Sunday, July 10, 2011

Christmas Quilt Along - Cutting

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Thanks for joining me and participating in what I hope will be an exciting, day adventure. I am happy to welcome you all along with my amazing sponsors,

Woundrous 125x125Ryan at I'm Just A Guy Who Quilts
Aurifil_rainbow 125Moda 150x150

Have I told you there will be prizes? There will also be a grand prize for anyone that posts a picture of their finished quilt in our Flickr group. Make sure you have joined to be eligible to win, Any participant who finishes their top (quilted and bound) and posts it to the flickr group before the end of the day on Sunday, June 10, 2011 (midnight CST) will be eligible for a grand prize drawing of a $100 gift certificate courtesy of Fat Quarter Shop

If you haven't already joined the flickr group we set up for the quilt along, please wander over and become a member. It's completely free and I'd love to have you. Even if you don't plan to actively participate.

Even though we are all separated by a computer screen and the vast expanse of distractions I'd like to call the internet, I want this quilt along to feel like it's taking place in a classroom setting. Ask questions, voice your opinions, raise your hand and get my attention! I'll do my best to get back to you in a timely manner.

Here are all the ways you can get ahold of me:
I will be doing blog posts every 2 hours with instructions on how to make the quilt, that most could get done in a day or less. I'll be posting fun non quilt along related items through out the day as well. Fabric requirements have been given before hand, but I'll list them here again for you. Remember, I am human after all and if I have not thought of something or it's wrong please let me know and I will make it right.
  • 10 am (CST) with how to make the blocks. Showing you two ways to make the circles
  • 12 noon (CST) putting the top together
  • 2 pm (CST) with quilting and me showing you a one trip around the quilt binding trick I use
  • 4 pm (CST) Closing and loose ends.
Not only will be this be on the blog, but along with Facebook and Twitter.

Anyone who leaves a comment below will be entered to win a Pick Four book by Sue Abrey

About the book:

Anyone who has ever wished for an easy way to choose fabrics and combine colors will be thrilled with Sue Abrey's reliable technique. Using a maximum of four fabrics, I show how to make fabulous quilts. Perfect for beginners who haven't yet accumulated a stash, this collection proves that a limited color palette doesn't have to mean boring. There are 12 projects included which range from the easiest four patch to more complex designs. It also shows how each quilt might look in different colours and looks at the quilting options for each one.

About Sue:

I live in West Yorkshire in the United Kingdom. My love of quilting began over a decade ago when I was stopped in her tracks by a quilt in a shop window. Since then I have designed and made many quilts. I enjoy hand quilting and also working with my computerized robotic long-arm quilting system.

Only one entry per person, please. All duplicate entries will be deleted. Only entries on blogger count. As blog posts are linked to Facebook. If your reading this on Facebook please join us at to enter.

You may enter up till 10:00 pm CST and at that time I will close off all comments. I will draw the winners using the Random Number Generator and announce them here on Wednesday, July 13, 2011!

Gather your fabrics and post a photo of them in the flickr group and then lets get started.

Fabric requirements
  • One Moda charm pack - 16, 5" squares
  • 1/2 yard of cream dots, back, red & green fabrics
  • 1/2 black binding (One yard total if doing the blocks & binding the same color)
  • 1 yard backing
  • 35' x 35" batting
  • Pick 16 fabrics from your charm pack, but set them aside (save the extras for another project)
  • From Freezer paper cut 2 - 6" squares\
  • From cream fabric:
    • 3 - 6" strips x width of fabric sub cut into 
      • 16 - 6" squares
  • From each of the Red and Black fabrics:
    • 6 - 2 1/2" x width of fabric strips sub cut into:
      • 16 - 4 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangles
      • 16 - 8 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangles
  • From Green Fabric:
    • 2 - 3 1/2" x width of fabric strips sub cut into:
      • 16 - 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" squares.
      • Draw a dingle line on the wrong side of each square.
  • From Black fabric:
    • 4 -2" strips x width of fabric for binding. May want to cut later, after you see the one step binding method.
See you back here at 10am (CST) where I will show you how we're making the blocks.

Don't forget that you must post your finished photo to the flickr group before the end of the day on Monday, July 11, 2011 (midnight CST) to be eligible for a grand prize drawing of a $100 gift certificate courtesy of Fat Quarter Shop

Until next time,


  1. I'm ready. Can't wait to see my finished quilt today! Thanks for putting it together, Charlie!

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  2. Good morning everyone! Thanks Charlie for the Quilt Along! I am sitting here with a cup of tea, turned the AC down and the music up! I am ready to quilt! Merry Christmas!

  3. Listening to music, fabric ironed and ready to cut! Thanks for putting this together. Good morning!

  4. Okay, I'm here. Good morning to all my friends and new folks in my computer. I am excited.

  5. Good morning everyone - cutting away here!

  6. Hello every one. Happy Christmas. I'm off to cut now whilst humming falalala, lalalala.

  7. I can't wait to see everyone's finished quilts this evening!

  8. I'm following but cannot participate due to being away from home (visiting family). But, I'm curious to see what everyone comes up with! :-)

  9. I'm all ready! I have my fabrics ready to cut, just waiting on the coffee.

  10. I'm baaaaaack! lol been teaching machine quilting all weekend, and need to put my studio back together again but have dragged out fabrics ready to cut as soon as I'm sorted! I'll catch up in no time! :)

  11. I'm up and ready to get started!

  12. Sounds like a fun quilt along, I wish I didn't have to work today! :)

  13. Why does the date say Monday June 11, 2011? That would be hard to do since June is past.

  14. I want to do this but working - still will make it though! thanks!

  15. Oh how I wish I could join in but I don't have the supplies on hand. I forgot all about it yesterday when I was out, too! Will have to keep this in mind for future quilts, though, it sure is cute!
    Sandy A

  16. I can't make this QAL today, but I love the look of it. I'd like to make it with my Dr. Seuss fabric.

  17. Couldn't participate today but will definately do it next time!

  18. Thank you for the lovely quilt along, though I can't participate since my machine had a meltdown on Friday and had to go to the shop.

  19. Looks like an interesting book! :)

  20. Looks like a fun book!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  21. Would love this book, thanks!