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Shawl Quilt Along WEEK 4, April 15th

Week 4 of the quilt along, is all about sashing!  I've been impatiently waiting until I get the sashing made before I put some pieces up on my design wall and see how blocks cornerstones and sashing will look together.  I'm happy that we're almost to this point where we get to see all the parts come together, and make a plaid!

Today, I'm chatting with Pat Sloan on her APQ podcast.  I'm vacationing in Utah while we have our chat, so I'll be at a friend's house using their land line.  I'm excited about our talking points, and I'd love to have you listen in, and hear what you would have liked to add to the chat had we all been at a table together!

Some notes for the week!

Take a look at pressing instructions for sashing.  In a way, sashing pressing is opposite what we've done for blocks and cornerstones.  

All sashing will be assembled this week, then next week is Easy Week, where we get to catch-up, get-ahead or take-it-easy.  I think I'll work on getting ahead; how will you use Easy Week?


WEEK 4, Apr 15th
Cut, strip piece and assemble sashing
Crib 36
Throw 100
Queen 144

WEEK 5, Apr 22nd

Catch-up, get-ahead or take-it-easy week

WEEK 6, Apr 29th
Step 3 and 4 in the pattern; cutting pieces for outer edges and assembling units.

WEEK 7, May 6th
Assemble quilt top and post by midnight May 12th to be entered in the final giveaway.

May 13th
Final giveaway winner announced!

Congrats to Sharon Marley!  She has won the Week 3 prize, donated by Caverly, my sister-in-law, and co-creator of Briar Hill.  Please reach out to me with your preferred email address, and I'll get this out to you once I'm back at my home computer.




This week’s sponsor is Beautifully Mended, an online fabric shop I adore!  Lacey has a gift for gathering fabrics for curated bundles.  Every time a Beautifully Mended bundle shows up in my Instagram feed I audibly gasp.  I was so thrilled when she contacted me offering to sponsor the QAL and supply one of her magically curated fabric bundles.

Just look at this!


So good!  This bundle of Bonnie Christine goodness will be sent to one lucky winner!

Post your sashing progress by midnight on Sunday for a chance to win.

Happy sewing this week.

Shawl Quilt Along WEEK 3, April 8th


Week 3 of the quilt along, and we are making cornerstones!



Some notes for the week!

Since there are nine identically sized squares in the cornerstone, it’s possible to think you’re sewing fabrics together right, but be mistaken.  Check that your fabrics are in order (1.) in the strip set, and also (2.) when you’re sewing the three strip sets together.

And just in case you have some unfortunate unpicking to do, here’s my trick:  I pick every 7th-9th stitch on one side of the seam.  Then I loosen a thread on the opposite of the seam and pull it away from the seam.

This thread often pulls entirely out without the thread breaking, and I have inch long threads on the other side to easily pull out.



Spice up your sewing!
There is often a huge contrast within this small cornerstone. Sometimes when I have made Shawl, I've changed my thread colour at different times to make sure the thread is a good match, and remains unseen.  (Also I find it spices up the process to use a different thread colour. It's a simple pleasure!)

This week is a light work week.  The cornerstones are small, and we’re making all you need for your quilt top this week.

WEEK 3, Apr 8th
Cut, strip piece and assemble cornerstones
Crib 18
Throw 50
Queen 72


Also here's a look at what's coming next!

WEEK 4, Apr 15th
Cut, strip piece and assemble sashing
Crib 36
Throw 100
Queen 144

WEEK 5, Apr 22nd

Catch-up, get-ahead or take-it-easy week


Congrats to Laurie MacDonald @harbourcolour!  She has won the Week 2 prize, donated by Soak Was Inc..  Please reach out to me with your mailing address, and I'll get that mailed out to you Laurie!



This week’s sponsor is my cohort in creativity, Caverly!  She’ll be sending this bundle of digital artwork/ . Print them and frame for your home, have one printed on fabric, or use one digitally as wallpaper for your phone and computer to brighten up your every day.  My house has several pieces by Cav, and I also have her artwork on my iphone screen.  I am in love with her style!  






Post your cornerstone progress by midnight on Sunday to win!

Shawl Quilt Along WEEK 2, April 1st

It’s Week Two of the Shawl Quilt Along! I am looking forward to finishing up blocks this week. It was so nice to sit down at my sewing machine last week and just do some easy sewing.




Here are some things I wanted to make note of this week! 

First off, Seam Allowance:

In most quilts it is important to have an exact quarter inch seam allowance to make all the pieces fit. In case you're still working on excelling at your quarter inch seam allowance, you can breathe easy in this quilt. As long as your seam allowance is consistent, your blocks, sashing and cornerstones will all end up that little bit bigger or smaller.  It works out this way because all three sections of the quilt (block, sashing, and cornerstone) have the same number of horizontal and vertical seams.  They will all turn out being a little big if you have a scant quarter inch and being a little small if you have a generous quarter-inch. Either way doesn’t matter. You don’t have to worry about the finished size of the blocks.

As long as your seam allowance is consistent, the three sections will all end up fitting together.



This weekend my guild is going on retreat.  I’ll be there for a day and a half, and I’m looking forward to just sewing.  I'll finish up my blocks, cut out my cornerstones for Week 3, and work on a few other projects.


Second:
Take a moment this week and place a little swatch all of your fabrics into this chart in your pattern.  This will be a great reference as you sew parts of cornerstones and sashing together. 
So far we have only worked with three colours, but in the next weeks will be working with many more colours.  It could be an easy mistake to sew two of the wrong colours together, or sew strip sets upside down in the cornerstones.  Having this chart as a reference is a great idea.  You know what they say, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of stitch ripping!"

