TULA PINK BUTTERFLY SEW-ALONG: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Tula Pink Butterfly Quilt Sew-along hosted by Angie Wilson of GnomeAngel.com, Nicole of Snips Snippets and Chelsea of Pink Door Fabrics. Sew this amazing quilt and win prizes. More details at GnomeAngel.com

The following information has been collated to assist you want participating in the Tula Pink Butterfly Quilt Sew-along. For general information about participating in sew-alongs and events run by Angie Wilson of GnomeAngel.com please click here. These can also be found via the menu bar at the top of the page.

Click on the bars below to expand the details and show the answers. I have tried to group the details in sections to help you keep everything straight and find what you need easily. If there is anything missing from this (and you’ve checked the general FAQ information to ensure it’s not covered there) please contact me by clicking here. Remember, I live in Australia and respond to emails between 9am – 3pm Monday to Friday AEST. Please allow 3 business days for a response.

Event Specific Information

The following information is specific to this event and is final. For general sew-along and event frequently asked questions please click here.

Event Dates

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Start Date: Tuesday 1 August 2017

End Date: Monday 4 December 2017

Winners will be announced Tuesday 12 December 2017 Australian Eastern Standard Time (Sydney’s timezone).

A NOTE ABOUT TIMEZONES

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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. For the purpose of prize eligibility dates will be as per YOUR timezone. You do not have to convert to Sydney’s timezone, just post on the date in you timezone. Please be mindful that I live in Australia so if you’re following along with me I may post ahead of the date in your timezone – don’t panic. Just post as per the date requirement in your timezone.

HOW BIG IS THE QUILT?

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The quilt finishes at 88″ x 94″

WHAT’S THE EVENT ORDER?

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Nicole and I will not be providing tutorials for this quilt, however we will be posting our blocks to our blogs with some helpful tips and tricks each week to help you with your blocks. Block information will be posted on our blogs on Tuesday’s in our timezones. (I am in Australia and Nicole is in Canada.)

The following list shows the breakdown of when we’ll be covering each block type:

  1. Tuesday 1 August 2017: Intersection – Make 10
  2. Tuesday 8 August 2017: Chunky Cross – Make 10
  3. Tuesday 15 August 2017: Floating Cross – Make 8
  4. Tuesday 22 August 2017: Stripe Blocks – Make 8
  5. Tuesday 29 August 2017: Large Log Cabin – Make 2
  6. Tuesday 5 September 2017: Mini Log Cabin – Make 6
  7. Tuesday 12 September 2017:Medium Log Cabin – Make 6
  8. Tuesday 19 September 2017:Small Log Cabin – Make 16
  9. Tuesday 26 September 2017:Teeter Totter – Make 2
  10. Tuesday 3 October 2017: Half Square Triangle – Make 136
  11. Tuesday 10 October 2017: Flying Geese #1 – Make 2
  12. Tuesday 17 October 2017: Flying Geese #2 – Make 1
  13. Tuesday 24 October 2017: Small Wheel Block – Make 2
  14. Tuesday 31 October 2017: Medium Pie Block – Make 8
  15. Tuesday 7 November 2017: Large Wheel Block – Make 2
  16. Tuesday 14 November 2017: Making the Sections
  17. Tuesday 21 November 2017: Assembly
  18. Tuesday 5 December 2017: Fan Favourite Voting Opens
  19. Tuesday 12 December 2017: Winners Announced

Don’t worry, if this all seems too much for you both Nicole and I will post on Tuesday’s (our time) to remind you that there’s a blog post with all the details you need to know and point you to the right place to find it. All you need to do is follow our blogs and you’ll have all the information you need.

Alternatively you can sign up to my email newsletter, Gnome Gnews, which will contain reminders and links about where we’re up to in the event and where to get the latest information. Click here to sign up. Newsletters are sent every Monday AEST.

HOW WILL I REMEMBER THE ORDER?

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That’s where the Host’s come in. We’ll be posting reminders to social media, our blogs, newsletter, Facebook groups and any where else we think you might be lurking. Just follow us on Instagram and you shouldn’t have a problem keeping up.

How will this event be structure?

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We’ll be setting you a weekly task, but we’re not going to enforce the weekly task. This means 2 things:

1. You can join the event at any time prior to the reveal week and still be eligible for prizes if you meet the criteria, and
2. You can self pace until the reveal week.

I’ve decided to work it this way to help people who are coming late to the event and to give you a little more wiggle room when it comes to life getting in the way. We’ve just come of the back of two really strict entry requirement events and, I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to take it easier.

