A Big, Hopeful Quilt Along at The Little Blue Cottage

Edited to add the winner of fat quarters is Ashley of Film in the Fridge!!  I’ll be contacting you!  Thanks everyone for entering and quilting along!

Here we go!  This is something I’ve been working on for a few weeks now and can finally announce.    I’ll be having a Hope Valley quilt along!

I contacted Denyse Schmidt about the possibility of this project before the fabrics were even available and she and her team have been most gracious and generous!  To get things started, join the Hope Valley Quilt Along Flickr group! In the next few days, I’ll be talking about  the quilt block we’ll be making. (Edited to add that I didn’t know that when creating a Flickr group that if you start out as a private group, then it is always private…if you are a member of flickr, add me as a contact littlbluecottage and I’ll send you an invite!)

But, to make things truly interesting and exciting, I’ll be kicking off the quilt along with a giveaway of some Hope Valley fabrics!  One lucky winner will receive a quarter yard of these…

Enter to win by leaving a comment and I’ll pick a winner on Saturday!

If you’d like to participate in the quilt along and want to get your fabrics, you’ll need (for a lap quilt) quarter yard cuts and (For larger quilts) no more than 1/2 yard cuts of prints and 1-3 coordinating solids.  Because this quilt is somewhat improvisational, it’s hard to give exact quantities for fabric.   I’m using  kona cottons in zucchini and O.D Green and a Kaffe Fasset shot cotton in Smoky.  Kona cotton in Sand is the background solid I chose for the block we’ll be doing and you’ll need 2 yard for a lap quilt and 3-4 for a larger quilt.  The actual prints and solids you choose do not have to match mine – these are just the ones that I happened to enjoy with the Hope Valley fabrics.  Other clues about what solids to pair with the prints can be found here.

So, start your engines rotary cutter and your sewing machines…we’ll be quilting soon.  And come back tomorrow for a special interview I had with Denyse about Hope Valley, color and everything quilty.

Hope Valley Button Medium

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70 thoughts on “A Big, Hopeful Quilt Along at The Little Blue Cottage

  1. OK< Tina! You have tempted me! I have a bunch of the lovely Hope Valley sitting on my shelf and I would love and excuse to cut it up!!!!!! Muu hahahha

    I will play along with you!

  2. eek!! i so want to play! i havent bought my hope valley yet(money has been tight :o/), but hope to soon! cant wait and thanks for doing this and the giveaway

  3. What fun! Can’t wait to see where the quilt along will take us! Thanks for the chance at winning.
    liz dot groleau at gmail dot com

  4. I have been meaning to get some of this fabric, but have yet to do so. Thanks for the giveaway and looking forward to a quilt along!

  5. oh my gosh!! this sounds like SO much fun!! you may have convinced me to buy some of this gorgeous line…..but i’ll wait and see if i won first hehehe thanks for sending me an invite on flickr!!!

  6. the fabrics you have chosen are stunning. Thank you so much for inviting me to join your Quilt along. I have only just started quilting so I am very touched that you like what I have done enough to join you. Karen x

  7. Oh, and it looks like you may have made the group private? I clicked on the link and was not allowed to view the group. I’m “goddessinprogress” on Flickr if you wouldn’t mind inviting me.

  8. This is incredibly generous and a great was to start off a project… I’m notorious for starting projects without finishing another so I might try to catch up a little late :)

  9. I’ve been waiting to find the prefect pattern to cut into my Hope Valley. I can’t wait to see the quilt-along and thanks for sponsoring such an awesome giveaway!

  10. Sounds like a lot of fun…I love seeing Denyse’s fabrics in use…what is that saying…the total is greater than the sum of its parts?! Can’t wait to see this quilt along progress

  11. How Cool! I still have not been able to get my little mitts on any of that stuff, BUT! I’m hopeful! Thank You, can’t wait to see more…

  12. oh man oh man oh man….another quilt along. I love these things. Do I have time for another? Of course I do :) Can’t wait to see what this brings and the fabrics are beautiful!

  13. Wow, what a great idea! I’d love to make a Hope Valley Quilt…but I still haven’t got my hands on any. I can’t wait to see what you are making…

  14. My 1/2 yards of the entire collection have been sitting around just waiting for the perfect project! Thanks for putting this together!

  15. Ohhh…I was just looking at a fat quarter bundle of Hope Valley over the weekend!! What a fabulous giveaway! And on my birthday too! Maybe it will be fate!! :-) Sounds like a great quilt-along.

  16. This is so cool! I ordered my fabrics months ago, but apparently my retailer of choice is having issues on a few backordered bolts, meaning my FQ bundles have been held up! I’d love to join in once they arrive, or get started sooner if I won!

  17. I can’t wait to start! Thanks so much for hosting this…going to email you next, to join the flickr group. What a great giveaway too!!

  18. sounds like fun! and it’s certainly starting out in a good way – with this very generous giveaway! can’t wait to see what the quilt will look like!

  19. I just added you as a flickr contact. I really can’t wait to play.. I will be playing along with some Amy Butlers!

  20. Love this color range of the Hope Valley fabrics. I’m still waiting on my back-ordered fabric to arrive so I may be a little behind in the quilt along.

    clutterbat at yahoo dot com

  21. Ooh, I can’t wait to see how this QAL turns out! I’ve been hesitant to cut into my Hope Valley because I don’t know what to do with it yet!! Off to add you as a contact!

  22. WHATT??? So glad I looked at the Hope Valley Flickr pics today and found your button!! I’m so excited as I keep wondering what I will do with the Hope Valley I have. I want something fun – but I can’t decide or cut into it. Your colorway is different from mine. So excited to find your blog and now off to join the flickr group – if I can only remember my password!!

  23. Sounds exciting and I have 1/2 yd cuts in the pink and grey pallettes ! Would love a chance to win some more ! I just joined your Flikr group and am looking forward to seeing what pattern you’ve chosen. Thanks for a chance to win!

  24. Ohhhh! I love this fabric! Please include my name in the giveaway! Thanks! Can’t wait to see what you have in store for the quiltalong [although, honestly, I just can’t start anything new until I get a few WIP completed)!

  25. I love this fabric! Thanks for hosting this giveaway, and please include my name! Thanks! Can’t wait to see what you have in store for the quiltalong [although, honestly, I just can’t start anything new until I get a few WIP completed)!

  26. I would love to win, and I would also love to be involved in the quilt-a-long. You are already a contact on flickr (I’m rebeccasrags), if you could send me an invite. Thanks!

  27. Very pretty fabric line! Hope Valley (south of Lake Tahoe, CA) is one of our favorite places to go camping, so of course I have to join! I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed til Saturday! Thanks

  28. Oh fun! Just added you as a contact on flickr. I just got my box of Hope Valley and I love it! Can’t decide what to do with it besides just stare at it! : ) I was also lucky enough to get into Denyse’s class in Sisters, OR and I CANNOT wait! Looking forward to the quilt-along!

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