In case you hadn't seen this announcement:

Congrats to Melanie from @abitofscrapstuff.  She's won a big bundle of Missouri Star rulers and templates!  Thanks Missouri Star!  Also, thanks to you for following along.  This Quilt Along is full of amazing prizes, so keep those pictures coming of your progress, and perhaps you'll win this week's prize...

...which is sponsored by Soak Wash.  I contacted them asking if they might like to be sponsors especially because I love to tell others about products I enjoy.  Soakwash has three different products in a variety of scents (and unscented). 

Their first product is Soak, which is a liquid soap that cleans your handknits and delicates just by letting them soak.  No agitation required!  
Their second product is Flatter.  It's a spray which releases wrinkles with or without ironing.  It allows the fabric to rest, so it's also great for pressing seams flat.  You know that pesky crease right in the middle of a width of fabric?  Once I've sewn my strip set together, I spritz a little on those creases, then the fabric rests and lays flat! 
Their third product is Handmaid, a soothing hand lotion!

Soakwash is giving one of us a bundle of all three products in their Celebration scent.

Winner will be drawn from posts sharing your progress for this week.  Post by midnight on Sunday to enter!

Happy sewing this week, guys!

Shawl Quilt Along WEEK 1, March 25th

Welcome to our first week of the QAL!  Man, am I excited to see your palettes!

As mentioned previously, we're starting the quilt along with a great giveaway.

Congrats to Melanie from @abitofscrapstuff.  She's won a big bundle of Missouri Star rulers and templates!  Thanks Missouri Star!  Also, thanks to you for following along.  This QAL is full of amazing prizes, so keep those pictures coming of your progress, and perhaps you'll win next week's prize.

If you have signed up for the QAL, you are entered in the giveaway.  I'll require proof of purchase if you are drawn, just to ensure that the prize goes to one of us who intends to participate in the Quilt Along.)

I've randomly selected a winner and reached out to confirm proof of purchase and will announce the prize and winner here once I've heard back.

This week has a few fun things to look forward to:

1.  First off, it's Let us see your palette!  Show us your fabrics on IG, using #shawlquilt and tagging me @briarhilldesigns.

If your palette is still a work in progress, share it!  Lay out the fabrics you have as they would be placed in the chart, and appeal to the hive mind to work through it!  Together we can figure it out!  For this week and next we are only sewing with A, B, and AB, so if you still have some figuring out to do, you have time!

Here's mine!
This will be a quilt for my little guy!


2.  I've been able to gather some fantastic prizes from amazing sponsors!  For the rest of the QAL, to be entered for prizes, use #shawlquilt on Instagram or Facebook to share your week's work by midnight on Sunday, and Monday morning, I'll announce the winner.

These are all businesses I have warm feelings for and I'm really happy I get to brag them up during our Quilt Along.  Below, I'll link their IG accounts so you can see their creative contributions to crafting.

Caverly, the painterly half of Briar Hill, and also myself are sponsoring prizes for the QAL, that's why our brand is up there, too!



Sheri of Violet Quilts is once again offerring 25% off of batting and 10% off of longarm quilting services for all QAL Shawl quilts.  She has quilted more than half of my quilts, so she comes highly recommended.  If you would like to let her know you'll be bringing her your quilt, you can message her at any time during the QAL, and she'll put you on her list!

In an upcoming week, I'll share some Longarm quilting pantos that I think are a good fit for Shawl, and also some ideas for those of you who would like to free-motion quilt on your domestic machine.

3.  We're cutting and sewing half of our blocks this week!

Here are the quilt sizes and the number of blocks to make.

Crib 9
Throw 25
Queen 36

This week, we're cutting out fabric for our blocks, and sewing the strip sets (make sure you read the section on working with strip sets because there are lots of great tips there!) and we will also be sewing the first half of the blocks!  Share pics at the end of the week for a chance at the end of the week giveaway!

Keep in mind, April 22nd starts Easy Week, so as much as I'd love to motivate you to qualify for the PRIZES, no pressure!  Enjoy the ride!  Thanks to the magic of strip sets, these blocks come together so fast.

I highly recommend cutting and sewing all blocks before cutting and sewing sashing or cornerstones, so that's how I've laid out the weekly plan for the QAL. (Below)

To keep us full of plaidspiration, here are some plaids (that are making me dream of my next Shawl quilt, when I haven't even started cutting my present Shawl quilt).
Some of these plaids have more than four main colours, so we could choose our four favourite colours in the plaid and then find colours to match their interactions.

Here's what's coming up!

WEEK 1, March 25th
Cut, strip piece and assemble half of your blocks
Crib 9
Throw 25
Queen 36

WEEK 2, April 1st
Assemble second half of blocks
Crib 9
Throw 25
Queen 36

WEEK 3, Apr 8th
Cut, strip piece and assemble cornerstones
Crib 18
Throw 50
Queen 72

WEEK 4, Apr 15th
Cut, strip piece and assemble sashing
Crib 36
Throw 100
Queen 144

WEEK 5, Apr 22nd
Catch-up, get-ahead or take-it-easy week

WEEK 6, Apr 29th
Step 3 and 4 in the pattern; cutting pieces for outer edges and assembling units.

WEEK 7, May 6th
Assemble quilt top week!  Post by midnight May 12th to be entered in the final giveaway.

May 13th
Final giveaway winner announced!


To all of you, I'm so glad you're joining us!  One of the best parts of a QAL is making new quilty associates and friends, so I hugely recommend following the #shawlquilt hashtag and commenting on other participants' posts.

See you there!