Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Holiday Quilt - A - Long! Plus bonus Giveaway!

Hello everyone!

I have some wonderful news today with you all. Overall - this year I have been dabbling more and more into curved quilts! I have fallen in love with curves. For the longest time I have been timid of them but as of this year no more; they have me wanting more! If you have been following me, I've mentioned I have some surprises for you and here is one revealed. Here and there I will be posting some curved patterns which I hope you all enjoy!

Recently I have been testing out new ways to involve curved quilt patterns with limited waste while using pre-cuts since pre-cut fabrics are my specialty! So in honor of a new style being added to the mix of my patterns, I am doing a Quilt - A - Long for FREE. Below we have my newest addition called Frosted Snowflakes. Although I have it in a holiday print, please don't let that stop you. I have more options/ideas which I hope you will love!

Also everyone who joins the Quilt - A - Long will be eligible to enter the GIVEAWAY at the end for some free fabric! YAYY! In order to be eligible to enter the giveaway you must complete at least one block - Simple!


Now here are some tiny details, if you are a beginner of curves or haven't even tried curved patterns I highly recommend joining. Although my Quilt - A - Long pattern may look challenging, it is beginner friendly - No Joke! (Only requirement is to be able to sew a 1/4" seam allowance.) Nice easy curves. Also NO CURVED ruler is required. That's right you will not need to purchase a ruler for this pattern. All I am asking from you is to join, buy some fabric or use up your scraps. You will need to be able to print 3 pages for the curved templates and either have thick-ish card board or template plastic. You will have 2 weeks to buy or pull out fabrics.

So are you ready for all the details?







Starts: September 1st (Friday)
This quilt along will be done across 6 weeks, FOLLOWED by a Giveaway!

Week 1: Cutting Pieces from Print Layer Cakes
Week 2: Cutting Pieces from Background Layer Cakes
Week 3: Starter Piecing 
Week 4: Orange Peel Piecing
Week 5: Piecing your Final Block + Squaring your Block
Week 6: Putting it all together! 
Two weeks later: GIVEAWAY + Quilt pattern available in all 5 quilt sizes!

 *Cutting your fabric pieces I have spread across two weeks. Since they are curves it can take some beginners a little longer to do so. With that said you should have ample time to complete everything within the week so you are ready for the following week. =)

Materials: Finished Size: 51" x 51"
1 - Print Layer Cake - (36 count Minimum)
1 - Background Layer Cake (36 count minimum) or 2  1/2 yards of fabric trimmed down into 36 - 10" squares.
10" x 10" sheet of template plastic or the card board that comes with the layer cake should do just fine.
5" x 10" sheet of template plastic or the card board that comes with the layer cake should do just fine as well.
1/2 yard - Binding
4 yards - Backing
59" x 59" - Batting

Note: I do not recommend using a large print layer cake. Small prints, blenders, solids, and batiks, will work perfect! Some Large print fabrics can work (Like Kaffe Fassett) but you will lose the focus fabric image within the quilt pattern.

Check out Craftys here for Layer Cakes that are around $20.00 - $26.00 bucks! (So many wonderful choices and prints available!)

If you are a blogger here is an image below in which you may copy the image and add to your website side bars:





Now as I stated above I will be doing this in a Holiday theme, but that is not required. Make it in whatever fabrics you love! Here are some colorways below to give you some more ideas.

Fall Colorway:
Bright Modern Colorway:


Solid Two Tone Colorway:


Red Version:


And if you want to get more creative a two tone background colorway:



So with all that said and done, I hope you will be joining and following my blog for the Quilt - A - Long!

82 comments:

  1. Hi Krystal,
    what a great pattern and such a great quilt along idea. I suppose that I cannot resist because I just love curves.
    Thank you,
    Martina

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    1. Thank you so much and wonderful to hear! Can't wait to see your colorway. =)

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  2. I love this - can't wait to start

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    1. Thank You! Can't wait to see your colorway! =)

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  3. This looks like fun. Will there be PDF files to download?

