Who’s ready for a new Quilt Along?!?!?!
Yes! Quilt Along no.4 is here and ready to launch!
If you didn’t know by now, this time around we’re doing a Mini Block version! And I’m super excited to get it started!
Here are some of the deets you need to know:
Firstly, all nine blocks in the Quilt Along will finish at approx. 5.5″ or 5″ once pieced altogether.
The theme of my Mini Block Quilt is rainbow! Each block will be colour blocked to a specific solid Fabric colour so that the end result will look a little like the diagram above. (Fingers crossed!!) Please feel free to make yours any theme you want! Scrappy, matchy-matchy, black and white – anything! – the choice is completely up to you!
The blocks are 100% fat quarter, pre-cut bundle and meterage/yardage friendly! (Jelly Rolls and Charm Packs can work, but a few blocks will require bigger pieces of fabric than a 2.5″-5″ strips/pieces.) You will need additional fabric for the sashing & borders (I’m using a white solid), for the backing and binding along with a piece of cotton/bamboo/blended batting.
(NB: The following are estimated measurements and may slightly change as the Quilt Along progresses.)
For the blocks: any type fat quarter bundles etc will be perfect – prints & colours are your choice!
For the sashing & binding: 1 metre/1 yard x WOF* of a solid or print fabric (112cm/44″) – again, the choice is yours!
For the backing & binding: 90cmxWOF* (35″xWOF) of each
For the binding: 30cmxWOF* (12″x44″)
For the rod pocket: 12cmx76cm (4.5″x30″) – fabric matching the backing
FINISHED MINI BLOCK QUILT SIZE: 80cmx80cm (31.5″x31.5″) estimate
The techniques I’ll be covering in the Quilt Along include: piecing (HSTs** and Flying Geese), English Paper Piecing, basting, quilting, attaching a binding, label and an optional rod pocket.
As always, each block tutorial will be accompanied by a pattern sheet featuring all of the measurement and cutting information that can be easily downloaded and printed out. There will also be a dedicated playlist for this Quilt Along on my YouTube channel that you can easily click and have all of the tutorials together in one place.
And finally, I want to take some space to acknowledge where I got my inspiration and details for each block… A wonderful book that resides in my Quilt Book library: ‘130 Mini Quilt Blocks’ by Susan Briscoe. I absolutely love this book! It’s full of sweet little block designs that range from the traditional, to the modern and to the real weird and a bit wacky! Most blocks in the book measure around the 5″ mark, a few are smaller while there are a couple that finish around the 6″-7″ mark. It’s a fab little book for inspiration and ideas and I’d definitely encourage you to check it out if mini blocks are your kinda thing!
I think that’s everything I need to let you know right now…
I’ve decided not to promise on getting a new block tutorial out every week or anything as my work schedule is always up-in-the-air (the joys of casual work!) and I can never be sure of when I have the time to get content made etc. (Sorry in advance!)
If there are any questions you have about the series, what blocks we’ll be making, what fabrics and notions you’ll need – anything! – please don’t hesitate to send me an email to: [email protected] and I’ll do my best to answer you as soon as I can!
Also, I’ll be doing another hashtag on Instagram for you guys to use so we can all see each others blocks and spread some encouragement and positivity! Note this down lovelies – the hashtag for this Quilt Along will be #AmandasMiniQAL – real original, I know, but I wanted it to be something simple and easy to remember and type in!
Block #1 will be up very, very, very soon!!!
I hope you’ll join in on the fun, learn some new stuff along the way and make a gorgeous little Mini Quilt that you’ll love!
Happy Sewing, Friends!
*WOF = Width of Fabric
**HSTs = Half Square Triangles
PS. Here’s the intro video if you’re interested in watching that too!