August 18, 2017

Sew Along and Free Pattern- Folk Stitches

I have such an exciting announcement today- I'm starting a new quilt along! The pattern is called "Folk Stitches". I designed it to look like cross stitch motifs reminiscent of folk art. This will be the second quilt along I've hosted, and will be set up a little differently than the Rise quilt from last summer.


The quilt is split up into 42 10" blocks, so it's a 60" x 70" finished quilt. Some of the rows have blocks that are all identical, and some are unique. Though it looks complex, the pattern is made solely of squares that are all the same size (albeit quite small- 1.25" finished), so the piecing is very simple. A beginner could make it!



Here's how it will work:
Each week I'll be releasing 3 new block designs. We will sew along for 14 weeks, from the beginning of September to the end of November. Blocks will be released on Saturdays, starting on September 2nd. The posts will stay up forever so don't panic if you don't have time but still want to make it later. Here's an example of what one block pattern will look like:



I'll include overall fabric requirements in the first post, with cutting instructions for the entire quilt. After that it will just be block diagrams like this. You'll grab the necessary number of each color of squares (I'll always specify), sew them into rows, sew the rows together and voila! Easy peasy. I'll have the blocks numbered so make sure to label yours as you go along so you know where they belong in the end.

I got the idea for this system from Amanda at The Quilted Fish. She shared her strawberry quilt pattern on Instagram this way and I thought it was so fun. I've already chatted with her about it and she has no problem with me doing the same!

Now for the best news of all- Kim at KiwiFabric (my closest local Etsy fabric shop) has so kindly provided the fabric for my quilt, and has quilt kits available for purchase in 3 colorways!

She has the Classic colorway that I'm doing shown above, as well as these two.

Here's the "Pansy" colorway.




And finally, "Buttercup". I love this one! 


https://www.etsy.com/listing/536274898/folk-stitches-buttercup-colorway-bundle?ga_search_query=folk+stitches&ref=shop_items_search_1

All three colorways are now stocked! If a colors runs out, don't worry, it takes a week to restock. Kim also has a beautiful selection of backings in her shop. I like this or this for Classic, this or this for Pansy, and this or this for Buttercup.

I find it so therapeutic to sew simple squares together, and I think it will be really fun to see the design unfold as we go. Most of you know that I love sharing quilts on Instagram- I'll be sharing this one under #folkstitchesquilt, so make sure to post and tag! 

Please note that I've added a new button tab on the top right of my blog, right under the top photos. Under "Folk Stitches", you'll find links to all the posts as they become available. You can also subscribe to the blog (top right, under my picture) and receive the patterns right to your email box as soon as they come out.

So who will join me? I'm so excited!! I can't wait to start this one. Let me know what you think about it, and as always, thanks for being here with me! See you next week for fabric requirements and cutting instructions.

20 comments :

  1. I'm sooooo in!!! Love this style of quilt!!

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  2. What a lovely idea Allison! Your quilt is very cute and it does certainly remind me of cross stitching, it has such a cheerful cozy feel about it. A lovely design and I am looking forward to watching the quilts that come out of it!

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  3. I already have my fabric kit in Buttercup. So excited to start. Never participated in a quilt along before. Your beautiful quilt inspired me to attempt this. I'm going to make myself stay on task.

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  4. This sounds like a lot of fun! Hoping I can make it from my stash. I'll get to sorting once all the fabric requirements are posted. Love what you have designed!

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  5. Allison, as always a great quilt and it will b great fun. I have not done any sewing in three months as I have been traveling and staying with my mom to help with her care. Hopefully I will be able to participate

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    1. I miss you! I hope your mom is doing ok and you get to sew soon!

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  6. You know I'm joining! Love this more than words.

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  7. I'm really really tempted! I'd like to make it in all reds with a neutral. It would look like embroidery I think my daughter and I saw when we traveled to Russia a few years ago.

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    1. Oh please oh please do that! I lived in Russia for 18 months. This is inspired in part by that time.

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    2. Do you speak Russian?! My daughter majored in it in college hence the trip! Spasibo!

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    3. Yep! I used to really well. These days I can understand most and speak a little.

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  8. What a beautiful design! I can't wait to see everyone's different versions of the quilt come together.

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  9. This looks like fun! Would it be possible to get fabric requirements now? My LQS isn't so local, so I'll probably have to order something online!

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    1. Sure Maria! Let me know your email and I'll send it to you. You're right, that would have made more sense to include in last week's post! :/

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    2. mariajh1 at msn dot com Thank you!!!! It will be so much fun!

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  10. I'm in! I didn't get the balloon finished but zill try for this one! Thank you!!

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  11. Yes, please! I hear my thirties solids calling to me! What fabric quantities do I need to to get started? casner.elle@gmail.com

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  13. can you tell me the Kona colours in pansy? I want to sew along but ordering the colours from the US is very expensive in Canada.

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  14. I am so excited to be apart of this quilt along. Can't wait until Saturday.

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