Here’s all the information you need to know about the #100Days100Blocks Instagram sew-along. If you can’t find what you’re looking for click here to drop me an email and I’ll do my best to help you.
When is it?
Starts: Block 1 will be posted on Wednesday 17 August 2016 Australian Eastern Standard Time (Sydney’s timezone).
Ends: Block 100 will be posted on Thursday 24 November 2016 (Thanksgiving Day) Australian Eastern Standard Time (Sydney’s timezone).
Blocks can be posted at any time during the day, they just have to be posted on the correct day in your timezone.
A Note About Timezones
All dates, as written in this blog post and for the purpose of our organising, will be in Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST). This is the timezone for Sydney, Australia. The beauty of doing this via Instagram is that it will date stamp your block with the day and time you post it. To be eligible for prizes you need to have posted the correct block for the correct date in your timezone. It’s simple and means you don’t have to worry about doing any time conversions, etc. Just post your block on the date we’ve advised and you’ll be good to go.
I missed the start, can I still participate?
The answer is always YES! Participate! However, if you’re wanting to win some prizes then by not starting when it kicked off you’ll not be eligible for any of the prizes that require you to have completed all 100 blocks and posted them on the correct day (in your timezone) with the correct hashtags and followed the correct accounts. But don’t despair! There’s a big group of prizes that require you to just complete 10 blocks, post them on their correct days (in your timezone), with the correct hashtags and follow the correct accounts. There will also be spot prizes at various times and surprise giveaways. Ultimately the real prize is making a quilt of your own and connecting with amazing quilters all over the world, so please PARTICIPATE!
Where can I get the book?
There’s a number of places you can get the book.
You can buy the book via these links Book Depository (click here) | Amazon (click here) | Fons & Porter (click here) | Keepsake Quilting (click here) | Interweave Store (click here) and if you do so I will make a small commission on the sale which will go towards helping me to run this amazing event. (Thank you so much!)
Alternatively, you can purchase the book via one of our sponsors websites found below and help them to keep providing you with amazing products at fabulous prices.
Where’s it happening?
Instagram is where it’s at. It will only be run on Instagram. There’s no tutorials and there’s no blog hops. It’s all about sharing your blocks on Instagram. You will need an Instagram account to be able to participate. Instagram is free to join and you can find it in your app store on your phone.
What if my account on Instagram is Private?
I’m really sorry, but if your account is private we won’t be able to see your blocks and therefore you won’t be eligible to enter the competitions. One way around this, if you’re really keen to participate but don’t want to share your private moments (which is completely understandable), is to create a second account and just post your blocks on this account. Instagram now makes it really easy to flip between accounts so it shouldn’t be too cumbersome to manage. You can read the Instagram help file on how to do this by clicking here.
Do I have to use Tula Pink Fabrics?
We love Tula Pink, but that doesn’t mean you have to. This is all about making a quilt that you will love and cherish, so please use whatever fabrics make your heart sing. There’s no rules about what fabrics you can use. Just have fun!
How Much Fabric Do I Need?
The answer is A LOT! But that’s in general! When it comes to making this quilt however I have no idea. There’s no total fabric requirements in the book for the blocks. I can tell you this though, I’m using a 50 Fat Quarter Bundle to make the Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt and it’s using all of that bundle. So I’d recommend at least 50 Fat Quarters for the blocks and then fabrics for setting.
Do I have to make the blocks as per the book?
Ah… yes. This is all about making the Tula Pink City Sampler. You can alter how many fabrics are in the block. For example the block has 4 fabrics in it but you really want to use a fifth fabric in there – that’s not a problem. You’d like to make a block bigger, that’s not a problem. (Just don’t publish the block measurements! If you do you will be disqualified!) However you can not remove or add seams to the blocks. You’re making the blocks exactly as they are in the book.
Can I use an alternative method to construct the block?
As much as I love seeing how creative people are, you must make the block with the seams as shown in the book. This means that appliqué is not an acceptable block construction method when it comes to winning the major prizes. However, there are surprise prizes to be announced yet and you will be eligible for that.
