Broken Herringbone QAL – Announcement
Calling all chicas, divas, and quiltanistas! Due to popular demand, I have officially decided to host a Broken Herringbone quilt-a-long! Now, this ain’t gonna be your typical QAL, oh heavens to Betsi no. You should think of this more as a Broken Herringbone support group. Basically, I need others around me to confirm I’m not the only herringbone fanatic. Please help me. No, I’m serious, help me clear the crazy.
To begin, this is the official Broken Herringbone block tutorial.
I’ve still got an outline of dates to keep us in check, but I’m all about playing it by diamond-studded ear.
We will be kicking things off Monday, September 02, (get those kidlets back in school!) and hope to finish up by Sunday, October 27. We may bleed pass this date, but I promise you, we will be finished in time for you to get your Thanksgiving feed on. Girls, I gots to eat too!
Week 01 – Sept 02 – Sept 08 – Introduction to the Tutorial
Week 02 – Sept 09 – Sept 15 – Suggested Blocks: Pink, Red, Orange
Week 03 – Sept 16 – Sept 22 – Suggested Blocks: Yellow, Green, Teal
Week 04 – Sept 23 – Sept 29 – Suggested Blocks: Blue, Blue-Violet, Indigo
Week 05 – Sept 30 – Oct 06 – Sashing, Sandwiching, Basting
Week 06 – Oct 07 – Oct 13 – Quilting
Week 07 – Oct 14 – Oct 20 – Binding & Label
Week 08 – Oct 21 – Oct 27 – Show & Tell
Now, there is some homework before you decide to join up. Homework? I know. Trust me, it will help you make this quilt, and every other quilt you make in the future. It’s about colour theory, which is so, so important with this quilt block. Oh, and would you believe I participated in a Colour Theory for Quilters Series earlier in the year? Coincidence? Haha, not at all.
The Colour Wheel <– That’s me.
For extra credit, you can read these Colour Process posts by some of the modern quilting blogging experts.
All of these articles will help you understand how to pick really great fabrics for your Broken Herringbone blocks. Read what you can, but I promise, no pop quizzes!
You’re also gonna see guest posts from designer and creator of the Broken Herringbone, Anne at Play Crafts. She’s made this block a few times as well, so expect her to offer some incredible insights.
You want to show off the blocks you’ve made? We’ve got a Flickr group for that! Get this, it’s called “Molli Sparkles Broken Herringbone QAL” you know, just in case anyone gets lost. Leave me a comment (make sure your email address is available for consultation)
and I’ll add you to the group. Update, you can now do this yourselves: Join the Flickr Group.
I guess there’s one more thing. Just a small thing. Something called, PRIZES! Julie from Intrepid Thread has gladly accepted my phone calls, emails, texts, and passenger pigeons to donate a prize, as well as work up some Broken Herringbone fabric bundles. More on that very soon!
Speaking of giveaways, let’s have one RIGHT NOW. I am serious: RIGHT. NOW. Leave a comment on this blog post letting me know you want to join the Flickr group, or that you desperately want to join this QAL but your grandma recently got hit by a glitter truck and you need to spend some time nursing her wounds with Swarovski bandages. (Trust me, I’ll totally understand). Either way, any comment’ll do and I’ll draw a winner next week.
What’s the prize? Do you really need confirmation that it’s gonna be fabulous? Trust that it will be some glorious fabric to use in your Broken Herringbone blocks. If you don’t win this round, there will be plenty more pop up giveaways, so don’t get your Perla panties in a wad.
Between now and the official start date, there’s gonna be a lot more tips and tricks to get you ready. Rest assured though, if you’ve got a jelly roll, some fat quarters, and/or some scraps, plus some white fabric, you’re ready to go. Easy, peasy, cheesy. Let’s get our herringbone on.