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Best Friends Quilt Along – Week 2

We’re putting the “sew” back into your social life with the Best Friends Quilt Along! Today we’re excited to join our quilty BFFs in creating 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 lasts for five weeks, from January 7 – February 4, 2021. This week we’re sewing the Economy blocks.

For this quilt along, Lori and Kimberly are each sewing half of the blocks to make a complete quilt. Kimberly sewed her blocks with the Bee Basics 10″ Stacker and the Bee Backgrounds 10″ Stacker.

Lori sewed her blocks in the same fabrics as Kimberly. She sewed four blocks, all in a row!


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This week we have two other quilting BFF’s that are sewing along with us! Jessica Dayon (@jessicadayon)  and Amber Johnson (@gigis_thimble) have been cheering each other on through their quilt making, pattern writing and book publishing journeys on Instagram for over a year now.

Co-hosting the Willow Quilt Along in March helped them become fast friends (the free pattern they designed together is still available on their blogs). They also hosted a Quilter’s Spring Cleaning 30-Day Challenge together in May which they plan to do again this Spring!

Jessica made her Economy Blocks using Hopewell by Jo Morton.


Amber’s made her Economy Block using Seeds of Glory by Stacy West of Buttermilk Basin for Riley Blake.


About the Quilt

The quilt is made from four classic blocks – Log Cabin, Economy, Pineapple and Courthouse Steps.

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!

If you need any supplies, be sure to 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. For more information on the quilt, supplies, and a foundation paper pad tutorial, hop over to the Announcement Post.

Lori Holt’s Quick Press Seam Roller flattens seams fast without needing to use the iron.

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
Tina, @tina1802
Marisa Wilhelmi, @marisawilhelmidesigns
Jen Van Orman, @heritage.threads
Haley Anderson, @happinessinthemaking
Vicki Holloway @vickilhollowayquilting
Angel, @halo.inspirations
Kristie, @crosshatchquilts
Jessica Dayon, @jessicadayon
Amber Johnson, @gigis_thimble
Lori Holt, @beelori1
Kimberly Jolly, @fatquartershop

Join us for the Best Friends Quilt Along!

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 21, 2021, for week three. We’ll sew the Pineapple 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!

Until then, Happy Quilting!


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  1. I believe the fabric requirements for the Economy Block are wrong. You would need 32-4.5″ squares from the basics background fabric and 32 3.5 squares for the dark fabric in order to make all of the 8 blocks.

    I think the requirements are for 4 of the blocks x2 friends = 8 blocks.

    1. Hi there! If you follow the instructions on the Economy Block pad, you’ll notice that you can actually cut both the 4.5” squares and the 3.5” squares on the diagonal before using, so 16 of each will work.

  2. I’m am so confused by this block and the instructions. Could you post some clarification please.

    1. Hi Robin, I’d like to help you. Are you sewing with or without our foundation paper pads?

      1. I am not using the Foundation papers I cut blocks to the measurements perfect seams and had a 7-1/2 inch block can not trim down to size without looseing my point fs

  3. I am not using the Foundation papers I cut blocks to the measurements perfect seams and had a 7-1/2 inch block can not trim down to size without looseing my point fs

    1. Would it be possible to make the whole quilt from 7.5″ squares? Your finished quilt measurements would be bigger, but that would be okay.