Hello! And welcome to the ‘first week’ of our fifth Colourwerx QAL (quilt along) where we’ll be making our super beautiful and modern, Splendor!
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So this is Week#1 of the Splendor QAL – First let’s review the 4-week schedule!
As you can see it’s an easy going 4-week QAL, perfect for summer stitchin’, but please know that you can take it at your own pace and join in anytime. All of the videos and blog posts will remain here, as well as be posted on our website and on the social media pages throughout the year.
GATHER YOUR PATTERN & MATERIALS —
Here’s what you’ll need to join in on the stitchin’ fun –
• The Splendor pattern by Colourwerx
•. You can also choose to use the Mini Splendor Pattern if you’re looking for a smaller project! (see below for Mini Splendor quilts).
And great news? – both the Splendor & Mini Splendor patterns are now 20% off!
This is a really scrap friendly/10″ stack friendly quilt pattern whether you have chosen to make the Large Splendor or the Mini Splendor version. Make sure to refer to the back of the pattern for the exact yardage requirements, but since I’ll be stitchin’ along side of you and be making the Larger Splendor pattern – here’s what you will need for that:
For the Large Splendor:
— Neutral Background Fabrics: (12) 3/8 yard cuts of each fabric or scraps totaling about 4 yards;
— Large & Small Flower Appliqués: (1) Layer Cake (10″ Square Stack) or scraps totaling about 2-1/4 yards;
— (Optional for the quiltalong) Binding – 1/2 yard and Backing 3-1/2 yards;
— 3 yards of Adhesive Fusible Web for the Flower Appliqués (i.e.: Heat n Bond Lite, Steam a Seam II Lite or Pellon Wonder Under
— Stitching Stabilizer (i.e.: Sulky Iron On Totally Stable Tear Away Stabilizer or any type of machine embroidery stabilizer) – This will help stabilize your zigzag or buttonhole stitches when appliqué stitching around the flower shapes;
Here’s what I chose for my background fabrics and flower appliqués: the background fabrics will be cut from these (9) 1/2 yard cuts of dark gray/black fabrics and the flower appliqués will all be cut from this assortment of 10″ squares from the new Tula Pink True Colors collection. (I just purchased this 10″ square stack from my good friend Deb who owns the Elkhorn Quilt Company – she has a fabulous assosrtment of #colouricious goodness!)
I think its going to be epic!
Also for Week #1 – Cut your Background Fabrics —
Follow the cutting directions and dimensions on page 1 of the Splendor pattern and cut your background fabrics accordingly.
UPDATE! There is a minor cutting error in the pattern (but you will have plenty of fabric if you gather the recommended materials listed on the back of the pattern cover). Also be sure to cut the total number of units listed below and also make a note on your pattern for future use:
Page 1 – Cutting: For the background – You will need a total of:
• (25) 10-1/2″ x 10-1/2″ squares;
• (16) 2-1/2″ x 10-1/2″ strips;
• (4) 2-1/2″ x 12-1/4″ strips (not 12-1/2″ long as the pattern states)
That’s it for Week #1!! Next week – Week #2: we’ll begin appliquéing the Small Flower Shapes onto the background fabrics – woohoo!
Until then, please be sure to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. Or feel free to post questions or progress pictures on our Colourwerx QAL Facebook Group.
Until your next colour fix and next week’s QAL post ~ happy and bright quilting always! L&C xxoo