Fabric-filled fun: 8 quilt-alongs to join now

Seems like quilt-alongs (QALs) are everywhere right now—boy, are they are hot!

Online QALs are a great way to meet online friends who share your passion for patchwork. Plus, you get the inspiration to start a project and the motivation to complete it. Your online friends will be cheering your progress all the way to the finish line!

Here’s a quick look at the latest QALs being hosted by Martingale authors, along with a special QAL hosted by our friends at American Patchwork and Quilting that features Martingale’s fearless leader, Jennifer Keltner. A big PLUS in our book!

QALModa All-Stars All in a Row QAL


Buy the book and sew a row—or two or three or more! For every row you post on social media and tag with #allinarowquiltalong, you’ll be entered into a drawing for major book and fabric swag from Martingale and Moda. Top prize? New books and fabrics shipped to your door for 9 months in a row! Ready to make a row? Join the QAL here.

Don’t use Facebook? No problem, you can still row away. You can post on Instagram or send your row pics to service@shopmartingale.com.


Facets QAL with Christa Watson


Visit Christa’s blog every Friday to share stitching stories and progress as you make Facets, the popular quilt from Christa’s book Machine Quilting with Style. Fabric and book prizes are up for grabs for those who participate! Get fabric requirements here.


The Splendid Sampler QAL with Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson


It’s a whole year of fabric fun—and it’s going to be splendid! This 100-block QAL features patterns from an amazing 83 designers, and is hosted by Martingale best-selling author Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson of QuiltJane fame. The Facebook group already has more than 7,000 members and the sewing hasn’t even started yet! The first block pattern will be shared on Valentine’s Day, February 14. Make one, make 10, or make all 100 blocks, but don’t miss being a part of this QAL!


Millefiore QAL with Katja Marek (+ 2)


Get ready for TRIPLE the fun from one best-selling book! Three quilt-alongs based on The New Hexagon have made author Katja Marek the talk of Quilt Town.

  1. The Millefiore QAL, started in January 2015, boasts more than 7,200 members and is still going strong. The resulting quilts are stunning. New people are joining every day—and you can too!
  2. Katja introduced a brand-new QAL in January 2016 called Blocks on the Go, for Quilts on the Grow! Participants make one English paper-pieced (EPP) block a week that, when joined, creates what Katja calls “quiltlets.” Cute!
  3. The Glorious Hexagons QAL is a year-long quilt-along resulting in a gorgeous EPP quilt. The group is hosted by Liza Lucy, best known for her collaborations with Kaffe Fassett.

Take your EPP pick!


2016 Calendar Girls QAL with Debby Kratovil

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When you pick up a copy of the Quilter’s Block-a-Day Calendar, you’ll instantly own 366 quilt-block patterns—and when you follow Debby Kratovil’s monthly QAL, you’ll get a dozen quilt designs too! Each month throughout 2016, Debby is designing a new quilt layout using rotary-cut blocks from the calendar. The layouts are all free. Join Debby’s QAL here.


Quilts and More QAL: It All Adds Up!


Our friends at American Patchwork and Quilting are teaming up with a host of talented quilters to kick off their “It All Adds Up!” QAL. The fun centers around the Easy Addition quilt pattern by Brenda Ratliff, featured in the Spring 2016 issue of Quilts and More magazine, available now. Jennifer Keltner, Martingale Publisher and Chief Visionary Officer, is one of those talented quilters—we think that’s a big PLUS!

Quilt-alongs: I love them and think the more the merrier; I’ve never tried, but I’m joining now; or eeek, I don’t know if I can keep up but I’d like to try. Which one best describes you? Tell us in the comments!

19 Comments (leave a comment)

  • eeek, I don’t know if I can keep up but I’d like to try! Thats me for sure!

    Martina on February 4, 2016
  • EEK! I’ve even joined some free ones, printed off the blocks etc, but fell behind fairly quickly and those are now UFOs… But I live in hope, buying a new house that INCLUDES adequate studio space! will make it more comfortable to hit the sewing when I get home from work in the eves!

    —Sharon Schipper on February 4, 2016
  • eeek! I don’t know if I can keep up but I’d like to try. Love the quilt along idea!

    —kraftykc on February 4, 2016
  • Week! I don’t know if I could keep up, and I’ve never tried. It sounds like motivation to really accomplish something…maybe it’s the extra "push" I need!

