mosaic jig qal

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 blinkie 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 blinkie 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 mockups 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 with all of us.

What techniques are going to be used?

This quilt uses curved piecing, diagonal or horizontal strip piecing, appliqué and regular piecing. There is absolutely NO FOUNDATION PAPER PIECING. We will also be using self-made templates and maybe a couple of techniques you didn't know about before. ; )

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 wihout 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 kindess. 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!