Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The Schedule - Home For the Holidays Sew Along

It's almost here! Are you excited?! The Home for the Holidays Sew Along starts in just 10 days!
I can not wait to start stitching this quilt.
Here is the schedule for the sew along. Please remember that you're not bound to this schedule. We laid it out so that you'll be able to take your time and COMPLETE the quilt. We don't want any UFOs left at the end of the sew along! If you're a go getter and have the time, you're more than welcome to sew at a faster pace than the rest of us (or maybe it's just me?)
I will be taking the 6 months to do it... unless in February I get some wild hair to sew more! ;)

~Your assignment for each week starts on January 1st. You'll have a new assignment every Friday.~

1st - Cut out fabric (this is for your pieced blocks only, do not cut border fabrics yet)
8th - Sew 3 of the red/tan triangle blocks
15th - Sew 2 of the green/tan blocks for applique
22nd - Applique and embroider tree block
29th - Applique and embroider angel block

5th - Sew 2 of the red/tan triangle blocks
12th - Sew 3 of the green/tan blocks for applique
19th - Applique and embroider holly block
26th - Applique and embroider stocking block

4th - Applique and embroider St. Nick block
11th - Sew 3 of the red/tan triangle blocks
18th - Sew 2 of the green/tan blocks for applique
25th - GRACE WEEK- Use it to catch up, or simple enjoy Easter with your family

1st - Applique and embroider house block
8th - Applique and embroider candy cane block
15th - Sew 2 of the red/tan triangle blocks
22nd - Sew 3 of the green/tan blocks for applique
29th - Applique and embroider candle block

6th - Applique and embroider manger block
13th - Applique and embroider ornament block
20th - Sew 3 of the red/tan triangle blocks
27th - Sew 2 of the green/tan blocks for applique

3rd - Applique and embroider reindeer block
10th -Applique and embroider gingerbread man block
17th -Piece blocks and rows together
24th -Cut border fabric and attach borders to quilt top
-Now, cut your batting and backing fabric (remember that Chris at The Hometown Quilter has fabric for your backing if you need it) and start quilting!

If you're just joining us now and you still need supplies, please refer to the post below this one. At the end of it I have a lot of resources for you!
We will be posting our progress shots every Friday on Instagram using the hashtag #homefortheholidayssewalong so you'll be able to see everyone's progress. Let's use this to cheer each other on and encourage one another to sew, sew, sew!
Have a wonderful Christmas!
Praise be to God for His wonderful gift!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Home for the Holidays Sew Along

We're gearing up for the 2016 Home for the Holidays Sew Along! I hope that you'll join Chris from The Hometown Quilter and I as we start sewing this wonderful quilt from Lisa Bongean at Primitive Gatherings.
Here are some of the early details of the sew along...
We'll be sewing with a schedule (although there's no rule that says you have to stay on our schedule!) and will start the sew along on January 1st. We will complete the quilt top by the end of June. Yep, that means you'll have 6 months to finish your quilt top! We realize that life can be busy and as quilters you, of course, have other quilty projects going on as well.

Home for the Holidays is a mix of small piecing, applique, and embroidery so it's not an easy feat. Taking the 6 months will allow you to get the top done while also allowing you to live your life! I promise I won't handcuff you to your sewing machine. :) And the good news is that you'll have plenty of time to quilt it (or have it quilted) and bind it before next Christmas.

We will be sharing our progress pictures every Friday on Instagram using the hashtag #homefortheholidayssewalong. I will occasionally be posting things here on my blog, but not weekly, as my life is busy too and Instagram is much easier for me to share on than creating an entire blog post! I will post the sewing schedule here on my blog in the next week.
Now, if you'd like to join in but don't have anything to start with, here are some resources for you.
To buy the pattern alone, click here
To buy the pattern with the wool kit, click here
To buy the fabric for the quilt, click here (Chris is willing to kit up the quilt if you'd like to save you time and money. Nice!)
To buy your own wool, click here (This is my favorite Etsy shop!)
To buy triangle paper (you're going to NEED this!) click here or here
You can follow me on Instagram here and The Hometown Quilter on Instagram here.
Looking forward to sewing along with all of you!
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