As we announced last month, Rhonda and I are very excited to get started (and hope you’ll join us!) on our 2015 RST Quilt-along: Rachel van Tilborg’s Friendship Bracelets Quilt. We previously introduced you to Rachel, an independent designer we’re happy to support, and explained a little bit about why the friendship bracelets theme is so perfect for Right Sides Together. Rachel is still offering a $2-off promo code on her Etsy shop: RSTFRIENDSHIPQAL. If you haven’t yet, go get her pattern now!
This month, we’ll present the schedule for sewing the quilt, show you what awesome prizes you’ll be eligible to win if you stick with us the whole way, and provide you with a few hints/tips if you’re interested in making the pattern your own.
NOTE: Are you planning on joining us? Would you like to be a guest blogger on RST and share one of your awesome bracelets for one month of the QAL? Let us know in comments!
January: Square-in-a-Square Bracelet
February: Zigzag Bracelet
March: X’s and O’s Bracelet
April: Arrowhead Bracelet
May: Diagonal Bracelet
June: Bracelet Ties and Piecing Quilt Top
July: Backing and Quilting
August: Quilting and Binding
Then in September, we’ll link up here and ooh and ahh over each other’s marvelous creations, award prizes, etc.! As always, while you’re working on your quilt or sharing each month’s bracelet, make sure to use Instagram, and tag us @rightsidestogether and #RSTQAL.
So what can they win, Alex? Turning in a gorgeous, finished Friendship Bracelet quilt will earn one lucky finalist a chance to score a prize package that includes:
– A $25 gift card to Tabby Fabric & Studio
– A mini Aurifil thread set (specific collection TBA)
– A Right Sides Together tee of your choice
– A set of Simplicity EZ Quilting Tools Mini Rulers
– Another stitchy surprise or two we haven’t decided on yet!
Not bad for a bracelet a month, eh? Don’t miss out!
TIPS AND SUGGESTIONS
– We definitely want to see the awesome ways you all will make this pattern your own. If you’ve bought it already, you know that the fabrics are labeled by color name. An easy way to change it is to assign your fabrics letters (“A”, “B”, etc.) and then create a master key. There are a lot of different colors, so it’s probably good to have a system down.
– If you want to condense the steps, make the bracelet ties as you make each bracelet. More work up front, but less to do when you’re piecing the whole thing in June.
Feel free to post questions, comments, tips, etc. either here or on our Facebook page all this month! We’re excited to get started in January and make our friendship bracelets!