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Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Along – Week Eight

Quilt Along – Week Eight

We’re moving right along into Week Eight of the Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Along!  Head over to the Original QAL Post to review the details and schedule, if you need to.

A quick review of what we’ve done so far–scroll to the bottom of this page for links to each weekly post.

Congratulations to Erica B. for snagging the Week Six prize-a Small Spool Thread Set from Aurifil!  This prize was sponsored by the awesome people at Aurifil Thread.  This was Erica’s post from Week Six:

Fabric Discount!knotted threads

Jennifer at Knotted Threads on Etsy has joined in the Quilt Along fun to bring all Cheeky Churn Dash QAL participants a 10% discount on fabrics purchased from her shop!  She has a great selection of current and modern fabrics, so you’ll want to take advantage of this 🙂  Use the coupon code: CHEEKYCHURNDASH at checkout.

How to Participate:

Post Your progress on Instagram using the hashtag #cheekychurndashquiltalong

Be sure to include the hashtag when you post to Instagram so everyone else can see what you’re up to, and if you’re in the US, you can enter to win prizes 🙂

Stay in the loop!

If you haven’t signed up for the weekly emails that will go out for the Quilt Along, sign up here.  There might be some added info and bonus content for you as a little treat!

Alright, so here’s the breakdown for Week Eight:

 

 

  • In Week Seven, we assembled sections 2, 4, 6, and 8.  Here’s the action list to complete for Week Eight!
  • If you’re on Option A–you’ve got another rest week.  Your section 5 is already in one piece.
  • Option B can be found on page 22 in your pattern this week.  
  • Obviously, I cheated on the photos for Option B.  It’s much easier to photograph the mini/pillow Option B than it is the large quilt option.  So let’s pretend these are 9.5″ squares pictured above, instead of 2.5″ squares 😉
  • Take a look at your coloring sheet–and lay out your pieces prior to pinning and sewing the sections together.
  • Section 5 is basically a large nine patch block.  So you’ll sew three rows of three HSTs together, then sew those rows together to complete section 5.
  • Make sure you check that you pin at your seam intersections whenever you have a seam intersection so everything lines up as it should.
  • The only really tricky thing to sewing section 5 together is watching the direction of the diagonal in each HST block.  Honestly, if you don’t follow the pattern layout 100%, it will still look great, and no one will be the wiser that you didn’t!
  • Double check your layout prior to sewing each section together, and press when you’re done!
  • This week, post a picture of your completed section 5 on Instagram using the #cheekychurndashquiltalong hashtag.  It doesn’t matter if your completed section 5 is for Option A or B, just post a quick pic and be sure you post your IG picture with the hashtag before the start of Week Nine to qualify for this week’s prize!  Week Eight’s prize is a Double Sized Batting of your choice (meaning you can pick any of the substrates their batting comes in-cotton, wool, blend, poly, etc.) sponsored by Quilter’s Dream Batting!  The amazing folks at Quilter’s Dream are so awesome to be giving this away–I use their batting exclusively in my studio, and it’s absolutely the best.   A huge thank you to Quilter’s Dream for sponsoring Week Eight’s prize!

Next week, we’ll be sewing the quilt top together.  You guys, we’re almost done!!!

Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Along Posts:

Week One – Introduce yourself and gather your fabrics

Week Two – Starch and cut your fabrics

Week Three – Assemble and press the HSTs

Week Four – Square up and trim all HST blocks

Week Five – Assemble sections 1, 3, 7, and 9

Week Six – Catch Up!

Week Seven – Assemble sections 2, 4, 6, and 8

Week Eight – Assemble section 5 (for option B)

Week Nine

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Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Along – Week Seven

Quilt Along – Week Seven

We’re moving right along into Week Seven of the Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Along!  Head over to the Original QAL Post to review the details and schedule, if you need to.

A quick review of what we’ve done so far–scroll to the bottom of this page for links to each weekly post.

