Throughout 2021-

This BLOG project started in January 2020 and will continue on into 2021. The project, itself,  is run as a BOM and generally is now a Video matter managed by our store  (Bernina World of Sewing) with the month’s Video session being available the first week of a month that has a Thurs / Friday / Saturday.

The Quilt Along participant pays a fee at the start of the year and this fee covers each month’s pattern, kit and Video pointer-to — assuming the participant shows a completed block of the previous month’s pattern/kit.  If this does not happen, there is a nominal fee for the current-month’s pattern/kit.

The purpose of THIS BLOG is simply: Sharing of experiences/information as 2021 moves forward.  Store staff monitor this BLOG as time allows. This BLOG is not intended as a “place” for-the-store QandA; just send your question to the Quilt Along eMail ID: (QuiltAlong at berninaworldofsewing dot com).  That said, if you DO enter a question into the BLOG and other QuiltAlong participants on this BLOG have not seen/answered the question, our Webmaster will do his best to contact someone in the store to address the question here on the BLOG.

If you DO enter something into the BLOG (to do so, just “Reply” on the Comments’ area of this BLOG) and you want a photo added to the BLOG related to your question: Just send your photo to the QuiltAlong eMail ID and I (the Webmaster) will add your photo to your comment.  No problem, in doing this.

Finally: The Webmaster does see all BLOG entries and he will make a decision about the appropriateness of the BLOG entry. He will “trash” any entry deemed “negative” or “personal”.  This BLOG is not the place for any negativism or personal views/etc.  Period.

We look forward to hearing from you and to your joining us via a Video link  or, if 2021 eventually allows for – at the store once a month at Bernina World of Sewing in Raleigh — and: Seeing the result of your beautiful in-progress and completed work!

To participate, it is intended that you have enrolled in the Quilt Along BOM at Bernina World of Sewing during 2021.

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  1. Webmaster says:

    This Project started in January, 2020 and is continuing in 2021.

    Hello – (From the Webmaster)
    We have started this Weblog with the intent of providing the Quilt Along participants with a “sounding board” for their use.

    Please remember that all Weblog entries are audited by me – The purpose of THIS BLOG is simply: Sharing of experiences/information as 2021 moves forward.  Store staff monitor this BLOG as time allows. This BLOG is not intended as a “place” for-the-store QandA; just send your question to the Quilt Along eMail ID: (QuiltAlong at berninaworldofsewing dot com).  That said, if you DO enter a question into the BLOG and other QuiltAlong participants on this BLOG have not seen/answered the question, our Webmaster will do his best to contact someone in the store to address the question here on the BLOG.

    If you DO enter something into the BLOG (to do so, just “Reply” on the Comments’ area of this BLOG) and you want a photo added to the BLOG related to your question: Just send your photo to the QuiltAlong eMail ID and I (the Webmaster) will add your photo to your comment.  No problem, in doing this.

    And: The Webmaster is quite dictatorial about the BLOG’s contents; he is not very flexible — he does see all BLOG entries and he (alone) will make a decision about the appropriateness of the BLOG entry. He will “trash” any entry deemed “negative” or “personal”. This BLOG is not the place for any negativism or personal views/etc. Period.

    Normally, you would start a “Reply” thread using the “Leave a Reply” box at the bottom of this Web page. Alternatively, you just click on the Reply button at the bottom of some existing entry.

    Some reminders:
    – To place a photo related to your efforts worked-on for the Quilt Along project, just send an eMail to the Quilt Along eMail ID with the picture attached/included. I will figure out where you intend the photo for your particular Comment.
    – Contact me by eMail if you have any problems / concerns with ANYTHING related to the Weblog. Thank you.

    I wish you a GREAT 2021.

    Good luck with your projects and
    Regards,
    David – Webmaster at Bernina World of Sewing
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    To get started with this: Just Click on “Reply” at the bottom of this page or on someone elses’ Comment and enter a name for yourself (can be a Nickname, of course), your eMail (must be valid eMail — however, don’t worry: I do not show/share/use the eMail other than between you and me; no one will see the eMail on the BLOG) — and, finally: Your comment.

  2. Webmaster says:

    I decided to start this BLOG by placing, here, the “QandA” part of QuiltAlong. To comment on any of the following just begin your comment by Clicking on “Reply” at the end of this comment — or, of course, start your own “Thread” for this BLOG by clicking “Reply” at the bottom of this page or on someone else’s Comment and enter a name for yourself (can be a Nickname, of course), your eMail (must be valid eMail — however, don’t worry: I do not show/share/use the eMail other than between you and me; no one will see the eMail on the BLOG) — and, finally: Your comment.

    1. Do we bring our own machines?
    Answer: No! QuiltAlong is NOT a “class” – it is a BlockOfMonth Presentation, Each month, a member of the QuiltAlong group (from the store) will walk-through the month’s block. Prior to the meeting, you will get an eMail that points you to the month’s instructions and you print those out and bring the printout to the meeting (for your writing notes, etc.).

    2. What do we need to bring to the first class in January?
    Answer: Just your printed-out instructions.

    3. Do we need the background material the first class?
    Answer: No…. Because you will be doing the sewing at-home… Most people purchase such at the first meeting. The Background Fabric is your choice.

