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Join the Connector Quilt Sew-A-Long

Throw Size Connector Quilt layout

Making any quilt is fun, but especially more fun with friends! Let’s make the Connector Quilt together in this Sew-A-Long!

From April 19 – May 24, 2021 I’ll be hosting a Sew-A-Long to make the Connector Quilt Pattern! Each week we will make small bits of progress towards making a completed quilt top! Of course, there will be PRIZES each week, and I’ll be showing up weekly in emails & videos to discuss the progress. Keep reading to find out all the details.

In addition to the information below, you can learn about the Sew-A-Long by watching this quick video:

Connector Quilt Pattern, 6 color quilt, modern quilt, homemadeemilyjane, hawthorne fabrics
Lap Size Connector Quilt by Emily Tindall made with Hawthorne Supply Co. fabrics

First, let’s give a shoutout to our Sponsors

One of my favorite things about Quilt-A-Longs is getting to give away all the amazing prizes. But, I wouldn’t be able to give away such great prizes without amazing sponsors. Check out the sponsors below, and even give them a follow on Instagram too!

More details about the specific prizes are below.

Scrappy Throw Size Connector Quilt

Now, let’s show off these Prizes!

Each week will have its own specific prizes. In order to be entered to win for that week, you must have posted a photo showing your Connector Quilt progress to Instagram using #ConnectorSAL. Anyone who posts a photo of their Connector quilt progress each week will be eligible to win the prizes!

For each week, you must post your photos to Instagram using the hashtag #ConnectorSAL to be eligible to win prizes. You may work ahead, just be share to share photos of your progress each week. You may also use #ConnectorQuilt, #HomemadeEmilyJane and #HomemadeEmilyJanePatterns if you wish!

The Weekly QAL Prizes

Our weekly prizes include curated fabric bundles, quilt kits, quilting tools, an Oliso mini iron, longarm quilting services, and so much more! We’ll have at least 2 winners each week, and I will announce the prizes for each week in the SAL emails as well as on Instagram. Here are some of them so far:

Sew-A-Long Timeline

Mark your calendar for the Sew-A-Long dates!

  • April 19 – 25: Get Pattern & Fabrics
  • April 26 – May 2: Press & Cut Fabric
  • May 3 – May 9: Make HSTs and Angle Units
  • May 10 – May 16: Make Stitch & Flip Blocks and Flying Geese Units
  • May 17 – May 23: Piece together quilt top & share final photos

Weekly Videos

Each week I will send out an email with the Sew-A-Long specifics for that week, and I will have a video to discuss the week’s tasks and share my own tips for success.

The videos will be posted to my YouTube channel every Monday, and the emails will be sent out shortly after!

Connector Quilt Kits

I’ve partnered with some amazing quilt shops to offer quilt kits for the Connector Quilt Sew-A-Long. Check out some of the options here, or make your own!

First, let me show you this throw size Purples Kit from Fabric and Reason. This quilt kit includes backing and binding fabric too!

Choose from 3 Different Kit options from Sewcial Stitch, and use code CONNECTOR10 for 10% off your entire order! The Connector Quilt kits from Sewcial Stitch include a choice of either Lap size or Throw size, and include a paper pattern for the Connector Quilt.

Sewcial Stitch quilt shop
Connector Teal quilt kit Sewcial Stitch
Connector warm orange quilt kit Sewcial Stitch

Then there is also this lovely Baby size floral quilt kit by MDQ designs! MDQ is “Mother Daughter Quilting” and just the sweetest mom-daughter team!

Pennily Quilt Shop, one of our sponsors for the Sew-a-Long is also offering kits! They are Throw size kits, with a couple different backing and binding options! Grab your kit here on Etsy.

Bonus: Use code CONNECTORQAL to get 10% off your entire order from Pennily Quilt Shop.

Rosie Girl Quilting has a couple awesome versions of the Connector Quilt kit! Here’s a link to their beautiful red & gray version made of Peppered Cottons.

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How to Baste a Quilt with Spray Adhesive

One of the essential steps to do as you learn to quilt is learning how to baste a quilt. I personally prefer a method of quilt basting known as “spray basting” where you use a spray adhesive to adhere the layers of a quilt, but you should know there are other methods involved in making the quilt sandwich that can work for you too! This quilting tutorial will teach you exactly how I spray baste a quilt!

If videos are more your speed, check out this quilt basting tutorial video here:

This article contains affiliate links; these links allow me to make a small commission on purchases made after clicking on the links, but does not alter the shopping experience for you!

Supplies Needed to Baste a Quilt

Before we can get started basting the quilt, you need to gather the supplies. In addition to having your pieced quilt top, quilt batting, and quilt backing, you’ll need these tools:

If you’re not sure what type of quilt batting to use, check out this tutorial that will help you learn the differences and decide which one to pick for your quilting project!

