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Sew Let's Quilt Along: Fabric Options

Are you getting excited for our next quilt along? I sure am! If you missed the introduction, check it out here. That post has all of the information that you need to quilt along with us.

Our first block comes out in just over a week (Tuesday, March 12), so that means it’s time to start choosing fabrics! But what if you don’t have any idea what to choose? Don’t worry - the Partners in Design are here for you. In this post, we’ll take a look at our hosts’ fabric choices. It may not help you narrow down your options, but it will certainly give you some inspiration.

Quilt Hosts

These four ladies are each planning to use their blocks in one large quilt. That means their fabrics need to coordinate well for all of the blocks.

Bobbi Bridgeman @ Snowy Days Quilting

That’s me! I’m sticking with my love of batiks, and I decided to go with my favorite cool colors. The mottled grey is Bali Watercolors 1895-597 December. It will be my background fabric. For the foreground, I’ll be using bright blue, green, and purple scraps. Since we only need little bits of each fabric in the blocks, this quilt is a perfect scrap buster. I always enjoy seeing how many different fabrics I can get into one quilt.

The picture gives you a good idea of the variety I’m going for. I decided to stick to a specific color palette rather than trying to make the colors be realistic for the items in the blocks. I will have enough variety in colors and values to make the blocks come out well without worrying about realism.

Becca Fenstermaker @ Pretty Piney Quilts

Becca pulled a collection of fabrics from her stash with a variety of colors and values. She chose both a dark background and a light background. Since she’s making a quilt, she wanted her block backgrounds to be uniform. She’s also planning to bring in scraps from her stash as needed.

Sherry Shish @ Powered by Quilting

Sherry always makes such lovely quilts from Moda Grunge. This time, she chose some of her favorite colors as the focus fabrics. She’s also planning to pull from her many Grunge scraps to round out the color palette.

April Adams @ JANDA Bend Quilts

April is using fabrics from the Salem Quilt Show collection by Meg Hawkey of Crabapple Hill Studio for Maywood Studio. She’s excited to end up with a fun and wild quilt!

Project Hosts

These five ladies will be using their blocks in small projects. Since they’re making multiple projects, it’s less important for all of their fabrics to coordinate. Instead, they can choose a variety of favorites and use them in different projects.

Sandy Maxfield @ SandyStar Designs

Sandy is planning to use some of her treasured Blueberry Park stash in each block. She will fill in with solids or blenders.

Abbie Danahy @ Sparkle On!

Abbie is using fabrics from First Blush by It’s Sew Emma for Windham Fabrics. She’s also pulling from her stash of Kona solids.

Jennifer Fulton @ Inquiring Quilter

Jennifer went looking through her fabrics and pulled out anything that spoke to her. She came up with several wonderful ideas!

Kathleen McCormick @ Kathleen McMusing

These are some of the fabrics that spoke to Kathleen as she dug through her stash. She’s hoping to work in all of the sewing related fabrics.

Karen Thurn @ Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats

Karen is looking to use her projects in her Arizona sewing room. With that in mind, she decided to include cacti in all of her blocks. She found a variety of cactus fabrics, and pulled in blenders to coordinate with them.

How Much Fabric Do I Need?

Keep in mind that everyone’s needs with vary depending on what they do with their blocks. There’s a huge variety in the fabrics that are needed for different quilt settings and small projects. With that said, I can give you a good idea of where to start for the blocks themselves.

Background - I recommend getting at least two yards of this for the blocks. If you’re planning on using it in your quilt setting or small projects, you will want some more.

Main Fabrics - I recommend going scrappy. Since we’ll only need little bits of fabric in each block, this is a great chance to use up some scraps. The more variety, the better!

If you prefer to select specific fabrics, I would get 1/2 yard each of 8 different fabrics. Once again, you may need more depending on what you do with your blocks.

Brown, Black, and Grey - If you would like to keep the blocks looking realistic, you’ll want a half yard each of brown, black, and grey. Of course, it’s also fine to leave those out if they don’t fit the color scheme you prefer. Your quilt (or projects) will still turn out well.

What Do You Think?

Is your mind swimming with ideas? Mine certainly is! I would love to hear your thoughts on the fabric choices. Do you have a favorite from what our hosts have shared? What are you thinking about for your own blocks? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Once you’ve chosen your own fabrics, we would love to see them. You can post a picture in the Partners in Design Facebook group, or on Instagram with the hashtag #SewLetsQAL. I can’t wait to see what you find!

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Fall into a Quilt Along: Fabric Options

Having trouble figuring out what fabrics to use for the quilt along? I've got you covered! This post will explore the fabric choices of all 7 quilt along hosts.

