Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Ruler of the Month and a Quilt Along

SCan you believe that February is already almost over! The first day of March is on Thursday which means it is time for a new Ruler Of The Month. For the month of March the Round Up Tool by Creative Grids will be on special, 20% off. This tool has variety of uses and is a lot of fun. It’s great to round the corners of any of your project, quilts, wall hangings and runners. This adds just a little bit of extra flair to the quilt and the Round Up Tool makes it easy to ensure that each corner is the same. It is also great for cutting 8” and 10” circles. I love how simple it makes cutting appliqué shapes like orange peels, petals and those for the Drunkards Path. We have quite a few different patterns at the store that feature this ruler, and Esther made up a fun Drunkards Path Runner using a Cut Loose Press Pattern and a fabric line called Bloomsbury by Franny and Jane for Moda. 

I mentioned last week that I was wanting to start a quilt along here on the blog, and today Esther and I decided on a pattern together. The story behind this decision is a little funny so I thought I would share it with you. I have been wanting to do the Moda Be My Neighbor Quilt for quite some time but have been waiting for the right fabric, on Monday I decided that the new Color Master sets from Art Gallery would be perfect and sent Esther a picture of it. Turns out that she had been searching for a pattern for the Art Gallery Color Master bundles and had just finished downloading the Be My Neighbour Pattern. Seeing as how we both want to make this quilt we thought others would maybe like to sew along with us. 
This pattern is a block of the month and finishes at 68”x84.5” so it is a really good size for a twin bed or a large throw. There are 16 blocks and rather than doing one a month we will be doing 2 a month. I will post pictures of mine and Esther’s blocks as well as some tips that we have for you on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month starting March 13. Though we are both using Art Gallery Fabrics I am sure that our quilts will be very different as we will not show each other our fabric selections before we sew each individual block. The photo is of some of the prints I will be using. 
As mentioned this Quilt Along (QAL) will start on March 13, and we would love for you to join us. The pattern is a free download and I will post a link for the pattern on the blog each time we do a block but we will also have copies of it for you to pick up in the store, and if you click here you can download the pattern now. The pattern is printed in greyscale so you can color it in yourself. The quilt is meant to be scrappy so this is a great way to destash or use up some of those precuts you have collected. Or if you want to use the same fabrics as Esther and I come check out our large selection of Art Gallery Fabrics or grab some of the Color Master sets for yourself. 
To see more pictures of the quilt go on Pinterest or google and search for Be My Neighbor Quilt. There are lots of images available to check out. 
We will also have some fun prizes and incentives along the way to keep you motivated and encouraged to continue sewing along and finish this quilt up.
So grab your fabric and get ready to Quilt Along with Esther and I, it is going to be a lot of fun. 
March 1st is game night and there is still room in the 7:00 session to join us for this fun evening. The registration fee is $10 but you will get this back in gifts and prizes. 


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