I have been scouting out what projects I want to participate in this Fall ( Summer is way too busy with all our kids home and/ or working ( and one in particular ~ ahem, not mentioning any names here~ bored a lot). Plus the hot weather really does not entice me to work with FABRIC. So I love it when I can start planning the sew-alongs I want to join when my life quiets down a bit and we are back to a somewhat “regular” routine, also known as SCHOOL :D!
Here is one I will definitely be joining: It is Lori Holt’s new sew-along Bee Happy.I have participated in a few of Lori’s previous sew-alongs ( Bloom, Farm Girl Vintage, and Cozy Christmas, and have loved every single one of them~never mind that I didn’t quite finish 2 of them!) Lori’s blocks are always adorable, her fabric choices very sweet, and her instructions super clear! Just look at the adorable-ness of this quilt! Squeal!!
Lori uses a bit of a different approach with (most) of her sew-alongs…rather than a book, she uses plastic templates ( which you need to purchase) and a free pattern. She then walks you through a new block each week, with loads of great, clear instructions and pictures on her blog. Very easy to follow and tons of fun!( This image of the templates came from FQS, but they will be available from a variety of retailers)
I guess what I like about the templates is that they are open-ended and you can use your imagination to come up with so many other projects. Last year I made a pillow with the snowman template from the Cozy Christmas set, and a sweet table runner, and placemat with the tulip template from the Bloom set.
There is no limit to the types and variety of projects you can make with these templates!
Last year I sewed along with Jacquelynne Steves BOM Maggie’s First Dance and she is planning on doing another one in 2017. What I like about Jacquelynne’s sew-alongs is that she releases one block per MONTH…which makes it a little easier for me to keep up with ;). No details released about this one yet, but I know you can sign up to be on the mailing list so that you can get notice when it starts ( and when fabric kits become available, if you want one!). Jacquelynne’s sew along is FREE also and gives you a choice of just piecing, or doing applique, or doing embroidery. I love that! It means I can do what fits my schedule, fabric availability, and budget. When I made Maggie’s First Dance last year I was on a “fabric diet” and was able to use my stash to complete the quilt ( I also used wool, which I really loved doing!)
How about you? Do you have any plans on following a sew-along? Or maybe you already are participating in one? I would love to know which one(s) you are interested in! There just might be another one out there that I need to be part of! In the meanwhile maybe I better go finish up some of those UFO’s before I dive into these projects!
Until next time! Happy creating!