Friday, February 8, 2019

easypatchwork quilt along

Hi Folks! I am really, really, really excited to share with you the first ever easypatchwork quilt along!! Can you tell I am excited? YES, I AM!

As you may already know, I've been designing quilts and quilt blocks for magazines and my own pattern company for a couple of years now. I thought it was time to share one of my designs with all of you so we can all sew it together! How does that sound? Still a little nervous about what you could be getting yourself into? Don't worry. I'll explain it all here.

First up, what is a quilt along?

A quilt along is group of quilters who sew the same quilt, either individually or together. Instructions are usually provided on how to sew the blocks and the quilt. All participants are encouraged to stay on track, stick to schedule, and share their progress with photos and text. We all should be supportive and comment in a proactive way.


Who can participate?

Anyone can participate! However, the skill level of this quilt will be for intermediate quilters. This is not for newbies. Although most everything will be explained in detail, this quilt has several different elements that can be tricky. We don't want you to get discouraged. If you are new to quilting, we still encourage you to try the blocks but not commit to the entire quilt.

What does the QAL Cost?

Instructions for this quilt along are FREE to participants! Feel free to use the badge below to show your participation in the QAL.

Please remember, these instructions are copyrighted © 2019 Karen Ackva. That means, you are not allowed to copy them and give them to your quilty friends nor are you allowed to distribute the printed material to teach a class on this design. Tell all of your friends where to find the information and let them do with work for themselves.

You are also not allowed to copy photos and other information and post onto your account nor to distribute for your own profit. Please respect copyright laws.

How long will the quilt along take place?

The quilt along will start on Friday, March 1, 2019. Every two weeks, new instructions will be given here on the blog on what to work on for the next two weeks. Share you progress here with hyperlinks if you wish and/or on social media using the hashtag:  #mosaicjigqal

March 1, 2019 Material and Fabric Requirements
March 15, 2019 Preparation and Cutting Instructions
March 29.2019 Center Medallion
April 12, 2019 Border Blocks
April 26, 2019 Mosaic Blocks
May 10,2019 Record Blocks
May 24, 2019 Finishing

What are we going to sew?

I have designed a medallion quilt with a couple different border designs. You can get an idea from the badge above. It is a generous wall hanging or throw quilt size ~ 68" x 68". It is designed with just five fabrics - a light, a dark, a contrast and two medium fabrics. I chose a monochromatic color scheme, but there are mock ups with several other different color combos. I can't wait to share them with you too!

Would you like to see the entire design or would you like it kept a mystery? Please share your opinion below with all of us.

What techniques are going to be used?

This quilt uses curved piecing, diagonal or strip piecing, appliqué and reverse appliqué as well as regular piecing. There is absolutely NO FOUNDATION PAPER PIECING. We will also be using self-made templates.

How big are the blocks? 

The block sizes are 3" x 3", 6" x 6", 6" x 24" and 30" x 30". There is only a little appliqué on that 3" x 3" block which you can decide to completely eliminate and just use a colored patch instead without appliqué. Don't worry, it sounds harder than it really is. : )

Is the QAL endorsed?

This quilt along is solely organized and endorsed by easypatchwork (Karen Ackva). There are no prizes per se, but there is also no tracking and no pesky advertisements either!

We should all be more supportive of each other without an agenda behind the kindness. This is also a great way to use up your stash and maybe even learn something new.

So, what do you say? Are you in for some springtime sewing fun together? I would love to have you join us!

Thanks for dropping by! Enjoy your weekend!

Quilty Hugs,


  1. I am definitely in and I would love to see it first so I really know what I am doing. I like your button.
    So we will be done when we are in Randersacker! That´s great.
    Greetings from Bonn

    1. Thanks for joining, Martina! I think you will really like this. I mocked up one design just in black and white which r-e-a-l-l-y looks nice!

    2. That is wonderful and I am really looking forward to it.

  2. I would love to see the design before seeing as it determines my fabric choices. Thank you for hosting. ~ Crystal

    1. There will be guidelines given for fabric choices on the material requirements post. We don't want to give away all of the fun.

  3. I’m so excited. This will be my first quilt along. Will there be instructions on how to join?

    1. Thanks for joining and congratulations on your first qal. You don't need to do anything to join. Just post your progress. It''s that simple.

  4. Yes I would like to see the design at the start please. Thanks very excited for this.

    1. We aren't going to make the final design known just yet. We want to keep it a mystery. Thanks for joining.

  5. I would like to see the design to pick fabrics. How fun!

    1. We want to keep the design a mystery for a little bit longer. Feel free to jump in any time, though.

  6. I would like to see the design before the start please, to help guide my fabric choices

    1. The final design is going to be kept a secret for a little bit longer. If you are still having trouble decided what fabrics to use, jump in later before the qal ends. Thanks for stopping by.

  7. I would love to see the entire project. I am a planner ;) It will help me pick the fabrics to use. Thanks for letting us chime in and for this fun project

    1. I can totally understand you, Kim. Feel free to jump in and join anytime you are comfortable with how to plan the design. Make sure you print out the directions though, as they are posted. : )

  8. I am in! I would like to see the entire design but I follow even if it's mystery!

    1. Thanks for joining up. This will be a mystery quilt, so feel free to jump in anytime you feel comfortable with making your fabric/design choices. Also make sure to print out the instructions as posted. I am very thrilled and looking forward to starting!


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