#100Days100Blocks2018

The challenge is the same; make all 100 Blocks from Tula Pink’s City Sampler and post them on the correct day (in your timezone).

WHEN IS IT?

Starts: Block 1 will be posted on Friday 30 March 2018 Australian Eastern Standard Time (Sydney’s timezone).

Ends: Block 100 will be posted on Saturday 7 July 2018 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.

Where Do I Sign Up to Participate?

There is no “sign up” as such. The sew-along is based on Instagram and so all you have to do is post a photo of your block on the correct day and use the hashtag, #100Days100Blocks2018 and that’s it. Super simple and easy peasy.

However in 2018  I’ll be offering the opportunity for participants to access another level of involvement by registering for a unique participant number. This number will unlock exclusive sponsor discounts, bigger and better prizes and extra content made specifically for them. More details will be provided in 2018.

What Prizes are On Offer and How Can I get My hands on them?

Sponsors and prize details will be provided in 2018.

I MISSED THE START, CAN I STILL PARTICIPATE?

The answer is always YES! Participate! However, if you’re wanting to win the prizes for doing all 100 blocks on the correct days 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 hashtag and followed the correct accounts. But don’t despair! There’s a big group of prizes that require you to just complete 10 and 50 blocks, post them on their correct days (in your timezone), with the correct hashtag and follow the correct accounts. This means you can start at any time and be in the running to win!

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!)

I’m a Beginner, can I still participate?

This is the perfect project for a beginner. There’s no tricky blocks and you’ll learn some of the fundamental techniques for being a patchworker.

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.

What hashtag do I need to use?

This year we’ve made it super simple: one hashtag! The only hashtag you’ll need to use to connect with the #100Days100Blocks2018 community, be eligible for prizes (as long as you post the correct block on the correct date in your timezone) and look at all the eye candy is #100Days100Blocks2018.

Is there a way of seeing all the blocks being made as part of the event?

Yep! You can click on the hashtag within Instagram (either on your desk top or within the app) or you can click here to see them in your browser.

I’m having some issues with Instagram, can you help?

I’ve put together a list of the Top 5 Troubleshooting Questions I get when it comes to Instagram to try and help you solve any problems you might be having. You can find it by clicking here. Unfortunately I can’t troubleshoot every problem you might be having with Instagram so I would recommend you ask Google and if you can’t get a resolution via Google then contact Instagram and get them to help out.

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 cannot 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, 4, 14 and 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.

I’ve made a tracker to help you keep track of the dates and blocks, you can download it 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!

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