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Announcing the Free Sewcialites Quilt Along

Today we’re sew excited to debut our Sewcialites Quilt Along! We’re celebrating our quilting community with a free block of the week quilt along. We’ve joined forces with 18 talented designers to bring you a 38-week quilt along with amazing sampler blocks and sew many options!

SEW together, STAY together

It’s difficult to see our quilty community in person right now, but we can SEW together to STAY together! This quilt along is a chance for quilters all around the world to connect each week for a regular sewing spree, try a variety of blocks, and celebrate every single amazing quilt in progress. There is nothing that warms our heart like fabric and friends, so spread the word!

How does it work?

We’ll release one block every Friday, starting on Friday, September 25, 2020 and ending on Friday, July 2, 2021. Make a date with us each Friday for a new block pattern on our blog, and see Kimberly show hers on our YouTube Livestream the same day. Each designer will also post their block on that day too!

If you’d like to get automatic updates, you can subscribe to the blog by signing up in the Email Subscription box or subscribe to our YouTube channel.

But it’s never too late to start – join us at any time! The suggested fabric requirements and all the block patterns released so far will be posted on the Sewcialites Landing Page so be sure to bookmark it for later reference.

Sewcialites Quilt

Kimberly started her quilt with a Fat Quarter Bundle of Homestead by April Rosenthal for Moda Fabrics and a Sewcialites Accent Fat Quarter Bundle for the half square triangles that go into finishing the quilt. She’s using 20708-36 (from On the Farm by Stacy Iest Hsu) for background, 24097-25 for binding and 24090-15 for backing (both from Homestead by April Rosenthal).

If you are after a different look, we have a page of fabric recommendations HERE with different fabric styles and great background fabric options. Please note that some of the collections come out after the quilt along starts.

Some of our FQS staffers are joining the quilt along! They’re sewing from a variety of collections.

Angel is adding 30150-542 as the background, 30643-18 for binding and 30640-15 for backing.

Sue is making her quilt with 55218-21 for the background, 55215-17 binding and 55213-20 for backing.

Deborah is adding 8654-61 for background, 20396-22 for binding and 20390-12 for backing.

Terri is using Bella Solid 9900-200 for the background, 5125-16 for binding and 5121-16 for backing.

Teresa is sewing with 1660-132 for background, 1660-137 for binding and 1730-11 for backing.

How hard is the Sewcialites quilt?

The Sewcialites quilt is made up of 36 blocks designed by 18 designers. If you can sew an accurate 1/4″ seam and read a pattern, you’ll be in good shape. The block patterns are offered in three sizes: 3″, 6″ and 9″ finished. Each pattern is marked with the difficulty level, but they all have straight seams. They are all pieced with no foundation paper piecing or applique.

This quilt has THREE size options (3”, 6” and 9” finished blocks), so start by selecting what size quilt you want to make.

What do I need?

We have a suggested fabric requirements list for each quilt size option, but you can certainly start with your stash. Each size option is precut friendly! Get started with our Sewcialites Information Packet which includes fabric requirements, a coloring sheet, complete block schedule, and a guide to optional Triangles on a Roll recommendations as seen below.


Coloring Sheet

Block Schedule

Triangles on a Roll

If you prefer using Triangles on a Roll triangle paper to make Half Square Triangles, these are the called for sizes.


H100 – 1″ *
H125 – 1.25″ ◊
H150 – 1.5″
H200 – 2″ ◊

* trim down for .5″ and .75″
◊ limited use


H100 – 1″
H150 – 1.5″
H200 – 2″
H250 – 2.5″ ◊
H300 – 3″
H400 – 4″ ◊

◊ limited use


H150 – 1.5″
H225 – 2.25″
H300 – 3″
H400 – 4″ ◊ *
H450 – 4.5″
H600 – 6″ ◊

* trim down for 3.75″
◊ limited use

Meet the Sewcialites Designers!

We are so happy to have these talented designers onboard for our quilty community collaboration.

Fun Notions

There are tons of blocks to stay on top of in Fat Quarter Shop’s Sewcialites Quilt Along, but this beautiful 1” binder is up to the task!  Keep all your patterns neat and organized with the Sewcialites Pattern Binder.

Clip on this charm wherever you need some brightness in your day and to remind you about your weekly Sewcialites sewing date!

Sew Along Perks

Each month, you can enter to win one of several giveaways by posting your progress on Instagram using #SewcialitesQAL. Each prize is sponsored by an amazing company!

Want to learn more?

Get a preview of the blocks and get all the details in a special Sewcialites Livestream video.

Ready to chat? Meet us in the Sewcialites Lounge

Meet your fellow Sewcialites by joining the Sewcialites Lounge on Facebook (where we will also be posting weekly updates and where you can ask questions). Follow us on Facebook, and Instagram for updates and share your progress with the #SewcialitesQAL hashtag so we can see and share your work!

You can share this button to show you’re participating.

Right-click on the badge to download it.

Stay connected to FQS!

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  1. Oooh! I can’t wait! I’m looking forward to pushing myself with the 3 inch blocks. Making mini blocks is my favorite! Now to pick out a perfect layer cake.

  2. This looks like sew much fun! Making plans to sew along with fabrics from my stash. Thanks for organizing. Thanks also for the button to spread the word … 🙂 Pat

      1. Why can’t you print out this pattern , I don’t know how to PDF I want to just print it out Help !!!!!!

        1. Hi Kathleen it is a file type like pictures usually have jpeg
          look to the right in the upper corner and see the printer icon click on it when your file is showing then printer opens click on the print button on your screen hope I have helped you some

  3. This looks FABULOUS! I love the work of each and every one of these designers. The most difficult choice will be which of the beautiful new fabric lines to use. Can’t wait for this to get started. THE quilting event of the year, for sure. As always, thanks, FQS!

