Welcome back for Block 2 of the Beautiful Things QAL!
I'm in the middle of a cross-country move as I film and make this block but it's giving me a respite from the never-ending box-packing, junk-sorting, heavy-lifting that has been my last couple of weeks. And I'm excited for the adventures that await! Let's jump straight in. If you have any questions AT ALL, reach out to me via social media, email, or on this blog/YouTube. With a baby in tow and lots of changes going on, my response time is not as fast as it normally is, but I WILL respond to you!
A couple of notes from some feedback I've received:
If you ordered the kit from FlexiFuse, it includes all the laser-cut applique, so you will SKIP all the applique tracing and cutting steps. I'm sorry I didn't mention that to begin with, but I don't have a kit, so you can see why it wasn't a present thought. Haha!
If you ordered the pre-printed fusible templates from FlexiFuse, you will SKIP the applique tracing step and fuse your fabrics straight to the pre-printed fusible. I am using the pre-printed templates (though I do show you how to trace in my Block 1 video).
If you haven't started the quilt along yet, just jump straight into Block 2 so that you're able to finish the block in time to be eligible to win the upcoming giveaways/prizes! Go HERE to download fabric requirements, cutting guides, and all the applique templates if you haven't already!
***IF you're not planning on making the full quilt and would like to stop at this point after Block 2, you can! It'll just read "Beautiful Things are Made. You won't want to trim the bottom of your block off, and you'll add your bottom "stamp" applique pieces and additional sashing with Blizzard Shimmer before quilting/binding it.
Let me know if you have other questions or concerns, but let's dive right in!
Here's the download link for the Block 2 instructions so you can get started:
Ok, so apologies are in order first for the delay in posting this first block. With all my good intentions it did not happen on time. If you watched my Instagram Stories earlier today, you'll know my husband's father passed away 2 weeks ago and we are still reeling from that (and in the middle of a move to help out my mother-in-law), my darling, squishy baby boy has been fussy, and to top it all off, my Internet upload/download speeds here at the family cabin have been slower than a dinosaur (you guys, it took me 20 minutes to receive an email!), so PLEASE forgive me for posting this so late. Even with the plethora of valid excuses, I feel enormously guilty, so go easy on me!
You are all so important to me, and I'm trying to keep all my promises that I made months ago despite some of the life changes that are currently happening. This has been a welcome distraction, though, and I am over the top THRILLED to be quilting with you all.
Before we dive into Block 1, please download the Cutting and Fabric Guide (above) that will help as a reference for each block.
Below are ALL of the applique template files (for blocks 1 through 6). They are organized by color. For Block 1, you'll ONLY need some of the "Caribbean Shimmer" file and the "Graphite Shimmer" file.
Without further ado...let's get started!
Here is the download link for the Block 1 instructions that you can print off and reference:
If you'd like to enter to win 1 of 3 $25 gift cards to local quilt shops, make sure to select Andover Fabric prints for your fabric pull, and post on Instagram with the hashtags:
I'll be randomly selecting 3 winners on the 12th of October (the day before the QAL starts). If you'd like to make the quilt in the same fabrics that I am (which are all Andover Fabrics ;), I'd recommend the following vendors that have fabrics in-stock:
For Kaleidoscope Plaids/Backing Fabrics: Alison Glass
For Spectrastatic Prints: Stash Fabrics
For Rainbow Shimmer Prints: Hawthorne Supply Co (United States), Keystone Modern Creative (Canada)
For Kits, Fusible, and Notions: FlexiFuse
If you haven't already signed up for the QAL (you'll need to so you can receive all updates via email!) then click the button below, which will redirect you FlexiFuse's signup page (HINT: You don't have to purchase their products to sign up for the quilt along, but their products will make it easier for you to finish and win prizes throughout the event ;))
I can't wait to see you all on October 13th! Until then, happy quilting!
Hi! I'm Madi Hastings, quilt pattern and surface designer! My obsessions are many, including cooking, plant science, and books, but I'll try to narrow down my geeky-ness to pattern design and quilting for the purpose of this blog! If you'd like to make a suggestion or collaborate professionally, just send me an email at email@example.com