Movie Night QAL & Donate: Week 1

Welcome to the Movie Night QAL & Donate! It truly is a gift to have you join me in a meaningful and selfless QAL. We have a lot to go over this first week so let's jump right in!



Quilts for Kids

If you are not familiar with Quilts for Kids, I will be taking some time each week to share with you about this amazing charity. The QFK mission statement is a great place to start...


"Quilts for Kids is a nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming fabrics into patchwork quilts to comfort children facing serious illness, trauma, abuse, and natural disasters."


What a simple yet profound focus. And the best part about it is that you and I can be small part of this mission. Although our quilts we donate will be a drop in an ocean among all the donations they receive, the delivery of your single quilt will touch a child and his/her family in a way words cannot express. These children (and their families) are enduring hardships that are life altering. To know someone, somewhere took the time to make and donate a quilt is astounding.


So thank, my friend, for being here! It is an honor to be working alongside of you for the next 4 weeks.


(On a side note, you can donate quilts at any time. The need never ends. If you're interested in making more quilts in the future, I have another blog post that can help you get prepared and follow the QFK guidelines. Feel free to mosey through that information on your own time.)


Weekly Schedule

For this QAL, our schedule is quite simple. It's a short 4 weeks long and you'll be surprised how quickly this quilt comes together. Of course, there's no penalty for getting behind and no reward for getting ahead. This is merely a suggestion. So please don't stress over this schedule.



Movie Night Pattern

You will also need to purchase your pattern if you haven't done so already. I know life gets expensive so I'd like to offer you 25% off to help ease some of the costs of donating a quilt. When you check out, please use this code: QUILTSFORKIDS25.


Pattern Tester Examples

Before we get into the details, I wanted to share a couple of the pattern tester's versions of the quilt. Here is an example of the Modern Style by @sewlosew...



And here is an example of a Scrappy Version by @quiltylass...



These pattern testers did an amazing job. I love sharing their work. You can find the pattern tester parade on my Instagram account should you like to view the others.


Movie Night Quilt Supplies

It's time to gather your supplies. I've included a video just for fun to demonstrate the basics for this quilt pattern. Of course, you'll need all your typical quilting supplies like thread and needle as well. Oh, and don't forget your Quilts, Coffee, and Jazz suggestions also!



Shadow Mock Ups

As you begin to choose fabrics for your own quilt, I thought this might be helpful for some of you. Maybe there's a fancy and correct title for it out there but I just call it "shadow mock ups." When I'm deciding on fabrics, I like to decide where dark, medium, and light fabrics will be used first. Here's an example of both versions to demonstrate this shadow method.


For the Modern Version, I used the following:

  1. Fabric 1: Light

  2. Fabric 2: Medium

  3. Fabric 3: Dark

  4. Binding: Dark

Here is a mock up with the fabric I'll be using for this QAL. You can see the light, medium, and dark pattern follows the Shadow Mock Up.



Then for the Scrappy Version, this is what felt soothing to my eyes...

  1. Fabric 1: Medium

  2. Fabric 2: Dark

  3. Fabric 3: Scrappy Fabrics

  4. Fabric 4: Light

  5. Binding: Dark

And another example following the Shadow Mock Up for the Scrappy Version.

I hope that helps get you started. Of course, this is my opinion and I know whatever you decide will be fabulous!


Templates

You will be using a curved template for this pattern. (Don't worry if this is new for you...I'll walk you through every step!) The template I used to write this pattern is the Crazy Curves.

This is yet another expense, I know! So if you can't or don't want to purchase these templates, I do have the templates in the pattern. Just print them off on cardstock and cut them out. I heard another great idea from a fellow quilter. She printed them off on paper, glued them to a cardboard box, and then cut them out. That way, you have an edge to work with that mimics the actual acrylic template! Great idea, I thought.


Cutting Your Fabric

For this QAL and for the purpose of donating to QFK, we are making the Baby Size quilt. So be mindful to follow all the instructions pertaining to this size.


You'll notice on Page 1 of your pattern a chart of cutting instructions for each fabric. This is the starting point. You will be cutting strips from each fabric.



As you move on to pages 2 and 3, you'll be getting more specific cutting instructions. An extra tip I wanted to share with you: As you begin Steps 1 and 2 on Page 2, cut the strips into squares first. Then when you go to use your Crazy Curves (or paper) template, it's easier to cut out the curves. And when it's time to cut your curves, please be super careful! (I get a little queasy talking about cutting for I have received 11 stitches from our best friend fabric cutter!) Get comfortable with the angle you use. I'm right handed so this is how it looks for me.





SPECIAL NOTE: On page 2, Step 1, notice that you will only be cutting (4) strips to make Fabric A. Also, on Step 2, you will only be cutting (4) strips to make Fabric B.


I wasn't paying attention while making one of my previous Movie Night Quilts and cut ALL THE STRIPS! Noooooo! I had to buy more fabric. Cha Ching! So learn from me and read the instructions carefully following the Baby size numbers!


Here are images for cutting Fabric B.





From here, continue the cutting on page 3 and you'll be all set for the week. Next week we'll begin sewing curves. I'll give you my best tips and walk you through each step. Don't be nervous if this is new for you. You can do it!


Weekly Prizes

Let's turn our attention to PRIZES! Yes, we have prizes planned for the entire month. Here's a peek:



To qualify for prizes is extremely simple. And I have options for you this time! I understand not everyone wants to shout to the entire world all about their life through social media. For this reason, I have created a private group for a more quiet setting where you can share among friends. With this in mind, all you need to do is post your progress each week on ONE of the following. Now....if you do want to share on Instagram, that will work also. And if you decide to share on both, that's TWO entries!


Again, here are your options. One or both...


  1. Share on our private QAL & Donate Friends Group

  2. Share on Instagram using #qalanddonate (Please use the hashtag so I'll see it!)


It's either/or. It's also both should you so desire. Here's a secret: This is a small group so your chances of winning are VERY GOOD!


And while we're talking about our Friends Group, please share as much as you want for the entire QAL! We all can learn from each other and encourage one another...that's the vision I have for it. So share, share, share! I only ask you to keep it positive and encouraging for we're all friends here.


Back to the prizes...the prize for Week 1 is this fun Quilter Tumbler made by Sew Many Quilty Things! I'm also throwing in a Sewline Glue Pen (which we will talk more about next week). I'm so jealous of this prize. I wanted one of these tumblers during the last QAL & Donate and I still want one. I really need to just go buy one already!



Spreading the Word

I know we just talked about those who are a bit more private and I sincerely understand. However, if you enjoy sharing on social media, the plus side of that is the word gets around about these QAL & Donate events. The reason I care so deeply about spreading the word is because of what I mentioned earlier...the need for quilts never ends! The founder of QFK, Linda Arye, always says, "The more that know, the more that sew."


So if you're deciding to share about this event, please use the following hashtags in your efforts to spread the word in addition to your "I'm In" photo...


#qalanddonate

#quiltsforkids

#cozycolorquilts



Donating Your Quilt

I know that "high" you can get as you begin a new project and you finish your quilt long before the end of the QAL. Sometimes that happens and that's great. If that's you, please be sure to follow the donation guidelines and include the return form that I have for our online group. If you need any help or have questions before I go into detail later on, just shoot me an email and I'll be sure to get back with you.



Closing

We've covered everything to get your prepared to participate in this QAL & Donate. I'm always here for you in any way I can be. I know there are countless quilters out there more experienced than I am. However, I'll do my very best to share what works for me. And if you have some new ideas or tips along the way, please share them in our Friends Group!


Have a fun week choosing your fabric and be safe cutting! Talk to you soon,

Beth Ann


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