Join US! Take the “Aiming for Accuracy Challenge”, and join my 2016/17 quilt-along today. You’ll learn lots and have a tonne of FUN in the process.
Welcome to my fifth quilt-along, where I am thrilled and honoured to teach quilters from around the world how to improve their quilting accuracy while we journey together making the Aiming for Accuracy Challenge quilt. For more inspiration, alternative colourways are shown below.
Designed by: Michele Foster
Finished size: 92" x 108"
Skill Level: Intermediate – If you’ve completed my previous Skill Building Booklets, you will be fine to do this quilt-along; email me if you have questions
Techniques: Piecing, English paper piecing and simple fusible appliqué shapes
Format: The first eight lessons are now available. The remaining six lessons will be released once a month on the 15th, from July to December 2017.
QAL Price: $60.00 (USD) – (this price is for the entire quilt-along, you supply the fabric and other supplies)
About the Quilt
Each block in the quilt has been chosen for it’s learning potential. Blocks range both in size and complexity. At the end of the quilt-along, you’ll be confident in your ability to make half-square, quarter-square and split-quarter-square triangles, as well as, square-in-a-square, flying geese, fusible appliqué and English paper pieced units.
This medallion-style quilt uses two background/contrast fabrics. See the alternative colourways at the bottom of this page for inspiration.
- This quilt finishes at 92" x 108". A lovely over-sized queen, that drapes.
- There are are pieced, English paper pieced and fusible appliqué blocks.
- It’s a medallion-style quilt, and I’ll be incorporating some quilt-as-you-go techniques in the lessons too so that you can finish this quilt on your domestic machine.
- The quilt contains 38 unique blocks, each block selected for you to improve your quilting knowledge and accuracy.
If you are unable to do either fusible appliqué or English paper piecing, the quilt is designed in such a way that you can easily replace those units with pieced blocks instead.
Things You’ll Learn
By joining the quilt-along, here are some of the things that you will learn:
- Two different methods for making half-square, quarter-square and split-quarter-square triangles, as well as square-in-a-square and flying geese units.
- The basics of English paper piecing and fusible appliqué.
- How to quilt this large queen-sized design in various stages so that you can easily manage the quilting on your domestic machine. Of course, you do not have to do these steps if you prefer to quilt the large quilt or to send it out to a longarm quilter.
- How to avoid chopping off your triangle points when attaching sashing and joining blocks.
- Piecing blocks that are not the usual row/column layout.
- More complex and advanced piecing techniques to complete the various blocks chosen.
About the Quilt-Along
To join the quilt-along, there is a one-time fee of $60 (USD). This fee covers all of the quilt-along lessons that will be released in PDF format and, at the end of the quilt-along, you’ll download the complete Skill Building Booklet with all lessons in one comprehensive file.
There will be 14 comprehensive lessons. For each lesson, you will be completing several blocks. In later lessons, you’ll be completing blocks as well as joining sections of the medallion-style quilt. Lessons build upon each other, so you’ll want to do them in the order they are released. You can anticipate needing six-eight hours to complete each lesson. Of course, this will vary depending on your own experience level.
This quilt-along is taught via PDF lessons that you download to your computer. Once purchased, your account is set up on my site, that you will then access each time a new lesson is released. I send emails to all participants when a new lesson is ready for download.
We also have a very active Facebook Group that you can join for additional support.
UPDATED: We took a break for a few months in 2017 after the 8th lesson was released. Lessons resume July 15th, 2017 and the finally six lessons will be released once per month from July to December 2017.
Fabric Requirements and Supplies
The fabric requirements presented below are generous. I plan to use leftover fabrics from the front when piecing the quilt backing. Please read the additional note below carefully.
- 5 to 6 yards of assorted prints.
- 5.5 yards of the main background/contrast fabric.
- 3.5 yards of the secondary background/contrast fabric.
- This includes using the secondary background for the final outer border. If you don’t want to do that, you will need 2 yards for the secondary background and 1.5 yards for the final outer border.
- 7/8 yard for binding (with a 2.5″ cut width).
- Approximately 8 yards for backing. However, this might change, so please don’t buy yet.
- King size batting or 96″ x 112″. Will explain further in the lessons when we start to assemble the rows in the quilt-as-you-go style. Please don’t buy yet.
Assorted prints: The 5 to 6 yards represents 20-24 fat quarters which will give you a good variety of prints to use. You will have some leftovers, but they can be used for the quilt back.
Join the Quilt-Along Today!
My QAL fabrics are shown below. Included is a Summerfest FQ bundle from Moda Fabrics and additional yardage to make up the primary and secondary background fabrics.
Lesson 1: Blocks 2, 23, 26, 31 and 32 and Half-Square Triangle Units
Lesson 2: Blocks 7, 11, 30 and 34 and Flying Geese Units
Lesson 3: Blocks 6, 12 and 17 and Pinning Tips
Lesson 4: Blocks 9, 20 and 24 and Quarter-Square Triangles and Square-in-a-Square Units
Lesson 5: Create 48 SIAS Blocks
Lesson 6: Create 4 Corner Basket Blocks
Lesson 7: Blocks 8 and 10
Lesson 8: Blocks 15, 25 and 35
Lesson 9: Blocks 13, 19, 21, 22
Lesson 10: Blocks 14, 18, 33
Lessons 11 and 12: Blocks 1, 3, 4, 5, 16, 38
Release Dates: ~ September 15 and September 30, 2017.
Lesson 13: Blocks 29, 36, 37 – Hexagons and Fusible Appliqué
Release Date: October 15, 2017.
Lesson 14: Joining Sections
Release Date: November 15, 2017.
Lesson 15: Quilt-As-You-Go and Finishing Techniques
Release Date: December 15, 2017.