We’re happy to announce our next quilt along starting April 5, 2021! It’s the Wander quilt! We love doing these quilt alongs with you. You make it so fun, and we love meeting quilters from all over the world.
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This time we’re doing Wander. It’s a fun, skill-building quilt that can be scrappy or controlled – whatever you choose! You’ll learn all about selvages and how to use them, Y-seams and why they aren’t as scary as you think, and fabric choices to make your quilt sparkle!
Like all our quilt alongs, we’ll bring you video tutorials, tons of tips, hints, and inspiration – and live Q&A sessions throughout the QAL to answer any questions you may have. And don’t forget about the giveaways!
The QAL will be hosted through a weekly email sent directly to your inbox, and on Instagram and Facebook. The newsletter will also be posted here on the blog. Be sure to follow the hashtag #WanderQAL2021 on Instagram to see what others are doing for their QAL and to share your progress.
Prizes! We have partnered with some pretty great companies for weekly prizes you will love! More on this later.
- Dates: April 5-26
- Duration: 4 weeks
- How to Join: Sign up for the weekly email to receive all the tutorials, inspiration, and other goodies you need to know about! These will come directly to your inbox each Monday morning of the quilt along, it will also be posted on the blog. Also, follow us on Facebook or Instagram, and follow the hashtag #WanderQAL2021 to see what others are doing and to share your progress.
Quilt Info and Supplies
First, purchase the pattern here. You have the choice of getting the booklet version or the pdf download. That’s it! Nothing else to purchase to participate!
For your fabric choices, anything goes! You can use predominantly one fabric line or you can mix and match your favorites. Add in solids if you choose to make your prints stretch or keep it wild with all prints. There really is no wrong fabric choice with this quilt! In the yardage requirements, you’ll notice there are two different widths: the 1/2 yard cut yields 3 hexagons plus the partial hexagons on the top and bottom of the quilt; the 1/3 yard cut yields 6 full hexagons. The partial hexagons on the sides will come from both.
As far as selvages, the original quilt uses selvages with a few solids sprinkled in, but there are options. You can use a striped fabric, a fabric with a linear design that maybe isn’t a true stripe, piece the stripes or just use a fabric that will stand out. If you are using yardage, the amount you need depends on how the stripe runs. If the stripe runs down the bolt (most common, the stripe runs endlessly down the length of the bolt), you’ll need 1 yard. If the stripe runs across the bolt (stripes run selvage to selvage), you’ll need 1-1/4 yard.
If you’re paralyzed with choice, we’ll post inspiration photos of lots of fabric lines you can choose from. And follow the hashtag #WanderQAL2021 to see what others are doing – this will be fabulous inspiration!
We are making our own versions along with you! Trisch is making hers in Color Theory by Carrie Bloomston and Jenifer is using Tula Pink True Colors for hers.
Wander is a large throw – 58″ x 57″. For this size you need:
- 1/2 yard of 3 different prints
- 1/3 yard of 5 different prints
- 1/4 yard of 5-6 solids (this is if you want to add solids to your selvages, or you want to piece your stripes)
- 1/2 yard for binding
- A collection of selvages, striped fabric or coordinating fabric to piece the stripes
- Marking tool – chalk recommended
Week 1 – Piecing Selvages or Stripes. We’ll learn how to get the most bang out of the selvages you’ve been saving for the perfect project! If you don’t save selvages, no worries, we’ll talk about piecing fabric to make the stripe effect.
Week 2 – Cutting Hexis these aren’t your ordinary hexis, these are jumbo-sized!
Week 3 – Sewing. We’ll show you how to sew perfect Y-seams – there’s nothing to be scared of!
Week 4 – Quilting. We’ll show you several ideas for quilting your top yourself or to take to your quilter.
Grab your “I’m In” badge above and post to your social media. Be sure to use the hashtag #wanderqal2021 so we can find you!