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Ombre Gems Quilt along

I’m so excited to announce the Ombre Gems Quilt Along!

This has been on my mind for quite some time because while this quilt is beautiful and uses traditional piecing it is a bit tedious.  I think we can all benefit from encouraging one another along the way!   Plus this will give me the opportunity to teach you some tips and tricks for more accurate piecing.

Dates

March 1st, 2017 – May 10th, 2017

What is a Quilt Along

A quilt along is simply that..   A group of quilters quilting along together.   In this case we will be virtually quilting the Ombre Gems quilt pattern along at the same time.  This quilt along will take place on Instagram using the hashtag #ombregemsquiltalong.   By using this hashtag on your instagram posts that are about the Ombre Gems quilt we can all keep up with your progress.   Quilt alongs usually have a host (myself!), a schedule (see below) and a common project (the Ombre Gems Quilt).

The Ombre Gems Quilt

You can click on over to the original Ombre Gems post to see lots of photos of the original VandCo ombre version.   I have recently finished a quilt top using a variety of Bonnie and Camille fabrics also.  So you don’t have to use just Ombre fabrics to take place in this quilt along!   I’m excited to see what other variations you all choose.

Ombre Gems Quilt Pattern

Who this Quilt Along is for

This quilt along is best for those who have made a few quilts.   You understand the 1/4in seam allowance and your cutting is decent.   If you are a beginner and a perfectionist this might be a little frustrating for you since accurate seam allowances and cuts will be crucial!

But hey, if you are a beginner and aren’t afraid of a few seams not lining up… go for it!   If you look closely at my original you will find plenty of seams that don’t line up.  This one will test your patience of lining up seams but I’m not a quilting perfectionist so I’m ok with these little flaws.

What you will learn

For the Ombre Gems it all starts with accurate cutting.   Accurate cutting and a consistent 1/4in seam allowance.  You will have plenty of practice to work on both of those things in this quilt so I’m sure you will have grown as a quilter by the end of it!

We will be cutting blocks as we make them for this reason.   I want you to pay attention to your cutting and hopefully see some improvement as we go along.  The same goes for the elusive 1/4in seam allowance.

Materials Needed

  • The Ombre Gems Quilt Pattern:   PDF or Paper copy
  • 2 Jelly Rolls (you don’t use the full rolls)  or a Fat Quarter bundle (min 18 FQ) or a Half Yard bundle

Shops that carry Ombre fabrics

US SHOPS
VandCo
Handmade is Heartmade
Fat Quarter Shop has yardage (Create your own half yard bundle)
Craftsy.com has ombre fabrics in their own brand.  Need 2 jelly rolls or a 1/2 yard bundle
Warm Colors  ||   Cool Colors
Sewitup.com
quilterssquare

UK SHOPS
sewsupplyco

CANADA
Dinkydoo

Optional Tools

An extra tool you might find helpful is the Creative Grids Stripology ruler.  Seriously guys, this thing rocks!   It’s not cheap by any means but it’s such a time saver and a very quality ruler.   I bought mine within minutes of seeing it online and I have zero regrets.   Totally not a gadget quilter and I like to keep things simple but I do love this ruler.   If you take one look at how many 2.5in squares we will be cutting for this quilt you might find yourself running for the nearest Stripology ruler ;)

I bought mine from Craftsy.com.


Creative Grids Stripology Ruler

from: Craftsy

And I’ll be giving one of these away for the Quilt along!!   eeeee!

Time Line

Week One:
Get your materials together:
Fabrics
Pattern
Sign up for the Ombre Gems updates (down below) and free coloring pages will be sent your way!

Week Two:
Cut the 2.5in white (background) squares
Make 2 Full blocks and 2 half blocks

Week Three:
Make 6 blocks

Week Four:
Make 6 blocks

Week Five:
Make 5 blocks

Week Six:
Make 5 blocks

Week Seven:
Make 6 blocks

Week Eight:
Make 5 blocks

Week Nine:
Make 5 blocks

Week Ten:
Sew your quilt top together!!!

Location

This quilt along will take place primarily on Instagram.  So be sure to follow along on instagram and use

#ombregemsquiltalong

to participate!   We can all encourage one another by searching this hashtag.

I’ll have periodic check-ins here on the blog and I’m even considering doing a weekly Instagram Live session (ahhh).

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Ombre Gems Official Post
Ombre Gems Week One
Ombre Gems Week Two
Ombre Gems Week Three
Ombre Gems Week Four
Ombre Gems Week Five
Ombre Gems Week Six
Ombre Gems Week Seven
Ombre Gems Week Eight
Ombre Gems Week Nine
Ombre Gems Week Ten

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