Congratulations to Susan S. for snagging the Week Five prize-a Rotary Cutter and Endurance Blade from Olfa Creates!  This prize was sponsored by the awesome people at Olfa (Thank you so much Olfa!).  These were Susan’s sections 1, 3, 7, and 9 from Week Five:

Fabric Discount!knotted threads

Jennifer at Knotted Threads on Etsy has joined in the Quilt Along fun to bring all Cheeky Churn Dash QAL participants a 10% discount on fabrics purchased from her shop!  She has a great selection of current and modern fabrics, so you’ll want to take advantage of this 🙂  Use the coupon code: CHEEKYCHURNDASH at checkout.

How to Participate:

Post Your progress on Instagram using the hashtag #cheekychurndashquiltalong

Be sure to include the hashtag when you post to Instagram so everyone else can see what you’re up to, and if you’re in the US, you can enter to win prizes 🙂

Stay in the loop!

If you haven’t signed up for the weekly emails that will go out for the Quilt Along, sign up here.  There might be some added info and bonus content for you as a little treat!

Alright, so here’s the breakdown for Week Seven:

  • Week Six was a catch up week.  Here’s the action list to complete for Week Seven!
  • For Option A-we’re on pages 12-13 and Option B-pages 21-22 in your pattern this week.
  • Assemble sections 2, 4, 6, and 8.  
  • Take a look at your coloring sheet–and lay out your pieces prior to pinning and sewing the sections together.
  • These sections all have the same construction, except they are slightly rotated each time.
  • Make sure you check that you pin at your seam intersections whenever you have a seam intersection so everything lines up as it should.
  • Double check your layout prior to sewing each section together, and press when you’re done!
  • This week, post a picture of your completed sections 2, 4, 6, and 8 on Instagram using the #cheekychurndashquiltalong hashtag.  The sections can be all in one picture, or you can do multiple pics in one post, or multiple posts.  As long as all four completed sections are posted, you’ll be good to go.  Be sure you post your IG picture with the hashtag before the start of Week Eight to qualify for this week’s prize!  I’ve curated a sweet little prize of my favorite notions and must have sewing tools!!  Included in your winnings: Rainbow Clover Binding clips, Tula Pink snips, Aurifil Thread in my FAVORITE color for piecing, the absolute best Clover Seam Ripper, A Holster to keep all your goodies close at hand, and a clip on lamp by Daylight Company!  Check it out:

Next week, we’ll be assembling section 5.  If you opted to make Option A, section 5 is all in one piece already 🙂

Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Along Posts:

Week One – Introduce yourself and gather your fabrics

Week Two – Starch and cut your fabrics

Week Three – Assemble and press the HSTs

Week Four – Square up and trim all HST blocks

Week Five – Assemble sections 1, 3, 7, and 9

Week Six – Catch Up!

Week Seven – Assemble sections 2, 4, 6, and 8

Week Eight

Week Nine

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Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Along – Week Six

Quilt Along – Week Six

We’re moving right along into Week Six of the Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Along!  Head over to the Original QAL Post to review the details and schedule, if you need to.

A quick review of what we’ve done so far–scroll to the bottom of this page for links to each weekly post.

Congratulations to Erica M. for snagging the Week Four prize-a Quilter’s Planner from The Quilter’s Planner!  This prize was sponsored by the awesome people at The Quilter’s Planner.  These were Erica’s trimmed and squared up HSTs from Week Four:

How to Participate:

Post Your progress on Instagram using the hashtag #cheekychurndashquiltalong

Be sure to include the hashtag when you post to Instagram so everyone else can see what you’re up to, and if you’re in the US, you can enter to win prizes 🙂

Stay in the loop!

If you haven’t signed up for the weekly emails that will go out for the Quilt Along, sign up here.  There might be some added info and bonus content for you as a little treat!

