Friday, March 24, 2023

Fast & Fun Sampler Quilt Along - All the Details!!!

Can you believe it!  The Fast & Fun Sampler Quilt Along starts in just under 2 weeks!  I can't wait.  So today we are going over All the Details.    


The The Fast & Fun Sampler is my own quilt design and uses blocks from each of the 9 quilts in my  Fast & Fun Lap Quilts Book.  I had so much fun working on the design for this quilt along and hope you love it as much as I do.  While the layout gives the quilt a fun medallion feel, it is actually put together as a row quilt.   It is a queen size quilt finishing at 92" x 92" and perfect for beginners and experts alike.   

There will be a post every Wednesday starting April 5th until May 24th going over all the piecing.  Then, On June 7th, there will be a Parade of all the finished quilts as well as a Grand Prize drawing on . 

A new assignment each week means we are going to be sewing Fast and having lots of Fun along the way.   But if life gets crazy and you fall behind, no worries.  The posts and PDF Links will always be on my blog so you can come catch up whenever it works for you!     The schedule will be as follows:

Intro and Details - Today's Post
April 19th - Treasured Blocks
April 26th - Jacks Blocks
May 3 - Dutch Days and Three O Blocks
May 10 - Aurora Block and Key Blocks
May 17th - Merry-Go-Round Blocks
May 24th - Putting it All Together
June 7th - Parade of Finishes and Grand Prizes

So count on checking back here on my blog each Wednesday for the new block assignment.  I will be sharing a Weekly PDF Download that you will use along with the block making instructions from the Fast & Fun Lap Quilts Book to complete the weeks assignment.  The two work together, so you will need a copy of my Fast & Fun Lap Quilts Book to quilt along.  

 C&T Publishing is releasing this book tomorrow and you can order your copy there, or pick it up at your local quilt shop, or if you would like  a signed copy directly from me, that is an option as well ;)  And if you prefer E-books, you can get a digital copy of Fast & Fun Lap Quilts right here.   

But there is no need to sign up, just follow along each week, make the assigned blocks, and then share them  to be entered to win lots of fun prizes!   

And with that, we are ready to talk fabrics!


Below is an image of the Fabric requirements along with the weekly assignments.   You can go here for a printable version.   You will need:  2 Layer Cake/10" Stackers , 9 Yards of Background Fabric and      5 1/2 Yards of Backing Fabric.  

You can choose any 2 Layer Cake/10" Stackers for this Quilt Along, they don't have to be any fabric brand or type!!!   And they don't even all have to be from the same line, mix and match as you desire.     You can even do a scrappy quilt and just pull 10" squares from your scrap bin.  Have fun making it your own!  

And as a special bonus . . .  Fat Quarter Shop has graciously offered to sponsor materials requirements for this QAL.   Just use the coupon code FAST10 at checkout to save 10% off Sitewide!!!  You can get your Layer Cakes and Yardage Cuts so you are all set to quilt along on sale! 
 (Excludes gift certificates, sale items, pre-orders and clubs. Other exclusions may apply. Coupon is not combinable with other offers. Can not be retroactively applied to previous orders. Expires Friday March 31, 2023 at 11:59 PM CST.)  

Also,  I will be showing everything with a white background fabric, but you don't have to use white, feel free to choose any color you like for the background and also, it doesn't have to be a solid.    The binding will be scrappy from our 10" squares so you don't need to worry about getting a fabric for that .   And when it comes to the backing,  we will be adding a pieced block section in it, so fun! 

And just in case you like to plan things out in advance, Here is a coloring page of the sampler.  You can download the coloring page here and fill it in with your chosen layout.  And if you want to see how a particular fabric will look in the design, simply email me at and I can send you an EQ sketch of your chosen fabric.   


I am so very excited about the Prizes for this Quilt-A-Long!!  I don't know about you, but I know that I am highly more motivated to keep up and finish when there are Prizes at stake ;)

 All those that finish their Fast & Fun Sampler Quilt Top will be eligible for the 3 Grand Prizes.  The Grand Prize's are sponsored by the Fat Quarter Shop and huge Thank You goes out to Kimberly for their generosity in these prizes.  Want to know what they are?

The three winners will each receive a $75.00 Gift Certificates to Fat Quarter Shop!   Talk about some amazing fabric Goodness!  How about that for motivation to quilt along!


But . . . Sometimes it is hard to keep motivated when the end is so far away.  So for that . . . We have a little weekly motivation.  Every week you finish and share your blocks, you will eligible to win a Layer Cake from one of my amazing sponsors.     


So there is going to be a lot of wonderful prizes to be won!  So keep up and sew on!


 It's always fun when we share so we can see each others progress and cheer each other on!   It's also how you will enter to win prizes so be sure when you finish your weekly assignment to share it!  Here's how . . .    

If you use Facebook or Instagram  be sure and use the Hashtags #fastandfunsampler and #fastandfunsamplerqal  in your post.  Then we can all easily find and see each others work on social media and I will be choosing winner's from the hashtags.  

If you don't use social media, no worries.   Just email me a picture at and I will post a picture for your with the hashtags included so you will be eligible for prizes as well.    


So that just about wraps it up!!! You have another week and a half to round up your fabric and the first blocks will be posted on April 5th!!!

And you can always find all the posts for the Fast and Fun Sampler on my Quilt Along page here.

And if you have any questions at all regarding the Fast & Fun Sampler Quilt Along please do not hesitate to email me at or comment below.    And again, please feel free to make your quilt your own.   What ever you envision, you make it yours, all finished quilt tops will be eligible for the grand prize.  

Now . . .  Let's get Quilting Along!

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  1. This looks so fun! I already have the book, so I'll be pulling fabric soon!!

  2. Looks fun! Bought the book, pulled stash fabric and bought background! For the parade, does the quilt need to be quilted or just the top completed?

    1. The parade is for finished quilts, so yes, quilted and bound. But you are still eligible for the grand prizes with a quilt top.

  3. Does it really need 9 yards of background? That seems like a lot when it only takes 5 1/2 yards for the back? Just asking, as the quilt looks amazing! Thanks!

    1. Hi Kathy, Yup, we really need 9 yards. If you cut all of the little pieces from previous scraps, you could get away with 8 yards. This is a queen size quilt. The reason you only need 5 1/2" yards for the backing is that we will be putting in a pieced strip to do the backing.

    2. Thank you, have the background ordered, can’t wait to start.


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