synchronized squares quilt along.

08 June 2011

synchronized squares quilt along.

welcome to the synchronized squares quilt along yall.

i love christmas SO stinkin' much that i feel the need to be ahead of the game.
meaning i'm a christmas in june kind of girl.
christmas in july is just way too far away.
plus i really, really can't stand summer. ugh.

so to kick off the "i wish it was fall-football-winter-christmas-anything-but-summer" season {lol}...
i'm gonna teach yall how to make your very own synchronized squares quilt!!!
{we'll spend the next few weeks making it.}

yummy synchronized squares quilt along fabrics. <--ho ho ho merry christmas!!!

this week we will focus on our starting materials.
our quilt will be approximately 55" square.
yep. the perfect "lounge on the couch" size.
:)

my synchronized squares quilt.

i cheated this time and had my quilt finished before the announcement.
how else would i be able to convey it's yummy scruffily come & get me goodness?!?!
*sigh*

synchronized squares quilt along.

materials needed:
1 print layer cake of your choice
1 bella solids layer cake of your choice
3/4 yard binding OR use scraps from your layer cake for scrappy binding
4 yards backing

for those inquring minds, i used:
a flurry {by kate spain} layer cake {get yours here.} <--hi kate. xoxo.
& moda bella solids in pure white {get yours here.}

psst: be on the lookout for my other yummy synchronized squares quilt.
it's all prints. zero solids. doesn't scream christmas. and is yum yum yum delicioso.
i promise i'll share it as soon she's home from my quilter.


i have started a synchronized squares quilt along flickr group.
i can't wait to see everyone's quilts come to life.
:)

a big thanks to...
karrielyne's piecing skills. <--i heart you & your helping hands.
& darla padilla's quilting skills. <--i'm loving the snowflakes.

FQS-June2011-Ad-V2

the synchronized squares quilt along is being sponsored by fat quarter shop.
what's this mean for yall???

first: do yall need to buy your TWO layer cakes for the quilt along?!?!
well quilt along peeps get 20% off at the fat quarter shop!!!
*use code "PSLayerCake" during checkout*
disclaimer: this coupon code is good towards TWO layer cakes of your choice. layer cakes only.

second: how about free fabric?!?!
fat quarter shop is awarding prizes!!!

at the end of the quilt along...
the peeps who finish their quilts will go into a drawing:
1st prize = $100 gift certificate
2nd prize = $75 gift certificate
3rd prize = $50 gift certificate
*tenative drawing date is june 30th*

synchronized squares quilt along button.

grab a button, join in the fun & spread the word.
i hope yall are as excited as i am.

so who's in???

♥ rachel

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89 comments:

Kari Nitzel said...

I am still an old school quilter, what is a layer cake and why is it so popular?

Tanyia said...

What is the time frame for this?

Kathy Grom said...

I am definitely in. I really loved the last quilt along (postage stamp). The trouble is picking my layer cakes. But I will get that done today!

Jen said...

I'm in and already have a layer cake (not Christmas, but it will work!0 i've been trying to think of what I'd do with it, so this is perfect! Could I use yardage for the solid? I'm trying to de-stash a bit before my move this summer! ;)

Debbie said...

Oh yeah! i need some motivation and this will do it, i'm such a slacker. i think i have a layer cake laying around. sure I do if not, time to shop :0

Jeanie said...

Don't know if I'll be able to quilt along or not, but I just wanted to say that I HATE summer too! Everyone thinks I'm nuts because I love the winter snow. It's nice to know I'm not alone!
Cute quilt!

Brenda said...

Don't have any layer cakes. Will charm packs work?

rebecca said...

I just bought my layer cakes! And this time, I am going to keep up... I really am.

Mary Grace McNamara said...

Just finished my postage stamp quilt the other day, so I'm ready for another fun quilt along! I would love to use up some of my stash though, instead of purchasing new and I do not have a layer cake. Would charms or jelly rolls work? Or fat quarters?

I'm with you on the summer thing...one day of hot weather and I'm ready for fall!

MGM

Karin said...

