Summer Fun QAL – getting ready!

Hi friends!  The Summer Fun Quilt Along starts in a little over a week, so it’s time to get ready!  The finished quilt measures 30″ x 32″ and it has (mostly) simple piecing along with a little applique (which you can leave out if you’d like).

Summer Fun Quilt Along @ The Crafty Quilter starts June 1, 2018. A free tutorial for each section will presented weekly in 5 lessons.

This wall hanging is perfect for a confident beginner as well as an experienced quilter.  I’ll walk you through all of the steps and give you plenty of tips along the way.  There will be an English paper piecing option using hexagons for the sunflowers for those that might be on summer vacation and want a little hand work to take with them.  And, if you don’t like applique, you can replace that strip with a plain piece of fabric or another row of pieced blocks.

Let’s talk about the fabric requirements.  This is a perfect project to use up scraps.  I love a bright color palette, so I’ve pulled a rainbow of colors from my stash to start with.  You won’t need more than 1/8 yard for anything other than the background fabric, backing and binding.

Supply List

  • Background (white):  1 yard
  • Red (checkerboard):  1/8 yard
  • Aqua dot (pinwheels and wave blocks):  1/8 yard
  • Remaining fabric can be scraps in a mix of bright colors
  • Backing:  1 yard
  • Binding:  1/3 yard
  • Fusible web paper such as Heat ‘n Bond Lite for the applique


Summer Fun Quilt Along @ The Crafty Quilter starts June 1, 2018. A free tutorial for each section will presented weekly in 5 lessons.


Each week, I will present a free tutorial on my blog for each section of the quilt beginning June 1.  You’ll be able to share your finished quilts and have a chance to win some prizes beginning July 6.  Quilts don’t need to be quilted and bound, finished tops are fine.   I hope you guys can join me!  Here is the schedule:

  • June 1:  Checkerboard rows and wave blocks
  • June 8:  Beach balls and pinwheels
  • June 15:  Sunflowers and stems
  • June 22:  Butterfly and sunny stars
  • June 29:  SUMMER  applique and finishing
  • July 6:  Linky open
  • July 20:  Prizes announced

If you’re using social media, use the hashtag #summerfunqal.  I’ll post pictures of my progress on Instagram so make sure to follow me there.  If you have any questions, leave a comment and I’ll get back to you.

Summertime fun is coming soon!

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  1. Where can I get weeks 1 and 2? I was in the process of moving and was not able to get to them.

    1. Never mind. I found it in the archives. Thank you for making such a beautiful pattern available. Now that I’m settled in, I’m looking forward to making it.

  2. I just returned from vacation and weeks 1 and 2 are ready. Just printed out the instructions and so excited to get started! Thank you so much Julie!

  3. Hello Julie,

    I have never learned how to use Instagram, so this seems to be the time to learn, I will find someone to teach me. This is probably because I am technically challenged. I was born in the last century. Just added a little humor here!.

  4. I love this! Thought it was a great opportunity to use up some scraps…..then I saw too many bright new fabrics at the Granary.

  5. Oh I cannot wait for June 1st…..What a cute project and just know it will look so cool hanging on my front porch!!

  6. Super cute! I already planned on joining in on this and am so excited. I think this would be perfect in my kitchen but need to pick out my fabrics to see what i have.to coordinate my color scheme (this is the stressful part!) Thanks for this opportunity! 🙂

  7. Hello Julie, You have designed a fabulous quilt for this QAL! I will definitely be participating!! I will have to go and start picking out fabrics later on today. Thank you for sharing and designing such a fun and lovely project! Have a great day!

  8. I sent this out to my quilt guild 50 members. Hoping some of them will be joining me. I will work on it as as I am able. Chemo on the 15th so that will put me a week or so behind, but I love this and want to sew along!! Thanks so much for hosting.

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