I'm early this month. Which is a good thing as some of these quilt alongs have already started. Here's what I've found this month.
Pat Sloan started Chicken Salad Quilt Along on Aug. 24th. It will run until Nov. 17. She will announce one block a week from Lori Holt’s Farm Girl Vintage and Farm Girl Vintage 2. Sign up with Pat to get notices of her go-along videos. $$ for books. https://www.ilovetomakequilts.com/chicken-salad-qal.html
Jaqueline Steves will be starting a new snowman mystery on Sept. 25. There is a free option and a paid option https://jacquelynnesteves.com/snowmen-from-heaven-sew-along/ $ if chosen.
Mystery Quilts 4 Military has started a new quilt. The Four Corners Mystery started Aug 2 with new clues released every other week. You must join the group, MysteryQuilts4Military, at https://groups.io/g/MysteryQuilts4Military. The fabric and cutting info along with the first two clues are in the Files section.
Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gathering has two quilt alongs just starting. First is Joyful Quilt Along started Tuesday August 27. Blocks will be posted every Tuesday. If you miss a block you can buy it for $3.00.https://lisabongean.com/39539-2/ first clue is already up so check as soon as you get the newsletter to see if it is still available free.
Lisa’s second event is a block of the month entitled Black Star Flower Farm. This is offered for wool or for cotton. The first monthly block was posted in August. Here’s the home page for all the info. The patterns are free in the month they are posted and $8.00 a pattern after that. The patterns are posted on the 10th of each month for 13 months. Hopefully you still have a bit of time to collect the first block without paying. https://lisabongean.com/39075-2/
Here’s something a little different and older: Riley Blake Designs was featuring some designs for its new low volume designer collection in October of 2021. Follow the Blue Bird to get a choice of bird designs: appliqué, paper pieced, or pieced at https://www.rileyblakedesigns.com/follow-the-blue-bird. Sandy Gervais shared a pattern for a 26” square mat called Fall Ya All. https://piecesfrommyheart-sgervais.blogspot.com/2021/10/follow-blue-bird.html A perfect small project to welcome fall.
The guild that I write this column for, Faithful Circle Quilters, is having a show in early May of 2024. We will be having a $20 and Under Table of small items. I've been scouring the Internet for free patterns for small items that might work for this. Here's a couple of ideas I've found.
Directions to make a needle minder. https://www.elmstreetquilts.com/2023/07/needle-minder-tutorial.html?m=1
Directions for several different bookmarks. https://www.heatherhandmade.com/sew-easy-bookmarks-free-pattern/
Directions for a Triangle Pencil Pouch. https://sew4home.com/scrapbusters-triangle-pencil-and-more-pouch-1/
Directions for a Charm Square Fabric Tray. https://aspoonfulofsugardesigns.com/charm-square-fabric-tray/
Hopefully these are live links and will take you right to the correct listing. If they don't please highlight the address, copy, and paste to get to the site.
Hope you have fun looking and making some of these quilts and little gifts. (Maybe a gift for you!)
Many thanks to Vicki, who blogs at Vicki's Crafts and Quilting, for catching the incorrect link for Black Star Flower Farm. I'm saving the designs from that one. I may never use them but I really like how they look.
Happy Quilting All Bonnie