I am going to finally baste my postage stamp quilt tomorrow I think, so this will be good timing! Will charm squares work for this? I also really do not like summer. Can't say I hate it, but I'd rather have fall or spring anytime. The heat (anything above 70) makes me feel like 'you-know-what'! I'd rather have perfect 60 degree weather and not be cold or hot! And not have to mow the darn lawn! LOL

sweetbaby said...

I'm in!! LOVE your quilt alongs. Can't wait!! :) Ruth Wright

Heather said...

I haven't even started the postage stamp quilt a long yet. Yeesh. I love this one though! I just takes WEEKS to get stuff in the mail here and now the postal service is on strike. Booooooooo.

Teri said...

Yeah! I am so excited for this one! I have been waiting since the end of the postage stamp QAL. Off to shop!

Sandy said...

I'm in! I need a little push to get me in gear! LOL

The Vegetarian Hunter said...

You cannot stand Summer? You must live someplace warm. Tell you what, come live in Edmonton Alberta Canada for even just one year. You will be so fricken sick of winter you will never diss summer again! Its June 8th today and its still not nice outside here. I have to cover the garden every night to prevent the frost from killing the plants! Dislike Summer? Not me, heck, I just wish it would hurry it up and get here!!
Cheers,
Carolyn

Sandy said...

I need the inspiration from someone to get my butt in gear lately....I think this might just be the ticket! Am heading to FQS right now to order.

Quilting Yai Yai said...

I'm in!!! I have to go shop now!
Bah-bye.
Deborah

Kerry said...

I love this! I'd love to join in. I've got some FQ's and a charm pack that need a good project like this one! Can I use those instead?

Sandra said...

How does a quilt along work? Why do I need a button? (yep, you can tell I'm new to this....)

Sherry said...

I have a ton of fat quarters that need to be used up. Can I use those?

Lori said...

I would love to try this! I've never done a quilt along before! I'm so excited!!! Time to go shopping!

bethanndodd said...

I am TOTALLY in!

lesleyworth said...

About to go pick out my layer cakes! So excited to play along!

SewingMom2Three said...

I'm not a big fan of summer either, so my quilt will be Christmas-y too!

Jennifer said...

I am not a big fan of summer either! I like cool fall/spring days when I can be outside without being miserable.
I would love to do this quilt a long and have a bunch of half yards I am using for another project. What are the dimensions of the squares so I know if I will have enough left over from the other project.

~The Bargain Babe said...

Well it sounds fun and I love your quilt. Question though---is this pattern going to be easy enough for a beginner? And by "beginner" I mean someone who finished one quilt in 7th grade and is only part way through a second?

Beach House Quilter said...

I'm in! Looks like fun!

philippa said...

I'm in and super excited! I have a layer cake I have been saving for something special and I think this is perfect!!! Can't wait to get going...

CJ said...

Cute quilt! I'll be looking for answers to all the questions others have asked...charm packs, fat quarters, yardage and time frame.
I am not a summer lover either! I didn't know there were others out there at all. I like the first day of summer because it is all down hill after that! Days get shorter and we are headed to fall!

Sharon said...

I'd love to do this too!!

Karen said...

Cool quilt! I have a layer cake to use, but was wondering if you could post estimates for yardage for the solid so not limited to neutral pre-cuts.

Carol said...

Cute quilt. I love your quilt alongs, I did the postage stamp quilt. I'm in total agreement with you on summer, don't care for summer and can hardly wait till Fall. I ordered up my layer cakes.

Ann Marie said...

Hmmm I might be in...........

harleywife57 said...

I'm in ! Mine will be in fall fabric though ; not ready for Christmas yet ! And I already have fall fabrics and some Layer Cake leftovers ......

Vickie said...

I can't wait! Count me in.

A. Merrily said...

I'm totally in but want to clarify is there a reason if we have multiple charm packs could they be used in lieu of the cake?

Leena Salleh said...

I might be joining in....I have a layer cake lying somewhere around the house i think....:)

Lana said...

Yay! Count me in! I need a good Christmas quilt for my couch! i love it that you are doing this...just sayin!

Kylie Lloyd said...

count me in. Found some a Terrain Layer cake and Bella solid white. In case everyone is jealous, I'm in Australia and we are having winter and it is cold.

