The day is finally here and I get to officially release my first quilt pattern to you all!
I designed this quilt to be easy enough for anyone at any level, so if you’ve never made a quilt before, this is a great place to start! If you’ve been quilting for years, I am sure you’ll have fun making the Explore Quilt too! You can choose from 3 sizes: Pillow, Baby, and Throw! I’m toying around with the idea of scaling down even further to make a mug-rug size. Would you be into an extension pattern for some tiny piecing?
Have you heard that I will be hosting a QUILT-A-LONG for the new Explore quilt pattern? (I’ve been talking all about it on my Instagram!)
I have planned for the Explore Quilt-A-Long to be super laid back in terms of time commitment, so anyone can do it. I want to let you know we are going to make this thing in its entirety from START to FINISH during this QAL! I am not about unfinished projects! But do not worry, the Quilt-a-Long will be spread out through 7 weeks to make sure we all have plenty of time to finish!
What you need to know about this QAL timeline:
Like I said, we are taking things SLOW. I have things set out in a neat weekly timeline, but some things may actually take more or less time for you. For instance, if you plan on doing tons of intricate hand quilting, you might want to get started on the hand quilting a little early. I am 100% all for working at your own pace, but if you want to be entered to win prizes, you’ve just gotta be careful to post your photos during the correct week!
Oh that’s right, there will be PRIZES!
Each week we will have a prize or two, courtesy of some amazing sponsors! To be entered to win the prize, simply post the corresponding picture for that week’s prompt on Instagram using #ExploreQAL. I will draw each winner at the end of each week, the morning that the next prompt begins. All the prize info will be sent out in the weekly Quilt-A-Long emails you’ll get when you register.
Here’s a shoutout for some of our sponsors! Go check them out!!
- FIGO Fabrics
- Havel’s Sewing
- Miller’s Dry Goods
- Oceans of Thread
- Patchwork & Poodles
- PBS Fabrics
- Pineapple Fabrics
- Project Wool Mats
- Quilt 101
- String & Story
What about a GRAND PRIZE?
The #ExploreQAL is going to have a super awesome grand prize! You will only be eligible to win the grand prize if you post your corresponding photos during each week of the QAL!
One lucky winner will get their very own HUSQVARNA VIKING EMERALD 118 sewing machine!
This sewing machine is an amazing work horse and lightweight enough for you to take it with to sewing groups and classes; I actually learned to sew on an EMERALD and still have the one my parents gave me for my 16th birthday! I would recommend this machine to anyone, which is why I’m so thrilled that I get to give one away!
But Emily, does it really take 8 weeks to make this quilt?
It actually can come together really fast! One of my pattern testers actually made the baby size quilt with HAND QUILTING in less than 3 days, so if you want to go ahead and sew faster than this QAL timeline, go for it! Just remember that to be eligible for the grand prize, you MUST post pictures for the weekly prompt DURING that week!
Without further ado, I want to show off to you the beautiful & creative ways my pattern testers made their own Explore pillows and quilts! I hope these inspire you and give you ideas for what your own will look like!
I love the modern yet timeless feel of this neutral colored pillow by @hollandhomesteaddesigns.
I also am a total sucker for beautiful soft pinks like @finleyfabric used in hers.
Can anyone resist coordinating Christmas pillows? These beauties are by @sewmanyboys and I can not get enough!
These bright florals speak to me! I love how @redheaded_rita did hers!
THIS was the one that I told you was finished in less than 3 days! @grandmothersbloomers did an amazing job on this baby quilt!
It takes a special kind of skill to back AND bind a quilt with MINKY fabric! I just love how @mandakayquilts did hers!
These pops of pink are my love language on this throw size beauty by @olliequilts!
If you want to turn yours into more of a rectangle, feel free to add some borders to the top and bottom like @chemescraftycorner did on hers!
Another green & red one to really get us in the holiday spirit! Love this one by @kate.vestermark!
The quilting on this pillow is out of this world amazing, done by @sharingseams!
Don’t you think those little plants are the cutest? I love this version by @thealabamastitcher!
The sewing themed sashing on this one really makes me smile! This gorgeous pillow was made by my AUNT & QuiltCon buddy @orthsandy!
This cute combo of modern geometric and floral fabrics by @thehomebodycompany is really nice!
I am super fond of the vibrant color palette @stitch_till_dawn used on hers!
Oh and look, it’s totally scrap friendly too! I love the scrappy, yet still cohesive, look of this one by @sew_ellen_.
This cheerful yellow print is just divine in this baby size by @crinklyquilts.
I can’t get over the perfect use of fun floral prints in this modern one by @sew.darned.cute.