Beginner's Quilt-Along

Hi everyone! The time has come, our final block of the Beginner’s Quilt-Along (QAL). I’m a little sad to see the blocks end, but will be happy to see all of your wonderful quilts come together in September.

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.

Note: Next week we’ll be taking a break from the QAL to allow everyone to get the blocks completed. It seemed like a good time, as both Pat and I have insane schedules next week too, and we want to make sure we both do a good job with our lessons for you. We’ll be back Sept. 13th to put the quilt blocks together, finish the quilt top with borders and with some tips/ideas for piecing the backing.

Don’t forget to upload your completed block to the Flickr group for a chance to win prizes. Winners are chosen randomly from the completed blocks submitted by 2:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday (you have an extra week for this block). Check the Sponsors and Prizes page to see all the goodies.

Block 13 – Collect Seashells


Pat called this week’s block Collect Seashells. According to Jinny Beyer’s The Quilter’s Album of Patchwork Patterns, this block is attributed to the Ladies Art Company and first appeared in 1897. It has also been called Clover Leaf and Pinwheels in later years. You’ll see pinwheel blocks used often in quilts, usually as a four-patch unit on its own or mixed with sashing in between the segments. Both are very striking.

Here are some pinwheel variations that I found on Flickr:


A note about block colours: I chose to represent this block in 3 colours; however, you could make the pinwheels scrappy too as I’ve done.

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 four prizes to give-away this week.

I have three rolls of 2.5″ Triangles on a Roll. This will yield 700 HST units.

The Fat Quarter Shop have donated a set of their new Little P’s patterns. These quick and easy patterns are perfect for the beginner quilter.


Block 12 Winners

The winner of the set of Little P’s patterns donated by the Fat Quarter Shop is:

The winners of the Triangulations 3.0 CDs are:

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Connie @ A Piecework Life
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If you’re a winner, please check your photo on Flickr for instructions.

Beginner’s Quilt-Along: Block 13

2 thoughts on “Beginner’s Quilt-Along: Block 13

  • August 30, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Yikes, but I’ll give it a go!!!

  • September 7, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    When are the quilt top assembly instructions going to be posted. Looking forward to completing the quilt. Planning on doing the on point – never done this method

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