Sel's Quilting Blog said...

I have to think about this one - I just joined a kaleidoscope quilt-along - although this one looks lovely and effective and much much easier!

I think I might, though - your last quilt-along was fun and simple and very effective!

My Baby James said...

I'm in!!! My 1st quilt along YAY! :)

Simone said...

I am in..

Simone said...

I am in..

Karen Wilson said...

I have a charm pack so thinking I could make a mini one in half scale.

Do you use the whole white layer cake or is there a fair amount left over? Just wondering if I have enough red left over to use instead or if I'd need to get more...

Mouster1 said...

I would love to join in, but I'm in the middle of moving. When will you be starting and can I get instructions and perhaps start in a few weeks? Thanks for having the quilt along. It's a great way for quilters to have fun and see other fabrics in the same pattern and how amazing they all look.

Regi said...

Count me in. This looks like a lot of fun.

sleepycathollow said...

I'm in! I have some layer cakes in my stash just itching to be cut into! :)

Jodie said...

Never done a quilt along. I was hoping to make a quilt for my cousins wedding gift - so this would be perfect. :)

diannajessie said...

I would love to do this quilt, I have been toying with the idea of making one for some time but have never got further than the blocks....two ??'s what is a two layer cake as I am sure it is not a yummy chocolate one and two do you think that beginner will find this quilt easy?

Excited - yes Very!!

Lynnae said...

I am in...living in AZ, summer is my least favorite time of the year. I really enjoyed the postage stamp QAL.

Erin said...

I am in! Sounds like fun!

Paula said...

Ordered my layer cakes!!

The Polka Dot Apron said...

What a great quilt! I've ordered my layer cake in Central Park by Kate Spain (been dying to purchase that FOREVER!). Dumb question: is there a html code for your QAL button? I want to link it to my blog, www.mypolkadotapron.blogspot.com to promote it :D Thanks!

fiberdoodles said...

LOVE it! I'm so IN ;0)

Carol Sanin said...

Okay, I'm in but I have to order the fabric first. Do we have a dead line to finish?

Lexi said...

Yes yes yes I'm in again! I'm dragging two friends with me again too. We love your simple yet elegant quilts that give a sense of achievement quite quickly. Thanks for doing another, can't wait to start.

Carla said...

Do I dare? But of course I do!!

Christina Gilman said...

I'd love to play, but between the end of school, Solstice, my daughter's birthday, a graduation party, two baby quilts, a shirt for my husband, a farm grand opening, the beginning of strawberry season, and probably a few other things I'm forgetting just now, I think I'm booked solid for the rest of the month. I'll watch everyone in the flickr group and sigh longingly, though!

Cindy said...

I AM IN! I need something to help shrink my fabric stash. I can't buy any more fabric until I have more room! LOL

Amber said...

I'm in too this will be my first quilt along.

Heather said...

I got Prayer Flag and Brown - I have loved Prayer Flag forever. I'm so happy to have it coming. I think it's going to be lovely. Now I just need to DO the silly thing.

Donna in NW FL said...

Ordered my layer cakes--should be here Monday! I'm ready to get back to sewing!

MimiQuilts said...

I am excited to join in. I've made several quilts, but this will be my first quilt along. Off to order my fabric now!!

luvtoquilt said...

I'm in! I'll be using Lollipop by Sandy Gervais -- been holding on to that layer cake for awhile -- so excited to use it!

Stevens Family said...

Don't hate but I can't buy layer cakes right now. So, I am going to de-stash and go cut a lot of 10" squares. Beautiful quilt! Can't wait to get started.

Stephanie said...

Yay! I'm in for sure. I have Ready Set Snow and Jovial layer cakes so I will use one of those.

lesleyworth said...

I ended up purchasing just wing it by momo...so excited for my first quilt-a-long! Previously used your postage stamp QAL as a tutorial, this time I get play along for reals!

Maria Spiller said...

I might have a go to. This will be my first QAL. I just need to sort out the fabrics now.

Live.Love.Sew said...