What if the Block Picture and the Block Diagram don’t match in the book?
There’s a couple of places where the seams in the block pictured don’t match the block diagram (to our knowledge it’s block 14 and block 20). We’ll accept either, but if you’ve got a choice choose the block diagram just to be on the safe side.
What’s the order?
We will be sewing the blocks in numerical order. So block 1 on day 1, etc. etc. until we get to block 100 on day 100.
How will I remember the order?
Every 10 days Lisa, Raylee and I will post a reminder to Instagram advising of what blocks are up next, which Sponsor has sponsored those 10 blocks and what prize could be on offer for those ten blocks. If you get lost you can just refer back to our accounts to see where we’re up to.
Alternatively I’ve made up a document that you can print out and use to keep track of where you’re at. Click here to download Block Calendar and Tracker.
Where can I find information about the Sponsors, prizes and how to win?
We’ve got so many prizes on offer that we needed to give them a page all on their own. You can find all the information you need by clicking here.
Previously Made or Made Ahead of Time Blocks
We know there’s a lot of you that have started sewing blocks previously and want to use this event to help you get them all done. We’re also aware that you, like us, will have life events crop up during the 100 days which will see you not able to sew a block on it’s set day. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!
You can still use these blocks, you just need to post a photo of the block on the correct day with the correct entry requirements to be eligible for inclusion in the prize pool.
You cannot add the hashtag to a block you’ve previously shared on Instagram. It needs to be a new photo date stamped with the correct date. This rule is only applicable to those of you wanting to be included in the prize pool.
You cannot use a photo of a block that is in a finished quilt or quilt top. Sorry, this is all about sewing along and while we’re open to helping people who’ve started or people who’ve got an unavoidable interruption that they can plan for, we’re not awarding prizes for quilts that are already finished. This is all about the quilt blocks. Thanks for your understanding!
Ultimately we’re not the Quilt Police, if you want to sew all your blocks in one weekend – that’s totally up to you. This is all about sewing the blocks, having fun with fabric and getting more involved with the online quilting community. In a nutshell, we’re just here to have fun!
What if I miss a day?
We know 100 days is a huge ask. We get it. We also know how big the prizes on offer are. Unfortunately when it comes to winning the big ticket items you’re not going to be able to miss a day. However, we’re going to be monitoring the progress of everyone very carefully and you never know there may just be a block amnesty at some stage to help everyone catch up and get back on track. But don’t count on it!
When will the winners be announced?
Winners of the groups of 10 blocks will be announced on the next Monday at 7pm AEST (Sydney time) after the group of 10 finishes. An announcement will be made on the three organisers accounts.
The major prizes (that require all 100 blocks to be completed) will be announced on the organisers blogs on 1 December 2016. An announcement will be broadcast on Instagram to advise when the winners have been announced.
I don’t think the winner was correct, can I talk to the organisers about it?
I’m sure you can appreciate just how much time and effort goes into running this free event. The organisers do not make any money from the event and give of their time freely to host the event, as such it means that their decisions are final. We will do our best to ensure each winner has complied with the requirements, however accidents happen to the best of us (just look at that hashtag typo in the tracker!). Regardless, we will not enter into a debate on how winners were chosen (at random and then confirmed that they match the requirements) nor will we discuss your opinions on whether they were deserving or if there is someone you feel better suits. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.
Finally, a request from the organisers…
Please be respectful and patient. We are managing a large group of participants and answering lots of different requests for information daily. Please do not spam us looking for an answer – we will get to you, I promise. We all have busy lives and we work really hard to make answering things a priority, but sometimes life gets in the way. So please, consider that on the other side of your phone we’re dealing with a 4 year old who’s just power vomited through the house from 10pm to 3am while you’re asking us about timezones and block construction – some things take priority over answering immediately.
We also ask that you read all the information provided. We pride ourself on providing thorough and comprehensive information however it’s your responsibility to read it. We’ll do what we can to help you out if we see something, but we will not be going through and correcting mistakes if and when we see them (there’s just too many of you – horrible problem to have, I know! *wink*).