Alright, so here’s the breakdown for Week Six:

 

 

  • In Week Five, we assembled sections 1, 3, 7, and 9.  Here’s the action list to complete for Week Six!
  • And here is where irritating elevator music starts playing until the start of Week Seven 😉  (Or, if you’re a mom, it might be Momma Shark da da da da….)
  • If you fell behind, go ahead and use this free week to catch up with us!
  • If you’re an overachiever–I see you there in the front with your quilt nearly done–You can work ahead, if you like.  Just make sure you follow the original schedule (linked at the top of this post) so you have pictures to post to Instagram for the prizes.
  • This week, you can post a picture of anything Cheeky Churn Dash related on Instagram using the #cheekychurndashquiltalong hashtag.  Be sure you post your IG picture with the hashtag before the start of Week Seven to qualify for this week’s prize.  Week Six’s prize is sponsored by Aurifil.  The amazing folks at Aurifil are giving away a small spool thread set, and man…their thread is top notch.  A huge thank you to Aurifil for sponsoring Week Six’s prize!

Next week, we’ll be assembling sections 2, 4, 6, and 8.

Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Along Posts:

Week One – Introduce yourself and gather your fabrics

Week Two – Starch and cut your fabrics

Week Three – Assemble and press the HSTs

Week Four – Square up and trim all HST blocks

Week Five – Assemble sections 1, 3, 7, and 9

Week Six – Catch Up!

Week Seven

Week Eight

Week Nine

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Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Along – Week Five

Quilt Along – Week Five

We’re moving right along into Week Five of the Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Along!  Head over to the Original QAL Post to review the details and schedule, if you need to.

Congratulations to Tracie M. for snagging the Week Three prize-a sweet fat quarter bundle and thread set from Crafter’s Companion!  This bundle was sponsored by Crafter’s Companion.  This were Tracies’s HSTs and accordion from week three:

A quick review of what we’ve done so far–scroll to the bottom of this page for links to each weekly post.

Fabric Discount!knotted threads

Jennifer at Knotted Threads on Etsy has joined in the Quilt Along fun to bring all Cheeky Churn Dash QAL participants a 10% discount on fabrics purchased from her shop!  She has a great selection of current and modern fabrics, so you’ll want to take advantage of this 🙂  Use the coupon code: CHEEKYCHURNDASH at checkout.

How to Participate:

Post Your progress on Instagram using the hashtag #cheekychurndashquiltalong

Be sure to include the hashtag when you post to Instagram so everyone else can see what you’re up to, and if you’re in the US, you can enter to win prizes 🙂

Stay in the loop!

If you haven’t signed up for the weekly emails that will go out for the Quilt Along, sign up here.  There might be some added info and bonus content for you as a little treat!

Alright, so here’s the breakdown for Week Five:

  • In Week Four, we squared up and trimmed all our HST blocks to the correct size, based on the selected option.  Here’s the action list to complete for Week Five!
  • Take a look at your coloring sheet–if you have a specific layout in mind for your HSTs.
  • I like to have a pretty specific plan for my Cheeky Churn Dash before I start sewing, so I lay out the HST blocks for section 1 (we’re on pages 8-11 for Option A, and 19-20 for Option B in your pattern), then sew them together and press.
  • Assemble sections 1, 3, 7, and 9.  These are the outermost corners of your quilt.  They all have the same construction, except they are slightly rotated 90 degrees each time.
  • Make sure you check that you pin at your seam intersections whenever you have a seam intersection so everything lines up as it should:

  • Double check your layout prior to sewing each section together, and press when you’re done!
  • This week, post a picture of your completed sections 1, 3, 7, and 9 on Instagram using the #cheekychurndashquiltalong hashtag.  The sections can be all in one picture, or you can do multiple pics in one post, or multiple posts.  As long as all four completed sections are posted, you’ll be good to go.  Be sure you post your IG picture with the hashtag before the start of Week Six to qualify for this week’s prize!
  • This week’s prize is sponsored by Olfa!  I love using Olfa Rotary cutters because they precisely cut whatever I need and have great safety features.  I’m so excited that they’ve jumped on board to sponsor a great prize for Week Five.

