EXPLODING HEART QUILT-ALONG - 2nd Step
... by Rachael
Now is the time! You have gotten your pattern, your fabrics are cut and ready to sew. It is time for the next step of our “Exploding Heart” quilt along!
(Don't have your supplies yet? Click here for PATTERNS and FAT QUARTER BUNDLES). It's not too late to get on board!
It has been so fun to see the fabrics that people are gathering to make this awesome
quilt! Share your fabric choices or current progress with the group by posting photos to our Facebook page, or on Instagram using #explodingheartqal. And it has been fun to hear about how people are planning to make this quilt their own by making some changes. Some people are going to use a scrappy background, one customer is going to do the math and make it half size, some people are planning on adding a border! I think this is the mark of a really great pattern: it will give us the tools to make it as written, or it will inspire us to make changes to make it our own.
For the next two weeks you will be making ALL the blocks for your quilt. It seems like a lot, but, trust me, it will go fast. You can sew all the blocks and then square them all up. Or you can do like I wish I did: make all the “B” blocks, and then square those all up, and then do the “C” blocks... (It is a lot of trimming to wait until the end to square them all at one time.)
Here is one thing Mary, Amy, and I learned about this next part: The blocks are oversized which makes it easy to square everything up perfectly. Don’t you hate it when your blocks aren’t square and there isn’t enough to trim it to make it right? I don’t think you’ll have that problem here. Wondering about squaring up blocks? Check out this video tutorial using the RULERS we sell here in the shop! (shown below)
Creative Grids Basic Range 6" Square $17.99
Elisa's Backporch Square Me Up Ruler $16.95
Oh, remember that offer from Wendy, of Purple Tutu Quilting? That BONUS INCENTIVE? The wonderful (big-hearted) Wendy, of Purple Tutu Quilting, is participating in the QAL and has this longarm quilting offer for you: If you and Wendy BOTH finish your tops by April 10th (Wendy's day at Wooden Spools) you'll receive 10% off longarm quilting for your Exploding Heart Quilt! If YOU finish but Wendy doesn't - you'll receive 20% OFF! ❤️😍 Go, Wendy, Go...but maybe go slow 😜!
UPDATE 2/27: We have it on good authority (from Wendy 😉) that she is running a bit behind on her QAL - she just got a couple of custom quilting jobs - so that means it's looking even better for you to finish your quilt by April 10th and (if Wendy isn't done by then) you'll get 20% off of longarm quilting on your Exploding Heart!!!
It's not too late to join it! Here's the first post about the QAL below:
Grab your fabric and pattern and get started now!
EXPLODING HEART QUILT-ALONG ... by Amy
I find February dreary. I know—it’s only 28 days (this year), and VALENTINE’S DAY, but it’s cold and winter and ack! SO! To fight the drearies (or maybe to celebrate YOUR favorite month), let’s do a Quilt Along!! Mary, Rachael, and I have made this fantastic pattern called “Exploding Heart” by Slice of Pi Quilts, and we LOVE it! We did the pattern designer's QAL - and decided we should do a shop QAL too! So, it’s time for you to get on board!
Here are the “rules.” The Wooden Spools QAL will run for 6 weeks starting NOW!
We will chat about and send along updates in the next two newsletters. This pattern requires 15 fat quarters and background fabric (4 1/2 yards), and we have bundled up some fat quarters for you! (20% off thru 2/28) Just grab a bundle and pick your background fabric! We are also selling the pattern. You will have two weeks until the next newsletter to pick out your fabrics and get your squares cut. The cutting instructions on page 2 of the pattern will explain how many squares and what size. Feel free to take photos of your progress and post on the Wooden Spools Facebook page or on Instagram with #explodingheartqal. We’d love to see everyone’s progress! Let’s get quilting together!
February is American Heart Month, too! ❤️
Here's a BONUS INCENTIVE: The wonderful (big-hearted) Wendy, of Purple Tutu Quilting, is participating in the QAL and has this longarm quilting offer for you: If you and Wendy BOTH finish your tops by April 10th (Wendy's day at Wooden Spools) you'll receive 10% off longarm quilting for your Exploding Heart Quilt! If YOU finish but Wendy doesn't - you'll receive 20% OFF! ❤️😍 Go, Wendy, Go...but maybe go slow 😜!