One of my most favourite things to do is host sew-alongs and other online events. It’s a great way to connect with others who share your passion for creativity all from the comfort of home (and without having to get out of your pyjamas!).
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Coming Soon Sew-alongs + Events
Long Time Gone by Jen Kingwell
Start Date: 15 March 2017
End Date: 12 July 2017
Details: When this quilt-along came together I was literally jumping around the house doing a happy dance; I’m really excited about this one! The fabulously awesome Jen Kingwell has given us her blessing to take her pattern, Long Time Gone (it was the Amitie Textiles Block of the Month for 2016) and team up with Marti Michell to offer you tutorials and conversion charts on how to make the quilt with (or without) Marti’s amazing templates. It’s going to be epic.
This will be a great quilt-along for those of you who’ve long admired Jen’s quilts but you’ve been too scared to dive in to one. There’s no appliqué in this one and it can all be done on a sewing machine (although if you want to hand stitch it you can totally do that too!). I’m so looking forward to learning how to use Marti’s templates to make a scrappy quilt. It’s also great for those of you that may have purchased Marti’s templates as part of the Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt Quilt-along.
It’s going to be fast paced so you’ll have no chance of changing your mind or getting distracted by other projects. We’ll be doing a block a week with a week to put your top together and then another week to quilt it. (Although you won’t have to have it quilted to be eligible for prizes!)
Once it’s done, you never know there may be another Jen Kingwell quilt-along to follow it up with…
Start Date: 7 May 2017
End Date: 15 August 2017
Details: The challenge is the same; make all 100 Blocks and post them on the correct day (in your timezone). We’ve listened to your feedback and we’re going to make it easier for you to manage the hashtags and accounts to follow, but the challenge will still be hard and the prizes epic. We’re kicking this round off on a day that’s special to Lisa and I; our birthday! This round is all about celebrating, so why not think about making a festive or seasonal quilt this time if you participated the first time. (I’m thinking maybe Halloween… or maybe Christmas… or maybe just more Lizzy House! Muwhahahaha!)
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!)
Current Sew-alongs + Events
Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt Sew-along
This sew-along kicked off in August 2015 and aims to encourage and support people to make all 99 blocks of the Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt by Laurie Aaron Hird. Partnering with Marti Michelle to provide people with alternative ways to make the blocks using Marti’s templates was key to the success of this sew-along. Fat Quarter Shop provided prizes and curated fabric bundles for participants to purchase to help make fabric selection easier.
52 Weeks with Quilter’s Planner
Start Date: 7 January 2017
End Date: 30 December 2017
Details: The Quilter’s Planner comes with the details on how to make one 12″ block per week as part of it’s many handy features. I’ve partnered with Quilter’s Planner to bring you a year long sew-along which will encourage and support you to make each block each week. Never fear, if you don’t have a copy of the Quilter’s Planner you can get the block details by clicking here. (I’ll let you in on a little secret – there will be extra prizes for those that do have the planner! You can buy the Quilter’s Planner and find stockists by clicking here.)
This is a great sew-along for those of you looking to get into a regular sewing habit in 2017. It’s also going to be a great way to make some big quilts for you to use at home, gift to loved ones (think end of year school gifts for example! Note the look of panic in my eye as I’m struggling with that right now!) and to gift to charity if you’d like to do more of that in 2107.
There will be a monthly prize for those that sew, and post on the correct days, all the blocks for each month. There will also be a big end of year prize for someone who sews all 52 blocks!
Snail Paced Slow-along Sew-along
Start Date: 8 January 2017
End Date: 5 November 2017
Details: I’m a huge fan of Lindsey from Pen and Paper Patterns and when she started dropping little hints about this quilt I was so excited and I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I begged and pleaded (maybe not so dramatic, but still I wanted it) with Lindsey to let me do a snail paced slow-along with her pattern Garden Snails. She said yes and the “Snail Paced Slow-along Sew-along” was born.
This is all about taking your time and enjoying the process. The quilt is made up of the same block repeated so it’s not taxing on your quilty skills, but we’re going to savour the process. To be eligible for prizes you’re going to have to post your snail block each Sunday (your time). In 2017 Sunday is going to be #snailday!
Pattern is available by clicking here .
Past Sew-alongs + Events
#100Days100Blocks was an Instagram based sew-along where I encouraged people to sew all 100 blocks from Tula Pink’s City Sampler and post them for 100 days consecutively on Instagram. The prize pool for this event exceeded AU$2,500. There were over 57,000 posts made to the #100Days100Blocks hashtag over the life of the event. It was so successful that the event will be run again in 2017 kicking off on May 7.