16 September - 27 October 2019 (6 weeks)
    Block size: 10" finished
    Finished quilt size: 60" x 80" (throw)
    Experience level: Beginner

      Schedule

      Week 1 - Planning, fabric selection, cutting
      Week 2 - Make 16 blocks 
      Week 3 - Make 16 blocks
      Week 4 - Make 16 blocks
      Week 5 - Sew the quilt top together (+ catch up!)
      Week 6 - Quilting and binding

      Materials

      Here are the fabric requirements for the quilt:
      You will also need the pattern!

      Follow Along

      • You can follow the QAL via my Instagram account here. Use the hashtag #backyardchicksQAL to post pictures of your progress and to see how others' quilts are coming along.
      • Sign up to the weekly QAL emails here
      • I will share a new blog post every Monday so feel free to check my blog each week for updates. 

      'Happy Sewing' Cushion & Mini Quilt Pattern

      I'm thrilled to introduce you to my first pattern designed in partnership with Brother Australia - the 'Happy Sewing' Cushion!


      This cushion finishes at 20" and the technique used for the sewing machine and notion shapes is raw edge appliqué. The pattern also includes alternative instructions to finish as a mini quilt. I have used my Rhapsody fabrics for the cushion above.

      The pattern is now available as an instant PDF download in my shop - with a special introductory offer (20% off) till the weekend! Paper patterns will be available soon also.


      I've made a second version of the cushion too, using pastel shades this time, and finished it with pompom trim. Love this colour combo!

      As a special bonus, Brother Scan N Cut users can download the appliqué template files and Brother Innovis XP1 'Luminaire' users can download the stitch-lines as embroidery files, so they can sew the shapes on to the background with a single press of a button! The links to download the files are included in the pattern.


      In case you were wondering, the sewing machine in this cushion is my Luminaire of course - or 'Lumy' as I call it.  Here it is in my sewing room, set up in quilting mode with the quilting extension table attached. The combined quilting / embroidery functionality of Lumy has absolutely transformed my work and opened new horizons in terms of design possibilities. Lots of exciting things to come!

      Rainy Day Sewing Book Tour

      Guys! Have you heard? Amy Sinibaldi (Nana Company) and Kristyne Czepuryk (Pretty by Hand) have a new book out, published by Tuva Publishing. And it's good. Like really, really good. Makes-me-green-with-envy-as-a-fellow-author good. Uniquely clever projects, beautiful fabric selections, and photography to die for. They've really knocked it out of the park!


      I struggled to pick a project for the book tour (today is my day but I think you figured that out already!) It's the kind of book that makes you want to make everything in it. In the end I settled on the doll quilt / mattress / pillow combo. It's my daughter's 7th birthday today, and I thought she would appreciate a new bedding set for her Ikea doll's bed.



      Most of the fabrics I used are from Amy's fabric collections, with the deep pink foliage print from my Rhapsody collection for contrast. The doll and bunny are from the retail chain Mamas & Papas. I really enjoyed making this project - and it was a huge hit with the birthday girl also.


      Today also happens to be the last day of the book tour! To mark the occasion I have an extra copy of the book to share with you, courtesy of Tuva Publishing. Go to my Instagram for a chance to win! Here are the other makers who took part in the tour - check out their IG feeds or #rainydaysewingbooktour to see their projects. Thanks for visiting today!


      Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...