Just the Basics

Running from March to August 2016, the Just the Basics mystery quilt-a-long will require no special rulers and no scary techniques. The design is confident beginner level and there will be no paper piecing, no applique, no improv piecing and no y-seams! Not that there's anything wrong with any of those techniques, but sometimes it's fun to see what you can make out of basic blocks.

I promise, the basics are anything but boring!

Here's the schedule. New posts will be published the first Wednesday of each month, and I will add the links here as the posts are made available.

March 2016 - Introduction and Gather Your Fabrics
April 2016 - HSTs
May 2016 - Flying Geese and Square-in-a-Square
June 2016 - HSTs (Again, But Not as Many!)
July 2016 - Flying Geese (Version 2) and Joining More Units
August 2016 - Putting It All Together!
October 2016 - Finish Parade

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I hope you'll quilt a long with me!


  1. Would you please link the April & May posts?

  2. Help!! i have the same machine as you. A Kenmore 385.19110. I want to free motion quilt. I have the correct darning foot. I did this beifre on my machine 4 years ago but now I can't remember the settings. I have heard...feet dogs down and then feed dogs up but change stitch length to 0. I cant get my tension right. What is the proper set up for free motion quilting please? Karla

    1. Hi, Sew Blessed! I'm replying here because you are a no-reply blogger, so I hope you check back. I don't actually change any settings on my machine, except the tension. I leave the feed dogs up and the stitch length as is. I increase the tension from 4-6. I hope that helps!

  3. Just found your QAL, hope to get started this week. Your instructions are great.
    Read your devotions, thank you.

    1. Grandma, I'm so glad you'll be joining in! I can't wait to see your quilt! I'm glad you enjoy my devotions too :)


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