Let's Start The Heart of America Quilt Along! - The Jolly Jabber Quilting Blog

Let’s Start The Heart of America Quilt Along!

Oh, say, do you see… another fun quilt along! Show your love of all things Red, White, and Blue with The Heart of America four-part quilt along. The beautiful Heart of America Quilt pays homage to the land we love (and as a bonus, it meets the size and design requirements to be a Quilt of Valor)! 

The Heart of America Quilt is a beautiful medallion design that finishes at 60.5″ x 70.5″ It’s precut-friendly, too! It starts with a fat eighth bundle and some yardage for the background and accent.

Quilt Along Supplies

Although we sold out of the Heart of America Quilt Kit and Backing Set, there are still Fat Eighth bundles of Old Glory in stock, so you can use the information on the free pattern to select your fabrics. We have a few patriotic collections shown below that would make a lovely Heart of America Quilt!

We think that Vintage by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics also makes for another patriotic option!
The new Vintage by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics makes for another beautiful and patriotic option. We love how the Vintage Cream on White X’s background looks!

Don’t forget to download your copy of the Heart of America FREE PDF Quilt Pattern for the fabric requirements and schedule.

A Note on Triangles on a Roll

This quilt is great for confident beginners and you can give triangle paper a try if you haven’t! We love triangle paper because we easily get precise half-square triangles every time! The quilt pattern is written for traditional piecing, but if you’re a fan of triangle papers, you’ll use these two sizes:

There’s plenty of room to cut and use triangle paper on fat eighths! When using the H350 triangle paper on the red print fat eighths and the blue print fat eighths, customers can cut the paper into 2 – one x two sections to fit on the fat eighth.

Quilt Along Schedule

The Heart of America Quilt Along is four parts and runs throughout March 2024. Kimberly will be sewing with Old Glory Collection by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics, and she’s sharing her progress on the Tuesdays throughout the month. Share your progress and follow along on social media with the hashtag #HeartOfAmericaQAL.

What? When?
Stars and Heart Block Week 1, March 5
Quilt Center Week 2, March 12
Inner and Middle Borders Week 3, March 19
Outer Border, Rectangle Border, and Finishing Week 4, March 26

To participate all you have to do is gather your supplies, download the pattern, and follow the order of the pattern to stay on schedule! You can find all the instructions for the blocks in the pattern, and comment here on the blog if you have any questions.

Who is Sewing Along?

We invited some friends to join us, and they’re sharing their progress along the way! You can follow them on social media for inspiration and tips.

The Heart of America Quilt is also the right size and design to be sewn and gifted as a Quilt of Valor. A QOV is a quality, handmade quilt awarded to a Service Member or Veteran who has been touched by war. William’s Honor and Cathy’s Quilt are QOV’s we’ve shared in the past! We donate to the Quilts of Valor Foundation each year, and hope you’ll let us know if you use this pattern to make a QOV quilt!

Join Us for Heart of America!

To join the quilt along is pretty simple. Just post a picture of your blocks on Instagram and use the hashtag #HeartOfAmericaQAL, and that’s it!

Right-click the badge above to download and share to show you’re participating in The Heart of America Quilt Along.

EVERYONE can sew along, and we hope you will! To participate, all you have to do is gather your supplies and follow along with us. Get inspired and share your progress with #HeartOfAmericaQAL.

Check the hashtag to find more quilters participating, and comment on their pictures to start making new friends. Don’t forget to tag @fatquartershop so we can see you sewing along!

Happy quilting!

2 comments

  1. Hello
    I have an Apple laptop and not a PC…I cannot right click to join the quilt along. Can you send me a link. Thank you! Maybe I am not doing it right! 🤪

    1. Oh, it’s the right click to download and share it. It won’t take you to another page to join. But you don’t have to download the images to join. All you have to do is grab your supplies and sew along with us, and if you’re comfortable with it, share your work and tag us!

      As someone who uses a Mac at home myself, you might try pressing and holding the Control key while you click the QAL badges using your mouse or trackpad. That usually works for me!

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