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Totally Groovy Quilt Along with Prizes Galore!

Every Thursday here at Pile O' Fabric we have been going through a Quilting & Sewing Events 101 series, explaining the different sewing events you can participate in online and locally. Yesterday we talked about one of my favorite events, Sew Alongs. Today I am super super excited to announce that I will be hosting my very own Quilt Along, and I would love love for you to join me!

The Quilt

I have partnered up with Carolina Patchworks (Emily Cier) who is an amazing quilt designer and writer. She wrote Scrap Republic, Quilt Remix, and Pixel Play (coming soon). You can see her work in Modern Blocks, and she is one of the 16 Iconic Quilt Designers in the newly released book, We Love Color.

Groove Quilt Pattern

Groove Pattern

For this Quilt Along we will be using her Groove Quilt Pattern, which she will be offering at a discount for all QAL participants. When I first began quilting, I came across this pattern and told myself I was going to learn how to make it no matter what! It might seem a bit intimidating, but Emily assures it is much easier than it looks! This will nevertheless be a challenging Quilt Along in Color Selection and Curve Piecing, but still achievable for the newer quilter—and rewarding, too! As you quilt along there will be wonderful tutorials and advice on fabric selection, piecing curves, and quilting techniques from amazing quilters. Emily's patterns are very easy to follow and always have instructions for crib, lap, twin, queen, and king. I myself have not done much curve piecing so you are in good company, we can conquer these groovy curves together! You are totally welcome to make this quilt any way you see fit, so if you prefer to use prints then go for it! I'm excited to see your own variation.

Posts & Schedule

Here are the current scheduled posts for the Quilt Along. We will be learning the ins and outs of curve piecing from amazing quilters Emily Cier, Jacquie Gering, Amanda Woodruff, and Kate Conklin. We will also be getting some Groovy Quilting tips from Quilting Extraordinaire Angela Walters. This will be a fantastic learning experience, and a great opporunity to meet some new quilting friends!

  • August 2nd - Planning and Choosing your Fabric (and if you need fabric, I’ve arranged for a 20% discount on Kona Cotton at Fat Quarter Shop)
  • August 9th - Meet the Totally Groovy Designer, Emily Cier
  • August 16th - Cutting your templates
  • August 22nd - Intro to Curves Piecing by Alyssa Lichner
  • August 23rd - Piecing Traditional Curves by Jacquie Gering at Tallgrass Prairie Studio
  • August 30th - Piecing Curves without Pins by Kate Conklin at Kate Conklin Designs
  • September 6th - Piecing Curves without Pins by Emily Cier at Carolina Patchworks
  • September 7th - Piecing Curves with a Curve Master Foot by Amanda Woodruff at A Crafty Fox
  • September 13th - Putting all the pieces together, finishing your quilt top
  • September 20th - Choosing a Backing Design
  • September 27th - A Look at Emily Cier's New Book Pixel Play
  • October 4th - Totally Groovy Quilting Tips by Angela Walters from Quilting is my Therapy
  • October 18th - Wrapping up and linky party begins
  • October 25th - Submissions do for Grand Prize Winners

Sponsors & Prize

Throughout the course of the QAL, participants will have the chance to win the following AMAZING prizes

QAL Grand Prizes

After the final submissions are in the judges Emily Cier, Angela Walters and I will collaborate and choose the final winners. The criteria for judging will be annouced at the start of the quilt along.

Grand Prize 1st Place Winner

2nd Place Winner

3rd Place Winner

Final Participant Drawing

All final submission participants will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $50 Gift Certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop

Getting the Supplies

The Pattern

The pattern can be purchased in our shop at:

    The Fabric

    Fat Quarter Shop is offering all QAL Participants a 20% Discount on all KONA cotton from now till August 30th using code: Sewing101

    Totally Groovy Quilt Along Giveaway!

    How about we start the groovy fun off with it's first giveaway! A Totally Groovy Quilt Package! Everything you need to join the fun, $75 to The Fat Quarter Shop to get your fabric and a Groove Quilt Pattern to Quilt Along! Let's give a huge thank you to the Fat Quarter Shop!

    Flickr Group

    I hope that you will join the flickr group, which can be found here. This will the central place to come together and share photos of our progress and get to know each other.

    Totally Groovy Button

    If you’d like to let people know what fun you are up to or invite your friends to join here is a button!

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    Promotional Partners

    I am very blessed to have some wonderful blogging friends who have agreed to help me promote this QAL before it launches on August 2nd. If you want more chances to win a Groove Pattern then check out their blogs, some will be giving patterns away!

      Okay everyone time to get your Quiltin' Groove on!! :)


      Alyssa Lichner

      Alyssa Lichner

      Creator of Pile O' Fabric

      Alyssa Lichner is a graphic designer turned avid sewist. She writes modern quilting tutorials and shares techniques and inspiration on her blog, Pile O’ Fabric. Alyssa has a passion for exploring different techniques and applying them to modern designs. She is thankful to have the opportunity to share these techniques, through her tutorials, patterns, and classes with quilters around the world. She always encourages her readers and students to challenge themselves to try new things and to approach quilting with a fearless attitude.