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Welcome to the Patchwork Forest Quilt Along!

We did it! Welcome to the kick-off of the Patchwork Forest Quilt Along!  I’m hoping this will be a fun, low-key way to help break-up the Pine Hollow Patchwork Forest pattern into weekly, bite-size chunks and help you get this quilt pieced in plenty of time to get quilted and finished for the holiday season.

Welcome to the Patchwork Forest Quilt Along! by popular quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of a patchwork forest quilt.

This is the first time I’ve ever hosted a Quilt Along (aka QAL). I know that there are lots of different ways to host, but for this QAL, we’re going to keep things pretty simple. Plan to meet back here every Wednesday for the next 6 weeks for a weekly assignment, where I’ll be sharing tips and motivation to help you along the way. We’ll be wrapping up on Wednesday, November 6.

In addition, thanks so some generous sponsors, I’ve got some awesome prizes to share each week, providing added incentive and motivation to stay on top of your weekly assignment. (More on that below.)

Welcome to the Patchwork Forest Quilt Along! by popular quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of a Pine Hollow Patchwork Forest quilt pattern by Amy Smart.

This Quilt Along will focus specifically on the new Pine Hollow pattern variation of this design. You will need the pattern for all of the block sizes and measurements for this pattern.

You can find the pattern available as a printed copy or PDF version in my Pattern Shop.

The Quilt Along will be breaking up the pieces of this pattern, focusing on the different blocks and sizes of trees. You are also welcome to quilt along using the original Holiday Patchwork Forest tutorial if you’d prefer, although the block numbers and sizes will be different than the specific weekly assignments for the Pine Hollow pattern.

Welcome to the Patchwork Forest Quilt Along! by popular quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of a patchwork forest quilt.

Not that this quilt needs to be a holiday quilt! I’ve made this quilt using my upcoming Sugarhouse Park fabric collection. I’ve also seen all kinds of color and fabric combinations in the original Patchwork Forest tutorial. (Just look up #HolidayPatchworkForest hashtag on Instagram for lots of inspiration.)

Welcome to the Patchwork Forest Quilt Along! by popular quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of a various red, white, and green Christmas fabrics.

This week your assignment is to start gathering your fabric.

This is such a fun quilt for playing with colors and a variety of fabrics. For this quilt I recommend about 34 Fat Quarters, but you can also use assorted yardage you have on hand.

Welcome to the Patchwork Forest Quilt Along! by popular quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of a piles of fabric.

Looking for some tips for choosing fabric? This post will walk you though my best tips for choosing fabric with color and scale contrast to help your quilt really sing.

FAQ: A set of 10″ x 10″ precuts (Layer Cake) will work for the smallest trees in this pattern, but will not be big enough for the other blocks. (But if you have one laying around and want to incorporate those prints into the quilt, totally use them for the small trees!)

If you’re looking for some fabric inspiration, check out the kits at these shops! Some have kits for the full quilt – others have Fat Quarter bundles to help you get started and then you can mix in other prints you might already have on hand and want to use. SO many options:

Welcome to the Patchwork Forest Quilt Along! by popular quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of a stack of fabric and a Pine Hollow Patchwork Forest quilt pattern by Amy Smart.

From Simply Love Fabrics: a primary colors variation like my original on the pattern cover, as well as a Twin-size kit using an assortment of Riley Blake reds, whites, and greens like I did in my twin-size version (top photo in this post).

 

Welcome to the Patchwork Forest Quilt Along! by popular quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of a Winter Wonderland fat quarters.

Winter Wonderland and other Christmas/holiday fabrics and custom bundles from Fort Worth Fabric Shop

Welcome to the Patchwork Forest Quilt Along! by popular quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of a Christmas quilt bundle by Maker Valley.

Christmas Bundle from Maker Valley (Sold out)

Welcome to the Patchwork Forest Quilt Along! by popular quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of a holiday fabric bundle by Sewtopia.

Holiday Bundle from Sewtopia

Other shops with fun Christmas/holiday-themed Fat Quarter Bundles include:

Welcome to the Patchwork Forest Quilt Along! by popular quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of a pine hollow patchwork forest quilt and fabric bundle.

If you’re looking for the fabric I used for my original Pine Hollow quilt, Sugarhouse Park will be available in shops in the next few weeks! Stitches’n’Giggles on Etsy is taking preorders for a Sugarhouse Park kit.

Welcome to the Patchwork Forest Quilt Along! by popular quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of a various red and white fabrics.

Want to see what fabric I’ve pulled together for mine? I’ve always wanted to try this quilt in a low-volume red and white. We’ll see how this turns out!

Welcome to the Patchwork Forest Quilt Along! by popular quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of a patchwork forest quilt.Boring but important details:

You don’t need to sign-up or register for anything. To keep things simple, just come to this site every Wednesday for the latest post, tips, etc.