But wait! What's this quilt along I'm talking about? It's the second ever quilt along put on by Partners in Design, a lovely group of ladies that met during the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop. This will be a fall-themed, free mystery quilt along. Every other week, we'll release a new 12" finished quilt block until we have 12 of them to make a quilt.

Want in? You can find all of the details in my introduction post. I've also put together a handy dandy quilt along page that will be updated with all of the links as we go along.

But for now - fabric choices! Most of the hosts are going with fairly traditional fall colors, but you'll still see some interesting variety. Let's take a look.


Vanda Chittenden at Quilting with Vanda pulled this lovely circle of fabrics. The cream that they're sitting on is her background, and she pulled out the blue to have a fun pop of color.


Sherry Shish at Powered by Quilting has gone Grunge! The fabrics along the top form her primary color pallet, and she plans to add accent colors as needed for each block.


Karen Thurn at Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats has decided to make her quilt entirely of spots. She has spots and dots of all shapes, sizes, and styles.


Jennifer Fulton at Inquiring Quilter is using a mixture of prints and batiks from her stash. She's planning to go scrappy with her background, as well.


Bobbi Bridgeman at Snowy Days Quilting (That's me!) is sticking with her love of batiks. She's chosen Bali Watercolors 1895-534 Hemp by Hoffman for the background, and will be raiding her stash for scraps of fall colors. She plans to add more browns, and just a touch of black and white for accents.


April Adams at JANDA Bend Quilts is also going with batiks. She got her focus fabrics from Connecting Threads. I love how rich they are!


Abbie Danahy at Sparkle On is using Kona solids. She also fell in love with this plaid, so she's thinking about how to work it in. It may become a border, or go on the back of her quilt.

How much fabric do I need?

After seeing all of these beautiful options, one question may be top of your mind - How much fabric do you actually need? The nature of this quilt is that it can vary quite a bit based on what you want to do. We will be providing patterns for 12 blocks that each finish at 12" square. At the end of the quilt along, we will give some ideas for setting the blocks, but that part is ultimately up to you.

If you're using a single background fabric, I would recommend 2 yards for the blocks. That will give you plenty of wiggle room for mistakes. If you want to use the background in your final setting (sashing, cornerstones, borders, binding, etc.), you'll need more.

For the main fabrics, you'll notice that most of the hosts have chosen to go scrappy. The individual blocks just need little bits of each fabric, so this is the perfect opportunity to pull from your stash and use up those scraps.

If you want to stick to a more controlled fabric selection, Sherry figured that she needs approximately a half yard each of her 7 focus fabrics (She's the one that's using Moda Grunge). She's still planning to pull in some accent colors as needed. Once again, this is just for the 12 blocks, and doesn't allow for how you want to set them in your finished quilt. If you're nervous, it never hurts to get more fabric. You can always use the extra on the back.

Sharing is Caring

I hope this has inspired you to go find your own fabrics. We would love to see what you choose! Please share your fabric pull on Instagram with #fallintoaqal and in the Partners in Design Facebook group.

Now I'm curious. Which fabric pull is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below.

Fall into a Quilt Along: Introduction

We had so much fun with our last quilt along that we've decided to do it again! This time, our theme is fall. Fall into a Quilt Along is a free mystery quilt along brought to you by Partners in Design, a lovely group of ladies that met during the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers blog hop.

The best part of this quilt along is all of the support you can expect. We have 10 people working together to make this a success, and we're all here to answer your questions and cheer you on. Not only that, but our Facebook group is full of friendly quilters that are always happy to jump in if someone gets stuck.

Who are the hosts?

I'm hosting this quilt along with six other people. When a block is released, we will each post our take on it along with tips for success.

Abbie Danahy at Sparkle On
April Adams at JANDA Bend Quilts
Bobbi Bridgeman at Snowy Days Quilting <--- That's me!
Jennifer Fulton at Inquiring Quilter
Karen Thurn at Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Sherry Shish at Powered by Quilting
Vanda Chittenden at Quilting with Vanda

Where do I get the patterns?

If you follow my blog, you will get an email when each new block is released. The email will include my take on the block, any tips or tricks I found to help you succeed, and a link to the tutorial. Sign up here to stay in the loop!

I have also created a page just for Fall into a Quilt Along. As each new block is released, I will add a link to it on that page. You can bookmark it for easy access, or find it by clicking the Quilt Alongs tab at the top of the blog.

What's the schedule?

All of the blocks will be released at midnight Eastern time on the release date. The first block goes live on May 15, 2018. We will release the last block and setting ideas on October 16, 2018. To be eligible for prizes, quilt tops that use all 12 blocks must be finished by November 12, 2018 (more on that later).

