We’re putting the “sew” back into your social life with the Best Friends Quilt Along! Invite one, two or all of your quilty BFFs to create a beautiful quilt together.
Make it a modern-day quilting bee as a block swap for everyone to piece their own quilt or pool your blocks together into one quilt to share. No matter which way you do it, every stitch of this friendship quilt will be fun and fulfilling!
The Best Friends Quilt Along will last for five weeks, from January 7 – February 4, 2021.
For this quilt along, Lori and I are each sewing half of the blocks to make a complete quilt. More than the finished quilt, this quilt along is about the process of making it together (from afar).
2021 marks the 10 year anniversary of our friendship! I was introduced to Lori Holt just like everyone else. This awesome quilt designer in Utah was doing these amazing quilt alongs online, and I was following right along like the rest of her fangirls. I had never seen anybody make quilts like hers, and I just loved them. I spotted her at the 2011 Spring Quilt Market in Salt Lake City and did not even hesitate. I went right up to her and introduced myself! “Surprise” is probably a nice way to describe her reaction because she had no clue who I was, but that was just fine. I told her how much I loved her work and went on my way.
Afterward, I managed to get her phone number and invited myself over (yes, I know!) to her house to film some videos for our YouTube channel, which was new at the time. We had started to email as I asked for color and fabric advice on her quilt alongs, so I wasn’t a complete stranger by that point!
The very first time we filmed at her house, she mentioned talking to a few publishing companies to put her quilt along (Quilty Fun) into a book, but she wasn’t feeling certain. We had just published our first It’s Sew Emma book (Simply Fat Quarters), and so right away I said we could do it!
The rest is history (in this case, our story! 😊) I’m so happy to have a BFF like Lori. We couldn’t be more different, but it works for us just great! If you could measure friendship in quilts, we would need a few hundred bolts. In the meantime, this Best Friends quilt is our little way of celebrating 10 years of quilty friendship!
About the Quilt
The quilt is made from four classic blocks – Log Cabin, Economy, Pineapple and Courthouse Steps.
The FREE Best Friends Quilt patterns include fabric requirements and instructions for 6″ blocks and 12″ blocks. 6″ blocks make a lap-size quilt that measures 48.5″ square. 12″ blocks make a queen-size quilt that finishes at 96.5″ square. This is ideal for a “swap”, guild or friendship project because the papers make your blocks turn out the same size!
Visit the Best Friends Quilt Along page for the complementary fabric bundles. You can use the Fabric Requirements as a general guide if shopping your stash, as this quilt is perfect for using scraps. The 6″ foundation paper pads are good to use with 1.5″ strips and 5″ squares, while the 12″ foundation paper pads pair well with 2.5″ strips and 10″ squares.
For the finishing touch, some ric rac adds a nice detail to the bound edges, and we’re using Large Vintage Trim in Riley Coral to match. If you want to see how to add Vintage Trim to quilt binding, check out this tutorial.
The quilt is made from 4 different foundation paper piecing pads: Log Cabin, Pineapple, Economy, Courthouse Steps. The pattern is written for use with Foundation Paper Pads by It’s Sew Emma. We find that there are a few tools that come in handy, such as:
- A 6″ Add A Quarter or a 12″ Add A Quarter ruler
- Quick Press Seam Roller or an iron
- A glue stick
- A window or light source
We’ve put together a quick tutorial to show you how to use the foundation paper. This Economy Block tutorial employs the same basic technique used for each of foundation paper pads, and each one has a video tutorial to show you how they work.
Supplies for the Lap-Sized Quilt
- 6″ Pineapple Quilt Block Foundation Paper
- 6″ Log Cabin Quilt Block Foundation Paper
- 6″ Economy Quilt Block Foundation Paper
- 6″ Courthouse Steps Quilt Block Foundation Paper
Supplies for the Queen-Sized Quilt
- 12″ Pineapple Quilt Block Foundation Paper
- 12″ Log Cabin Quilt Block Foundation Paper
- 12″ Economy Plus Quilt Block Foundation Paper
- 12″ Courthouse Steps Quilt Block Foundation Paper
Who’s Sewing Along?
We invited some quilty friends to sew along with us and they’re sharing their progress along the way! You can follow them on social media for inspiration and tips along the way!
Hilary Jordan, @byhilaryjordan
Carol B, @cattrio4me
Marisa Wilhelmi, @marisawilhelmidesigns
Jen Van Orman, @heritage.threads
Haley Anderson, @happinessinthemaking
Vicki Holloway @vickilhollowayquilting
Jessica Dayon, @jessicadayon
Amber Johnson, @gigis_thimble
Lori Holt, @beelori1
Kimberly Jolly, @fatquartershop
Join us for the Best Friends Quilt Along!
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You can share the badge above to show you’re participating. Be sure to hashtag your progress with #BestFriendsQAL on Instagram and Facebook so we can see and share your work! Lori Holt will be sharing updates on her blog, Bee in My Bonnet, and Instagram page so be sure to check those out!
Please join us back here on The Jolly Jabber on Thursday, January 7, 2021, for week one. We’ll sew the Log Cabin Blocks! I’ll also be showing the blocks each week on Livestream each Friday at 9 AM CT, so don’t forget to subscribe to the Fat Quarter Shop YouTube channel to catch the fun!
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