Tuesday, May 19, 2015

My Small World Quilt-along

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Hello, friends! I'm not sure if you've heard already, but I'm part of an amazing team -- along with KerryCindyMeganDanielle, and Lisa -- that has come together to co-host the My Small World Quilt-along. Not familiar with the My Small World quilt? It's a fantastic piece designed by the equally fantastic Jen Kingwell, who is an author, new Moda fabric designer, and owner of Amitie Textiles in Melbourne (an adorable little shop that I had the pleasure of visiting while down under back in March.)

If you're quilting along with us, now's the time to make sure you have your pattern and start pulling out fabrics for your quilt.
(Note: More information about the quilt-along can be found below, but Kerry has compiled a really comprehensive post that I highly recommend for more information. Check it out here.)

As soon as I saw the pattern, I fell in love with it. Does it have some small, fussy piecing? Yes. Hand sewing? Yes. Curves and dresden plates? Yes. And if you follow my blog, you know that none of those are my favorite things. But I am confident that I can work around some of those challenges and still enjoy the process.

For example, I will be relying on fusible, raw edge appliqué instead of hand sewing or EPP. Semicircles? I'll be fusing those down too. And I'm on the hunt for some great cheater prints (squares and hexagons) that might work in the some of the patchwork areas and instead of the EPP bits. If that stuff interests you, let me know and we can share tips and progress. And please share links to any cheater prints that you know of that might work in the quilt.

The pattern can be found in the Spring 2015 Special issue of Quiltmania magazine. It's not the easiest issue to find, but we've been compiling a list of shops and stores where it's been spotted. If you have any additions to the list, please let me know in the comments to this post and I'll update the list.
In the UK it can be found at:
  • Some branches of WHSmiths
  • Some  quilt shops and newsagents- those that already stock Quiltmania publications
  • Online at The Contented Cat.  They will also send overseas - a possible option for European quilters.
For Europe (and elsewhere) In USA
  • Joann's
  • Barnes & Noble
Australia/New Zealand
  • Order from local newsagent
  • Minerva in NZ
Photo courtesy of Cindy at Live a Colorful Life
The power of quilt-along such as this come from the community that is participating and the activity and excitement that it generates. There is already a great deal of activity carrying the hashtag #mysmallworldqal on Instagram, Twitter and Flickr, so be sure to contribute your progress pictures. 

Other things that have already spun up in the community include:
  • Fabric swaps for low volume prints to ensure scrappy variety in the patchwork sky portions of the quilt
  • Resizing tips to make the pattern (currently 33" x 52") into a bigger quilt
  • More information about shops stocking the issue of Quilt mania
  • Fabric and other giveaways from individual bloggers, shop owners, and quilters (caveat: all the hosts agreed that the emphasis is on a community quilt-along, so we have purposely not sought official sponsors, prizes or a commercial aspect to the quilt-along. If you see anything along these lines on social media, it is not linked to us but to the individuals offering a giveaway, kits to buy etc.  Instead, we wanted to host a fun, community quilt-along over the next few months and provide the motivation and a little help that we all need to get something we really want to do done!)

Jen Kingwell herself and the nice people at Quiltmania will be following along as well, so you may see some nice comments from the designer herself!

Courtesy of Charise Randall at Charise Creates
The schedule for the quilt-along can be found below. The pattern is presented in six parts, which is how we will be proceeding. We hope it's provides a comfortable pace with which to keep up, enjoy the progress others are making, and get any and all of your questions answered. We'll kick of the piecing next week with part 1 right here on my blog!

My Small World QAL Schedule
  • Week beginning 18th May - Intro post - All hosts will be posting!
  • Week beg. 25th May - Part 1 - John Adams - QuiltDad (me!)
(Note: if you're getting a head start on part 1, there is a mistake in diagram 9 of the printed pattern. Errata can be found on the Quiltmania website. Kerry had the great idea to print the correct diagram, cut it out, and washi tape it over the original diagram in the magazine.)

Will you be quilting along? Let me know! Leave a comment below.


  1. So looking forward to all your cheats!!!

  2. Oh my....don't....want....to....be....sucked....in.....ACK!!:)

  3. I have the magazine, so thats a start! I would love to sew along, but I find that I usually fall behind in these QALs when other timely commitments get in the way. But I do so want to make this quilt! I'm trying to find the right fabrics to make mine special. I will enjoy seeing what everyone else makes though!

  4. I am fusing, what a great idea about the cheater print, i am off to check my stash.

  5. Yes, I'm in. Looking forward to the challenge of learning new techniques. Loving the posts I have seen so far.

  6. This is so lovely! And I need another project like that proverbial head-hole, but crap...

  7. Looking forward to seeing your cheats! I'm all over making things easier :)

  8. I'm in. This is my first QAL and I am really excited about it. I love your idea about the cheats (I'm all for making life easier) and I also want to incorporate some little personal touches, maybe kids names, initials etc. into the quilt. It is called "my" small world quilt after all :) Can't wait to see everyone's quilts.

  9. Just found you blog via Pinterest. Would like to know how I can get your Kingdom Courtyards pattern- when I go to the Fat Quarterly website it says it's temporarily shut down due to VAT. Is there anywhere else to purchase it? Thanks! jwdeschamps78@gmail.com

  10. Love this pattern and the non-commercial vibe of this QAL!

    Would love to join the QAL but here's the thing... I am having trouble finding the pattern/issue in the US. I have tried the links and shops provided and have been unsuccessful (thank you for sharing though!). The only place I could find Quilt Mania was through their website, but it is unclear if this is a digital or paper copy. I fear a paper copy will take a while to arrive, leaving me in the dust.
    Has anyone in the US had luck finding a copy without having a standing subscription? I am sure I am not alone!

  11. Hey John, can you tell me which blocks you're referring to as being specifically EPP? I may approach construction differently, as I'm headed on a long trip to Europe and I want to take some hand work with me. It doesn't look like the instructions indicate anything other than machine piecing or appliqué. Thanks!

  12. Just started today!! 👍😊❤️

  13. Hoping to quilt along I'm notoriously slow, though, because of my work schedule. But I have my low volume fabrics. now, I need to get cutting and planning! Looking forward to it! See you on IG (I am stephiepeterson/Stephanie Peterson). :-)

  14. I just joined so I have some catching up to do, but I can't wait! Thanks for sharing all this information so far :)

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