Next week is a catch up week, so don’t fret if you’re behind 🙂

Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Along Posts:

Week One – Introduce yourself and gather your fabrics

Week Two – Starch and cut your fabrics

Week Three – Assemble and press the HSTs

Week Four – Square up and trim all HST blocks

Week Five – Assemble sections 1, 3, 7, and 9

Week Six

Week Seven

Week Eight

Week Nine

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Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Along – Week Four

Quilt Along – Week Four

We’re moving right along into Week Four of the Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Along!  Head over to the Original QAL Post to review the details and schedule, if you need to.

Congratulations to Ruth B. for snagging the Week Two prize-a Tula Pink De La Luna fat quarter bundle!  This bundle was sponsored by Kustom Kwilts (me!).  This was Ruth’s stack of fabric cuts for week 2:

A quick review of what we’ve done so far–scroll to the bottom of this page for links to each weekly post.

Fabric Discount!knotted threads

Jennifer at Knotted Threads on Etsy has joined in the Quilt Along fun to bring all Cheeky Churn Dash QAL participants a 10% discount on fabrics purchased from her shop!  She has a great selection of current and modern fabrics, so you’ll want to take advantage of this 🙂  Use the coupon code: CHEEKYCHURNDASH at checkout.

How to Participate:

Post Your progress on Instagram using the hashtag #cheekychurndashquiltalong

Be sure to include the hashtag when you post to Instagram so everyone else can see what you’re up to, and if you’re in the US, you can enter to win prizes 🙂

Stay in the loop!

If you haven’t signed up for the weekly emails that will go out for the Quilt Along, sign up here.  There might be some added info and bonus content for you as a little treat!

Alright, so here’s the breakdown for Week Four:

  • In Week Three, we sewed all the half square triangles for either Option A or Option B.  Then we pressed all of our HSTs.  Here’s the action list to complete for Week Four!
  • Week Four is pretty easy.  Grab your rotary cutter and a quilting ruler and slide your HSTs over to a cutting mat.
    • For the 81″ square quilt size–Option A and Option B, you’ll square up all your HSTs to measure 9.5″ square.
    • For the mini or pillow size, you’ll square up all your HSTs to measure 2.5″.
  • To do this, you’ll need to make sure the diagonal of your HST is exactly centered within the square measurement.  Then trim off any excess as needed.  
  • Check out a quick video tutorial of how to line up your ruler when trimming your HSTs.
  • That’s it!  It is a little labor intensive, but it’s worth it to go back and check that all your HST blocks measure correctly before we start putting this quilt together.
  • This week, post a picture of your stacks of trimmed and squared up HST blocks (and trimmings/rotary cutter if you have them!) on Instagram using the #cheekychurndashquiltalong hashtag.  Be sure you post your IG picture with the hashtag before the start of Week Five to qualify for this week’s prize!

This week’s prize is sponsored by The Quilter’s Planner!  I just purchased my 2019 Quilter’s Planner, and it’s amazing!  I’m so excited that they’ve jumped on board to sponsor a 2019 Quilter’s Planner for Week Four.

Next week, we’ll be assembling sections 1, 3, 7, and 9!

Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Along Posts:

Week One – Introduce yourself and gather your fabrics

Week Two – Starch and cut your fabrics

Week Three – Assemble and press the HSTs

Week Four – Square up and trim all HST blocks

Week Five

Week Six

Week Seven

Week Eight

Week Nine

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Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Along – Week Two

Week two

Week Two

We’re moving right along into Week Two of the Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Along!  Head over to the Original QAL Post to review the details and schedule, if you need to.

The Quilt Along

Materials Needed:

Fabric Discount!knotted threads

Jennifer at Knotted Threads on Etsy has joined in the Quilt Along fun to bring all Cheeky Churn Dash QAL participants a 10% discount on fabrics purchased from her shop!  She has a great selection of current and modern fabrics, so you’ll want to take advantage of this 🙂  Use the coupon code: CHEEKYCHURNDASH at checkout.

