For 100 days starting on 17 August myself, Lisa (of Sweet Little Pretties) and Angie (of Gnomeangel) will be sewing one quilt block a day from Tula Pink’s City Sampler and we’re asking you to join us in sewing #100days100blocks. The blocks in this book will be a great way to work on your sewing skills and the sew along will mean you have a finished set of blocks at the end. We’re going to have some fun and get to know others who are joining in this virtual stitching party over the next 3 months!
We know that not everyone is going to be as motivated as us to stitch a block a day so we’ve asked some of our great friends to help come up with ways to encourage you to make all 100 blocks. In what I’m pretty sure is a first for this kind of sew-along Spotlight Australia have kindly donated a Brother SL500 sewing machine valued at $549 (AU) to be given away to one lucky Australian participant. How amazing is that? You could literally win a new sewing machine just for sewing all 100 blocks! (Don’t despair if you don’t live in Australia – we haven’t forgotten about you, keep reading!)
But wait there’s more, we’ve got more great Sponsors on board to supply prizes to help keep you focused on the finish line. We have over $1,500(AU) in prizes to give away internationally. That’s amazing! You’ll find out all the details about our amazing sponsors and on how you can win detailed below.
Here are the important details.
When is it?
Starts: Block 1 will be posted on Wednesday 17 August 2016 Australian Eastern Standard Time (Sydney’s timezone).
Ends: Block 100 will be posted on Thursday 24 November 2016 (Thanksgiving Day) Australian Eastern Standard Time (Sydney’s timezone).
Blocks can be posted at any time on the correct day.
A Note About Time Zones
All dates, as written in this blog post and for the purpose of our organizing, will be in Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST). This is the timezone for Sydney, Australia. The beauty of doing this via Instagram is that it will date stamp your block with the day and time you post it. To be eligible for prizes you need to have posted the correct block for the correct date in your timezone. It’s simple and means you don’t have to worry about doing any time conversions, etc. Just post your block on the date we’ve advised and you’ll be good to go.
Where can I get the book?
There’s a number of places you can get the book.
You can buy the book via these links:
Amazon (see link on sidebar)| Fons & Porter (click here) | Keepsake Quilting (click here) | Interweave Store (click here) and if you do so a small commission is made on the sale which will go towards helping run this amazing event. (Thank you so much!)
Alternatively, you can purchase the book via one of our sponsors websites found below and help them to keep providing you with amazing products at fabulous prices.
Where’s it all happening?
Instagram is the social media of choice for this event. It will only be run on Instagram. There are no tutorials and there are no blog hops. It’s all about sharing your blocks on Instagram. You will need an Instagram account to be able to participate. Instagram is free to join and you can find it in your app store on your phone.
What’s the block order?
We will be sewing the blocks in numerical order. So block 1 on day 1, etc. etc. until we get to block 100 on day 100. Nice and easy!
How will I remember the block order?
Every 10 days Lisa, Angie and I will post a reminder to Instagram advising of what blocks are up next, which Sponsor has sponsored those 10 blocks and what prize could be on offer for those ten blocks. If you get lost you can just refer back to our accounts to see where we’re up to.
Alternatively Angie has made up a document that you can print out and use to keep track of where you’re at. Click here to download Block Calendar and Tracker.
Once we’ve confirmed all the prize entry requirements the tracker will be updated to include these details (like hashtags and accounts to follow) as well so you can keep everything handy!
Our Amazing Sponsors & Prizes
The following businesses have come on board to provide amazing prizes (which are not redeemable for cash) for those that participate. Be sure to read the details because there’s also some coupon codes and sale information you can use to purchase supplies and restock during the sew-along contained below!
Spotlight is a family owned and operated Australian business with stores throughout Australia, New Zealand and Asia. When you head into a Spotlight store you can find almost everything you need to kit out your home. Kitchen and dining spaces, lounge and bedrooms, bathrooms and laundries are all covered by your local Spotlight store. Our ranges of haberdashery and craft have expanded, and our party section can provide you with all of the decorations and costumes you need for your next celebration. Spotlight has come a long way from the family fabric stall at the Queen Victoria Market, and we have not lost the personal touch, affordable prices and attention to quality which makes us one of the most beloved stores in Australia, New Zealand and Asia.
Prize: Brother SL500 RRP $549 (AU)
Open: Australian Residents only
The Strawberry Thief
The Strawberry Thief borrows its name from the 1883 print design, for Liberty of London, by the notable William Morris, a prominent member of the arts and craft movement. The Strawberry Thief is the Southern Hemisphere’s largest online retailer and wholesaler of Liberty Tana Lawn to the quilt and craft industry, distributing from Fremantle, Western Australia.
Prize: 12 month fat 1/16th subscription to Love Liberty valued at $360 (AU)
Ava and Neve
Opened by Martina and Narelle, Ava & Neve and Ava & Neve Collective stocks the amazing Liberty of London fabrics, homewares, sewing notions, kits, books, patterns and so much more. Whether you are a secret fabric hoarder like Martina, or looking for inspiration on a project that Narelle has done or from the many designers we collaborate with let Ava & Neve be your first point of call. If there is a design you are after and we haven’t got it stocked please drop us an email or call and we will do our best to source this for you. Our range is available for sale online or in the studio. So whether you live in the area or in another city we can help you with all your needs and questions relating to Liberty Art Fabrics.
Prize: Prize is the 9 month subscription to the Block of the Month that is a full liberty quilt. Value is $600.00 (AU). Optional boarder option is not included in this prize.
Coupon Code: For the period 27 July 2016 to 24 November 2016 you can use coupon code “SEW-ALONG” at the checkout to get 10% off your order.