I'm in! Can't wait... got some flurry as well as hullabaloo so am being an Over-achiever and making 2!

Deb said...

I'm using a Lovely layer cake because I already have it plus the binding and backing! Just hadn't started using it for something else yet. I'm in!

Nicole said...

I am in, this will be my first Quilt a long, looking forward to starting!

Nicole

RhonniG said...

I'm in! I might use Pom Pom de Paris or something brighter. I"m sorta getting into bright summery fabrics and that's so not me.

Life In A Pink Bunny Suit said...

Joining in, as my Postage Stamp Quilt should be ready for binding this week...and I love it so much! But a question: as the new Riley Blake layer cakes have less squares, what is the actual count needed of the printed layer cake squares?

Ako "Bell" Shiffer said...

We packed and sold the house this spring and I had NO sewing time last couple of months!!!!! We are finally settling in at our new location, I see fewer and fewer boxes to unpack. This would be a great way to start up again! I'm in :)

Stephanie said...

I'm in! First time to quilt so should be interesting!!

Donna in NW FL said...

My layer cakes arrived from Fat Quarter Shop today! They are so quick!

Kathy Grom said...

The UPS man just dropped off my fabric from Fat Quarter Shop so I am ready to go. Can't wait for the first set of instructions.

Stephanie said...

I'm totally in! I love the pattern and the fact that you get to follow along with so many other quilting "friends". This is my first quilt-a-long so I'm super excited!

I love reading your blog! I've just recently started my own blog going. You should check it out. I linked your quilt along to my blog.

http://quiltingwhimsy.blogspot.com/

mommyheartsfamily said...

So last time you had a quilt along I said I would join next and now I am in! Thanks for the inspiration and opportunity to quilt together. Smiles - (p.s. I'll be using Bonnie and Camille's Bliss because that beautiful fabric has been sitting in my stash just waiting for the perfect project - it will be my first layer cake project. Smiles!

Laura said...

Just received my Summer House fabric yesterday! Can't wait to get started...this is my first quilt along. Hope I can keep up.

Carol Sanin said...

Okay, I just received the Flurry fabric today!! can't wait to get started with the quilt along. Happy, Happy :o)

Kell said...

I'm in! Just ordered Summer House & Just Wing It from Fat Quarter Shop. It's not like I needed to order any because I have some Giddy, Sunkissed, Bliss & Origin layer cakes at home but I wanted something new. Lol!

Once I get them and decide which one I'm going to use I'll go to my LQS for the yardage. Now all I need to do is piece the backing for my postage stamp quilt and quilt it.

Midnight Amy said...

Does "finished" mean just the top, or quilted and bound too?
Thanks!

notes of sincerity said...

I'm in! :o) Only I will be using some yellow tones to create a happy sunshine like quilt. :o) I posted about it this morning if you would like to drop in. :o)
Have a wonderful weekend.
Sincerely, Trish

Lena said...

I debated joining along and decided I would! This will be my first quilt along and my first time using layer cakes!!

Mindy said...

I am new to blogging and quilting and would love to "grab a button", how do I do that? Do I just drag it into my blog or is there something more to it?

Anita said...

I'm ready...using "Grace" by 3 Sisters LC, with "natural" for the solid. Have I missed the rest of the instructions? Can't seem to find it on the site. Well, I'll keep looking. Love how the quilt looks finished.

Leanne said...

Hello from Australia. I'd love to join in.

JanyceR said...

Rachel - I want to say thank you at this late date! I actually made my blocks last summer when the quilt along started, but did not get them sewn together until Sept, then to my longarmer. The quilt finally told me last week that it wanted to go to my Mom - and believe me I had been all over the place with where this quilt belonged over the last six months! - Mom was never in the running. Easy? Raw edges? Pieced binding? Quilted by someone else? To my Mom? Never! But last week I knew it was the perfect quilt for my 81 year old mom to get a scruffy hug from me through out the season, even though I am 300 miles away. My mom absolutely loves it and thinks it is perfect for the entire winter, lol!
Thanks so much Rachel for this quilt along, I never expected the outcome that occurred for this quilt, but I am so grateful your sharing gave me one more way to hug my mom.

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