I'm so excited about all of y'all who are participating in the #MoreThan4QAL! Let's get right down to it with the schedule and updates, shall we?
- When cutting the initial squares (solids in the pattern), they should be cut to 9 inches (not 9 1/2). Because we are adding fabric to the squares, we should still be able to trim them back to 9 inches in order to get a 8 1/2 inch finished block. I've corrected this in the pattern download going out after August 12th.
- Which brings me to: Do you need the pattern? Sign up for our Newsletter, and you'll be sent it automatically to download! Yay!
- Downloading the pattern does NOT obligate you to participate in the QAL, nor will I come hunting for you if you use it to make a quilt for yourself (it's a pretty nifty quilt if you ask me!). We would of course LOVE it if you joined in, though! (However, please do not distribute the pattern to anyone-- even someone wanting to join the QAL. They can get it free by joining the Newsletter).
- The colors and layout in pattern are suggestions. You are welcome to take creative liberty with them! For that matter, even the pattern itself is a suggestion. If you want to be part of the #MoreThan4QAL and make a quilt for a child with cancer but you want to make 9 patches or snail trail blocks or something else instead, go for it! Our big goal here is to use what we love (quilting) to bless, encourage, and warm kids with cancer.
- We request that quilts be machine quilted and machine bound for durability, but the design is up to you. If you meander, meander with love. If you McTavish, McTavish with love. If you send things to the long armer, do that with love! (get my drift?)
- I think that's all the FAQs, but if you still have one, leave a comment or email me at hollyanne (at) quiltsforcure (dot) com.
I'm starting each of our weeks on a Thursday because that will give us all a couple of days to read each week's update then do a bunch of sewing over the weekend.
August 17: Finish gathering fabrics and cut fabrics
August 24: sew 1/5th of your blocks (If you are making the baby quilt, you will sew 5 blocks each week; throw = 11 plus an extra one week; twin = 18 per week. The blocks are super quick-- especially since we're cutting ahead of time)
August 31: Sew another 1/5th of your blocks
September 7: Sew another 1/5th of your blocks
September 14: Sew another 1/5th of your blocks
September 21: Sew another 1/5th of your blocks
September 28: Assemble the quilt top
October: Finish the Quilt Here, you have two options, like a "choose your own adventure."
- Finish the quilt yourself and donate it yourself (either to a hospital in your state-- we can help you with the donation process-- or to any kids Quilts for Cure connects with over the next two months and wants to give a quilt).
- Box up your quilt top plus a $25 tax-deductible donation and mail it to: Quilts For Cure PO Box 1831 Duluth, GA 30096. I will finish your quilt and donate it to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta or to a child QFC connects with in the meanwhile. You are not required to send backing, batting, or binding, but donations are always welcome.
Ta Da! Are y'all excited? I'm excited!
Remember to use #MoreThan4QAL on Instagram as you work on your quilt so that we can cheer each other on! We are taking a stand for brave children across the country, educating the people around us, and caring for these kiddos all at once! That's awesome!
PS Just learning about the #MoreThan4QAL? Read the first post HERE.