Nicole and I will still post our blocks as per the weekly task to help keep you on track so you’ll know where you “should” be up to if you want to use our timetable as a guide to getting it done.

Prize Eligibility

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Now I bet you’re wondering how you’ll go about winning a prize, well it’s simple:

1. Post 1 photo of each block type, including all the requirements for eligibility (we’ll go into more detail about this in a minute),
2. Post a photo of your finished quilt top between 12:01am 21 November – 11:59pm 3 December in your timezone.

At the end of the event we’ll be looking for 17 block photos + a photo of the finished quilt top. (It doesn’t have to be quilted, but it can be if you want – minimum requirement is the completed top.)

A WORD ABOUT BLOCK TYPE

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You only need to post 1 photo of 1 of each block type.

This means that, for example, where you’re required to make 136 half square triangle blocks we only need to see 1 of them in the photo, not all 136. You can totally post a photo of all of them in there, but you need to ensure that at least one of the blocks in the photo is fully visible so we can confirm it’s been made correctly.

You can totally post more than one photo of your blocks, but you only need to post one for prize eligibility.

When Do Blocks Need to Be Posted?

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You will have between 12:01am 21 November – 11:59pm 3 December in YOUR timezone to post 17 block photos + a photo of the finished quilt top. (It doesn’t have to be quilted, but it can be if you want – minimum requirement is the completed top.)

Don’t be fooled by my posting the block in my timezone – I’m in Australia and for a large portion of you that means you will likely see my block before the posting window. Pay attention to the calendar, not when you see my blocks. Now before you run off in a panic about how you’ll remember all of that, that’s what Nicole and I are here for. We’ll post enough reminders and details in our blogs and Instagram captions to tell you everything you need to know about when things are due.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR PHOTOS

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This will be the trickiest part of the whole thing, you’ll need to include the following things in your block photo caption on Instagram (see the Instagram section below for troubleshooting and screen images to help):

  1. The week number (see below for explanation of this),
  2. The block name,
  3. The hashtag: #TulaPinkButterflySAL

That’s it. We’ll be going through and checking winning accounts to make sure they have 17 block photos + a photo of the finished quilt top (with the above information) posted between 12:01am 21 November – 11:59pm 3 December in your timezone.

FREE DOWNLOADABLE EVENT TRACKER

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To help you keep things in order I’ve made up a free tracker for you to download, you can get it by clicking here.

A word about the tracker: This seems kind of obvious, but I’ve had a number of complaints about it with past events…. if the event timetable changes I am unable to go back and update the tracker you’ve already printed out. (I’m good, but even I have to respect the time/space continuum) So while I provide a tracker it’s a one-off help you get organised free tool. I won’t be updating it again (unless there’s a super typo in it). In the event Doc and Marty turn up at my house I will totally go back and amend ALL the trackers I’ve ever provided to make sure they’re super cool and reflect how the dates rolled out.

Help Getting Organised for the Event

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This event is a little misleading as there’s not a lot of blocks to make at the start, however this changes significantly when we get to the filler blocks and assembly. I’ve worked out a weekly block construction timetable for those of you that want to stay ahead of the work requirements for the end of the event. You can read more about it by clicking here.

WHERE CAN I FIND INFORMATION ABOUT THE SPONSORS, PRIZES AND HOW TO WIN?

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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. [This information is COMING SOON]

PREVIOUSLY MADE OR MADE AHEAD OF TIME BLOCKS

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We know there’s a lot of you that have started sewing blocks to try and stay ahead of the curve balls. We’re also aware that you, like us, will have life events crop up during the event. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

You can still use these blocks, you just need to post a photo of the block during the correct time period 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 enjoying the process of sewing along together.  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 pattern, 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 POSTING A BLOCK ON TIME?

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We’ve made the entry requirements for this event as easy as possible, so unfortunately if you miss posting one of the required photos on time you’ll be out of the running for the prizes.

WHEN WILL THE WINNERS BE ANNOUNCED?

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Winners will be announced Tuesday 12 December 2017 Australian Eastern Standard Time (Sydney’s timezone)

I DON’T THINK THE WINNER WAS CORRECT, CAN I TALK TO THE ORGANISERS ABOUT IT?

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I’m sure you can appreciate just how much time and effort goes into running this free event. The organisers 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. Regardless, we will not enter into a debate on how winners were chosen 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.

A REQUEST FROM THE ORGANISERS…

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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 could be 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, but you are important to us and we will get to you – I promise! Let me just get this spew cleaned up first!

