If there's one quilt along you want to do for 2021 it's Angie's - GnomeAngel 100 Days 100 Blocks. The premise being you sew a block a day for 100 days and share to social media, with a bunch of other people. BEFORE you *sigh and walk away thinking 'crazy pants 100 blocks in a 100 days who has time for that', I'll explain. Read on Padawan... (oh, and there's a discount for you at the end).
If you don't know Angie and her sew alongs you're missing out. Ange runs excellent events and whilst 100 blocks in 100 days sounds crazy and daunting, it is totally doable! I should know, I have done it before with her in 2016! Yep 2016.
Back then Ange was using Tula Pinks City Sampler book for her 100 days event and for me, it was an exercise in practising and improving my quarter inch seams on a sewing machine. Hand piecing is my method of choice normally and my quarter inch on a sewing machine was not consistent.
The 6" blocks for this event at the time were a challenge, but one I embraced, with a grimace at times, but still embraced, determined to do all 100 blocks on the sewing machine. To keep up I worked in chunks, cutting 7 - 14 blocks out at a time and having them ready to sew and then sewing 7 blocks in one sitting. That allowed me to keep up with sharing the blocks on social media once a day for 100 days. Yep I did it, and you can too!
I then stalled at putting the quilt top together as I didn't want to sew sashing between the blocks. In the end decided to ditch the sashing and just piece the blocks together in a colour order of sorts (you can see what I mean by the photos!). I had this quilt longarmed by a Carol at The Quilting Cottage, the first time I've ever done this and it was amazing. I'm *cough still to attach the binding, but I'll get there. I love this quilt.
I used Ruby Star Society fabrics and Moda Grunge for my solids and it was fun fussy cutting the motifs in the designs. You can also see all my individual blocks here.
So what's happening for 2021?
The 2021 100 Days 100 Blocks Event
For 2021 Angie is using her Kinship Fusion Sampler quilt pattern and it's a terrific pattern for those new to quilting all the way through to an experienced quilter. She'll be offering various layouts and projects for the event so if you don't want to sew 100 blocks you don't need to. The great thing about Kinship is the blocks are nice and chunky at 8", so you get to chop into those larger prints or really fussy cut that favourite hoarded print that's just a little large.
Angie's patterns are some of the best out there when it comes to quality and volume of information, with terrific technical descriptions and illustrations as well as being clearly laid out and organised. She has a system and for a 100 blocks, you kinda need it. She provides colouring sheets as well. I also happen to know for this year that she has options for different layouts and sized projects. So you really can choose your own adventure.
I haven't planned my Kinship this year yet, it kicks off 1 July so I have time but I'm going to make a quilt for my love, Sondra. I'm also going to machine piece the blocks, rather than hand piece for a change and do it in chunks of work. I'm looking forward to jumping into #100Days100Blocks2021
The quilt along is free, you just need a copy of the Kinship Fusion Sampler pattern AND sign up to the event HERE. The pattern is available in print or PDF formats including machine pieced AND foundation paper pieced options. She's got you covered! It's super fun checking out everyone's versions, so if you're on Instagram follow the #100Days100Blocks2021 hashtag and if you prefer Facebook, join the Home of the GnomeAngel group and share your photos there.
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