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!

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