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 Instagram and letting you know if your image post needs correcting to be eligible to win prizes (there’s just too many of you – horrible problem to have, I know! *wink*).

 

EVENT SUPPLIES

The following information is specific to this event. All information is true and correct at time of being provided. Unfortunately I cannot guarantee stock supplies and I have no control over postage rates and times. I recommend checking with your Local Quilt Shop or googling if you are unable to find supplies via the information below.

ORDERING THE PATTERN

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You can buy the pattern via this link,  Amazon (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!)

This is provided as a courtesy and I take no responsibility (nor can I control) stock levels, pricing or postage.

DO I HAVE TO USE A SPECIFIC FABRIC OR BUNDLE?

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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?

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Here’s the fabric requirements as per the Tula Pink The Butterfly Quilt pattern:

Darks: 2 5/8 yards – choose at least three fabrics both prints and solids

Mediums: 2 3/4 yards – choose at least four fabrics both prints and solids

Lights: 1 yard – choose at least two fabrics both prints and solids

Background: 3 yards – select a high contrast fabric so the butterfly wings stand out

Border: 1 7/8 yards

Backing: 8.5 yards

Binding: 3/4 yards

HOW AM I GOING TO CHOOSE MY FABRICS?

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I’ve collated some Gypsy Wife quilt inspiration and partnered with Jen Kingwell’s Amitie Textiles and Pink Door Fabrics to offer you some bundle options for this event, you can see the inspiration and get the bundle information by clicking here.

Is there a Butterfly Quilt Colouring Sheet?

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Yes, it’s on the inside back cover of your pattern.

 

INFORMATION ABOUT INSTAGRAM

The following information is specific to this event and relates to your entry requirements to be eligible for prizes and connect with the quilting community on Instagram. For general information about Instagram and how to use it for the purpose of sew-alongs and events please see the sew-along and event general FAQs by clicking here.

Please note, I am unable to provide IT support for Instagram. If you have a technical question about installing or using Instagram please ask Google. There is extensive support documentation for Instagram available online.

Event Hashtags

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There’s 2 reasons why you would use hashtags; 1. to connect with others in the community, and 2. to win prizes. For this event the following hashtag is the only one required to be used: #TulaPinkButterflySAL

How Do I Put in a Caption?

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When posting to Instagram you’ll be prompted to enter a caption as part of the posting process. The following image shows the caption page when posting a photo to Instagram:

Enter the details where it says “write a caption”.

CAN I PUT THE CAPTION DETAILS IN A COMMENT ON THE PHOTO?

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No, it needs to go in the caption. We’ve tried to make things easy for you so it would be great if you could make it easy for us to find the information.

I MESSED UP MY CAPTION CAN I EDIT IT?

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Yep, you can totally edit your caption. Click here to read a post I’ve written about troubleshooting Instagram which will help you. Please note that the linked post about troubleshooting Instagram references putting the hashtag in a comment – the eligibility requirements for this event require it to be in the caption not as a comment.

A word of warning: if you’ve tagged someone in your caption (used their @instagramname) every time you edit your caption they’ll get a notification. The first time it’s amusing, the third time it becomes annoying and on the fifth time it can often result in someone blocking you because that’s the only way to stop the notifications. It’s not a great feature from Instagram and it can chew the life of your battery so it’s something to keep in mind, especially if you get to the end of the event and go back and edit 17+ photos!

IS THERE A FORMAT YOU’D LIKE ME TO USE FOR MY CAPTION?

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Nope, you can word it however you want. However, it would make it super easy for the event administrators if you could make those things really obvious. The use of emoji’s for the number would make it standout for example. (Here’s a link to how to use an emoji on an iDevice, click here, Android users you’ll have to google this one I’m afraid as I don’t have any Android experience.)

CAN I PUT A NUMBER ON MY PHOTO?

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Yep, that would be outstandingly helpful. But it’s not part of the requirements and the number still has to be in the caption to be eligible for prizes.

I get asked all the time how I put text on my photos and I confess I use Photoshop, but when I’m not at my computer I use WordSwag. (It’s a paid app for iOS and Android) I love it because it’s modern and has its own stash of stock photos so if you don’t have a photo you can freely use one of theirs. You can find out more about WordSwag by clicking here.

Which Instagram Accounts Do I have to Follow?

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At this stage you need to follow the following accounts to be eligible for prizes:

 

Making the Butterfly Quilt

The following information relates to questions about making the Butterfly Quilt for the purpose of prize eligibility.

DO I HAVE TO MAKE THE QUILT AS PER THE PATTERN?