How to Participate:

Post Your progress on Instagram using the hashtag #cheekychurndashquiltalong

Be sure to include the hashtag when you post to Instagram so everyone else can see what you’re up to, and if you’re in the US, you can enter to win prizes :).  Just make sure you post the weekly prompt to IG by 11:59 CST on the Friday that ends that week.

Stay in the loop!

If you haven’t signed up for the weekly emails that will go out for the Quilt Along, sign up here.  There might be some added info and bonus content for you as a little treat!

Alright, so here’s the breakdown for Week Two:week two cut that fabric

  • Starch all your fabric prior to cutting (unless you’re using the Accordion Sew HST™ method)
    • Tips for starching:  I recommend using a starch with body–like the Faultless brand, or another inexpensive option from your grocery store’s laundry aisle–it will stiffen your fabric and lessen the chance for distortion if you’re going to be messing with bias cuts.
      • I like to spray the entire piece of fabric so it’s damp all over, then let it sit and soak in the starch.  I let it air dry, then come back and hit it with the iron.  I do this so there isn’t a lot of that flaky mess you get when you press immediately after spraying the starch.   Make sure you pre-wash your fabric if you think the colors might bleed–but not if you’re using precuts.
    • You don’t need to starch if you’re planning to use Beth Helfter’s Accordion Sewn HST™ Method.
    • There’s a link to Beth’s videos in the pattern on page 4 or you can check out the video I made here.
  • Decide which Cheeky Churn Dash you’re going to make and cut out your fabrics accordingly.  You’ll need to make a large quilt option to qualify for the grand prize at the end of the Quilt Along, so keep that in mind.
    • Quilt Option A cut list is found on page 5 of your pattern
    • Quilt Option B cut list is found on page 17 of you pattern
    • Mini/Pillow cut list is found on page 23 of your pattern
    • There’s a note on page 4 of your pattern–if you have a hard time sewing a consistent 1/4″ seam allowance (don’t we all??), you can cut the squares that will be used for HSTs a little larger than the cut list calls for.  So instead of cutting 10″ squares for the large quilt option, you can cut them at 10-1/4″.
  • If you need help–there are cutting diagrams for each option that will maximize your fabric use.
  • This week, post a picture of your stacks of cut fabric on Instagram using the #cheekychurndashquiltalong hashtag.
  • I’ll be randomly picking one winner from week two (you have to post the week 2 prompt on Instagram with the hashtag by 9/28/2018 at 11:59 CST) to win an awesome prize!  This week’s prize is a FQ bundle of De La Luna, sponsored by Kustom Kwilts (me!) that I purchased from Knotted Threads.  Check out the Prize Roundup post for more details & the rules.

Next week, we’ll be assembling all the half-square triangles!

Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Along Posts:

Week One – Introduce yourself and gather your fabrics

Week Two – Starch and cut your fabrics

Week Three

Week Four

Week Five

Week Six

Week Seven

Week Eight

Week Nine

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Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Along – Week One

Week one

Yes!!!  This is it, the start of the Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Along!  I’m so excited to start sewing with y’all.  Don’t forget to sign up for the QUILT ALONG E-MAILS if you haven’t already so you don’t miss out on anything.

So if you missed the original quilt along post, I’m going to run through the details once more here:

The Quilt Along:

Starts: September 15

Lasts: 9 weeks

Supplies:

Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Pattern (on sale for the duration of the Quilt Along)

Fabric:

fabric requirements

And the usual sewing supplies-thread, rotary cutter, ruler, starch, etc.

How to join in the fun:

RSVP to the quilt along for the weekly emails linked to the blog posts, follow the hashtag #cheekychurndashquiltalong on Instagram and make sure you include that hashtag on your quilt along posts so you can qualify for prizes and you can inspire other people participating!

If you’ve signed up to get the quilt along updates, you’ll get an email each Saturday morning with the task list for that week.  The link to that week’s corresponding blog post will be in there as well.


