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Retro Rubies Quilt Along // QAL Announcement

Well I say its about time we had another Quilt Along here at Pile O' Fabric! Last year I had a fantastic time quilting along with you during the Totally Groovy QAL! This year we have been busy with two Block of the Months the Skill Builder BOM and Modern BOM 2, but here I am to tempt you again!

Retro Rubies // The Quilt

Last year I was secretly working on a quilt called Retro Rubies to be published in Modern Patchwork Magazine Spring 2013. The magazine is hot off the press and now available for Pre-Order. Modern Patchwork is a special edition magazine packed full with 34 modern sewing projects from a myriad of amazing designers such as Kate Spain, Jacquie Gering, Jackie Kunkel, Heather Jones, Amy Ellis, and more. If I would have sold this quilt pattern by itself it would have been $12.50, but you can get the Retro Rubies pattern and 33 other patterns for only $14.50 plus shipping! Now you may be thinking, why do you always choose a quilt pattern for the Quilt Alongs that cost money!? This year my goal was to offer the two Block of the Month quilt alongs as free options. With Retro Rubies I am selling the magazines at Your purchase and participation helps support my work here at Pile O' Fabric which I greatly appreciate. I have to have some excuse to tell my husband when he asks me why I am blogging so much ;). The Retro Rubies Quilt featured in the magazine is a wall hanging. Once you learn how to make the blocks you could make as many as you want and turn the quilt into a Baby, Throw, Twin, Queen, King or even a pillow. What size or item you make is completely up to you. For my second go around I will be making a throw size quilt and a throw pillow.

Posts and Schedule

  • April 29th - Choosing your Fabric and Thread
  • May 6th - Choosing a Size and Cutting Fabrics
  • May 20th - Modern Patchwork Project #1 (I will be making a few projects from the Magazine to share)
  • June 3rd - Piecing your Curves & Quilt top
  • June 10th - Share about Modern Patchwork Project #2 (I will be making a few projects from the Magazine to share)
  • June 17th - Quilting your Retro Rubies
  • June 24th - Retro Rubies Link Up Party
  • July 1st - Winner's announced, prizes awarded

Sponsors and Prizes

Throughout the QAL there will be a TON of amazing giveaways from the fantastic sponsors. Exact prizes and giveaways will be announced in a separate post.

The Sponsors!

Post Giveaways

Each Retro Rubies QAL post will have a giveaway or two! So be sure to subscribe to Pile O' Fabric RSS emails to keep updated on posts and stop by to enter each one.

Link Up Prizes

If you quilt along then June 24th you will need to link up (here at Pile O' Fabric) an image of your quilt top, finished quilted quilt, or pillow, etc. Doing so will put you into the running for a chance to win some link up prizes.

Choice Award Prizes

All participants who submit a finished quilted quilt will be in the running two win a Choice Award Prize. First I will choose one winner for the Pile O' Fabric Choice Award Prize, and then the rest of the finished quilts will be posted for readers to vote. The winner of the reader's vote will receive the Readers Choice Award Prize.

Getting Your Supplies

The Magazine

The magazine can be pre-ordered at The magazines should be in my hands the last few weeks in April then I will then mail them out to you. All magazines will be shipped USPS First Class Mail. Please be sure to pre-order so I can reserve a copy from the shipment for you. For those of you who are located outside of the USA, I can ship you the magazine, but shipping is about $10 on average. Interweave publications has mentioned they may have a PDF version of the magazine for sale on their website at a later date. You may also be able to find the magazine at a local quilt shop or Barnes and Noble Bookstore.

Fabric, Fabric, Fabric!

Choosing fabric is one of the most fun steps! Thanks to my sponsors you all will have some wonderful QAL Discounts to help make your shopping even more fun! The QAL Discounts will be announced on April 29th during the Fabric Post.

Participate and Follow Along

Flickr Group

If you are quilting along be sure to join the Retro Rubies Flickr Group, and share you quilt along progress. If you have questions throughout the quilt along you can start a new discussion in the group.

Instagram Tag

For you Instagram lovers out there share your quilt along progress with tag #retrorubiesqal

QAL Button

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Quilt Along Update Page

I have created a page here at Pile O' Fabric just for the Retro Rubies QAL, so you can see all post updates and information. Be sure to book mark it ( for your reference.

Signup to QAL

If you would like to Quilt Along, then head on over to and pre-order your magazine. Also be sure to follow Pile O' Fabric to keep up to date with the most recent updates. Here are some ways to follow along… Bloglovin // RSS Emails // Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest // Flickr // Instagram // You Tube Looking forward to quilting along with you!
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