Here's the full schedule:

May 15 - Block 1 by Vanda Chittenden at Quilting with Vanda
May 29 - Block 2 by April Adams at JANDA Bend Quilts
June 12 - Block 3 by Sherry Shish at Powered by Quilting
June 26 - Block 4 by Sandy Maxfield at SandyStar Designs
July 10 - Block 5 by Kathleen McCormick at Kathleen McMusing
July 24 - Block 6 by Sherry Shish at Powered by Quilting
August 7 - Block 7 by Bobbi Bridgeman at Snowy Days Quilting <--- That's me!
August 21 - Block 8 by Jennifer Fulton at Inquiring Quilter
September 4 - Block 9 by Karen Thurn at Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
September 18 - Block 10 by Sandra Healy at Sandra Healy Designs
October 2 - Block 11 by Abbie Danahy at Sparkle On
October 16 - Block 12 by Vanda Chittenden at Quilting with Vanda and setting suggestions from the hosts
November 12 - Quilt along ends

Can I see the blocks now?

Since this is a mystery quilt, we get to wait for each block to be released. But that's ok, because the suspense is half the fun! I can tell you that everything will be fall-themed, and there will be a total of 12 blocks that each finish at 12".

How much fabric do I need?

We aren't giving exact fabric requirements since everyone's needs will vary with different block interpretations and setting ideas. That said, I can give you a good idea where to start.

I'm using one background fabric for all of my blocks. I chose Bali Watercolors 1895-534 Hemp by Hoffman. If you would like to use one background fabric, 2 yards should be enough for the blocks. If you also want to use background in your final setting, you'll need a bit more.

Other than the background, my plan is to go scrappy. I'm excited to pull out my fall colored batiks. Since we'll only need little bits of fabric in each block, this is a great opportunity to play in the scraps. I'm kind of wondering how many different fabrics I can use in this quilt.

Looking at this, I can tell that I need to find more browns. I'm I'm also thinking I'll need to pick up a little bit of white or off white, and a touch of black. The white and black will just be small accents in the blocks, but they will help to keep things more realistic.

For more fabric ideas, check out this post. There you'll find the fabric choices of all 7 hosts, along with a discussion on how much fabric you may want to have.

What techniques will we use?

One of the best parts of the quilt along is all of the different techniques that we get to practice. There will be regular machine piecing, foundation paper piecing, fusible applique, split applique, and a touch of hand embroidery.

Don't let that list scare you! We know that we have beginners among us, and we're planning to provide plenty of support. The designers will include tutorials for anything out of the box, and the hosts are here to answer your questions. Of course, if you really aren't comfortable with a technique, you can always do your own spin on the block. Everyone's creative interpretations are welcome.

How do I share my progress?

I'm so glad you asked! The best part of a quilt along is seeing what everyone is making. We have several great ways for you to stay in touch:

Facebook - The Partners in Design Facebook group is open for all of our quilt alongs. You'll find a great community of fellow quilters ready to cheer you on.

Instagram - Please use #fallintoaqal on all of your posts so we can see them.
You can find me on Instagram as @snowydaysquilting

Link-Ups - At the end of each tutorial, the block designer will have a link-up for that block. The link-up will stay open until the next block is released. That gives you two whole weeks to finish your block and join the link-up.

Are there prizes?

Yes! We have some fabulous sponsors for this quilt along, and all giveaways are open internationally. We will have a prize drawing after every block. To be eligible to win, just share your finished block before the next block comes out. That gives you a full two weeks to complete each block.

We'll also have a grand prize drawing at the end for anyone that completes a quilt top using all 12 blocks by November 12, 2018. That gives you 4 whole weeks to complete your top from the time the last block is released. It doesn't need to be quilted to be eligible to win.

To keep the contest portion of the quilt-along fair and fun for everyone, only quilts that use all of the designers' blocks will be eligible for prizes. Likewise, our bi-weekly giveaways will only be open to those that make the designer's block for that fourtnight.

How do I join?

Easy peasy! Just follow my blog (or any of the other hosts' blogs) and you will see when each block is released. Make the block with your own fabrics and share it so we can all cheer each other on.

The more people that participate, the more fun it will be. If you decide to join, please tell your friends. If you're on Instagram, save the quiltalong graphic and share it with #fallintoaqal. If you're on Facebook, share this blog post or a post from the Facebook group with your friends. If you're a blogger, tell your followers and link back to this post. And most of all, leave me a comment so I know you're in!

I can't wait to get started. I hope you'll join us! It's going to be a blast.