Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Deep in the Heart of Texas Roadtrip QAL...Announcement and Headquarters!

It's time to announce the big secret....a big Texas size QAL!
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Cristina at Pretty Little Quilts and I are hosting a virtual roadtrip QAL highlighting all the fantastic things that Texas has to offer all while making a fun quilt as your souvenir! While we know not every quilter lives in Texas, we hope that this will still be a fun experience for everyone, even if you are just reading along! At each "pit stop" along the way, a fantastic quilter will blog a tutorial to a block that represents their city and also provide some fun tourist information and any local quilt shops in the area. To get an idea of how the quilt will look, check out Cristina's quilt here! The difference between Cristina's quilt and the quilt we are making is that we will have a bunch of fantastic cities represented with their own custom designed blocks. Yay!
So here is how this is going to work: We have divided Texas into 4 quadrants and before we travel through that quadrant, we will post a printable pattern that shows the layout and cutting needed to complete that quadrant (similar to Cristina's tutorial linked above). Then every few days we will visit a city in that quadrant where you will get the details for the on how to make the block that represents that city. We will hit the "road" on June 1st with the first printable pattern for the Dallas, Fort Worth, and Tyler quadrant, and then on June 2nd we will visit the Big D with Ashley from Urban Spools and so on (see schedule below)! There will be giveaways along the way and then we will have a bunch of giveaways at the end for the final link-up (August 17th).
June 1 - Quadrant 1 pattern post - Download
June 2 - Dallas - Ashley at Urban Spools
June 5 - Tyler - Colleen guest blogger at Pretty Little Quilts
June 12 - Fort Worth - Lindsey and Jodie at Fort Worth Fabric Studio
June 15 - Quadrant 2 pattern post - Download
June 16 - Amarillo - Aoife at thREDhead
June 19 - Lubbock - Jada (guest blogger) at My Fabric Relish
June 22 - Quadrant 3 pattern post - Download
June 23 - El Paso - Jennie at Porch Swing Quilts
June 26 - Midland/Odessa - Donna at Donna's Lavender Nest
June 30 - Big Bend - Cristina at Pretty Little Quilts
July 6 - Quadrant 4 pattern post - Download
July 7 - Houston - Teresa at Third Floor Quilts
July 10 - Beaumont - Taryn at Pixels to Patchwork
July 14 - Austin - Amanda at What the Bobbin
July 17 - College Station - Hilary at Young Texan Mama
July 21 - San Antonio - Ellyn at Ellyn's Place
July 24 - Hill Country - Lissa at Moda Fabrics
July 28 - Rio Grande Valley - Melissa at My Fabric Relish

Quilt Cutting Requirements - download

Fabric requirements: This quilt is designed to be scrappy and designed using a 2.5 x 2.5 inch grid layout with the represented city blocks measuring either 8.5" x 8.5" or 6.5" x 6.5". So start gathering your scraps, leftover jelly rolls, charm packs, layer cakes, and candy packs. You will need an assortment of sizes ranging from 2.5"x2.5", 2.5"x4.5", 4.5"x 4.5", 6.5"x 6.5" and so forth. You can even throw in some orphan blocks you have laying around! The printable pattern we provide will give suggestions on cutting and laying out your fabric for piecing. You will also need background fabric for the area surrounding Texas and we recommend getting 3 yards. The finished size of the quilt will be 66" x 66", but can be made larger by adding a wider border.

August 17th - Final link-up and giveaways!
What is a QAL without free goodies? Cristina and I reached out to some of our favorite shops and companies that we felt represented Texas! Did you know that Moda is in Dallas and literally only a few blocks from me? Maybe one day they will invite me over for sweet tea and browse their warehouse (hint hint hehe)? Fat Quarter Shop is located in a fun and fast-growing city just a bit south of Austin called Buda? Fort Worth Fabric Studio is well, in fabulous Forth Worth, and has a great selection of fabrics, notions and awesome bundles! Urban Spools is in the heart of Dallas and offers sewing classes, longarm services, and a great selection of fun modern fabrics. Then there's Donna's Lavender Nest and Lily Rose Quilts, which are both fantastic online quilt shops located in Texas! Lastly, Aurifil, which isn't technically in Texas, but we just love them so much that we had to include them! We want to thank these wonderful sponsors for their generosity to help make this QAL successful!Texas Roadtrip QAL
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Lastly, we would like to recognize the original inspiration for this quilt. Cristina was first inspired to make her Texas quilt when she came across this beautiful quilt by Dana Michaelsen and quilted by Angela Walters. I searched the all over the internet to find contact information for Michaelsen and even reached out to Angela Walters and had no luck. We were hoping to get Michaelsen's blessing for our QAL, but we will do the next best thing and give credit where credit is due! Thanks so much Dana for creating such a beautiful quilt that lit a fire under Cristina and I to host our first QAL all while sharing our love for Texas!


10 comments:

  1. this will be fun to follow but not sure if I will take part seem to have so much to do at the moment!

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  2. So excited!!!! This will be so much fun to do!

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  3. This is so fun! Melissa, I'm grew up in Brownsville, TX. The Rio Grande Valley holds a special place in my heart.

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  4. Howdy, I am in Arlington Texas by the Stadiums for you folks that know Dallas /Fort worth and this sound fun.. I think everyone in Texas needs a Texas Quilt. I was born in Houston Texas and visit Surfside Beach alot, I have family in Angelton , Lake Jackson and Sweeny. I hope to go to the Quilt Market this year in Houston.

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  5. Aww, no Corpus? We have tons of quilters and several quilt shops here. :)

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  6. Hi! I just found your Deep in the Heart quilt directions. When I click on the pdf link the pattern does not show the actual writing to print out. I'm not sure if you have now taken it down on purpose of what, but I would love to be able to make this quilt.

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  7. Would love to make this quilt as well. I'm near the Tyler area, too. I wasnt able to download the pdf either.

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  8. I can't seem to get to the Hill country block. Do you have a link to that page?

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  9. i'm looking at this again! about time to do it. maybe. =) just FYI - when i click on the link for Lubbok it takes me to my own dashboard. weird, huh. and all the links for the last quadrant link to the blogs not the actual pages with the patterns. just letting you know!

    now what i want to know is "when are y'all going to do a full USA map quilt?" because i need one of those and want someone else to design it for me! lol.

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  10. i'm looking at this again! about time to do it. maybe. =) just FYI - when i click on the link for Lubbok it takes me to my own dashboard. weird, huh. and all the links for the last quadrant link to the blogs not the actual pages with the patterns. just letting you know!

    now what i want to know is "when are y'all going to do a full USA map quilt?" because i need one of those and want someone else to design it for me! lol.

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