Free Quilts Patterns are included with the Minecraft, Splendid Sampler, and Bloom Sew along. The three sew along are very different and good opportunity for anybody that wants to learn or improve quilting and sewing skills.
I’ve never been into quilting, but I’ve always like the quilting techniques used in garments and bags. A quilted coat, quilted sleeve, or a quilted bag, they all look great!
I’m also fascinated with the precision of quilters matching seams, so,…I’ve been wanting to learn quilting techniques for a while and signed up for not one, but three quilt sew along.
So far, my only quilting experience was a embroidered baby quilt that I made as a gift. And I only sew a few squares together and stitched in the ditch.
Minecraft Monday Sew Along
The first sew along that I am following and the one that I’m more excited about is the Minecraft Mondays Sew Along hosted by Kelli on her blog Seriously I think it needs stitches. My son loves minecraft, I sewed a Creeper backpack that he loves and has been using for school and when I found this Sew Along I jumped in right away.
Kelli posts the free quilts patterns and tutorial for a Minecraft block every Monday and the sew along lasts 20 weeks. I’ve been posting pictures of my Minecraft blocks in Instagram.
I’m using the Minecraft Fat Quarter Bundle suggested for this project and the quality of the fabric is very good but to be honest I’m having a hard time matching some of the colors. I had to buy skin tone fabric because the one that I received with the bundle is kind of orange.
The Splendid Sampler
The second sew along is The Splendid Sampler hosted by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson.
The Splendid Sampler consist of 100 mystery blocks from different designers. The free quilts patterns are released twice a week (Sunday + Thursday) until the end of the sew along when they are going to publish a book with all the blocks. There are over 20,000 quilters participating in this sew along and they post pictures in a facebook group.
I’m using a bunch of fat quarters that I bought at my local Joann’s fabrics.
These blocks has been the most challenging for me, but I’m learning a lot from this experience. I’m not sure how the quilt will look like at the end because all the blocks are different… will see.
Bloom Sew Along
The third sew along that I’m following is the Bloom Sew Along hosted by Lori Holt in Bee In My Bonnet
The technique in this sew along is very different. The motifs are cut using stencils, sewn with a light weight interfacing and then sewn on the block using applique techniques.
This is how the quilt will look like:
You can find tons of Quilting Classes at Craftsy. Three of my favorite quilting classes are:
- Cut to it Strategy for Smarter Quilting – learn how to use the rotary cutter correctly and efficiently. I am amazed in how Debbie Caffrey cut her quilts pieces using 8 layers of fabrics at a time.
- Piece like a Pro class – Donna Lynn shows what order you should sew your pieces, what side you should press the seam allowance to, how to make the seams match perfectly, etc
- Hitting the Mark: Perfect Quilting Every Time – Cyndi Souder teach you how to sandwich the backing, batting, and quilt together, how to baste it, the marking tools available, and your options for quilting (free motion, quilting around fabric motifs, filling stitches, etc). This is a very good class to learn quilting basic techniques.