Week One

  • RSVP for the quilt along
  • Gather your pattern, fabrics (get a 10% discount at Knotted Threads with the code CHEEKYCHURNDASH), and materials
  • Introduce yourself on Instagram, using the hashtag #cheekychurndashquiltalong.  Post a picture of yourself or your fabric or BOTH!
  • I’ll be randomly picking one winner from week one (you have to post on Instagram with the hashtag) to win an awesome prize!  This week’s prize is a FQ bundle of Insignia, sponsored by Knotted Threads.  Check out the Prize Roundup post for more details & the rules.

RSVP For the Quilt Along, if you haven’t already

RSVP HERE

Get your copy of the pattern from the pattern shop, or you can grab one below:

Cover Page - Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt

$12.00 $9.00Add to cart

Get your fabrics together

Check out the fabric requirements above-they’re also listed in the pattern.  If you don’t want to use precuts or yardage, you can just as easily use fat quarters, but you’ll need 16 fat quarters for Option A and about 20 fat quarters for Option B.  This pattern is a great way to use up those fat quarter bundles you’ve been hoarding for ages.  Or go scrappy and put together some great color combinations from your fabric stash!fabric selection

Planning your layout

Within the pattern are two coloring sheets so you can easily plan your layout.  If you’ve RSVP-ed for the Quilt Along, you’ll be getting a separate downloadable coloring sheet in the Week One email.

Introduce yourself!

This Quilt Along takes place mostly on Instagram, so post a picture of yourself or your fabrics (or both), and introduce yourself using the hashtag #cheekychurndashquiltalong.  You can also follow on Instagram to see my weekly posts for the QAL.  I’ll be picking a winner this week to win an awesome prize, but you’ve got to post on Insta before September 22, 2018 to qualify.

That’s it for Week One!  Super easy, and we’ll be gearing up for next week!

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Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Along – Official Post

Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Along

I’m so excited to announce the Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt Along!

 

I’ve been wanting to host a quilt along for a long time now, and I thought the Cheeky Churn Dash would be the perfect pattern to make!  You can RSVP for the quilt along to sign up for weekly updates and get insider tips and tricks with bonus material.  I love quilting, but it’s so much more fun to make a quilt with a fun group, right?

DATES

September 15, 2018 – November 16, 2018

Why join a quilt along?

I don’t know about you, but sometimes when I start a project, I need a little more motivation to finish.  Sewing with a group of quilters and sharing our progress together will give you inspiration and answer any questions you might have while making your quilt.  I like to know when I make a pattern that I’m going to have some help, and quilt alongs are a great way to get that support!  This quilt along will take place on Instagram using the hashtag #cheekychurndashquiltalong.  Use this hashtag when you post your weekly progress so others can see your awesome progress (and you’ll be able to see what everyone else is doing)!

Also, you might be thinking…good grief.  This is right at the beginning of the school year?  Why???  I know.  I was a high school teacher in my past life.  I get it.  I planned this quilt along with that in mind–I know everyone has busy schedules.  There’s a catch up week included in the quilt along, and I’ve divided the steps up into very doable tasks, even if you have a very limited schedule.

The Cheeky Churn Dash Quilt

You can click over to the original Cheeky Churn Dash Post to read more about it and my inspiration for making this quilt.  I just finished making another Cheeky Churn Dash with Alison Glass Sun Print 2018, and I’m loving the gem tone colors in that one!  This pattern is great for showing off your favorite fabric collections or going purely scrappy.

color options

Not sure you have the skills to make this quilt?

That’s a question I used to ask myself all the time when I started quilting.  If you are able to sew a consistent 1/4″ seam allowance and cut your fabrics fairly accurately, you’ll be fine!  And if you aren’t comfortable with those things, you’ll never learn if you don’t try.  6 years ago, I didn’t even know how to thread a needle, much less use a rotary cutter!  Quilt alongs provide great community for asking questions and discovering new tips and tricks you might not have known before.

What will you learn?

You’ll get to practice your 1/4″ seam allowance AND I’m going to show you Beth Helfter’s Accordian Sewn HST™ method for sewing half-square triangles.  It is an absolutely BRILLIANT technique that you’ll find yourself wondering how you ever did without.  You can always use your preferred method of piecing HSTs, as well.  You’ll also get tons of inspiration from other participants in the quilt along.

