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Between the Lines QAL, Fabric requirements + Giveaway

We’re starting the Between the Lines quilt along. I’m so excited about it. It takes me right back to the first Sugaridoo BERNINA QAL. Making a quilt together, learning different techniques, with quilters from all over the world. This QAL is definitely going to be another fun quilting adventure!

In this blog post, you can read:

  • what we’re going to do,
  • if this QAL is for you,
  • what you’ll need,
  • when everything will take place,
  • and what you can win by participating.

Are you ready? Let’s get started!

What are we making?

The Between the Lines QAL is a quilt measuring 55 x 66 inches (137 x 165cm). The quilt is divided into 9 rows. Starting from June 6th, we’ll be working on a new row every four weeks. We won’t work from top to bottom but rather increase in difficulty. So, it’s always a surprise which row we’ll be working on next.

The techniques involved include foundation paper piecing, quarter circles, strip piecing, and regular piecing.

Is this QAL for you?

All techniques used in the rows will be explained from start to finish on the BERNINA blog and in videos. Some quilting experience is helpful for this QAL, as it makes it a bit easier to keep up.

Are you a beginner who enjoys a challenge? Then this QAL is for you too. There’s plenty of room for your questions. In past QALs, it’s been shown that a very nice community forms on Facebook where quilters are happy to help each other. Sign up for the Sugaridoo Facebook group to be part of that community.

We’ll make one row every four weeks. Some rows will be quicker to make than others. If you plan for one evening per week, you’ll be able to keep up with the QAL.

Free patterns and video tutorials

Participating in the quilt along is completely free. Every four weeks, you’ll find the written instructions here on the BERNINA blog, including the patterns associated with it.

For each row, I’ll demonstrate in a live video on YouTube how it’s made. During these videos, you can ask all your questions. And of course, you can watch them later if you can’t be there live.

Are you joining use?

Want to join the QAL? Awesome! You can sign up (for free) to receive an email every 4 weeks with all the links and information.

<<click here to sign up >>

Through these emails, I’ll send you the links to the blog posts, invitations to the live videos, and keep you updated on the various giveaways during the quilt along.

Button

With this button, you can let your quilting friends know that you’re joining the QAL. Share it on Facebook or Instagram and tag @Sugaridoo and @Bernina.Benelux.

Materials

What do you need for this quilt along? Here’s a list of all the tools I used to make this quilt besides the BERNINA 770 QE.

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  • Cutting mat
  • Rotary cutter
  • Inch ruler. I use a 6 x 24 and a 6 x 12 inch ruler. No problem if you have one in a slightly different size.
  • Paper scissors
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pins
  • Thread (in the color of the background fabric)
  • For foundation paper piecing, I use an add-a-quarter ruler, tea bag paper, and freezer paper. Tea bag paper is my favorite paper for foundation paper piecing.

Fabrics + Fabric bundles

For the fabrics, I’ve come up with two options. Of course, a cheerful rainbow, but also a fresh blue-green quilt. Here’s what you need to make these quilts.

Rainbow

  • 16 fat quarters in rainbow colors
    • 4 x pink
    • 4 x orange/yellow
    • 4 x green
    • 4 x teal/blue
  • 2 fat quarters accent fabric (grey)
  • 4,5 meter (5 yards) background fabric

Blue-green

  • 8 half meters 
    • 4 x green
    • 4 x teal/blue
  • 2 fat quarters accent fabric (grey)
  • 4,5 meter (5 yards) background fabric

Fabric bundles

The Between the Lines QAL is designed with the first Sugaridoo fabric line. The fabrics from the Robo Boogie collection by Benartex are now available in stores. For this Quilt Along, you can participate with one of the two bundles. Of course, you can also participate with your own fabrics.

If you’d like to order a bundle from me, click HERE.

The Rainbow kit

The first option is the bundle for the cheerful rainbow quilt. This bundle consists of a bundle of 20 fat quarters and 5 yards of background fabric.

The Green + Teal kit

The second option is this fresh quilt with Green and Teal. This kit contains 8 half meters, 2 fat quarters, and 5 yards of background fabric.

Schedule / dates

Here’s an overview of what’s going to happen when for the Between the Lines QAL. Mark all the dates in your calendar, it’ll help you keep up with sewing. Maybe you can even schedule a regular time when you’ll work on the quilt.

All live videos will be held on Fridays at 4:00 PM CET (summer time). In the blog post on the day before the live, you’ll find the link to the live video. You’ll also receive this information in your email if you sign up for the QAL.

