In Crazy Times – Find Joy, Give Joy!

No matter where you live, these are Crazy times we live in.  But quilting, sewing, and embroidery enthusiasts have it a little easier as we can typically find joy when we take time to create, as well as learn new skills and techniques.  Likewise, we can easily give joy when we create a gift for someone who needs joy, as well as when we teach someone how to quilt, sew and/or embroider.  Thus, I want to encourage everyone to Find Joy and Give Joy.

I also want to heighten awareness of four great QAL/SAL which I’m sure all the participants will find joy and ultimately give joy.  Consider inviting your friends to join you and enjoy a QAL/SAL with friends virtually!


A QAL/SAL planned for this coming summer was renamed the Sanctuary QAL/SAL and recently released.  This fun event is hosted by Aurifil and Susan Ache, with 48 little motifs to stitch.  Patterns will be available on Aurifil’s Free Patterns page and they’ll be sharing via Instagram & Facebook stories.  QuiltShopGal also thinks this would be a great way to teach your kids to quilt and/or the art of stitchery!

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    • Aurifil will post 4 new motifs every other day from March 20 through April 11 following the schedule below
    • PDFs will be posted on Aurifil’s Free Pattern page in the Sanctuary SAL section
    • Blocks will be shared and promoted via Aurifil Instagram & Facebook Stories & Share
    •  #AurifilatHome & #SanctuarySAL so we can see your progress! 

March 20 – 1, 2, 3, 4
March 22 – 5, 6, 7, 8
March 24 – 9, 10, 11, 12
March 26 – 13, 14, 15, 16
March 28 – 17, 18, 19, 20
March 30 – 21, 22, 23, 24
April 1 – 25, 26, 27, 28
April 3 – 29, 30, 31, 32
April 5 – 33, 34, 35, 36
April 7 – 37, 38, 39, 40
April 9 – 41, 42, 43, 44
April 11 – 45, 46, 47, 48

Aurifil Free Patterns
Sanctuary SAL Pattern Page
Sanctuary SAL on the blog
Pattern for Blocks 1 – 4


Leah Day is hosting a fun quilt along using a Dream Big Panel.  You can join this event for free and learn how to do ruler work (or pursue regular FMQ) and turn your panel into a Wallhanging, or just about anything. Leah will also be showing how you can turn two panels into a wearable item!

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Leah has created an optional Dream Big Guide, which QuiltShopGal highly recommends. It is 25 pages packed with info to help you quilt a Dream Big Panel, including a list of supplies and detailed instructions with visuals.  It is a great downloadable resource to use along with the free video QAL Leah is releasing weekly on her Youtube channel.  The guidebook also shares insights on how to use a panel to create a really cool jacket.  And, the Dream Big Guide is currently on sale for only sale $4.99 (super steal).  Here are some links for more info on this fun QAL.

Kick off info – released March 13th

Ruler Work Leaf Veins – March 20th

Be sure to follow Leah Day on Youtube to follow along in this free QAL to learn more as Leah releases weekly videos.


Daniela Stout, of Cozy Creative Center/Cozy Quilt Designs, is releasing her April Strip Club pattern for free, as a Mystery Quilt, for her just-released SewQuester QAL.  Her youtube video provides more info.  Everyone is invited to join, for free.  But don’t wait to download the instructions as they will one day be pulled and this quilt pattern will only be available for purchase!

Be sure to subscribe to Cozy Quilt Designs on Youtube to get weekly updates for this fun QAL.


Angela is hosting another free-motion quilting challenge which officially kicks off April 10th.  The focus of this challenge will be FMQ Echoes and Curves.  Angela has created a stunning pre-printed panel, which is perfect for this FMQ Challenge.  Of course, you can also apply tutorials for this challenge to practice sandwiches, a UFO, or just about any quilt you desire.  It is free to participate in this challenge.  But QuiltShopGal highly recommends using Angela’s panel, to help your learning what is covered in this challenge.

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For more info on this fun FMQ Challenge, visit Quilting Is My Therapy website, her blog and be sure to subscribe to Angela’s YouTube Channelso you don’t miss out on any of the free video tutorials for this challenge.  Angela is also hosting a Live Chat on Youtube tomorrow, March 24th at 3pm Centralto introduce this challenge, as well as Q&A.


Clearly, there are loads of fun for quilters during these crazy times.  Please feel free to leave a comment with any ideas you have (or share on my Facebook page).

Don’t forget to spread joy.  There are so many kids going crazy at home (or driving their parents crazy), this is also a great time to teach kids to quilt, sew, be creative.  I’ll be trying to heighten awareness of these opportunities to spread joy in the near future, but as always, I’d love to hear your ideas too!

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