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Ah… yes. This is all about making the Tula Pink Butterfly Quilt. 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. However you can not remove or add seams to the blocks. You’re making the quilt exactly as it is in the pattern.

Note: This is only if you want to be eligible for prizes, if you don’t care about prizes you can make the quilt in whatever manner you like. The real purpose here is to have fun!

Are There Tula Pink Butterfly Foundation Paper Pieced Patterns Available?

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No, this is a completely machine pieced traditional patchwork method quilt.

CAN I USE AN ALTERNATIVE METHOD TO CONSTRUCT THE BLOCK?

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As much as I love seeing how creative people are, you must make the block with the seams as shown in the pattern. This means that appliqué is not an acceptable block construction method when it comes to winning any of the prizes.

FYI: Anyone found providing the measurements for blocks (regardless of whether it’s the original size, a mini version or a maxi version) without the express written consent of the pattern designer in their social media captions, comments, blog, website or Facebook will be disqualified from entry into the prize pool (this applies to also encouraging people to email you or message you for the details). You need to buy (or borrow from a library) the pattern to be in the running for the wonderful prizes on offer. If in doubt please please contact me by clicking here.

SOMEONE HAS ASKED ME FOR THE MEASUREMENTS FOR THE BLOCK, CAN I SHARE THEM?

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Anyone found providing the measurements for blocks (regardless of whether it’s the original size, a mini version or a maxi version) without the express written consent of the pattern designer in their social media captions, comments, blog, website or Facebook will be disqualified from entry into the prize pool (this applies to also encouraging people to email you or message you for the details). You need to buy (or borrow from a library) the pattern to be in the running for the wonderful prizes on offer. If in doubt please please contact me by clicking here.

I’VE USED ANOTHER METHOD OF CREATING THE BLOCK, CAN I SHARE IT?

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Anyone found providing the measurements for blocks (regardless of whether it’s the original size, a mini version or a maxi version) without the express written consent of the pattern designer in their social media captions, comments, blog, website or Facebook will be disqualified from entry into the prize pool (this applies to also encouraging people to email you or message you for the details). You need to buy (or borrow from a library) the pattern to be in the running for the wonderful prizes on offer. If in doubt please please contact me by clicking here.

I’M ASSEMBLING THE QUILT AND I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT <INSERT SPECIFICS HERE>.

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I love that a lot of you are ahead of the game and are starting to assemble your quilt tops (you’re ahead of Nicole and I!), but it’s meant that there’s been a few questions popping up about issues with assembling the quilt. I wish I could provide an answer for you now, but the whole point of having a sew-along is that we have some structure to the event to help us organise and manage things. We will provide assembly information when we get to the assembly section of the event. We thank you for your patience and understanding.

A WORD ON QUILT ASSEMBLY FOR THOSE THE WANT TO BE IN THE RUNNING FOR THE PRIZES:

If you’re in the camp of assembling before we get to that part of the sew-along then please know that the quilt top must be assembled as per the pattern. Making it bigger, smaller or rearranging the block order may put you out of the running for prizes. If you’re at all worried about this, please wait till we get to the assembly section to put it together and see how we’re treating it. There’s heaps of time in the timetable for assembly so don’t panic.

A WORD ON QUILT ASSEMBLY FOR THOSE THE WANT TO DON’T CARE ABOUT THE PRIZES:

If you’re just in it to make the quilt with friends and keep motivated then you can assemble the quilt however you like. Same with adding or subtracting blocks/borders or even coming up with a new layout. It’s all good and we’d love to see it so be sure to use the hashtag and continue to share with the community.

DOES MY QUILT NEED TO BE QUILTED TO WIN A PRIZE?

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Nope. This is all about getting you to the point of having a finished quilt top. But if you’re super organised and motivated and have a finished quilt in time for the reveal then that’s fabulous and it will still be eligible for prizes (if you meet all the other criteria).

WHAT IF THE BLOCK PICTURE AND THE BLOCK DIAGRAM DON’T MATCH IN THE PATTERN?

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At this stage we are unaware of any issues or errata with this pattern. If issues arise we will go with either the seam line in the pattern diagram or the block as pictured in the final quilt on the pattern. We will address any issues with blocks when we cover that block as part of the event timetable.

I hope the this information has been helpful. If you’ve read the general and specific event information and searched my website and you still can’t find the answer you seek then please contact me by clicking here. Remember, I live in Australia and respond to emails between 9am – 3pm Monday to Friday AEST. Please allow 3 business days for a response.

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