Hi everyone, welcome to Block 12 of the Beginner’s Quilt-Along (QAL). Just one more block left after this one. Even if you’re planning to do the straight layout, not the on-point one, I suggest you make all 13 blocks, then decide which ones to keep in your quilt. The extra block can be used in your backing.
If you’re new here, you can find all the info and links on the Beginner’s QAL page. The tutorials will remain on this site indefinitely. I’ll also be putting together a PDF booklet that will be for sale toward the end of September. This booklet will include the block tutorials, beginner’s lessons & resources and recommended products.
Pat Sloan is quilting along with us too. She’s making three sets of blocks using her gorgeous Eat Your Fruits and Veggies fabrics. Check out Pat’s blue & yellow blocks on her blog. She’s doing the on-point layout.
Don’t forget to upload your completed block to the Flickr group each week for a chance to win prizes. Winners are chosen randomly from the completed blocks submitted by 2:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday. Check the Sponsors and Prizes page to see all the goodies.
Block 12 – Ride Bikes All Day
Pat called this week’s block Ride Bikes All Day. Many of you might recognize it as Jacob’s Ladder or (Rocky) Road to California. However, according to Jinny Beyer’s The Quilter’s Album of Patchwork Patterns, this block, with this colouring, was first called The Railroad and is attributed to the Ladies Art Company and first appeared in 1897. There are several slightly different variations of this block too. Here are some that I found on Flickr:
A note about block colours: I chose to represent this block in 3 colours; however, you could make it scrappy too.
Beginner’s Lesson and Block Tutorial
The beginner’s lessons and block tutorials for the Beginner’s Quilt-Along have been removed from this site and are now available for sale as a complete booklet.
Find out more about it here: Breezy Beginner’s Sampler Quilt.
Prizes for this Week
We have three prizes to give-away this week.
Brenda Henning has donated two CDs of Triangulations 3.0. With this CD you can print paper templates for half and quarter square triangles as well as flying geese.
Block 11 Winners
The winner of the 10 Little Things charm pack from Moda is: