#52 weeks & #sewalong…

It’s 2018!  Is it time to start a new project?  Of course it is, it’s always time to do that!  Especially when it’s one that doesn’t come with a deadline.  So what to make?  Or start.

How about a Jelly Roll Rug?  One Jelly Roll, batting and a zig-zag sewing machine.  Kairle Oaks and Jen Van Orman have been leading a sew-along on Instagram the past few weeks with tips, tricks and encouragement.  This is Jen’s rug, it’s made with Vanessa Christenson’s shipping-in-February Ombre Confetti Metallics.

The Jelly Roll Rug pattern was designed by Roma Lambson and measures approximately 30″ wide by 44″ long finished size.

Kairle used a Jelly Roll of Lella Boutique’s shipping-in-March Nest for this beautiful rug.

The best part about the sew-along has been the tips – the “this is what it should look like at this step.”

Do you participate in sew-alongs?  Also known as quilt-alongs.

I’ve done a few… the Blockheads, the Patchwork Quilt-Along with Bonnie & Camille’s Basics last year, the Farmer’s Wife a few years ago, assorted impromptu sew-alongs with friends or on social media, and so on.  I’ve kept up beautifully with a few and others… they’re now long-term WIPs.

But with Blockheads ending, I am itching to start something new to work on long-term.  Ish.

I love the 52-week challenges that a couple of shops are doing via Facebook and Instagram.

A Needle Pulling Thread is a shop in Digby, Nova Scotia – Canada.  (O Canada! Our home and native land!  True patriot love in all thy sons command. With glowing hearts we see thee rise, The True North strong and free!… sorry.  Hockey fan here.  It’s a reflex-thing.)

This is the fourth year the shop has been doing a 52-week challenge – make a block every week for the entire year.  The red and white checkerboard is the 2018 block – the instructions are on the shop’s Facebook page.  Birds In the Air was last year, the Churn Dashes were 2016 and the stars were 2015.  All are very scrappy, the idea being to use your scraps and have some fun.

The Quilted Moose in Nebraska joined the fun last year, making the Birds in the Air blocks and starting their own block, a 6″ Cake Stand.

For 2018, Debbie has chosen a 9″ finished Double Nine-Patch block.

(I may or may not have coerced a friend into doing this one with me.)

Do you know of any other shops doing a 52-week challenge like this?  We’d love to see what they’re doing and share – we might even join in!

We’re also participating in the Clementine Quilt-along benefitting St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.  This year’s quilt is made using Mama’s Cottage by April Rosenthal.

The Clementine quilt was designed by Kimberly Jolly and the folks at It’s Sew Emma.

While each of the patterns is a free download – with video tutorials to help – a $5.00 donation to St. Jude’s is suggested with all of the money going to the charity.  The instructions for Block 1 will be posted on Thursday but the listing of Fabric Requirements is available now.

As soon as I finish my Blockheads’ quilt – quilts – I’m diving into this sew-along.  Start with Strips by Susan Ache.

This sew-along is informal and on Instagram but there are already blocks being made.  I know a few folks are still waiting for books to arrive at their local quilt shop so I think this one will be flying along like an airboat soon.


#airboatparade on Instagram.  This is Susan’s quilt titled Airboat.  It’s a very, very clever way of making a block that looks a whole lot harder than it is.  I’ve already got my fabric ready and I may have started cutting the parts for a block or two.

So what about you?  Do you participate in sew-alongs?  Do you like them, or are you more of a lurker?

I will let you know how it goes – how I keep up, my blocks and so on.

I think two things are certain.  I will fall behind at some time then catch up after a marathon sewing session.  And I’m going to have to change something about the blocks, settings or pattern.

Let’s hear it for sew-along-ishes!

Happy Tuesday!

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26 thoughts on “#52 weeks & #sewalong…

  1. I love sew-alongs, but do tend to fall behind if I start too many. I’m usually good for a couple a year. I’ve done the Blockheads this year and love it…hating to see it end!!

  2. I always wanted to start one but hesitated for various reasons. My daughter and I just started one called City Tiles with Emily Dennis – I love it and hope to keep up with all the pretty blocks people are posting.

  3. I actually try not to start them, but I did do the Christmas blocks on the Moda Bakeshop blog – maybe because it was a block a day for less than a month. I never seemed to catch up until the very end- but the results were awesome. I did decide to do the blocks posted on the Nancy Zieman blog this year, which includes star blocks for the next six months.

  4. I am doing the Legendary Loves with Li’l Red Hen Quilt Shop. Its a beautiful quilt with a famous love story tied to each block. Done in reds creams and a few splashes of other colors.

  5. How can I get the pattern for the Jelly Roll Rug? I love quilt alongs I try to limits to one or two at a time so I can keep up. With Blockheads wrapping up I am looking for a new one.

    1. Hi Sue – I just Google’d “Jelly Roll Rug Pattern Roma” and several shop options came up – quilt shops, Etsy and eBay. The pattern is by RL Designs – Roma Lambson. 🙂

  6. I did a sew-along/quilt-along years ago and loved it. I started thinking about doing another one last year but found that most are Facebook or Instagram based and I don’t have accounts so didn’t find one. Also found that those that are blog based are mostly shops in US and Canada and you have to buy so being based in Europe that is just out of my scope. I recently found Bonnie Hunters Mystery Quilts but they are just for a short time and not really sew-alongs as such. A friend and I talked about doing our own sew-along using a pattern a have drawn myself to make an indent in my scraps.

  7. Because I need definite deadlines, I tend to piece quilts for our family and they are generally patterns and fabrics that they have chosen. I have files of quilt patterns from quilt alongs that someday I will do when I do something for myself. I love collecting patterns and fabrics. Right now I’m really wanting to stop and do your Village pattern quiltalong with Stitch Supply on Instagram. I’ve had the pattern since it first came out and have so many charm packs and scraps. I just can’t bring myself to put it ahead of the 5 family quilts that I have in my queue. (You’d love this one, Carrie…I just finished trimming 1200 half square triangles for a king size quilt for one set of kids!)

  8. This is the first I’ve heard about Susan Ache’s Start With Strips Sew-Along! I’d love to join in but can’t find any other info about it on IG or by Googling. Could you please keep us updated regarding this? I already have my book! 🙂
    Thank you!

  9. I did one if these with left over batiks strips wrapped around large
    Cording then zig sagged. It turned out so nice but only. 20 inches so it was a great
    Center mat for table.

  10. Susan Ache’s book has been on my to buy list for a month now. I do QAL and SAL but really have to control myself or I go crazy. I try to only do smaller projects.

  11. I’m up for this 52 week SAL. I’m already making the Airboats from Susan Ache’s fabulous book, and working on a list of UFO’s each month for a finish. The Instagram QAL’s are nice because they motivate me. Thanks for this article!

  12. The Clementine Quilt and Airboat are really pretty and I would enjoy that QAL but, I’m not on Instagram so, I might have to try that one alone. I participated in Lisa Bongean’ Triangle Gatherings and Blockheads in 2017 and am still working on both.

  13. I love sew-alongs but like you I tend to fall behind (like with my modablockheads now). and like you I’m always putting my own spin to them. The Moda Bake Shop Christmas sew-along was pretty fun (and I actually finished the quilt) and I really hope you makea spring, summer and autumn/Halloween version too. You know a quilt for each season that would be perfect.

  14. I’ve never done a sew along but omgosh I am loving those rugs and quilts you posted! This was a great post, so full of yummy and exciting new adventures in fabric

  15. I am participating in my first quilt along. The Clementine Quilt and am looking forward to it. I have recieved the fabric and eagerly waiting to start.

  16. I get too involved with too many quilt-alongs!! 🙂 I do have that Susan Ache book and love the Airboat quilt: I may feel another quillt along stirring in me!! Hugs, H

  17. Fun stuff! Especially the spontaneous “Oh Canada!” lyrics. Stars hockey fan your talking too!! Allison C Bayer, Plano, Texas

  18. hi i would like to know were the helpful hints are for theJelly Roll rug along are . i have the strips sewn but needed some help with putting it together . thank you i didnt understand what where to search for the jellyrollrugalong i dont know what tag ram search is

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