Welcome to my fifth annual Quilt Along! I am so glad to have you here. You are on the Main Page for the QAL. We will be making my quilt, Follow Your Own Path, a fun arrows with shadows quilt.
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As in previous years, the QAL will begin on April 3, with the final parade of quilts on June 15. The pace once again is slow, which hopefully allows you to fit this in with your regular programmed quilt schedule. Those of you who have quilted along with me in previous years know that these two dates are rather auspicious for me: June 15 is the birthdate of a 'famous Canadian' aka my dad, who, every year, would write the birthday of a famous Canadian on that date on our wall calendar, all the while with a twinkle in his eye and a mischievous little grin! April 3 is the birthdate of the daughter of that famous Canadian.😉
I designed this quilt in the #30quiltdesignschallenge in 2019. It continues to amaze me how many of the quilts the group of us designed that have been published. Not only did this quilt get published, but it also made the cover of the most recent issue of Benartex's ezine Modern by the Yard. That was quite the thrill! As is the case with all my QALs, the pattern is provided free. The throw size will be here on the blog, but the baby size is in MbtY so all you have to do is click the photo below which will take you to the page where you can download it. The rights have now come back to me, so I will soon have a PDF pattern available in my Etsy shop that will have instructions for both sizes along with a bonus project. Participants will get a discount on that pattern purchase. It is not necessary to purchase the pattern however!
The baby quilt is 42" x 46" which would also make a great take-to-yoga-class quilt, small lap quilt, or even a wallhanging. The throw is 54" x 60", nice for on the couch or at the end of your bed if you're like me and like an extra layer on your side of the bed! The blocks are very quick to make.
This year I have a few new sponsors that have me super-excited. If you've been in love with the 'Believe in Unicorns' Benartex fabric I've been showing on Instagram, know that some of that could be yours!
Here is the schedule so you can see if it works for you. I'll have it once again in the official announcement post on April 3 with a list of all the sponsors and description of prizes! I do hope you'll consider joining in, and thank you to those of you who have already said, "I'm in!"
April 3 - Schedule and Sponsors
April 6 - Fabric Requirements
April 13 - Cutting Instructions
April 20 - First four blocks
April 27 - Second set of blocks
May 4 - Third set of blocks
May 11 - Fourth set of blocks and Final Layout Decisions
June 15 - Parade of Finished Quilts
June 22 - Winners announced