  4. Yes, please and thank you! I’ve a stack of Tula Pink fat quarters just waiting. They’re always so pretty, and I never quite know what to do with them. This looks PERFECT!

  5. I love tiny blocks. Thanks for writing a pattern tha includes 3″ blocks that I won’t have to resize myself. I hope to sew from my stash using colors similar to the Cider or Folktale lines. That would make a great fall table topper.

  6. This is amazing. A couplevof years ago I completed the Dear Jane quilt which was made wholly with 4.5 8nch blocks. The 3 inch blocks look like a bit of a challenge. So looking forward to starting. Do we need to sign up for this? Would not want to miss any posts.

  7. I’ve always made lap quilts. So I’m going to do the big blocks. I have a couple AGF fat quarter bundles from FOREVER AGO that I’ve never wanted to cut (why do I buy fabric that is “too pretty to cut“?????). Now to source background and backing… shopping at FQS… if I must … 🤪

  8. I will be making the 6 inch blocks or maybe the 9 inch blocks. Iam part of the SewColoful club, sew I will be using those fat quarters to make the quilt. thank you for all you time and energy and the Sewcialites!

  9. I think I’m going to do the 3” and the 6” blocks. Just because. Lol

  10. Looking so forward to doing this. May do 6 inch . Never done that size. Thank you. Using my stash.

    1. Hi Patricia! There is no need to sign up! Just return to the blog Sept. 25 for the first pattern release.

  11. I am going to use from my stash of fat quarters. I have a lot, I am quite addicted to fat quarters. Just need to get some background.

  12. I am so excited for this awesome event to begin! I am going to try the 3″ blocks but will do the 6″ blocks for a lap sized quilt also. Thank you Kimberly and crew for putting this together and generously sharing it with all of us! Loved seeing the preview of all the blocks!

  13. I work during the week. Will I be able to get the pattern by going to your website as I cannot watch live?

  14. I had a great time making the Jelly Snowflake and can’t wait to start this one. I sure could use a non-Christmas lap quilt so it is the 6″ for me. I am using my stash because 2020 is my year to see what I can make using only my stash (unless I need background solids or the like and I have nothing here). Thank you for providing this wonderful service for us. I love all your great ideas.

  15. Thank you so much for offering this wonderful Quilt Along! I love the blocks. Thank you to all of the wonderful designers! Excited to join in and get started! Great information and details provided!

  16. cant wait to start this in the 9 inch blocks or maybe out of comfort zone and do the 6th inch and learn more😊 I cant wait to use lots of bright colours and be part of this amazing Quilting family THANK YOU

  17. I am excited about this project! It’s my first ever QAL! I won’t be able to watch live (I’m certain my employers would frown on that, lol). How can I access after a live broadcast to obtain the patterns?

  18. Have picked the fat quarters out of my stash. Just need to get my background fabric. Going. Back and forth trying to decide between 6 and 9 inch blocks.

  19. Planning on trying to use my stash for the 6″ blocks so that I can purchase the 2021 Charity quilt kit. Will the block patterns have the individual fabric requirements listed? I want to make sure I can tell how much I need for each block. I have very few fat quarters in my stash.

  20. Looking forward to this one. If I double each measurement for the 6″ block, will that then make a 12″ block?
    Was thinking of doing with a Lori Holt layout for 6″ and 12″ blocks
    Thank you for all that you gut do for us.
    Hugs from Australia

  21. Excited to be joining the Sewcialites quilt along! I am making 9″ blocks in scrappy Bonnie and Camille. (I am also going to join the Bonnie and Camille quilt bee!) Love Bonnie and Camille fabrics!
    Thank you Fat Quarter Shop!

  22. I am so excited for this quilt along. I will be sewing the 3″ block size using the Lori Holt “Prim” layer cake. Thank you for organizing this and providing for it for free.

  23. je viens de voir le prochain quilt .Le temps de choisir mes tissus je serai prete pour vendredi.J’ai choisi le petit modèle.Une patcheuse française.Amitiés.Annie

  24. oh! another stash buster. My stash will last until I’m 139. I thought I was doing good until I was given 4 garbage bags of material. nothing less than 2 yards in it. I’m sew happy!!!! will make the 3″ and 9″ blocks and see what I have to buy for background!!!!!

  25. This looks like sew much fun! I’m so sorry to bother you, I’m new at this…when you give the supplies needed list, what do you mean by the 8”-7” print square?

    1. Jolene, In the final layout there are 16 ea 1/2 square triangle blocks that measure the full size of the blocks that you are making, i.e. the 6.5″ block will take a 7″ square of fabric to make 2 ea. 1/2 square triangle blocks that will end up being 6″ finished. So the 8–7″ squares will make the 16 1/2 square triangle blocks needed to complete the full quilt the way that the layout is shown for the final quilt. I pray that this helps answer your question.

  26. Starting this week. Can the background fabrics be scrappy or is it better to use one fabric for all background?

  27. Sew excited for the SAL! It’s because of the 3” block option that I decided I’m really gonna try to stick with this one. So busy working full time but I love the smaller size and the challenge it’ll be. Made the first one in “tester” fabric and it turned out great, seams NOT opened, and it was a bit chonky on the back. I will definitely iron open next go. I’m going to use an Alison Glass Sun Print rainbow line from a few years ago. Thank you!

  28. I am thinking of joining it and using a Figs and shirtings layer cake. I want to copy what Debbie is doing and I have seen Kimberly show he blocks weekly in her Friday video but I can’t seem to find them anywhere else? Does she have an Instagram account I can follow or do you have a source where we can see what the Fat Quarter shop employees are doing?