Welcome fellow thrill-seekers, dreamers and adventurers! We gather once again to start something new and oh so exciting—the Adventureland quilt sew along! Are you new to SQ sew alongs or maybe sew alongs in general? If so, I encourage you to read this introduction post so you don't miss out on all the benefits of sewing along with us as well as the various ways to get involved.
For those who have sewn along with me and the SQ community before, welcome back friends! I MISSED YOU these past months. Doesn't it feel good to be back in action? Even though I know you know what to expect over the next four weeks, here's a teeny weeny recap for the newer folks.
And just to remind everyone, you do not sign up for SQ sew alongs. You simply sew along with us! These posts will remain free and public on the blog so you can revisit them any time.
The Adventureland quilt above was made by Erin Jo using a jelly roll by Giucy Giuce.
The Adventureland Quilt Sew Along
- The Mission: Make a throw (or larger) Adventureland quilt top in four weeks starting NOW, March 22 and wrapping up by April 19.
- Tech Support: The Suzy Quilts Patterns Facebook group is the best place to ask your technical sewing questions. And just to note, stupid questions do not exist. I repeat NO QUESTION IS STUPID. So before you ask a question in the group forum there's no need to ever preface it with, "This may be a stupid question, but..." The main purpose of sew alongs is to answer questions that pop up during the quilt-making process.
- Backup: Smart adventurers always have backup on important missions and Smart is our middle name. The SQ quilting community shows up in the most inspiring way through the sew along hashtag on Instagram, #AdventurelandQuiltSA. Use that hashtag in the comments of your post and you are automatically entered into a weekly giveaway! Follow that hashtag to connect with others in the sew along and get inspired by their quilt progress. Like, comment, even repost pictures from other Adventureland quilters to let them feel support. It's so easy and fast to do and it makes people feel warm and fuzzy inside.
- Reward: Aside from having a beautiful finished quilt top, you also can win weekly prizes by using #AdventurelandQuiltSA in the comments of your posts on Instagram. More details on that are at the bottom of this post.
Get 25% off longarm quilting on your Adventureland quilt from Jenn B Quilts now through August. Use coupon code ADVENTURELAND.
Get 25% off longarm quilting on your Adventureland quilt from Trace Creek Quilting now through mid-May. You must mention this deal when filling out the info form.
Erin Jo used her Adventureland scraps to make a matching pillow.
Adventureland Sew Along Schedule
- Week 1, March 22: Pick fabric
Sponsor: Sewing Arts Center - $100 gift certificate
Sponsor: Emily Van Hoff - earring kit
- Week 2, March 29: Cut fabric
Sponsor: Cottoneer - Martha fabric fat quarter bundle
Sponsor: Jenn B Quilts - free longarm quilting on one throw quilt
- Week 3, April 5: Sew strips together
Sponsor: Global Fiber: Sprout wovens bundle (pre-order)
Sponsor: Bessie Pearl Textiles: $50 gift certificate
- Week 4, April 12: Assemble quilt top
Sponsor: Trace Creek Quilting: free longarm quilting on one quilt
Sponsor: Rifle Paper Co: Camont fat quarter bundle
If You Are New to Quilting...
I'm so glad you're here! This is a fantastic pattern for you and a sew along is the perfect way to explore, learn and grow your quilting skills. I have more resources for you that are helpful and quick to read.
Picking Fabric for the Adventureland Quilt
I designed the schedule of this sew along so that you have time to comfortably make a throw Adventureland quilt, however you can make any size you want. To win the final Week 4 prize you need to show a finished throw or larger quilt top.
As you can see in the above chart, you can use a jelly roll/scraps OR color yardage to make a throw quilt. You do not need BOTH a jelly roll AND color yardage.
Once you figure out what to use for your 40 - 2.5" WOF strips, then pick up a yard of fabric for the Background.
Fabric Picking Tips
- Read the blog post 6 Ways to Tackle Your Fear of Wasting Fabric. This post has some great practical tips for taking the fear out of choosing fabric.
- Look at the pattern mock-ups. Check out the last pages of the Adventureland pattern for added color ideas.
- Get inspired by surfing Pinterest. It sounds too simple, but I do it all the time! Wanna know my secret weapon for picking fabric? Find color combinations from sources outside of quilting! Interior design, fashion, nature, art—anything!
- Let your fabric be your guide. Match coordinating solids or prints to a favorite fabric. You can also look at the selvage of a print to see all of the colors used in the fabric.
My Adventureland Fabric
Friends, picking fabric for my sew along quilt was a bit of a rollercoaster. I wanted to use a jelly roll because I figured a lot of you would also be using jelly rolls so it would be nice if my tips were relatable. I found an adorable one from Ruby Star Society, however the main problem was that about a fourth of it was pink.
