Guess what today is? It’s my birthday – whoo hoo!! It’s also the launch of the Dot ‘n’ Dash Quilt Along where we will make an entire quilt together from start to finish.
This remake showcases Fandangle, my second fabric line from Benartex.
My third book, Piece and Quilt with Precuts was published around my birthday last year, so I thought it would be fun to celebrate both me and my book being one year older by hosting a quilt along and remaking one of the fun quilts from the book!
I’m sure as many of you know, as we age it’s actually more fun to give than to receive them so I’m excited to share my gift of quilting knowledge with you during the quilt along. As the name of my book implies, I don’t just want to teach you how to piece a fun quilt, I also want to help you quilt it, too!
So without further ado, here’s the quilt along schedule that we’ll follow over the next 8 weeks. All posts will go live on Fridays which will be a great start to your weekend!
Links will go live each week as we quilt along so bookmark this page so you can refer back to it time and again as needed.
Dot ‘n’ Dash Quilt Along Schedule
Week 1 – August 17: Schedule, Supply List and Introductions (You are here!)
Week 2 – August 24: Cutting the Fabric
Week 3 – August 31: Sewing the Blocks
Week 4 – September 7: Completing the Quilt Top
Week 5 – September 14: Backing and Basting
Week 6 – September 21: Quilting Part 1 – Stitching in the Ditch
Week 7 – September 28: Quilting Part 2 – Quilting Double Zig-Zags
Week 8 – October 5: Quilting Part 3 – Free Motion Quilting Double L’s
Week 9 – October 12: Binding
Dot ‘n’ Dash with light gray background recolored in EQ8
Remember – you can use any fabrics you like to make this quilt. Choose a jelly roll of your favorite prints and pair them up with a contrasting background: light gray, dark grey, black, white, or any other color you like. It will be fun to see all the variety!
Here’s a list of everything you’ll need to make this quilt:
- A copy of Piece and Quilt with Precuts
- One jelly roll (or 40 precut 2 1/2″ strips of assorted prints – includes binding)
- 3 yards of background fabric (or a light colored jelly roll – all one fabric, or a mix is ok)
- 4 yards of backing fabric
- 67″ x 79″ piece batting (I recommend natural fiber like cotton, wool, or silk)
- Rotary cutter with fresh blade and mat
- Long 24″ acrylic ruler for cutting strips, shorter ruler or square for cutting smaller pieces
- Thread for piecing (I recommend 50 weight Aurifil cotton in a neutral color)
- Thread for machine quilting (1-2 large spools depending on the density of your quilting)
- Sewing machine in good working order with 1/4″ seam allowances
- Walking foot (or dual feed) and free motion foot to fit your machine
- Brand new needle to match your thread (size 80/12 for 50 weight thread)
- Sewing notions: thread snips, pins, dry iron for pressing, etc.
- Optional: Machingers Gloves and Supreme Slider
- A “can-do” attitude because this is going to be fun!
You can either use precut strips, or select yardage to cut your own!
This Week’s Homework – gathering and Sharing
Did I mention there will be homework each week? But don’t worry – it’s the fun kind!!
This week, gather your material and supplies, share pictures of the fabrics you’ll be working with, and introduce yourself over in my ChristaQuilts Facebook group, or on instagram using the hashtag #dotndashqal.
Part of the fun of any quilt along is getting to know each other and cheering each other on. So feel free to share pictures of your sewing space and be sure to interact with each other as we go. If you want to blog about your process, you can share a link to your blog post in the comments so everyone can check it out!
I can’t wait to see the fabrics everyone chooses.
Even if you choose the same fabric as me, your quilt will still look totally unique!
And remember, it’s okay to work at your own pace. If you want to work ahead or need more time, that’s perfectly fine. Just remember to share as that’s half the fun! I’ll meet you back here next week where we’ll dive into cutting. I can’t wait!!
Dot ‘n’ Dash Finished Size is 60″ x 72″ but can easily be made larger.