Step 1: Get your Batting Wrinkle-Free

If your batting came folded up in a package, you’ll want to freshen it up and get the wrinkles out. The easiest way for me to prepare my batting is to toss it in the dryer for about 15-20 minutes with a damp washcloth. You could also use your iron and press the batting, but certain types of batting don’t do well with high heat. I only recommend pressing with an iron if you are not using wool or anything synthetic such as polyester.

Step 2: Tape Your Backing to the Floor

While my batting is in the dryer, I’ll get my backing ready. If your quilt backing has wrinkles, iron them out before taping it down.

I like to use masking tape or painters tape to adhere the quilt backing to my hard wood floors for basting. The right side of the backing fabric faces the floor, with the wrong side facing up. I’ll typically begin by taping all 4 corners, and then go around the sides to make sure it is flat, but not stretched out. See the video above for more visuals!

If you don’t have hard floors, you could also consider doing a similar process but instead of taping to the floor you’d hang the pieces on a wall.

Step 3: Lay the Batting & Quilt Top on the Quilt Backing

Next, grab the quilt batting from the dryer and smooth it out over your backing, aligning one edge of your backing to one edge of the batting. Once the batting is nice & smooth, do the same with your quilt top. I personally like to trim off any extra batting with a pair of fabric sheers after laying out the quilt top. I save the batting scraps for smaller projects, and often zig-zag stitch them together so they can be reused in my next quilt.

Step 4: Spray the Backing to the Batting

Once your quilt sandwich is assembled, it’s time to spray the layer together so they’ll stay put for quilting. Begin by rolling the batting and quilt top up about half way, and spray a light layer of spray adhesive on the wrong side of the quilt backing. I like to do it in sections of up to about 10-20″ at a time, starting in the middle of the quilt.

Spray the adhesive in a section, then unroll the batting. Next, press down to get the batting & backing to stick together. Repeat this process until the entire batting piece is adhered to the quilt back fabric.

Step 5: Spray the Batting to the Quilt Top

Repeat the process we did in step 4 to adhere the batting to the quilt top. Press it out smooth and flat and check to make sure the corners and nice & secure!

Step 6: Add pins for extra Security

I’ll be honest and say I really don’t think this step is essential, BUT I still do it every time! I just can’t help myself! Grab your curved safety pins and pin your quilt layers together. I typically pin about every 10 inches or so, with extra attention around the edges and corners. The pins aren’t entirely necessary, but if it may take you a while to finish the quilting they can help ensure the sandwich stays in place!

Now it’s time to QUILT

Once your quilt sandwich is basted, you’re ready to quilt it on your home sewing machine. You can try Free Motion Quilting or Straight Line quilting, or do a fun design using a walking foot. Learn more about straight line quilting over at this article 3 Hacks for Quilting Straight Lines.

The quilt shown in this tutorial is the Sprightly quilt pattern. I also have a blog post up all about the floral baby quilt.

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Sprightly Floral Baby Girl Quilt Pattern

Do you know what’s quick to make & oh so cozy? Baby Quilts!! And today I’m excited to share with you this floral baby quilt made using the Sprightly quilt pattern!

The Sprightly quilt pattern is a modern block-based pattern spin off of the Paradigm pattern. I released the Paradigm pattern earlier this year, and it’s a huge crowd pleaser! The Sprightly pattern features traditionally pieced quilt blocks that come together to make a more modern geometric design.

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Modern Geometric Quilt Blocks: Sprightly Quilt Pattern

Let me tell you about a new modern block-based quilt pattern – the throw size Sprightly Quilt! I made this modern quilt for the cover of the Sprightly quilt pattern.

The design of the Sprightly quilt pattern is a spin-off of the Paradigm pattern, but instead of one large block, Sprightly features several smaller quilt blocks. The block-based quilt pattern includes 4 sizes: baby, throw, twin, and queen sizes. You can get the quilt pattern in my shop as a PDF Download or printed paper booklet version.

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Sprightly Quilt Pattern: a Modern Block-based Quilt Pattern

modern block based quilt pattern Sprightly quilt pattern by Homemade Emily Jane

The Sprightly Quilt Pattern is a modern block-based quilt pattern featuring some traditional shapes. If you enjoy classic quilt piecing paired with a modern twist, the Sprightly quilt pattern is perfect for you! To celebrate the launch of the Sprightly pattern, you can get any pattern in my shop for 20% off through March 1st.

See more about the Sprightly Quilt in this quick video:

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The Best Sewing Machine Accessories for Quilting

sewing machine extension table for epic 95Q sewing machine

When it comes to machine quilting, sewing machine accessories can be a lot of fun and really help the process! In this article I’ll share some of my favorite sewing machine accessories that I use for making quilts. These sewing machine accessories are some of my favorite quilting notions. They make each step of the quilting process easier when machine quilting. So, buckle up and get ready to add some of these to your quilters wish list!

Check out my favorite sewing machine accessories in this quick video, or keep scrolling to read all the details!

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