Hello! Today is the first day of the Fat Quarter Shop Patchwork Quilt Along! This quilt along is the Fat Quarter Shop's annual charity fundraiser and will benefit the Make a Wish foundation this year (Fat Quarter Shop and Moda fabrics will match up to $20,000 of donations raised). Patterns are available for free download and will be available each month on the fifteenth; in addition to the free patterns, you can watch the video tutorials for step by step instructions for piecing each block.
The Fat Quarter Shop version of the quilt is pieced with the Bonnie & Camille
Basics collection--kits and backing sets are available from Fat Quarter Shop if you are interested in using these same fabrics (find them here).
Of course you are also welcome to sew with your own choice of fabrics. I went back and forth while trying to decide which fabrics to use...there are so many types of fabrics I thought would be fun to see pieced into these traditional blocks. I finally settled on...
making a scrappy red and blue version with scrappy backgrounds using a variety of different fabrics by Minick & Simpson located in my stash and scrap bins. Now that I've pieced the first six blocks, I'm super happy with my choice because it will lend itself well to the patterns.
What's even better is that since we will be making six blocks each month using different fabrics, chain piecing can be used to speed things up. I was surprised at how quickly the blocks went together! I'm going to use one background each month as well to make things a little easier, and since the blocks will be spread throughout the quilt my different background fabrics will end up evenly dispersed throughout the quilt as well!
For more information on the quilt along, and to get started by downloading your first pattern read the informational post here. You can also find information there about donating to the Make a Wish campaign, and you can see a list of the participating bloggers (it's always fun to visit the different blogs and see what fabrics everyone is using)!
This is going to be a terrific project...just a little bit of time each month, and we'll all have beautiful quilts at the end of the year!
Thanks so much for stopping by!