It's taken me longer than expected to organise, but it's finally time to get this party started!
Last year at about this time of the year I ran the woodland quiltalong on my blog and instagram. It was a fun, no stress event which revolved around a series of 4 relatively simple woodland blocks- a mouse, a badger, a squirrel and a bunny rabbit.
This year, I couldn't resist designing a new set of four blocks for the woodland2 quiltalong. The new blocks are for a kingfisher, an otter, a hedgehog and a fawn. As with the last quiltalong- there are a number of options for the use of the blocks. All blocks are provided in two sizes- 9 inch and 12 inch, although you are welcome to alter the size as is appropriate for your needs.
As the blocks all depict head and neck area, I thought it would be fun to let people play with the composition of their quilts. Each animal is provided facing both right and left, as such, the animals can look at each other or look away from each other as desired.
The pattern bundle is available now and can be purchased from my Etsy, Craftsy and Payhip stores.
If you prefer to only buy a single pattern, they will become available as the quiltalong continues:
The kingfisher is available now from Etsy, Craftsy and Payhip.
Fat Quarter Shop voucher. The winner will be drawn at random.
So Simple, An 8 Year Old Can Sew it!
I am deliberately kicking things off with the kingfisher block as it is a relatively simple pattern which consists of three paper templates and as such it is definitely beginner friendly.
Infact, my 8 year old daughter successfully sewed a kingfisher. It was her first attempt at paper piecing. I slightly modified the technique used so that she did not have to use a rotary cutters, but she had a great time sewing it and has asked to do more paper piecing. Let me know if you want me to write a blog post on paper piecing with children.
The otter will be available on 17th July.
All finished otter blocks posted to instagram using the hashtags #woodlandqa2, #tartankiwi and @tartankiwi by the end of the 24th July will be eligible to win a $25 voucher for my patterns. The winner will be drawn at random.
The Hedgehog will be available on 24 July.
All finished hedgehog blocks posted on instagram using the hashtags #woodlandqa2, #tartankiwi and @tartankiwi by the end of 31 July will be eligible to win your choice of 6 Amy Friend pdf patterns. The winner will be drawn at random.
The fawn will be available on 31 July.
All finished fawn blocks posted on instagram by the end of 7 August using the hashtags #woodlandqa2 will be eligible receive a $50 Fat Quarter Shop voucher. The winner will be drawn at random.
Final Prize Draw
You then have up until the end of 19th August to create a finished item using of your blocks. You will receive one entry in the prize draw for each block that is used in the finished item (or items), so if you sew 4 pouches which each use a single block, you will be entered in the draw 4 times, and if you creates a mini quilt using all 4 block designs you will also be entered 4 times. Each person has a maximum of 4 entries in the final prize draw.
Two grand prize winners will be chosen.
One winner will receive a large collection of Amy Friend's Improv 50 weight Aurifil threads and $25 worth of tartankiwi patterns.
The Nitty GrittyAll the patterns in this quiltalong are foundation paper pieced. If this is a technique that you have not tried before, then I strongly suggest that you start with the kingfisher pattern as it is the most straightforward of these patterns. If you need help, various paper piecing tutorials can be found on my blog and other tips can be found on the instagram hashtag #paperpiecingtips
In case you are wondering, none of these patterns include y-seams (my patterns never do!)
Timezones are always a tricky issue with this kind of international event, so as long as you post at the on the correct date in your timezone, you will be in to win.
Please remember that I can only include images that I can see, so your account will have to be public for you to be eligible for prizes.
Instagram hashtags have been a bit temperamental recently, so I recommend that you vary the order that you write your hashtags and that you keep them in the text which accompanies your post. Images where the hashtags have been added as separate comments do not always show up on hashtags.
If you have any questions, please write them below and I will answer them as quickly as I can.
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