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.

71 Responses

  1. I.AM.IN!!! This Herringbone is not going to beat me 😉

  2. Pat says:

    Oh, I've been drawn to these for awhile now. I guess it is time to join the parade!!

  3. The O's says:

    Hit me baby, why the heck not… I have more rainbow jellyrolls than people to make strip & flip quilts for

  4. I'm in! I need me some color theory!

  5. Waverlee says:

    Sign me up! Loving the Perfectly Perched block sick!

  6. audrey says:

    Oh, I so want to! I have a month to persuade myself it's not crazy to take on another project, right? 🙂

  7. Leo says:

    Sounds like fun … and might be possible if I where into buying FQs – I'm so not into it I wouldn't know where to get them if I had to. So maybe in 15 or 20 years I will think about it again and have a look at my "larger than 5" square but smaller than an FQ"-scrap box … Truth be told I'm still working on warming up to rainbows – they look nice but they are not coordinated enough and not contrasting enough at the same time … simply too many different colours in them …
    Don't know if it makes sense – but I'm more the dark colour autumn pallette person … with coordinating or a few contrasting colours but not make one big colour coordinating contrasting something. (Just my opinion and I know the love out there for rainbows is huge and I'm probably making some new enemies right now.)

  8. Vera says:

    I'll try 🙂 I love the blocks you already shown.

  9. damn you, molli sparkles. you know i can't resist your charm and the awesomeness of the herringbone! who am i kidding, i was totes joining in regardless. any excuse to be more like you makes me up for the challenge. put me in that flickr group ASAP! so glad you're hosting a QAL – this will be fabulous.

  10. SheilaN8 says:

    Fantastic!!! Looking forward to this!!!

  11. Geo Mama says:

    I am not suppose to start any new projects for a while… but this won't take too much new fabric. I won't tell the hubby.

  12. Liz says:

    Yes! Yes! Yes! I'm totally joining 🙂 hopedully I can use most stuff in the stash for this one. Beadqueene is my Flickr name if you'd be so kind as to add me to the group… Super excited!

  13. cherylj says:

    I would love to join, those blocks are so cute

  14. Patti Smith says:

    As if I could afford la perla panties when there's fabric to be purchased……will join, just late as my vacation is the first two weeks of September. I will catch up!

  15. Lynda says:

    Love this block. I'm. In

  16. Trudie says:

    Oh dear, the dilemma, I have about a million project in progress now! Well what will it hurt to start one more? I will say yes to joining.

  17. Fran says:

    I'm up for this! I've loved this block since I first saw it & would love to be part of the quilt along fun. Brilliant idea on your part, this sounds like lots of sparkly fun!

  18. Paula says:

    I'm so looking toward to this, it's going to be so much sparkly fun. I'm stuck in no Internet land on holidays atm but have finally managed to get me a few minutes online and boy am I glad I did. Not sure my stash is quite up to the challenge of this but now I know I think it's time to get some holiday shopping done!

  19. Esther F. says:

    I am so looking forward to seeing this QAL from week to week. Sadly, I think I can't participate, but I will be cheering all of you beauties on! You go, glitter-babes!!!
    Esther
    esthersipatchandquilt at yahoo dot com
    Ipatchandquilt dot wordpress dot com

  20. Jane S. says:

    I love those herringbone blocks. So yes, I'm in, can't say as how I'll get much of anything accomplished but I'll have a go!

  21. I want in too! Adding it to the ever growing list…thanks a lot!

  22. Am L says:

    I'm in! I've loved your herringbone blocks, and my growing fabric stash could use some culling!

  23. charlotte says:

    I am there. I am in need of some herringbone block therapy and my stash could use some paring down. Can't wait to get started. Now, off to do my color homework.

  24. How fun! I'll definitely be following along and watching the awesomeness. No grandma truck injuries to report- just too many WIPs…

    Still going to do the color homework though!

  25. Nathalie says:

    i'm in! I love these blocks.

  26. Leigh Anne says:

    You know I'm in! Ever since I got your email, I've been lamenting and stressing about where I'm going to find the time to participate (cause NOT participating was NOT an option). So I just about peed my pants with excitement when I saw it didn't start until September!

  27. Katy Cameron says:

    Well I'll be dancing around on the sidelines waving my pom poms on this one, not least because I know I couldn't get my TT sofas and mopeds to line up so well ;o)

  28. I am in for the QAL. Now somebody come back and shoot me for saying that. Love the blocks

  29. memmens says:

    Oh wow I am seriously tempted, my children don't go back to school until Sept 9th but I can work with that – thinking about fabrics already (even though someone told me we don't need any more quilts!)

  30. Heavens to Betsy, I am so far behind I'm going in circles…but this looks like a terrible lot of fun and you can add me to the group!

  31. Stephanie says:

    Sign me up Molli! I couldn't live this block any more if it was smothered in chocolate and peanut butter. Well maybe a teensy bit more…but that can't be helped.

  32. Mary Graff says:

    Love the look of these blocks. Don't know if I can participate right now because of weddings to prepare for, but I'll definitely follow along and add this to my to do list.

