We'd like to start by acknowledging that quilt coats are not a new thing, they were found all over the world being made by people of color and of all different cultures. Below are examples from the International Quilt Museum and the Public Library Quilts page. We appreciate the beauty of both of these garments and are thankful for the rich history they lend to our current mainstream trend.
This is a low key sew along – while we have a relaxed six week schedule to try and keep you motivated, you are welcome to work at your own pace. Here are a few key details about the sew along if you’re interested in participating!
#QuiltCoatAlong – March 1 – April 9
6 week schedule
Weeks of March 1 & 8 - Pick Materials, Pattern, Batting, Fabric and/or Quilt Design
Week of March 15 - Cutting Out Pattern, Pre-Washing Fabric
Week of March 22 - Quilting Coat Pieces
Week of March 29 - Assembling Your Quilt Coat
Week of April 5 - Finish! with a Quilt Coat Fashion Show on April 9
On Friday, April 9th, we’ll host a Quilt Coat Fashion Show on Instagram where you can share your coat and be eligible to win a Grand Prize from these generous sponsors: Aurifil, Blue Barn Quilt, Fat Quarter Shop, Hobbs Batting, Olfo, Oliso, Riley Blake Fabrics, Schmetz Needles and prizes from the hosts – Tina and Jessica!
Other important notes:
1. There is no formal sign up for this QAL. Each week, be sure to check Instagram for posts, stories and IG Lives with Tina and Jessica as we review the goal for the week, answer questions and help cheerlead you while you work on your quilt coat! Follow the hashtag #quiltcoatalong
2. There is no specific pattern we’re using for the QAL. You are welcome to choose any coat pattern you like. We have a list of quilt coat patterns to consider in our resources section!
3. This QAL is open to anyone – whether you’ve made zero coats or 10 coats! Again, this is a low key sew along where we’re providing some resources, encouragement and community while you make a quilt coat!
4. There are no formal rules! Meaning, if you want to take an existing jacket and embellish it with a quilt block, if you want to make a quilt onesie or you want to use no batting in your jacket or you want make a pet quilt coat – all of those sound like amazing ideas and we support them!
Quilt Coat Patterns – please CLICK HERE to view a list of Quilt Coat Patterns.
Quilt Coat Experiences – please CLICK HERE to view a list of blog posts from makers who have made Quilt Coats.