Sue Daley’s Round We Go Sew-along FAQs

Here’s all the information you need to know about the Sue Daley Round We Go Quilt 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?

Start Date: Friday 1 September 2017

End Date: Sunday 30 September 2018

Winners will be announced Friday 5 October 2018 Australian Eastern Standard Time (Sydney’s 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 week in your timezone. It’s simple and means you don’t have to worry about doing any time conversions, etc. Just post your block during the time period we’ve advised and you’ll be good to go.

I missed the start, can I still participate?

The answer is always YES! Participate! Prizes for this event will be allocated per month so to be eligible you just need to have completed the tasks for that month. You can find out what those are in the Friday Round We Go posts that will start on 1 September 2017. There may 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!

Ordering the Pattern

This quilt is part of a Block of the Month product by Sue Daley Designs. To complete this pattern you will need to purchase the Round We Go Seed Packets (either with or without templates). The seed packets come with the pattern and the EPP papers. For a list of stockists please click here.

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

Where’s it happening? Do I need to Sign Up to Participate?

Instagram is where it’s at. I will be posting to my blog with my tips and tricks (not full tutorials) to help you construct your blocks, however to be eligible for prizes and connect with your fellow participants you’ll need to post your blocks to Instagram. You do not need to “sign up” anywhere to participate in this event.

What is my Instagram account 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.

How many hashtags do I have to use?

There’s 2 reasons why you would use hashtags; 1. to connect with others in the community, and 2. to win prizes. There’s only one hashtag for this event: #RoundWeGoSAL.

Do I have to use a specific fabric of bundle?

We love the bundles our event sponsors have put together and they make a great place to start if you’re not sure about fabrics. However, 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 big is the quilt?

The quilt finishes at 48″ x 64″

How much fabric do I need?

The following information about fabric requirements has been provide for your assistance:

  • Month 1: 4 fat 1/8th for blocks, 25cm AWOF background
  • Month 2: 4 fat 1/8th for blocks, 25cm AWOF background
  • Month 3: 4 fat 1/8th for blocks, 25cm AWOF background
  • Month 4: 4 fat 1/8th for blocks, 25cm AWOF background
  • Month 5: 4 fat 1/8th for blocks, 25cm AWOF background
  • Month 6:  4 fat 1/8th for blocks, 25cm AWOF background
  • Month 7: 3 fat 1/8th for blocks, 25cm AWOF background
  • Month 8: 3 fat 1/8th for blocks, 25cm AWOF background
  • Month 9: 3 fat 1/8th for blocks, 25cm AWOF background
  • Month 10: 3 fat 1/8th for blocks, 25cm AWOF background
  • Month 11: 3 fat 1/8th for blocks, 25cm AWOF background
  • Month 12: 3 fat 1/8th for blocks, 25cm AWOF background plus 35cm binding

I’ve got it on good authority that if you want to fussy cut (and who doesn’t!) it’s recommend you have on hand 42 x Fat 8ths to get variety.

You’ll need 3m for backing fabric.

Do I have to make the quilt as per the pattern?

Ah… yes. This is all about making the Sue Daley Round We Go 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!

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 pattern. This means that appliqué is not an acceptable block construction method (unless specified in the pattern) when it comes to winning any of the prizes.

FYI: Anyone found to be providing alternate patterns for making the blocks (such as foundation paper pieced patterns) will be disqualified from the prize pool. You can make and use them yourself but sharing them is in violation of this competition and it’s just plain disrespectful to all the hard work that the pattern designer has done. You need to buy the pattern (or borrow it from the library) to be in the running for the wonderful prizes on offer.

Someone has asked me for the measurements for the block, can I share them?

Anyone found providing the measurements for blocks (regardless of whether it’s the original size, a mini version or a maxi version) in their social media captions and comments or 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 the pattern to be in the running for the wonderful prizes on offer.

I’ve used another method of creating the block, can I share it?

Anyone found to be providing alternate patterns for making the blocks (such as foundation paper pieced patterns) will be disqualified from the prize pool. You can make and use them yourself but sharing them is in violation of this competition and it’s just plain disrespectful to all the hard work that the pattern designer has done.

This also applies to providing measurements for making a mini version of the block or a larger version of the block. You need to buy the pattern (or borrow it from the library) to be in the running for the wonderful prizes on offer.

I’m assembling the quilt and I have a question about <insert specifics here>.

I love that a lot of you are ahead of the game and are starting to assemble your quilt tops, but it’s meant that there’s been a few questions popping up about how to assmeble 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. I will provide assembly information when we get to the assembly section of the event. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

A word on quilt assembly for those that want to be in the running for 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 that 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?

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?

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

What’s the order?

There will not be any tutorials provided for this quilt, however I will be posting my blocks to my blog with some helpful tips and tricks each week to help you with your blocks. Block information will be posted on my blog on Friday’s AEST. If you live outside of this timezone you can use the following website to do the time conversion, click here. You will need to use Sydney, Australia as the city for Australian Eastern Standard Time.

I have written a tutorial on how to English Paper Piece using the glue basting method which you can find by clicking here.

To make planning easier I’m providing you with the order we’ll be covering everything so you can start to plan for your approach to getting them done. As I’ve said before, and will continue to say, this sew-along is going to test your techniques, your endurance and your stamina. It’s going to be totally worth it, so get ready to have a heck of an adventure.

There’s 12 block types and you will be required to make 4 of each type. You can find the blocks by clicking here.

  1. September 2017 – Block 1 – Make 4
  2. October 2017 – Block 2 – Make 4
  3. November 2017 – Block 3 – Make 4
  4. December 2017 – Block 4 – Make 4
  5. January 2018 – Block 5 – Make 4
  6. February 2018 – Block 6 – Make 4
  7. March 2018 – Block 7 – Make 4
  8. April 2018 – Block 8 – Make 4
  9. May 2018 – Block 9 – Make 4
  10. June 2018 – Block 10 – Make 4
  11. July 2018 – Block 11 – Make 4
  12. August 2018 – Block 12 – Make 4
  13. September 2018 – Quilt Assembly

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?

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

When do blocks need to be posted?

Information about when blocks need to be posted will be provided once the event kicks off. No blocks need to be completed prior to 1 September when the event kicks off. The event is structured to give you adequate time to complete your weekly blocks (and there’s even time factored in for holidays and catch up). You’ll be peaches!

I’ll post enough reminders and details on my blog and Instagram captions to tell you everything you need to know about when things are due. This is the beauty of participating in one of these events – I’m here to keep you motivated, on track and organised.

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

I know there’s a lot of you that have started sewing blocks to try and stay ahead of the curve balls and as part of the many Block of the Month clubs for Round We Go. I’m also aware that you, like me, will have life events crop up during the event. Don’t worry, I’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 (this is done automatically by Instagram behind-the-scene you don’t need to do anything to help with this) 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 I’m open to helping people who’ve started or people who’ve got an unavoidable interruption that they can plan for, I’m 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 I’m 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?

I know this a huge ask. I get it. I 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 block. However, I’m 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?

Grand prize winners will be announced Friday 5 October 2018 Australian Eastern Standard Time (Sydney’s timezone).

Monthly prize winners will be announced the first Friday of the following month.

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 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.

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 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*).

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