  33. Catrin Lewis says:

    Oh, if only I had a half decent stash! I'm slowly building it up but I don't think it'll be diverse enough by September 🙁

  34. Emily says:

    I am in too! I tried the tutorial, and I got mixed up when I was cutting at the thirteen inch line. It will be nice to have others participating. This block is so beautiful

  35. Carol says:

    I fell in love with this quilt the first time I saw it. I really want to join the QAL. I'll start collecting fabrics once I get ready for the workshop I am taking on Friday.

  36. Julie says:

    Aaaaaaah, so many angles. I'm scared. I am pondering joining but I have to get my nerve up. Of course with you leading it will no doubt be a blast.

  37. BethM says:

    I'm in! I love the blocks you've made and your blog always makes me smile:)

  38. Sooli says:

    Oh you wicked wench, I need another quiltalong like a hole in the head but the upside is you're not starting until September so I might just be able to manage this one! That and these blocks have been on my to do list anyway so in is what I is! Love a pop up giveaway! Mwah!

  39. Eeeek!! Super excited for this! I definitely would like to be added to the flickr group! I'm on flickr as /slaughter814 (if you need that info…)

  40. B Stull says:

    I have been wanting to try this for quite some time please count me in! Thank you. bquilts310@yahoo.com

  41. sharpie says:

    You friend are out of–and totally in–control all at once. Brilliant. Can't wait to see what sort of glittery effect you have on the quiltosphere with this!

  42. I'd really like to quilt along, but I sure don't have a stash worthy of that wonderful herringbone block. Your latest blocks are beautiful, Molli! Rest assured I will be cheering you all on from the sidelines and posting updates to my facebook page! Sparkle on!

  43. Ruth says:

    I loved this block as soon as I saw – a multicoloured project – Count me in!

  44. Deb says:

    Count me in! Love your quilt, so I need one for myself!

  45. Longvacation says:

    I've been wanting to try this block since you showed off your layouts. I hope to QAL with you!

  46. Jenn says:

    So I made the giant version by Violet Craft and HATED the process (love the finish), tell me the mini is so much easier and I'll join you….please??

  47. Muttmomkay says:

    I AM IN. I love the block and if I don't do a QAL, I won't get to it… IAMIN

  48. Anita C says:

    This will be my 1st QAL Can't wait!

  49. Janet M. says:

    Looks like fun! Can't wait!

  50. JillB says:

    I am excited about my first QAL!! My list is long, but this block is FANTASTIC! I have read the color essays and learned quite a bit – thanks for offering those!!

  51. TADVR says:

    Oh Darlin', how about a definite maybe???? Not sure if I can keep up w/ y'all. If my body fails me I'll live vicariously thru flicker.

  52. mc says:

    After looking at the tutorial hoping I can cut and sew the right pieces!

  53. How can I resist? Thanks for the giveaway!

  54. Sam says:

    Count me in….. Made my first block this week, great tutorial to follow.

  55. This looks like so fun! I may join you for some dabbling in herringbones, but I do not think I am ready for a long term commitment. I will happily follow along!

  56. Jenny says:

    I'm in. I think. It sounds like tons of fun and I'm off to do my homework, promise.

  57. RobinSue says:

    Now that I've jumped into this quilting community, I'm going all the way! I'm in for this challenge with my eyes wide open and enthusiasm turned to high.

  58. I love this quilt and the block of colours and fabric choices are amazing. I am sitting on the fence at the moment……but may be big time tempted. Have a great day…….Marie (mlismore@optusnet.com)

  59. Tanyia says:

    Seriously…I really need nothing more on my to do list right now but I can NOT not do this! I have had this tutorial on my pinboard for ages and so yep… I am in dammit!

  60. Nelly Kelly says:

    Yay! What fun… I'd love to QAL with you!

  61. Sel says:

    Alas, for I shall be in the US for most of this QAL, although I've adored watching you put your quilt together and will certainly use this block in future! Have sparkly, glittery fun, though!

  62. Helen says:

    Hmmm, did I miss Rose's name on here…

  63. BradsBest says:

    So excited you're doing a QAL for this! I've already been gathering fabrics for a broken herring bone inspired baby quilt – I say inspired because it's going to be broken herringbone blocks mixed into an offset sashing quilt. I don't know what the technical name for the style I'm going to put them in but I think it will be gorgeous. At least I hope…. I'm thinking teal and chocolate with a pop of lime green.

  64. BradsBest says:

    So excited you're doing a QAL for this! I've already been gathering fabrics for a broken herring bone inspired baby quilt – I say inspired because it's going to be broken herringbone blocks mixed into an offset sashing quilt. I don't know what the technical name for the style I'm going to put them in but I think it will be gorgeous. At least I hope…. I'm thinking teal and chocolate with a pop of lime green.

  65. Suzanne Webb says:

    This will be my first QAL so hopefully I can keep up!

  66. Julianne says:

    Looks fun, I am a scrappy gal so I hope doing a scrappy version will work ok! I just started following your blog, you seem to be very spunky, I like it!

  67. Count me in too! But I'll be a week late. No access to a sewing machine! Looks like lots of fun, even if I need another project like I need another hole on my head!

  68. Julie says:

    Oh this is so fabulous and I'd love to join but I just had a baby! She's barely a month old and with four other little ones in the mix it's probably not going to happen but I'll have to pin and come back later!

  69. Lyndsey says:

    This looks a lot of fun and I need another project (like a hoe in the head) so I'm in.

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