Two Blue Birdies
Two Blue Birdies offers a range of contemporary fabrics, felt, sewing patterns and haberdashery from Australia and overseas. We aim to inspire all levels of creativity and ability, through providing a high quality range that we know you’ll enjoy using as much as we do.
Prize: Tula Pink Premium Aurifil thread collection. Large spools of 50wt Aurifil thread in 12 spectacular colours, valued at $180 (AU).
Coupon code: For the period 17 August 2016 to 17 September 2016 you can use coupon code “100BLOCKS” at the checkout to get 30% off your fabrics. Excludes wool felt & fabrics already on sale.
Fat Quarter Shop
The Fat Quarter Shop was founded in 2003 by Kimberly Jolly. An avid quilter, Kimberly began her shop as a side business while still working a corporate position, cutting, packing and shipping right out of her house during evenings and weekends. From the very beginning, she was committed to delivering top-notch service for every single order and customer. As the Fat Quarter Shop’s reputation grew, Kimberly decided to make it a full-time operation. Her husband Kevin joined her not long after, and with his help, lots of hard work, and a tireless commitment, the store began to grow. Over the past few years a few more people have joined the staff!
As a team, we continue to branch out with the best fabrics, exclusive kits, quilt clubs, BOMs, and more. And we will always be driven by the passion that Kimberly founded the store upon, which is always giving you the best products and service!
Prize: $100 Gift Voucher
Clair’s Fabrics is an Australian owned and operated business that prides itself on delivery fresh and modern fabrics for today’s quilter. Great prices, speedy shipping and fabulous customer service make Clair’s Fabrics a joy to shop with.
Prize: $100 Gift Voucher
Open: Australia and New Zealand Residents
Coupon Code: For the period 17 August 2016 to 24 November 2016 you can use coupon code “SEWALONG100” once at the checkout to get 10% off your order.
Fabric Pixie is all about bringing the cute, quirky and fun to everything handmade! Stocking modern designer fabrics, patterns and notions that we ship to the world!
Prize: $100 Gift Voucher
Coupon Code: For the period 27 July 2016 to 24 November 2016 you can use coupon code “100BLOCKS” at the checkout to get 10% off your fabrics. Offer excludes sale fabrics.
Australia’s modern quilting magazine. Talented pattern designers. Thought-provoking articles. Digital, enabling modern makers everywhere! Subscribe now.
Prize: 5 Individual winners will win a 6 Month Subscription each. Total prize value $89.75 (AU).
Offer: You can snap up Make Modern’s 3 latest issues (issues 9, 10 & 11) for just AU$15. Click here to take advantage of the offer.
Cotton Factory is a Sewing Studio located in Ballarat, Victoria. We offer a gorgeous range of carefully curated modern fabrics, for use in Quilting, bag making, apparel and toys. We love social media, and welcome crafters of all abilities to the Cotton Factory Community.
Prize: A five inch charm pack of Tula Pink True Colours, and a 2017 Tula Pink colouring calendar. Total prize value $55 (AU).
Sale: Starting at 7:30pm AEST there will be a sale happening on Cotton Factory’s destash Instagram account (click here to follow) to help you get ready.
How You Can Win!
I’m going to be honest, winning a prize is not going to be a pushover, there will be some work involved. The number of people eligible for the majority of the prizes might actually be smaller than you think… are you taking that as a silent challenge?!? For a majority of the prizes you’re going to have to make the 100 blocks and post them on the correct 100 days. All 100 days.
However, because we’re not completely crazy there will be a few prizes along the way that we’ll put up for grabs for those that sew and post on the correct days a certain group of 10 blocks.
Minimum eligibility requirements:
To be eligible for any prize you must post a photo of the block on the day that the block is due (in your timezone) and hashtag it with #100days100blocks. You must also be following @gnomeangel, @sweetlittlepretties and @sunflowerquilting on Instagram.
Each prize will also come with it’s own requirements so be sure to pay attention to the details that are provided throughout the event.
If you’re following our Instagram accounts you’ll get all the information you need to keep up-to-date with the giveaways. You won’t need to go anywhere else for the information, it’ll all be on Instagram. But, because we know that people like to have a point of reference you’ll be able to come back here at any time and read up on what’s happening. All the information can be found under #100Days100Blocks in the menu at the top of this page.
Previously Made or Made Ahead of Time Blocks
Started already? or stalled in the making? We know there are a lot of you that have started sewing blocks previously and want to use this event to help you finish this project. We’re also aware that life happens and you might not get to sew a block a day for 100 days. Don’t worry, you can still use these blocks, you just need to post a photo of the block on the correct day with the correct entry requirements to be eligible for inclusion in the prize pool.
You cannot add the hashtag to a block you’ve previously shared on Instagram. It needs to be a new photo date stamped with the correct date. This rule is only applicable to those of you wanting to be included in the prize pool. So even if you made the block ages ago, just take a new picture and post with the appropriate hashtags.
You cannot use a photo of a block that is in a finished quilt or quilt top. Sorry, this is all about sewing along and while we’re open to helping people who’ve started or people who’ve had an unavoidable interruption, we’re not awarding prizes for quilts that are already finished. This is all about making the quilt blocks.
Ultimately we’re not the Quilt Police, if you want to sew all your blocks in one weekend – that’s totally up to you. This is all about sewing the blocks, having fun with fabric and getting more involved with the online quilting community. In a nutshell, we’re just here to have fun and encourage you to spend more time being creative!
If you have a question,we’ve hopefully got an answer for you. If your question hasn’t been covered in this post then be sure to check out our Frequently Asked Questions page (click here). We’ll keep it updated as questions get asked. Or you can either leave a comment on this post or leave a comment over on Instagram.
Image courtesy of Gnomeangel.com