What will you need?

Fabric Discount!

Jennifer at Knotted Threads on Etsy has joined in the Quilt Along fun to bring all Cheeky Churn Dash QAL participants a 10% discount on fabrics purchased from her shop!  She has a great selection of current and modern fabrics, so you’ll want to take advantage of this 🙂  Use the coupon code: CHEEKYCHURNDASH at checkout.

Schedule September 15-November 16, 2018

September 15-21 Week One:

RSVP for the quilt along, gather your pattern, fabrics, and materials and introduce yourself using the hashtag #cheekychurndashquiltalong.  I’ll be randomly picking one winner from week one (you have to post on instagram with the hashtag) to win an awesome prize!

September 22-28 Week Two:

Starch fabrics if needed (you won’t need to do this if you plan on using Beth Helfter’s Accordian Sewn HST™ Method.  Cut all fabric according to the option you are making.

September 29-October 5 Week Three:  

Draw one diagonal line on the backs of the squares we’ll be using to make half-square triangles if using the Accordian Sewn HST™ Method.  Assemble the half-square triangles and press.

October 6-12 Week Four:  

Square up the half-square triangles to 9.5″ square for the quilt size and 2.5″ square for the mini and pillow sizes.

October 13-19 Week Five:

Assemble sections 1, 3, 7, and 9.

October 20-26 Week Six:

Catch up week if you’re behind!

October 27-November 2 Week Seven: 

Assemble sections 2, 4, 6, and 8

November 3-9 Week Eight:

Assemble section 5

November 10-16 Week Nine:

Sew the quilt top together!

Location

This Quilt Along will take place primarily on Instagram, so be sure to follow along on Instagram and use

#cheekychurndashquiltalong

to participate!  Instagram now lets you follow hashtags, so you can get inspiration and encouragement from everyone participating.  Don’t worry if you don’t have Instagram.  There will also be weekly blog posts with photos and tips, and be sure to sign up for the quilt along e-mail updates! (Just a note–there’s a double opt in for the updates, so be sure to check your spam folder, and add me to your address book to make sure you get the updates)

JOIN THE QUILT ALONG UPDATES!

Rules

There aren’t many rules for this quilt along, unless you want to be considered for giveaway prizes.

There will also be some awesome giveaways sprinkled throughout the quilt along, so be sure you post one picture to your Instagram account of that week’s progress before the next week’s starting date in order to qualify for prizes (see the schedule above for specific dates).

There will be one grand prize winner at the end of the quilt along for one lucky person who completed and posted their quilt top (must be the 81″ x 81″ version) by November 16, 2018.  You’re still in the running for the grand prize, even if you missed posting throughout the quilt along, so long as you post your finished quilt top to your Instagram account by November 16.

The giveaway prizes are only for US participants and cannot be shipped outside the US.  Sorry!

Thank you for joining in the fun, and I can’t wait to start sewing with you!  I’ll see you in the quilt along!

-Joanna

 

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Texas Road Trip QAL-Customer quilt

So, today I’m going to share a customer’s quilt that I recently worked on.  It was put together beautifully and I loved that I had the chance to work on this…

I had the awesome opportunity to quilt a very talented quilter’s Texas Road Trip QAL quilt.  The design for the quilting was fairly straight forward and not that complicated, but the impact was really breath taking.  Straight lines and curved lines work separately to really make the quilt pop.  

These are some of the great swirls that this quilter chose for her design.  So gorgeous and free flowing.  I really loved quilting this because there were lots of people in our guild completing this quilt along at the same time, and I enjoyed seeing how differently they were quilted.  In the picture above, you can see a little snippet of a post it that I pinned to the next section as a reminder to stop quilting swirly loops and switch to straight lines 🙂

Another great detail that this quilter chose was to put a heart over the center of San Antonio–in hot pink thread.  It really was so much fun to quilt, and the swirly loops are really relaxing to kind of get lost in.  

