We have let it slip here and there that there is a new Quilt Along (QAL) coming. Partners in Design had their first QAL in 2017 and this will be our 4th QAL. It gives us such joy to share our patterns and we are so excited by the new theme and working with all our terrific followers!
Just to refresh your memory, the above slideshow will remind you of our prior themes. I also included our 2019 Holiday Gifts to You, which was a way of saying hello and sharing a pattern that you could enjoy or give for a present.
So without further ado, I am so pleased to announce our that our theme is a nautical one, or nauti-qal as we briefly referred to it. It shall be known as QAL By the Sea (#qalbythesea) and it should be a fun one to work on to finish up your summer (above the equator) and finish just before the end of the year rush is upon us.
How to Participate:
1. Join the Facebook page. The top post will have the current pattern.
2. Our patterns release Tuesday at 8 am EST.
3. Patterns are free until the end of the QAL. Some designers keep them free, others don’t so download during the QAL.
Whats normal about this QAL?
*Any level of sewist is welcome.
*Designs will be secret until the release date.
*Patterns/designs are released weekly on Tuesdays.
*Prizes will be awarded at the end of each segment.
What is a little different?
*You can make one large project or 1-3 of the small projects!
*There are 12 – 12″ blocks.
* There are:
-3 segments, 4 blocks, and
-1 segment/month, a week to catchup, then the next segment begins.
-2 prizes are awarded at the end of each Segment (USA/International)
4 weeks later the Grand Prizes are awarded (US & International).
Blocks issued August 4th through November3rd
Segment 1 (Blocks 1-4) 8/4 – 8/25 Prize 9/8
Segment 2 (Blocks 5-8) 9/8 – 9/29 Prize 10/13
Segment 3 (Blocks 9-12) Prize 11/10
Grand Prize 12/1
Full Time Hosts:
Abbie @ Sparkle On!
Becca @ Pretty Piney Quilts
Jennifer @ Inquiring Quilter
Karen @ Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Laura @ Slice of PI Quilts
Sandy @ SandyStar Designs
Sherry @ Powered by Quilting
Segment 1: August 4 – August 25
August 4 – Block 1: Becca @ Pretty Piney Quilts
August 11 – Block 2: Jennifer @ Inquiring Quilter
August 18 – Block 3: April @ Janda Bend Quilts
August 15 – Block 4: Sherry @ Powered by Quilting
and Segment 1 Wrap Up
September 8 – Segment 1 Prize Winner Announced!
Segment 2: September 8 to September 29
Segment Host: Sandra @ Sandra Healey Designs
September 8 – Block 5: Sandra @ Sandra Healey Designs
September 15 – Block 6: Bobbi @ Snowy Days Quilting
September 22 – Block 7: Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts
September 29 – Block 8: Kathleen @ Kathleen McMusing
and Segment 2 Wrap Up
October 13 – Segment 2 Prize Winner Announcement
Segment 3: October 13 to November 3
October 13th – Block 9: Karen @ Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
October 20th – Block 10: Sandy @ SandyStar Designs
October 27th – Block 11: April @ JANDA Bend Quilts
November 3rd – Block 12:
Karen @ Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
and Segment Wrap Up & Quilt Settings
November 10 – Segment 3 Prize Winner Announced!
December 1 – Grand Prize Winner Announced!
More details on sponsors will be posted next week, but here are a few of our sponsors:
Island Batik Fabric https://islandbatik.com/
Quilter’s Dream Batting http://www.quiltersdreambatting.com/
Everything Mary https://everythingmary.com/
Shabby Fabric https://www.shabbyfabrics.com/
Due to the demanding cost to ship to Canadian and International addresses, these prizes will be patterns and/or an e-magazine that will be sent in electronic format only. International prizes may be from companies other than what is shown in the sponsor logo.
Eligibility for Prize Entry for all Participants
Segments: Participants can enter the prize drawing by sharing a single photo with all the completed segment blocks on facebook, instagram, or the hosts blog linky party at the end of each segment.
Grand Prize: Share one photo showing all 12 of your completed blocks, as above.
You must be 18 years old to enter.
Finally, help us get the word out! We appreciate you sharing our enthusiasm so share our facebook link with your quilty friends and encourage them to join in the party!
Feel free to ask any questions! We are here for you. Be assured that all the designers have lots of information and hints for you. Next week, I’ll post about fabric suggestions and amounts.
Oh, and while you are here, you may want to catch me on Facebook on Wednesday at 5 pm with a live tips and tutorials video.
Coming Up on the Blog:
Partners in Design QAL Prizes/Fabric Ideas (7/13)
Pattern Release (TBD)
Tips and Tutorials (7/22)