    —Sharon Linders on February 4, 2016
  • Lots of fun and for all year. I would pick either Pat Sloan’s Splendid Sampler QAL or Debbie Kratovil’s Block A Day. What great ideas!

    —Pam on February 4, 2016
  • I love them and think the more the merrier

    Colette on February 4, 2016
  • The All Stars All-in-a-Row is the one I will make. It’s a wonderful book and I love the rows from the designers. The rows can be made into table runners or sections for pillows or a few other items. Love it!

    That’s great, Sharon! If you haven’t joined the QAL let, you can do it right here. Thanks for your comment! –Jenny

    —Sharon on February 4, 2016
  • You’ve all heard of the saying ‘so many quilts, so little time’. Well that’s me right now. So I will be participating through all of the amazing rows that all of you will be posting!

    —Lauren on February 4, 2016
  • I’ve just signed up for the Splendid Sampler QAL. Meanwhile, I’m participating in both the Rainbow Scrap Challenge and OMG: One Monthly Goal in 2016. I also follow Barbara Brackman’s history-based BOM designs.

    Nann on February 4, 2016
  • I love to talk quilting with my friends, but when it comes to the actual making of a quilt, or project, I prefer to go it alone. The pressure of having to have something done at a specific time doesn’t work for me. If I join a swap and have a given time frame I’m okay with that, but not on a regular basis. Thanks for all the great hints.

    —Betty Grove on February 4, 2016
  • Tell me why it takes me 29 days to get around to doing one block? I love QAL’s but am a terrible procrastinator. Doing the Craftsy one and the Splendid Sampler. So far, so good!

    —Bev Gunn on February 4, 2016
  • I’d like to try!

    —Jean on February 4, 2016
  • I am a HUGE fan of QAL’s and BOM’s! I have participated in the last two years of Pat Sloan’s mystery BOM’s, as well as 2 of Christa Watson’s QAL in the past, and a number of others through QCA and AQS, PolkaDot Chair, Happy Quilting, Quiltmaker, McCall’s Quilting, Fat Quarter Shop, QAL with Amy Ellis, Homespun Hearth (quilt shop in Colorado), Delbrook Quilt Company (in Australia), and other quilt shops and blogs…too many to list.

    Currently, I’m actively involved in the LoveBug Studios Dear Laura Mystery QAL: Dear Ma colorway, by Ebony Love. As well as Christa Watson’s Facets QAL. I am saving the patterns for Pat Sloan’s 2016 Mystery BOM, but just don’t have to time to participate right now. I am hoping to be able and participate in the Splendid Sampler QAL too!

    Gina on February 4, 2016
  • I’ve been in several QAL’s and some are fun and some aren’t. When it comes to the on line ones, I will download the pattern but not make it – especially a mystery – until the entire pattern is done. That way, if I decide to do it, I can make the whole thing at once. Some of the mysteries sound good but at the end they are just 4 patch or 9 patch quilts, I can do these without waiting 3-6 months for the final installment. I want to know what the end product is going to look like before I cut any fabric.

    —connie b on February 5, 2016
  • I like pieced blocks, not too small. I like traditional blocks. I’m a big Jenny Doan
    fan, if that’s at all helpful. I guess that fabric preference doesn’t come into play
    because we’d be choosing our own fabrics to make our blocks. I make a lot of
    lap quilts 60″-70″ square, so having many blocks is not an issue for me.

    —Diana Longhenry on February 5, 2016
  • EeeK! I’ve signed up for the Splendid Sampler, looking to learn some new techniques. I’ll give it my best shot!

    —Ginna on February 5, 2016
  • Well, going to try. Always download the pattern with good intentins then life seems to get in the way. will try again this year. :-}

    —Shirley on February 5, 2016
  • Been interesting to read everyone post. I now understand UFO, but is sewing a race? I am going to do the Splendid Sampler I have made a basket full of 6″ blocks. Some in reds, some in black and white, group of Fall colors and the rest mixed scrapes. I hope to get rid of my loose scrapes into a real quilt. Working along with a group will help me have company and see everyone’s work as I make four different 6″ blocks quilts. I am also doing the 365 days Challenge. I never stop sewing or thinking about it. I am still learning after 60 years of sewing and 30 years of quilting. Have fun today and don’t worry if the quilt will not get finished.

    —Linda Christianson on February 7, 2016
  • I love log cabins and would love to have this book to get some great new ideas!

    Levi Henson on February 10, 2016

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