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Best Friends QAL – Week 4

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 Courthouse Step 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 all of her 8 blocks in the same fabrics as Kimberly!



Our Featured Week 3 Quilting Buddies

This week we have two other quilting BFF’s that are sewing along with us, and Jen Van Orman and Haley Anderson are those two quilty friends! These two became pals while running a sew-along together in the past.


Jen Van Orman (@heritage.threads) stitched up her blocks using Blossom On White Navy and the Confetti Cottons Riley Navy Solid by Riley Blake Designs


Haley Anderson (@happinessinthemaking) sewed up her blocks using Riley Blake Solids in Riley Gray and Confetti Cotton in Riley Gray

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!

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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, February 4th, 2021, for week five. We’ll be completing the quilt! 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. It looks like a traditional pinwheel that has been used for years and nothing like what you have suggested

  2. It is NOT a swastika, it is a pinwheel block. Stop looking for insults, and stirring hatred, everyone is worn out with it. Be kind.