There will be prizes – to enter to win a prize share a picture of your progress on Instagram with the #PatchworkForestQAL OR add a picture to the Patchwork Forest QAL post on my Facebook page. These will start next week. I will give more details then.

In the meantime, Sewtopia is hosting an “I’m IN!” giveaway on Instagram this week! Screenshot and share this image with the tag #PatchworkForestQAL and @sewtopia to be entered to win a fun FQ bundle!

(If you’re not on Instagram, don’t worry, there will be lots of other opportunities for prizes along the way.)

Any other questions- feel free to leave them in the comments and I’ll answer this week.

Are you doing the patchwork forest quilting along? Share in a comment below!

Excited to QAL with all of you!

Welcome to the Patchwork Forest Quilt Along! by popular quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of a various sewing brands.

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22 Comments

  • Reply
    Christine Sherman
    September 25, 2019 at 8:41 am

    I’m glad you were late starting, this creeped up on me fast 🙂 Just ordered a hard copy of the pattern. Can’t wait, thanks for all you do!

  • Reply
    Nancy Elaine Blevins
    September 25, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    I’m not a fan of holiday anything for my sewing. Too much negative emotion attachef to it. Can this just be a forest quilt? Not in holiday colors. ?twinzmom@swbell

    • Reply
      Amy
      September 25, 2019 at 8:37 pm

      Of course! It can be whatever you want it to be.

    • Reply
      Janie Jones
      September 29, 2019 at 5:30 pm

      I hope you do a forest quilt!!!! I was so tempted to do that so I could use it all year but then my local shop had so many fun Christmas prints I had to go that way but I think I’d love a forest quilt too.

  • Reply
    Nicole Lundgren
    September 25, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    SUPER cute and TOTALLY doable!!! Love it!

  • Reply
    Janice
    September 26, 2019 at 2:24 am

    Where do we go to sign up?

    • Reply
      Amy
      September 26, 2019 at 9:29 pm

      You don’t have to sign-up anywhere – just check back here each Wednesday. 🙂

  • Reply
    Toni
    September 26, 2019 at 5:23 am

    Does my Instagram account have to be public? Last time I made my account public all sorts of weird people started following me ?

    • Reply
      Amy
      September 26, 2019 at 9:28 pm

      I know your concern! Unfortunately, for us to see it, it does have to be public. :/ If you want to make a fake/quilt IG account that works! Or just block any weird new people who start to follow you.;) Yeah, I wish there was another way.

  • Reply
    Halley O
    September 26, 2019 at 10:25 am

    Amy, as we are choosing fabric, is there a ratio of solids/small print/blenders to bolder prints we might want to keep in mind? And thanks so much for doing this – I needed something fun to get me in gear.

    • Reply
      Amy
      September 27, 2019 at 9:11 pm

      Ack! I’m so glad you said something – I totally meant to include a link to my post about Tips for Choosing Fabric! Doh! I’ve added it. Thanks so much for the reminder!

  • Reply
    Marlene Scobbie
    September 26, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    This looks like fun. I am away on holiday for another week but will catch up.

  • Reply
    Sarah Craig
    September 26, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    I’ve really lost my mind, but I can’t resist this quilt! Joining in for the quilt-along – and so I’m off to pull fabrics!

  • Reply
    Ronna
    September 28, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    Happy happy!! Ready to start my tree farm???. So this first week we are gathering our fabrics, no instructions yet or do we start from the pattern? I’m new to this.

  • Reply
    Carol
    September 28, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    I absolutely love your Christmas trees. I am fast and furiously making table runners for Christmas, then will start on a lap size quilt. I am a beginner but love these wonky trees.

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    Andrea Smith
    September 28, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    Hi Amy! My girlfriend brought me an autographed copy of this pattern from the Garden of Quilts show.I watched your beautiful video of the Garden of Quilts and there she was in your video! I can’t wait to sew your Pine Hollow Trees! Thank you so much!

    • Reply
      Amy
      September 28, 2019 at 9:50 pm

      I love it! I remember when she bought it for a friend. I’m so glad it has a loving home!

  • Reply
    Nancy Anderson
    September 28, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    Here I go again! Love quilt-alongs as they pace me so I am able to keep up, although elderly. I love forests, used to work at a state park,, so this will be right up my alley. Thank you for doing this!

  • Reply
    Zelma Bailey
    October 3, 2019 at 8:13 am

    Thanks so much for the video…very helpful!

  • Reply
    Helen K-J
    October 6, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    OK, better late than never. Just ordered the pattern and am going to raid my stash for this one. I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep up, but we’ll see! Thanks to Confessions of a Fabric Addict for enabling me to start this one!

    • Reply
      Amy
      October 7, 2019 at 10:41 am

      Awesome! Once you get on a roll, these trees come together quick. You won’t be far behind at all. 😉

  • Reply
    Nancy Centrella
    October 7, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    I hope the saying “ Better late than never applies”. I am going to give it a try..have always admired that quilt!

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