Today I am excited to announce my first Sew Along on this site – the ‘Dream to Achieve’ Quilt Along!
I put this quilt together after three members on my ‘Nanny Sews’ Facebook page, expressed their desire to learn to make a quilt. They wanted to make a block quilt for a single bed.
While this is not ‘new’ in terms of pattern design (you will find many variations around the traps) I have used standard fabric sizing to make purchasing of fabric on-line an easy option.
90″ x 60″
In deciding on the name ‘Dream to Achieve’ I considered:
1. The dream shared by the three members to learn to make a quilt
2. The Indigenous prints I have chosen; and
3. The inspiration that I hope it will take with it, as it finds its new home at The Barwon Learning Centre in Moree, NSW .
The Barwon learning Centre staff and community under the leadership of the Principal, Margaret Hayes, have been achieving incredible results with their Educare approach.
Something that you may not know about Nanny is that I spent the majority of my teaching career in the area of Indigenous Education and for some of that time was based in Moree in the North West Region of NSW and, something else you wouldn’t know, is that Margaret and I were two of the four Margarets in our high school year- Haysey and Henry – and we were great friends.
Life’s journeys took us in different directions after school and regretfully we lost contact for many years but I am forever amazed at how life circles special people back into our lives, and, through the wonder of modern technology, we have both mastered Facebook and become ‘friends’ all over again!
I surprised Margie with the news that I would like to give her the quilt, to use as she sees fit, to help further the wonderful work of TBLC!
Now let’s do the hanging on the clothesline shots!
and then some more creative shots!
Can you tell I just love this quilt?
So let’s get down to details!
I will publish tutorials/ guides as we work at our own ‘Dream to Achieve’quilt. I can’t wait to see all of the variations!
I am also excited to say that, due to some lovely sponsors (read that as friends who have offered to help), we will be having some fun along the way with some very handy little prizes for up and coming quilters to enjoy!
So, if you would like to learn some basic quilting skills, or maybe just make the quilt for fun, please join us in this adventure. for those with a blog, I’ve even made a button for you to pop on your page to tell others what you are doing!
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO?
It is really easy – just pop on over to my Facebook page ‘Nanny Sews’ to join in the chats, questions, sharing etc BUT if you are not into Facebook, that’s OK too because all of the info you need will be right here and you can share your photos in the Flickr group that I have set up for us.
Do you HAVE to do any of that? No, of course not – it is entirely up to you how much you participate, but from my experience, it makes it more fun to join in and share with other members of the group. So I am hoping that you will join me in ALL aspects of the Quilt Along!
To be eligible to ‘win’ any of the prizes, you will need to be an active member, sharing and interacting with the group.
Start thinking about your fabrics!
Things to consider:
Who will the quilt be made for?
What colours would you like to try?
Will you use plains, prints or a combination?
What do you have in the stash that could be suitable?
I will post a detailed list of requirements during the week.
I hope you will join us and Dream to Achieve!
Until next time
DREAM TO ACHIEVE
Tutorial 1 – Preparation: http://nannycraft4u.com.au/2015/05/dream-to-achieve-quiltalong-preparation/
Tutorial 2 – Preparation 2: http://nannycraft4u.com.au/2015/05/dream-to-achieve-quilt-along-preparation-2/
Info – Meet our Sponsors: http://nannycraft4u.com.au/2015/05/dream-to-achieve-meet-our-sponsors/
Gift Pack Winner 1: http://nannycraft4u.com.au/2015/05/dream-to-achieve-gift-pack-winner/
Gift Pack Winner 2: http://nannycraft4u.com.au/2015/06/dream-to-achieve-gift-pack-2-winner/
Tutorial 3 – Joining the Strips: http://nannycraft4u.com.au/2015/06/dream-to-achieve-joining-the-strips/
Gift Pack Winner 3: http://nannycraft4u.com.au/2015/06/dream-to-achieve-gift-pack-3-winner/
Tutorial 4- Quilting Preparations: http://nannycraft4u.com.au/2015/06/dream-to-achieve-quilting-preparations/
Tutorial 5 – Pinning the Quilt: http://nannycraft4u.com.au/2015/07/dream-to-achieve-pinning-the-quilt/
Tutorial 6 – Quilting the Quilt: http://nannycraft4u.com.au/2015/08/dream-to-achieve-quilting-the-quilt/
Tutorial 7 – Walking Foot Quilting Ideas: http://nannycraft4u.com.au/2015/08/dream-to-achieve-walking-foot-quilting-ideas/