Hello friends, and happy Wednesday. I meant to post this much earlier in the day but one thing led to another, and it’s now nearly 8 p.m. So I’m posting in the evening but wanted to get some information to you and get this sew along started!
Labor of Love Quilt Along Block 1
First, as many of you might have realized, the Balboa fabrics haven’t shipped yet. I was so hoping they would arrive in time and scheduled this sew along around the ship dates. My latest information is that while some of the fabrics have arrived at the warehouse in Dallas, many have not. And the pre-cuts have also not yet arrived. So kits aren’t available as of now 🙁
I thought about postponing the sew along, but with the fabric ETA of mid-late October I felt like I should get it going so we can still finish up by the end of the year. I might switch up the order of some of the blocks the first few weeks to make it easier to catch up if you’re sewing with Balboa fabrics. I also plan to list some hand-cut mini bundles of the Balboa fabrics from what is left in my stash over the weekend that would work for the first couple of blocks if you’re wanting to sew along with Balboa. And as soon as fabrics arrive, kits will ship!
Block 1 Links
Below are some helpful links if you’re looking for more information on the Labor of Love Sampler Quilt. Basically, you’ll need the book to participate, but then you’ll also need the weekly free PDF patterns you will find here on the blog. The link for this week’s pattern is also below.
- Introductory post on the Labor of Love Sampler Quilt
- Labor of Love Sampler Quilt Update
- Video sharing the Labor of Love Sampler
- Find the Labor of Love quilt book (needed for the sew along) here and here.
- Get Fabric Requirements for the Labor of Love Sampler here.
- See the solids that coordinate with Balboa here.
- And get the pattern for this week’s Block 1 here.
More Sew Along Details
After today, block patterns will release here on the blog on Thursdays (so block two will be available on Thursday, October 8th).
I would love to see your quilts, so please share them with the #aquiltinglife or #laboroflovesamplerquilt hashtags!
Happy quilting, and thanks so much for stopping by!
Sharon Conway says
So excited to get started even though the Balboa fabrics haven’t arrived. I have plenty of scraps to practice with until Balboa arrives. In the end I will end up with two quilts!!
Sarah Fuller says
Super excited. I have my Balboa bundle all ready to go. Having trouble getting the fabric by the meter. Need to decide if I wait till I have all the fabric needed or just start. First time I have ever done a sew along. Thank you for posting x
Cheryl Serafini says
So looking forward to the sew along and have my balboa fabric pre ordered from fat quarter shop but as I’m in Australia ?? I will have to play catch up as my fabric will take about a month to arrive once shipped. Think I will do the blocks in scraps while I’m waiting and will be good practice
Kim Proux says
I am (and have been) so excited to participate in this sew along. I am one hanging in there and waiting for the beautiful Balboa fabrics. I too was hoping the fabrics would be here by the date you planned to start the sew along. Not always do things go as we plan. I will continue to follow the sew along and hope the fabrics come to the warehouse, move onto the distributors, and finally reach my home in due time. This has been a challenging year; I am looking forward to participating in this project to provide a positive distraction as I find time to escape from my nursing life challenges.
Jackie Lohrey says
Kim, thank you what you do, for for being brave and keeping people safe!
Kim Proux says
Thank you. What I have learned is there are many definitions of brave during these times; a medical degree is not required, kindness and compassion shown by all is truly the key. Let’s all have fun working on these quilt blocks!
Kathleen Murphy says
Thank you for giving us this opportunity Sherri, This quilt is amazing and I can’t wait to get started. How big will the quilt be?
Cheryl Kuhns says
I was unable to print block 1 pdf. Is anyone else having a problem, Thanks
Pam White says
I’m waiting for the Balboa line to arrive to make my sampler quilt. The only thing I’m not sure of is, are you using a fabric from your Balboa line for the background or is it the Ivory (9900 60) of the Bella Solids.;; It’s hard to know without seeing your whole line. I just want to make it using your same fabric.
I have tried twice to get my printer to print the LOL Block 1 but it just not happening. My printer comes up but it is blank. Is anyone else having trouble or am I the only one.
Judy Youngs says
I had same issue. Had to download first. Hope this helps.
Very excited – my book should arrive today so I can start. With the yardage for the outer border is there any spare that I can use in the quilt itself or do I need to purchase extra for that? Thanks.
Pat Fay says
Hi Sherri! I am so excited to join the Sew Along. I am bummed that the Balboa fabric is not in, which is what I am planning to use. I ordered the Half Yard Bundle and a Layer Cake. I so love this fabric. I guess I will have to sew like a crazy woman when it all comes in in order to catch up. Thanks for doing this.
I love all your fabric lines. Can’t wait to bet Balboa. I am super excited for this Labour of Love sew along. I am going to use the Summer Sweet collection.
Jackie Lohrey says
I was so happy to see we’re starting with my absolute favorite…a star block! There are a couple I’m afraid of , which thankfully will come later. I had to really laugh at myself yesterday. I thought I was so organized and ready to begin and then realized my book was still at the print shop. I took it in to get spiral bound and never picked it up. Way to go Jackie 🙂 BUT I do have a back-up book I got when I enrolled in the TOL class. I’m giving it to my daughter for Christmas but using it until I pick up my book tomorrow. Also very excited because my planner will (thankfully) be here on Monday!!!! So much to look forward to and life is good. Happy quilting everyone and have a great day.