    4. Are there any dates set up for the rest of the year?
    Answer: The sessions are NORMALLY (95% of the time) the first week that has a Thursday/Friday and Saturday of a month.

    5. How do we demonstrate we’ve completed the month project? Do we send a photo or bring it in to the next class?
    Answer: The participant shows their (actual) completed-block at the store during the meeting.

    6. If we aren’t able to make the next month’s meeting, can a friend pick up the kit for us?
    Answer: If you cannot attend a month’s meeting, you can pick up the Kit at any time and the fee is $6.00. (Also, if you have not completed the previous month’s block – the kit fee is $6.00 even if you are attending a meeting).

    7. Is there a drawing of the size of each block that we can have access to now? Or a drawing similar to the one for last year in which the size of each block, strip etc was marked so we know the sizes of each block, etc that we will be doing?
    Answer: Currently, there is not such a diagram available. If something such as that becomes available it will be placed on the Quilt Along Participation Webpage.

    8. I have completed both squares. Yea me!  I was a bit concerned and have been since I trimmed the above square and it measured 12”x12”.  The directions said to Press and trim your block to a 12.5” square.  But on the front page it said the Sail Around the Island was 12 x 12.  I felt better.  Which is it?  A little confusing  and could make a difference when sewing my quilt together.  Don’t you agree?  Did I do something wrong?  This is my first time doing a Quilt Along.
    Answer: The first page shows you the FINISHED blocks (6” x 6” and the other 12” x 12”). As the pattern says, on Page-5 (Block Assembly for Star of Java) is shown WITHOUT seam allowance) – this is normal for patterns. When assembled, the block will end up 6 ½” square (including the outer seam allowance). If your block is MORE than 6 ½” you trim to 6 ½”. Same approach for the second block (page 8 for Sail Around the Island): It will end up 12 ½” including the outer seam allowance. Your question is a reason for having a chance to check the pattern before the monthly meeting. Don’t hesitate to ask questions at the meeting before you get started with the month’s work.

    9. I am thinking of making a mock block before I make the real block each month.  I had difficulty in January and do not want to stress out the way I did.  So I thought if I made a sample one out of other fabric first and made my mistakes on it, I wouldn’t feel so bad messing up on less expensive fabric.  I am hoping to be able to use my scraps or borrowed fabric.  What I am looking for from you is the amount of total fabric I will need of the white background, charcoal, orange, yellow and turquoise.  Just the amounts because I probably will use other colors.
    Answer: The background fabric: A total of 5 ½-yds. I recommend that you divide the 5 ½ yds into two pieces: One piece 3 yds (for the blocks) and One piece 2 ½ yds. Put the 2 ½ yd piece aside until towards the end of the year (this would be fabric for the sashing and border). For the four other fabrics: You need one yd each total. I, personally would get 1 ¼ yd simply to have enough in case I make a mistake.Good luck with your approach!

    Disclaimer: The above is shown as best-effort information and the information may be changed at any time as the year moves forward.

  3. Webmaster says:

    So far – no Comments, here (thru April) – however, I see comments are coming in via the monthly eMail. So, I share some as May goes along in case any of the comments-shown either give you a smile (as some of the comments do to our staff!) or, better yet: Give you some advice/challenge as you move-along with QuiltAlong! By the way, now that I have said the above: Would there be any value/interest in showing (on this BLOG or on the QuiltAlong Webpage) a few blocks-received via your “showing” us the blocks? I know most of the blocks look similar to each other… Anyway – I will check with the store staff and, in the meantime, if you have a comment about showing blocks here: Let me know.

    Some comments — Thru April 30
    ….
    I finished my April Block of the Month blocks. They were really fun to sew. I cut the music background pieces at different angles and it’s always a surprise to see the finished block. I especially love how the Barbados star turned out! I will make more stars for my finished quilt.
    JKM

  4. BWOSQuiltAlong2020Admin says:

    As I mentioned in the above comment, I am considering putting “selected” blocks here. Of course, I will keep the sender “anonymous”. We see where this all goes as the QuiltAlong year moves along.
    (Click (most of any shown, below) to see them in a larger-sized image)
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    April 2020


    May 2020


  5. Cassie R says:

    Loving the great instructions! Just a note, for May on page 6, pressing instructions:

    1 @ Background/Yellow. Press towards the Background fabric. – should read,

    1 @ Background/Yellow. Press towards the Yellow fabric. (if you want them to nest).

  6. Webmaster says:

    Some completed 2020 Quilt tops are shown below. If you want to have your piece’s photo added – and, of course I LOVE seeing your work/success: Just send a “large-size” image (as large as your camera takes – please do not send the image “reduced size for internet” … just send the largest size you have taken: Send to quiltalong2020 at bernina world of sewing dotcom. Thank you in advance.
    Regards,
    Webmaster at Bernina World of Sewing
    -(Clicking on the following will send you to the QuiltAlong 2020 Webpage where you can see all submitted images in larger-size. Just use your Web Browser’s “back/return/etc.” button to return to here if you wish to do so.)
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    January 2021


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