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    1. On September 1st, there will be a PDF file for the templates to start with. At the end of the Quilt - Along, I will have this size available (51" x 51") with all instructions as a PDF download. Through-out the quilt along the instructions with photos will be listed here on my blog step by step through out the weeks. =)

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  4. When does this start? I am excited to try it out :)

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    1. Whoops missed that important date! lol It will start September 1st. (Friday) So you'll have two weeks to either purchase fabric or bust out some scraps.

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  5. I would love to learn curved piecing! Count me in.

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    1. Glad to hear! Can't wait to see your colorway! =)

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    1. Thank You! I hope you will enjoy this quilt along!

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  7. A batik layer cake just arrived yesterday and I was wondering what I would use it for. Voila! Perfect! How do I join?

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    1. To join just come back September 1st, (Reminder emails/post will be put out) and we will start cutting! =P September 1st I will also uploaded a PDF file for free which will be used for the templates to cut.

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  8. Well dang! We're out of town for Labor Day and leave the Thursday before. I'll have to start a week behind. But I love the idea!...

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    1. Oh dang! Sorry about that, but still join even if you'll be a week behind. No rush! =P

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  9. I love the pattern! I can hardly wait to start!

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    1. Thank You! Can't wait to see what your colorway is! =)

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    1. To join just come back September 1st, (Reminder emails/post will be put out) and we will start cutting! =P September 1st I will also uploaded a PDF file for free which will be used for the templates to cut.

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  11. How do I join the quilt along? Are you giving the pattern out in its entirety, or one step per week?

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    1. To join just come back September 1st, (Reminder emails/post will be put out) and we will start cutting! During the quilt a long it will be one to two steps per week. At the end of the quilt along I will have all the steps together in a Free PDF download for this size we will be making. =)

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  12. I have been a slump and haven't been in my sewing room for a few months. This looks like just what I need to get out of this slump.

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    1. Aww sorry to hear that! I do hope this will get you back into sewing! =)

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  13. How fun! I've never done a quilt a long so I'm super excited!

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    1. I am too! This is our first quilt along and I'm excited to do hold one! I hope you enjoy your first one with us. =)

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  14. Hi, Krystal,
    I think I am signed up to get your blog posts emailed to me, because I received this post. I would like to join the quiltalong, but I want to make my quilt bed-sized. If I got 2 layer cakes of the main fabric, and 2 of the background fabric, would it make a full sized quilt? Thank you for your pattern and response! ljbisme at msn dot com

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    1. As long as you are either following my blog or subscribed to our email mailing list at www.letsquiltsomething.com you will be notified again with a reminder and an official launch of the quilt a long on September 1st. =) If you use 2 prints and 2 background it will yield you a quilt size that is 69" x 86". (8 blocks wide 10 rows.) If you are looking for a queen size maybe adding a background color border around to yield a larger quilt. Finishing block size will be 8 1/2" square. I hope that helps you out! =)

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  15. I'm confused. I don't see anywhere to sign up for the quilt a long. what am I messing.

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    1. No need to sign up, just return back on September 1st and all the steps will be listed weekly. On September 1st I will have the templates available for free PDF downloads and we will start them! I will be sending reminder emails and also a blog post before we start. =)

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    1. Awesome! Now we wait till September 1st!

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  17. Count me in. Love the design. Sandra P

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  19. Looks awesome! Will have to give it a try!

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  20. Sounds like fun, it will be my first curved piecing project, so count me in also. Thanks and have a great day! delissac@hotmail.com

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  21. Hi Krystal! Love the pattern..plan on joining! Thank you❤️

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  22. The design is fantastic.I' ll try to make a block because I run when see curves because for me is tricky sew curves,

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    1. Understandable! But yes it doesn't hurt to try and block. =) This pattern will be a bit forgiving on the snowflake thin points but because they are thin, it makes it easy to manipulate under your sewing machine foot.

