So, 3 bloggy friends got together in the hopes of maybe gathering together another 20 or 30 quilters to cast aside fears and quilt along with us to make the Denyse Schmidt Single Girl Quilt.
We set up a ‘support group‘ in flickr for committed Single Girl quilt alongers, a place we all could share our progress, ask questions, offer tips, share advice & generally hand hold.
What we weren’t expecting was the massive response. We ended up with 265 quilt alongers all itching to take the leap into the Single Girl pattern. A m a z i n g.
Katy, Megan & I took it in turns to cover each step on our blogs and the support group really did work its magic, as steps were thoroughly discussed and we all learnt a lot and had a few light bulb moments. Well, I certainly did ;)
From sharing fabulous stacks of fabric picks, asking for help with background colours, quilting questions, getting through the dreaded curves stage, selecting threads, cutting advice, organisational tips, piecing, wonky bits & wobbly bits, ~ you name it, pretty much anything and everything to do with this pattern was talked about in the group.
But the very best thing has been seeing so many excited quilter alongers complete a Single Girl project! From cushions, to table runners, baby quilts to King size & everything in between ~ each and every one is just pure eye candy. You must all be so proud :)
Here’s a few of the most recent single girls approaching the chequered flag…
1. Single Girl Quilt Along, 2. Single girl quilt_front_quilting, 3. Single Girl Basted, 4. Single Girl Quilt Top, 5. single girl, 6. Single Girl Quilt – Queen, 7. on the bed! #2, 8. Single Girl flimsy finish, 9. single girl quilt top, 10. Single Girl Quilt along top, 11. not quite queen sized, 12. Single girl:quilting has started
It’s been such a fun adventure that isn’t over just yet. The support group will remain open as we still have folks working on their Single Girl projects, so let’s all keep popping back in even if we have finished ours to cheer them along to the finish line :) Yay!
Having already made 2 Single Girls (& not without the odd hiccup or two) I chose to make just one block this time around & turn it into a cushion in the hopes that this might encourage those still a little wary of the pattern to dip their toes in and get a taste for it, before committing to a whole quilt. Once you have a go, you’ll see it’s not as scary as it might at first appear and if you are organised with your cutting & piecing it all comes together relatively quickly.
I made mine from echino prints, with natural linen background and quilted with orange Perle thread.
Thanks so much for quilting along with us! We must do it again sometime ;)
*If you’ve missed the previous installments in the Single Girl Quilt Along you can catch them here….
14 Feb – Marking and cutting fabric – Katy
21 Feb – Piecing rings – Megan
28 Feb – Sewing curves – Nova
7 March – Assembly – Katy