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INTRODUCING QUILTsocial Spectrum Quilt-A-Long!

by Carla A. Canonico

I’m so very excited to host our very first Quilt-A-Long starting in September!

It was just after the lockdown when my mind started to race as all the fiber related events announced their cancellations. A phone call with Elaine Theriault sparked the idea of a QAL in which she suggested there not only be one collaborator for the QAL, but three! I called up quilters Claire Haillot and Paul Léger, to join the fun, and it didn’t take long for the excitement to catch on!

WHAT

This QAL is not your typical QAL, it’s far more exciting and gives you the flexibility to design your own finished quilt! Claire had a gorgeous quilt pattern waiting in the wings for a long time for the right time – NOW! Claire’s design is the original quilt pattern with a total of 12 sparkling blocks. Elaine and Paul will be making the same blocks using other fabric lines and arranging them to create totally different quilts. Aren’t you curious to see how the same 12 blocks will give 3 totally different quilts?

WHO

3 stellar quilting contributors, 3 fantastic fabric sponsors!

Claire, designer of the Spectrum quilt pattern, is using fabrics from the dreamy The Little Girl in the Blue Armchair collection from Anthology Fabrics. Her bed runner will measure 87” x 35”.

A quilt pattern design created using EQ8.

Claire’s quilted bed runner for QAL 2020

Folded fabrics from Anthology’s The Little Girl in the Armchair fabric collection on a queen size bed in a bedroom.

Award winning quilter Claire dreams of the perfect quilted bed scarf for her new bedroom. These colors from Anthology Fabrics The Little Girl in the Armchair fabric collection are the perfect match!

Elaine is using fabrics from the very new Blue Stitch collection from Riley Blake, with her version of the suggested quilt pattern measuring 92” x 92”.

A blue and white quilt pattern design created using EQ8.

Elaine’s design using fabrics from the very new Blue Stitch collection from Riley Blake, with her version of the suggested quilt pattern measuring 92” x 92”!

Paul is using fabrics from the colorful Wave Texture collection from Benartex, with his version of the Spectrum quilt pattern measuring 72” x 92”.

A quilt pattern design created using EQ8.

Paul’s design using fabrics from the colorful Wave Texture collection from Benartex, with his version of the suggested quilt pattern measuring 72” x 92”.

Let’s not forget the batting! We’re using FAIRFIELD Soft & ToastyTM Natural Cotton Batting. Toasty CottonTM batting is the perfect 100% natural cotton quilt batting for all your quilts and crafts. You’ll get the same strength and warmth you expect from similar battings at a very affordable price. You can use it to create everyday quilts and crafts or award-winning masterpieces with confidence.

WHEN

The fun starts September 15, 2020 with Claire’s first post including cutting instructions. She will post bi-weekly. Elaine and Paul will post their progress bi-weekly alternating weeks with Claire. In other words, every week there’s fun and progress!

HOW you can be part of the excitement

Share your progress with us and friends, we’d love to see how you’re coming along with the quilt-a-along! Share your blocks to our Facebook group Spectrum QAL 2020, #TheSewGoesOn and/or pin to our Pinterest Spectrum QAL 2020 board.

BONUS

Watch for the exciting monthly giveaways!

WHERE

Well, here of course, on QUILTsocial.com!

Stay safe, positive, and keep on quilting.

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