Mod Peaks SAL - Week 1

Mod Peaks Sew Along

Dates: June 17th, 2019 - July 28th, 2019

Duration: 6 Weeks

Featured Quilt Size: Throw 63" x 76"

Hosted on: Instagram

Instagram tags:  #modpeakssal  #modpeaksquilt @schneiderhousequiltstudio

Please tag your progress and fabric pulls. That's the fun of a Sew Along, sharing with each other.

Heeere Weeee Gooooo!!

Alright, let's get this party started.  This week we need to get our fabric and slice it up!  We'll go through some different color ways and organize your cutting so that it doesn't get confusing.  Also, I'm featuring the throw size, but please feel free to make any size you want.

You will need a copy of the pattern to participate in the SAL, If you haven't purchased it yet, here's a link.

Aaannd, if you haven't registered for the SAL, you can do so here.  This keeps you up to date on blog posts, prizes, and deals associated with the sew along. Last day to register is 6/23/19.

Color Planning and Fabric Selection

As you probably know, changing the colors of a quilt can drastically change the overall look of the pattern. And, choosing colors can be overwhelming because of this.  So let's start off  simple.

  • Do you want your quilt to feel dark or light- picking the background first on this quilt will give you a base for your overall feel.  Picking a dark or deep/rich color will giving you a completely different feel than a lighter background.
  • Pick your major contrasting color to the backing and decide which color number you want this to be.  This will be the color your eye goes to first.  Looking at the examples above, you can see which zig-zags are more obvious when it contrasts with the background more than the other colors.
  • For the last two colors, I lean on keeping them in the same side of the color wheel as.  Warms with warms, cools with cools.  This is not a hard rule, just my preference.

Now, if you need a little more planning and practice with color placement, this is where the coloring sheets (included in your pattern) come in handy.  The best part, if you don't like the way the colors came out, print out another sheet and try again!  No stress, only coloring fun!

Below is how I've planned my colors for my Boho Mod Peaks Quilt.

Slicing and Dicing

Time to cut and organize your fabric.  There aren't too many different sizes of pieces, even though there are 13 blocks. What!?!?  13 Blocks!?!  Shhhh my sweet babies, it's all going to be okay.  We're going to keep organized and keep calm.

  • First thing, to keep organized,  I like to do is use zip baggies to keep my pieces together. 
  • Cut your first color, largest pieces first.  Label your Color (1, 2, 3, etc.).  I use a post it note or scrap paper and putt it in the bag. If you need to label the sizes, by all means, please do so. I keep these all in one bag but you can keep the different sizes in separate bags if this helps you.  Make sure you label the color, especially if any of your colors are similar.

Start with one fabric color and cut into strips

Organize your strips into width sizes keeping colors separate.

Sub-cut strips into piece sizes.

Label your colors/pieces for piecing. (I changed my mind on which color was which)

Tips and Tricks

I've listed some of my go to tips in the pattern but I'll reiterate them here and post them every week.

  • Read the entire pattern before you ever cut anything:  This will help ensure you understand the plan and reduces confusion.
  • When cutting different size pieces from the same piece of fabric, cut larger pieces first:  Cutting larger pieces first helps ensure you'll have large enough pieces to cut from.  The smallest pieces get cut last and you can usually save fabric by using the scraps of the larger pieces already cut off.
  • Start your project with a new needle:  You'd be surprised how often the source of your stitching and tension frustration is due to a dull or bent needle.  You should use a new needle for your quilt top and a new one for your quilting.
  • Press Seams Open:  This helps reduce bulk especially since this quilt has so many different blocks, you won't be able to plan your directions.
  • Label your blocks and your rows:  This quilt has many different blocks and some that mirror each other.  Pinning or clipping labels to your blocks and rows will save you soooo much time and confusion later on.

This Week's Featured Sponsor

Project wool mats

This week's featured sponsor is Project Wool Mats.  They have offered a discount coupon on their all natural, American Made, wool pressing mat.  This mat gets your seams F.L.A.T!!  A great investment indeed.

You'll need to be registered for the SAL to receive the discount code. If you haven't registered, sign up here.

They also have a new large mat coming out that will be 50" x 20"!!  That's a lot of amazing pressing area.  Email Project Wool Mats to inquire about pre-ordering new mat:

That's all for this week.  Next week we start piecing and giving away prizes!  Be sure to tag pics of your fabric pulls and progress on Instagram with #modpeakssal and #modpeaksquilt.

A little FYI for next week.  If your Instagram account is private, we will not be able to see your pics, even if you tag them.  Some options are to create a separate account for your quilty fun, or make your current account public.

Mod Peaks SAL Sponsors

The Cotton Bolt

Emily Dennis

Lil' Bean Quilting

Lemony Quilts

Project Wool Mats


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