I am very excited to share something that has been brewing in the background for a bit.
After looking at my goals for the 2023 year… one that always tends to show up is health. Of course. Like many quilters, movement pretty much includes walking to the sewing machine, walking to the cutting mat, walking to the ironing station.
Well, it’s time to maybe do a little bit of intentional walking somewhere other than our ‘go to’ route.
This is NOT about losing weight.
It’s simply about moving and of course sewing.
It’s about consistency.
Consistently getting your walking in – every day.
AND – Consistently getting your sewing in – every day.
Neither of them taking too long, so they are very doable in squeezing into your possibly already tight schedule.
I’m thinking 30 minutes to 1 hour. For each task.
30 minutes of walking.
30 minutes of sewing (but we all know we will squeeze in more minutes if possibly once we get started!)
I began with a super cute sampler quilt… but after much thought, it changed into a Walkabout Quilt.
In one of my past neighborhoods, they would hold a walkabout in the evening. So you could have a stroll around the neighborhood and visit with others. Some would offer lemonade on the porch or a cookie or two.
It was a great opportunity to just get out of the house and visit for a some minutes.
This lead me to design the quilt with quilt blocks that would maybe show off what you are going to see along your walkabout.
Houses – of different styles, designs.
Flowers, trees of course.
Then I tossed in some traditional blocks – but they still represented walkabout items…. like flying geese, a star you may see in the evening if this is your walking time. Rail fence – to represent either fences, sidewalks, or railways. Flower pinwheels. You get the idea.
For me the most important part is to invite others to join me. Community. Quilting community to be more specific.
So, here we are.
I’m inviting you to walk and sew along with me for a few weeks.
Every weekday we will be sewing something. Sewing a block that belong in the row.
Every day you’ll get an email with the daily ‘to do’. Sew this, and mark your movement.
During this Walkabout Quilt Along, I’ll be popping into the FB group for daily reminders as well – and of course prompts for you to share. Share your blocks (sewing progress) and blocks (walking progress). It will be so much fun seeing other quilters walking areas, don’t you think?
Now, I know many of us are not able to walk outside– weather, location, whatever… so this could be a simple lap around your sewing room, your living room, or trudging up your stairs. Whatever you do IT’S GREAT~!!! IT’S PERFECT!!!!
Don’t over think this and worry about the quilt police when it comes to your plan for the 30 minutes of movement. You decide what you can do – and it totally counts.
- April 17th start date!
Walkabout Quilt Along
58″ x 61″
Tree: ½ yard
Flowers: ½ yard (includes petals, stems, leaves)
Traditional Quilt Blocks: ½ yard
House Blocks: 1 yard
Background: 3 yards
Grab the pdf by signing up (totally free!) use the form below.
- Materials List
- Coloring Sheet
- Tracking pages for your quilt
- Daily email reminders with links to the downloads and videos
- FB invite for the community part of this
- Prompts to share in the community area
- Tracking pages for your walkabout time
- Videos for quilt block construction
Where will everything be:
- YouTube – the videos will be found on my YouTube channel.
- The Daily tasks / pdf’s will be sent to you via email. Sign up to get those emails and links!
- The Blog – you’ll find the daily tasks here on the blog as well as links to the YouTube video for the block as well.
Here’s how this Walkabout Quilt Along will work:
1- Sign up below for the daily emails – this will also give you an invite to join a FB group where the Walkabout will be held
2- Use the materials list to gather up what you need to sew.
3- Use the tracking sheets to put your plan together. Not just your sewing plan, but also your Walkabout plan. Where, how long, what time, etc.
4- Get excited about it! This is not a competition. This is just a way to get you sewing and moving. This is about finishing a quilt top representing your consistency.
- Walkabout Day 42 - May 28, 2023
- Walkabout Day 41 - May 27, 2023
- Walkabout Day 40 - May 26, 2023
Maria Josefa says
Adorei tua idéia e o convite para participar junto do Walkabout e já me inscrevi.
Não entendo muito do idioma inglês mas vou pedir ajuda e me esforçar para fazer os blocos.
Moro no Brasil e faço patchwork já há um bom tempo.
Lindo teu quilt, gostei muito e fiquei interessada em fazer.
Thanks! This looks like fun!
Amanda Paul says
I didn’t receive the block 5 email. Haven’t started yet as have had family staying but trying to catch up!
janet shannon says
the group started April 17th today is May 6th
how do I get the pdf’s I have missed
janet s says
how do I get back pdf for walkabout
Judy Wilhite says
What about the extra white blocks that appear to be in the finished top and what about the edging? How much and how wide?