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE pink. I love it so much almost every quilt I make ends up with a little bit of pink in it. Because of that I wanted to challenge myself to do something different. But that left me with another problem, if I nixed a quarter of the strips in my jelly roll, I wouldn't have enough to make a quilt. Hmmm...
Enter the Jr. jelly roll! That's right folks. If you thought jelly rolls couldn't get any cuter, you will be pleasantly surprised to know that they can. A Jr. jelly roll is a pint-sized bundle containing approximately half the amount of strips in a regular jelly roll.
So after throwing out all of the pink strips and adding in some solids strips from my Jr. jelly roll, here's where I was.
Ya'll, I was not loving it. I think the Food Groups collection really needed the pink to look complete. Hmmm...what now?
Eureka! A thought occurred to me. What if I threw out the entire jelly roll and just rolled with the Jr. jelly roll! I could then supplement the needed strips with more color yardage and background fabric to create a minimal stripe.
Eh? Are we digging this? I liked the minimal stripe, but it felt a bit...adrift. It needed a little more structure. To achieve that, I added one color yardage to the central part of the pinwheel. Like this...
If you are digging this and want to do something similar, you need:
- One Jr. Jelly Roll (also called a Half Roll) OR 20 - 2.5" x WOF strips
- 12" minimum (3/8 yd. is what the pattern lists so you have enough wiggle room to cut your strips on grain) of one color for the central part of the pinwheel
- 2.25 yd. Background (How I figured this out: I needed 16 - 2.5" x WOF strips = 40" total. 40 divided by 36 (one yd) is a little less than 1.25 yd. Add that to the fabric you need already for the Background and voilà!)
To keep things simple, I found a solid from my stash, AGF PURE Gentle Feather. It was the only fabric I had enough of so it's what I'll use. Throughout this process of going back and forth and changing my mind, I started to get a little insecure. I even wondered, "If I struggle to choose fabrics, does that mean I'm bad at it?" Here's what I came up with...
1. It's OK to change your mind.
Sometimes it feels like once you purchase fabric for a project you're locked in, even if you don't really like what's happening, but that's just not the case. You can use that fabric in a future project or if you are really not loving it, swap it with a sewing friend for something else.
Start off your quilt with excitement and use fabric that brings you joy! I plan on using this Food Groups jelly roll as binding on this quilts and probably a future baby Adventureland quilt too.
2. It's OK to like what you like.
I remind myself of this All. The. Time. It's OK for you to fall back into using the same color schemes and fabrics. It's OK for you to hate solid and love prints. It's OK for you to make quilts that look different than mine. In fact, it's more than OK, it's how it should be! That's what keeps our quilting community beautiful.
3. It's OK not to feel 100% sure about your decisions.
This is true for most life decisions, but definitely true when picking fabric for a quilt. You just can't know exactly how this fabric is going to look as a quilt until it becomes a quilt. Yes, you can make a detailed mock-up, but there's also a lot of joy to be had in the surprise of seeing a quilt come together!
4. It's OK to struggle. That doesn't mean you're bad at it.
I have been quilting for over 20 years and as you just witnessed, I struggled to pick fabric for this quilt. I'm still not 100% sure this will look good. Does that mean I'm bad at color? Does that mean I should approach future quilts with the worry that I'm going to botch it up cause I struggled so much with this quilt? HECK NO! Maybe I was having an off day or maybe, just maybe when I push myself out of my comfort zone it will be uncomfortable. Who could have guessed?
Some days you nail it on the first try. Some days you have to struggle. C'est la friggin' vie. haha!
5. It's OK to move on.
I'm going to follow that up with, it's also OK not to love every quilt you make. That just means you should keep making more quilts. Every time you take time to sew, you are learning and growing. You can apply that acquired knowledge and confidence to changing how you make the same pattern, or you can simply move on to the next pattern!
Week 1 Sponsors & Prizes
One of our favorite sewing shops is the sponsor for this week's prize—Sewing Arts Center! By posting a pic to IG and using #AdventurelandQuiltSA you are entered to win a $100 gift certificate to anything on their website, and people, they have everything.
The folks at SAC are so much fun and always cooking up new kits and discounts, so make sure to follow along with them on social media and through their newsletter!
Our second sponsor is Emily Van Hoff who is giving away an earring kit. If you are unfamiliar with Emily's wall hangings and accessories, ooooh am I excited for YOU! They are a stunning mix of graphic and textile design.
How to Win
- Post a pic to Instagram. The photo prompt for Instagram this week is to post a picture of your sew along progress. Use #AdventurelandQuiltSA in the caption.
- You must have a public Instagram profile to participate.
- Each photo posted is an entry and you can enter as many times as you want in a single week. Once the week is over, those posts do not count in the next week's giveaway. Every week we start fresh.
- Your photo must be posted between Tuesday, March 22 and Tuesday, March 29. The winner will be picked randomly from all qualifying posts and announced at approximately 4:00 p.m. on the 29th. Good luck!