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  23. Sounds like fun can we use charm packs? I have a ton of those I would like to use. Scrappy for me. Thanks.

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    1. Sadly no, the template for the print areas are larger than a charm pack 5" square.

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    2. Thank you. Darn need to buy more fabric. 😉

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  24. I've never done a quilt-a-long either. How does one "join"? Is there a sign up somewhere?

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    1. No sign up, just come back September 1st! =P If you are following my blog or also subscribed to my mailing list at www.letsquiltsomething.com you will receive reminder emails and also emails each week of the quilt a long. =)

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  25. Just finished piecing my first quilt top....can't wait to learn curved piecing.

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    1. Wonderful! I hope you will enjoy learning something new! =)

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  26. Hello Krystal; I would love to do this Quilt-A-Long with you and everyone else signing up! I have been wanting to do a quilting project with soft curves for a few months now and just have not found the right one or enough courage (LOL). I discovered your Blog on Pinterest just a little while ago and love many of your patterns and am so glad that I dug a tad bit deeper and discovered this post. I will now go and sign up for your email and look around some more. Thank you for designing this pattern and for sharing it with us! Have a great day!

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    1. Wonderful so glad to hear! I personally thought this would make a perfect quilt a-long since it looks challenging but how I broke down the block makes it a nice beginner curve. =)

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  27. Awesome looking pattern, I am new to quilting so I really hope I can do this, m looking forward to starting and love ur blog

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  28. hi! really looking forward to this! us there anyway you could make your post printer friendly?
    thank you!

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    1. how do I make it printer friendly

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    2. Not quite sure how to do so but I can look into it! =P

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  29. Would love to do this in reds...looking forward to starting.

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  30. I haven't done any curves yet, but this sounds like a great way to start! Definitely joining this quilt-a-long!

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  31. I am a beginning quilter and looking forward to learning your method of curves. Is there a specific time to join the blog or is it available all day? I am not able to join if it is a specific time and before 3 PM.

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    1. Hello! The blog post will be available early morning Friday and will be up for forever. =P So whenever you are ready to tackle that weeks step you can do so.

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  32. I'm excited to do this pattern! It will be my first attempt at curves. Do I understand it correctly that we can sign up on Sept 1st when the next email is sent out?

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    1. No sign ups, but every week I'll send emails out on Friday to the new blog posting so you'll be able to view that weeks steps. The weeks will stay up on my blog for forever so when you are able to tackle that weeks step you can do so. =) Also September 1st the PDF files will be available.

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  33. I've NEVER worked with curves before, sadly they scare me. This is very intriguing to me..... count me in! Thank you for the challenge.....

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  34. I would love to do this quilt, where do I get the templates need for the quilt a long???

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    1. Hello! We just started today, here is the link for week one: http://letsquiltsomething.blogspot.com/2017/09/frosted-snowflakes-quilt-along-week-1.html#comments

      Also here is the link for the pdf files:
      http://letsquiltsomething.com/frosted-snowflakes-templates-only/

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  36. Hello Krystal. While wandering through Pinterest I saw this lovely quilt and just had to follow the link. I love this and want to join your Quilt-A-Long. I saw the post above mine and downloaded the template and instructions. Thank you! Woo Hoo!

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  37. Hi Krystal,
    I went to the site and downloaded the free PDF to print it but it isn't opening up for me. I saw where you said that you would send it by email if that happened so I guess I need to ask you to do that. Sorry...
    Anne

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  38. I finally got it to open using my cell phone. So I am all set. I am in the hurricane zone in central Florida so hopefully we fair well and I can get back to sewing soon

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  39. I am working on the 2nd week of cutting and am finding the piece D is bigger than the layer cake. I printed at actual size. I am finding that it is longer than the square and overlaps if I put the template on opposite corners. did I do something wrong.

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