I have mentioned several times that I am hosting a quilt along for AGF fabric designer Bari J over on her site here, but I’ve yet to make a formal announcement on my own blog. I think I have in my newsletter. In my original planning for the QA, I was going to do follow up posts on my own site. That failed to happen. So today, I thought I’d take the time and catch you up with exactly what is happening in the QA and tell you of my plans.
First, a few things to orientate you to what I’m talking about:
- this quilt is called Anthology quilt.
- the quilt along is free to anyone who wants to join.
- a new post with the next pattern comes out every other Monday.
- the quilt along details and all the PDF patterns are featured here.
- there are giveaways for fabric, gift certificates and some other goodies sprinkled in here and there.
- the actual quilt and all it’s details are in this post.
- the quilt is a little different from your typical sampler quilt (but I say, “yay” to that).
- keep up with everyone who is joining in this QA on IG right here.
What we’ve done so far
Here’s a full view of the quilt we are making. I’m making mine in all Bari J fabrics, heavily using Wild Bloom, but sprinkling other fabrics of Bari’s that I have in my stash as well. Find Bari’s fabrics here. You are free to use any fabrics you’d like.
Le Fleur was our first block. I really, really like this block. If you are brand new to quilt making, this is not a bad block to start with. You learn some basics. Also, if you are brand new, I’ve created some videos to help you in this post.
This section of blocks is called ‘Floral Collage’. Find the coordinating post here. This is fun! We started with our blocks that are just strips of fabric pieced, then added cut outs of fussy parts of Bari’s fabrics. I’m hoping everyone enjoyed this pattern as much as I did. I loved creating the little scenes within the blocks. Here are a few from other participants of the QA that I really loved:
- This is Julie’s first try at making a quilt and she’s doing fantastic. Check out her floral collage here. Instead of using the LV like I did (which is totally fine!), she used a background that popped. And I LOVE IT!!
- I’m bummed I didn’t think about spelling out a word like Cathy did here. So clever!
- My friend, Lara, is using batiks for her quilt and she went Fall with it. See her
floralleaf collage here. As always, everything she does is amazing!
I could go on and on with the links, but I’ll stop at three. There are so many great quilters doing super cool things with this block. I love it!
Our third block, which is the latest one that we’ve made is two rows of flying geese. Simple, especially after the hard work everyone put into their floral collage blocks. Flying geese always tend to make a statement on quilts to me. My eyes always go there. Find the coordinating post to this block here.
That’s all we’ve done so far. If you are just now learning about this QA feel free to jump in and catch up while we do the rest of the blocks for this quilt.
You can visit Bobbie Lou’s Fabric Factory here. So many fabrics to choose from! Seriously! I like how the fabrics are broken into helpful categories, making it easier to find exactly what you are looking for. Look at these holiday fabrics! And, Chelsea (the woman behind Bobbie Lou’s), has a massive selection of Bari’s fabrics. Find all AGF fabrics here.
This coming Monday, we will be working on Granny Squares that are smack in the middle of the quilt design.
The following Monday after the granny squares, we’ll be doing the mod tulips on the far left.
In January, we will work on on the nine patchs and the rectangle stripe, as well as the ivy vine at the bottom right corner.
In February, we will be doing the biggest part of the quilt, the dresdens. I’m planning interesting ways to add their circular center. You might have been reading about my ‘explorations in Dresdens‘ post. There will be more of those in December to prepare for this section of the quilt.
This quilt is to have a boho flair to it, and when I think of ‘boho’, I also think of different materials being used together. I want to add the Dresden centers with crochet lace or doilies or the sashiko stitches from this post.
Still feel free to do your own thing here. You don’t have to do everything I’m doing, and maybe you have something even more interesting. The point of this is just to explore. We might find that we don’t like doilies on our quilt (yeah right!).
The other pattern in February we will work on is the arrow heads in the middle of the far right column. Something easy after all those Dresdens.
In March, we will do all the attic windows that are scattered through the quilt in multiple places. After that we’ll start building the sections up. The quilt is broken up into sections to make for easier piecing, and we’ll go through together and connect all the pieces.
Come April, we’ll have a finished quilt top and we can talk then about how to add additional boho flair. I”m planning on adding some hand stitches to mine (just a little) and some hand ties as well. When I think boho, I always think hand ties too.
I’ve created a pinterest board of a whole bunch things to get you inspired. Visit here. I literally sit and gaze at all the goodness on this board every time I’m on pinterest. Every time I do, I’m ready to make, make, make.
Some things from the board that I am itching to add to my Anthology quilt: * here’s the hand ties, * this maybe when quilting, * I really like embroidered words, * more embroidery, *and something along the lines of this.
Some embroidery I’ve already completed.
Of course, you don’t have to add things like this to your quilt. Don’t feel pressured! It’s just something I’ve wanted to do…
If you haven’t joined in, we’d love to have you do so! If you are participating, I hope you are enjoying the patterns and the play. If you have questions, please ask them here or over on IG (find me here).
PS. I made a quilt for Bari’s booth at the Fall quilt market that I’m dying to show you, but I can’t yet. Soon!