And here’s a picture of the finished quilt:  
I absolutely LOVE the scrappy reds in the Texas shape and the scrappy low volume background.  Normally, I’m not a red person…but this quilt…WOW!  I just had to share one of my favorite quilts that I’ve longarmed for someone else.  I hope you get to enjoy some time sewing, or doing whatever makes you happy this week!  Until next time….
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Scrappy Trip Quilt Project with the San Antonio MQG

Have you ever felt sort of isolated in this “hobby” (or lifestyle to be more accurate) that we call quilting?  I had recently discovered modern quilting and realized there was this whole other world of people that were just like me.  I’m sure we’ve all had a point in our lives where we thought Joann’s and Hobby Lobby were the only places you could buy fabric…I went through this phase for probably the first year and a half that I was discovering sewing (disastrous, I know!).  Once my eyes were opened (along with my pocket book), I needed to connect with other people that felt there was something more than just traditional quilting and subdued fabric.  

I found the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild really by accident when I was trying to register for QuiltCon 2015.   I immediately joined and have missed just a handful of meetings due to my “real job”, but the experience has been nothing short of life changing.  I have made friends and contacts that have enriched my life so much.

We followed the tutorial posted on Quiltville’s blog here: Quiltville’s blog 
You should check it out if you’re interested in making your own Scrappy Trip quilt–the instructions are very well written and easy to follow.

Some of the guild members have started the journey of the “scrappy trip along”.  It’s really a cool technique to learn, and since we all have a bit of a competitive nature, there are prizes involved and a schedule for block completion.   

Somewhere along the way…I got caught up and ended up with 100 completed blocks.  

This was my starting point when I began cutting 2.5″ wide strips to arrange into blocks.  I obviously like very bright, saturated colors 🙂

My only plan for arrangement was to alternate bright, lighter colors with dark, duller colors.  I wanted a very busy, random quilt when I was done with it.

I think the scrappy trip quilt is an awesome project when you are feeling less than inspired and maybe lost your sew-jo, but need to find it.  Especially if you are doing a random arrangement, where you allow the fabrics to just do their own thing and speak for themselves.  It can be a relaxing project to just piece without thinking and enjoy the results and the process involved.  (It is kind of a lengthy process!)

These are some of my finished blocks (before sewn into the quilt, they measure 12.5″ x 12.5″), and I just love the brightness of them.  

And this is the first layout I set prior to piecing my quilt top.  So many times, we face difficult decisions with all the “favorite” fabrics we buy and not having fabrics to coordinate with them. In the scrappy trip, anything goes, and you don’t have to concern yourself with that.  

I ended up with 100 completed blocks…I kind of got wrapped up in the cutting strips, sewing together, cutting, seam ripping, sewing process and forgot that my intention was not to make a king sized quilt…My final layout was a 9 x 10 layout with the finished top measuring 120″ wide x 108″ long.  This was perfect for our bed since we have a little bit of a problem with cover thievery, and allowed for enough of a drop on both sides that neither my husband nor I end up without covers in the middle of the night.  I had 10 blocks leftover and pieced them all together in a 2 x 5 arrangement.  Then I cut them in half in the center of the middle block so they each measured 25″ x 31″.  I put batting behind each one and quilted these so we would have semi-matching pillow shams.  

I will say that I wanted to go nuts quilting this.  But with those super busy fabrics, I knew the quilting wouldn’t really be showcased, so any intricacy would be lost on anyone but me.  I went ahead and did some cool swirls that took me much longer than I should have spent, but I really had fun with it.  If you’re a beginner quilter, this would be a great project to really push your quilting skills, because any mistakes you make won’t show like a sore thumb.  


So, if you’re in the market for a pretty low stress project that you don’t have to think about, grab some scraps and get started on your own scrappy trip!  Enjoy the process and you’ll love the end product.  

I’m excited to show this at our November guild meeting when everyone will showcase their own scrappy trips and share their results.  

Until next time!
Joanna