On Rhonda's blog today you'll be able to hear her latest podcast where, not only will she be talking about the QAL, but she'll be interviewing me - eek!
Today we are kicking off the Duo Quilt Along! Two quilters, two continents, two quilting techniques! Rhonda came up with the idea of a quilt along that involved both free motion quilting and hand quilting, as it seemed to us that there are many quilters out there who use one technique but not the other (ourselves included!) I personally love handquilting, have done a little straight line machine quilting but am completely intimidated by the idea of FMQ! Rhonda, on the other hand, is the complete opposite - very used to FMQ and machine quilting but a handquilting beginner.
Because the focus of this quilt along is the quilting, and the two different techniques, we decided to keep the block design very simple, so we settled on a design of concentric squares, which can be constructed using a log cabin or courthouse steps design. The beauty of this design is that, although it is a very simple one, it is very easily adapted so the possibilities for variation are almost endless! So, whether you are a total beginner, an advanced quilter or any level inbetween, you will be able to find a design that will suit you.
These are the two basic patterns – a central square surrounded by “borders”. But by varying the width of your borders, or the number of borders, you can create lots of different effects. You might decide to make your quilt using just one block like this.
Alternatively, you could create a quilt using multiple blocks or, if you are a more experience quilter, you might even decide to piece your central square,
As you can see, the possibilities are pretty much endless! And the size you make your quilt is up to you too. We are making our quilts fairly small, but you could make a baby quilt, lap quilt or even bigger if you wanted to.
I am making a square quilt, using one single block, that is about 22” square and will be used as a mat on the coffee table where we put our Christmas tree. Rhonda has decided to make a table runner using 4 blocks.
Obviously, because everyone’s quilt will be different, it is very difficult for us to give any fabric requirements. Just as a guide though, for my 22inch square quilt I used 4 half yards of fabric which was plenty for the quilt top, back and binding, with some left over. Rhonda decided to make a table runner with four tilted blocks (tutorial to follow) used 5 half yard cuts and 1 ½ yards of background fabric. Of course, this could be a terrific stash busting exercise, but if you do want to partake in a little fabric shopping, we are lucky enough to have a wonderful sponsor who will be offering a discount to all participants, as well as a giveaway at the end of the quiltalong (a $25 gift certificate to her shop).
Julie at The Intrepid Thread (click on the button in my sidebar to the left) is offering a 15% discount to all Duo Quilt Along participants. In our opinion, that is one fabulous discount (plus a giveaway – what more could we ask for?!). Rhonda and I have picked out a couple of our favourite bundles for you too. My favourite is Taza in Pink by Dena Fishbein for Free Sprit and Rhonda’s is Promenade by Stitch Studios for Riley Blake.
We are planning on posting every other week, and you can join in this quilt along at any time.
Here is our schedule:
21 Sept - Intro, interview and supply lists
03 Oct - Block how to
17 Oct -Top how to
31 Oct - Layering tutorial
14 Nov - Free Motion Quilting tutorial
28 Nov - Hand Quilting tutorial
12 Dec - Finishing and binding
The discussions in our Flickr Group have been such fun. Since there are two bloggers running this QAL you are guaranteed not to miss a single post by joining the Flickr Group. Also, posting pictures in the Flickr Group is how you are entered in the giveaway at the end of the QAL.
We really hope you'll join in with us. Any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.