June 6th Pattern 1/9 + video

July 4th Pattern 2/9 (live video: July 5th)

August 1st Pattern 3/9 (live video: August 2nd)

August 29th pattern 4/9 (live video: August 30th)

September 26th Pattern 5/9 + halfway giveaway (live video: September 27th)

October 24th Pattern 6/9 (live video: October 25th)

November 21st Pattern 7/9 (live video: November 22nd)

December 19th Pattern 8/9 (live video: Devember 20th)

January 16th Pattern 9/9 (live video: January 17th)

February 13th Sewing together the top + giveaway

March 13th Quilting the quilt

April 10th Putting binding around the quilt.

Colouring page

Here is the colouring page for the quilt along. Get your pencils out and try come colour combinations before you start sewing!

Download the colouring page

Giveaway for joining the QAL

And now it’s time for the very first giveaway of the Between the Lines QAL. Even before we start cutting our fabrics, you can win this super beautiful Mettler Thread box. It’s a set of 12 different spools of 1000m, 100% cotton.

You’re probably familiar with Mettler’s Silk-Finish Cotton 40 thread, right? This high-quality cotton thread is the quilting pro in Mettler’s range. Mettler has further improved the Silk-Finish Cotton range this year to better suit the needs and desires of quilt fans. Silk-Finish Cotton 40 is now available in a new 1000m cross-wound spool in 120 attractive colors.

As a prize in the “Between the Lines” launch raffle, a set consisting of two 12-kit Silk-Finish Cotton 40 kits, each with 12 spools of the new 1000m presentation, will be raffled among the readers of the English blog. The “Passionate Quilting” box contains a colorful color combination, while the “Sense of Tradition” set features more muted colors. Additional sets are available to win on the German and Dutch blogs.

Here’s how you can win a thread set:

  • Post a photo of the fabrics you’ll be using for the quilt along on Instagram
  • Use #BetweentheLinesQAL and #Mettlerthread

Don’t use Instagram? No problem.

  • You can also participate by posting a photo in the community on the BERNINA blog. When uploading to the community section, don’t forget to select the “Between the Lines Quilt-Along” under Campaign.

So:

  • Post a sharp, beautiful photo with your fabrics for the quilt along by May 31, 2024, 11:59 PM.
  • We’ll randomly select 3 winners from all posted photos.
  • The winners will be announced on June 6, 2024, on the BERNINA blog and will be contacted via their social media account (if participating via Instagram) or via email when available (if participating via the BERNINA blog community).

Click here to order your fabric bundle, or dive into your fabric stash to find the most beautiful fabrics. Upload your photo and you might win one of those lovely Mettler thread sets.

See you again on June 6 for the very first part of the quilt along!
Irene

 

 

 

 

 

 

Difficulty level: Beginner
Used Products:
BERNINA 770 QE
BERNINA 770 QE

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  • Peg Ocean EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

    Sounds interesting. No fabric photo. Mine will be scrappy. Will be pulling from my fabric stash as we go along. I like the idea of this QAL method, “Between the Lines”, similar to the row by row method. Some of the rows you choose sound challenging.

  • Irene EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

    Thank you all for sharing your fabric selections and entering the raffle. We picked three winners, congratulation to all of you! The winners are: Tess from Belgium, Terri from Canada and Katja from Germany. The winners have been contacted. 

  • Melinda Mustered EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

    I’m too late for the Mettler thread drawing (bummer, but I hope someone who really needs it wins); but I’m still excited for this between the lines QAL. I’m going to use the Tula Pink Tiny Beasts fabric bundle I bought last year. 

  • Cheryle Dunlap EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

    I am so excited about this QAL! I shopped my stash and am ready to go. Does the 5 yards of background fabric include backing? 

    • Irene EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

      Yay, great to hear you’re joining! No the 5 yard is for the background. You will need extra fabric for the backing.

  • Sibylle Gren EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

    Hi I’ve only got a Bernina 530-2 Record machine, so would this be suitable to sew this QAL?

    • Irene EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

      Hi Sibylle, when you know how to sew straight lines with your sewing machine you are all set to join! Maybe you can watch this video from the first Sugaridoo x BERNINA QAL and try to sew 1/4″ seams on you machine, we will be using that a lot.

  • ippy EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

    Quick question Irene & Bernina,Is it ok to use our own stash and add other colours?  Would I still be able to enter the Giveaways if it’s not got the same coloured rows? 

    • Laurie Macdonald EditEditing comments on the BERNINA blog is only possible after logging in with a blog user account. Sign up now or create a user account if you do not have one yet.

      I have done Irene’s Sugaridoo quilt alongs before, and you can definitely use your own fabrics! Have fun chosing your colours… I plan to use my stash as well :). I’m @harbourcolour on instagram and I will post a photo of my fabrics soon!

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