Texas Quilter’s Group Quarantine Quilt Challenge
GOOD MORNING! As promised, here are the details for the Texas Quilter’s Quarantine Quilt Challenge. It’s lengthy, but please read it all. If you have ANY questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. I’ll admit to being a bit intimidated by this process – it’s new to me. The first Block will be released this Friday. So without further ado…
The Quarantine Quilt Challenge Details:
Every Friday morning we will release one block pattern that will measure 12” finished. That will hopefully give adequate time for those who are still working to participate before the next block is released.
As the photo says, this is a challenge, albeit an easy one. Some blocks will be cut & pieced and some will be paper-pieced. If paper piecing isn’t your thing, there will be an alternate pieced block. If you have never tried paper-piecing, please consider trying. The precision is unparalleled. Stephannie & I will guide you through and there are tons of resources online. Also, don’t be surprised if a Y-seam shows up in some of the pieced blocks.
If using yardage, you will need four colors AND a background. Yardage is as follows:
· Focus Fabric: 2 ½ yards
· Fabric 2: 1 ¼ yards
· Fabric 3: 1/3 yard
· Fabric 4: Fat Eighth (star points)
· Background Fabric: 4 ½ yards
Otherwise a FQ Bundle or scraps equivalent to the above yardages will do. I am using Tula Pink’s “HomeMade” FQ bundle from Free Spirit Fabrics with Riley Blake’s Triangles tone on tone white (a very bright white) for the background and my blocks are beautifully vibrant and fun. You will need some pieces at least 10” square. These yardages include plenty of Oopsie fabric, so if you are questioning your amounts, just ask. Several of the blocks in this quilt generally use only the focus and background fabrics. Use your creativity to switch fabrics out.
In addition to basic quilting/sewing supplies, you will also need:
· Add-A-Quarter ruler for trimming the PP’d blocks
· The flying geese trim ruler of your choice (I use Bloc Locs)
· 12 ½” square ruler to square up your blocks. (optional)
· Small Post-it’s or labels for tagging fabric strips
If you want to check out the above tools, PLEASE, please, please call your LQS to see if they have these in stock. They need your support more than ever right now. If they don’t have them, head over to my Nakeytoes Quilting page (https://www.facebook.com/pg/NakeyToesQuilting/posts/ ) and grab the Amazon link to them. You can also read up on them while there before purchasing from your LQS.
For those of you on Instagram, use the hashtags #quarantinequiltchallenge, #texasquilters or #nakeytoesquilting so we can share your progress. Be sure to tag Stephannie @stephieblue22 and me @nakeytoesquilting so we don’t miss a post.
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IMPORTANT: If you tell your Texas friends about our challenge and they ask to join our Facebook Group, PLEASE let them know they MUST either message an admin or answer ALL 3 questions. We are being inundated with requests right now.
This challenge was a spur of the moment decision, and I didn’t feel the need to reinvent the wheel. All block patterns for this quilt will be shared from Quilter’s Cache. They are free and must not be sold. If you share your blocks and /or finished quilt in your personal feed, please give them credit. It’s an amazing resource and she deserves the accolades. However, the final setting with borders will be designed by Stephannie & myself.
Have fun! Enjoy the process. Though we may have to be physically distanced right now, we are together socially. I truly believe we have the BEST quilting group on Facebook right now (and I belong to a LOT of them) and it is my sincere wish that you all stay healthy and content. Now go sew something.
Disclaimer: This Challenge is purely for entertainment purposes. This was a spur-of-the-moment decision and I have done my best to organize it in a logical manner. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask. Because I did this in three days, I may have overlooked something. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
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