Polka Dot Bikini, Polka Dot Bikini QAL

Polka Dot Bikini: The Quilt-Along (plus a giveaway)

Fabrics and FlowersAnnouncing the start of the great Polka Dot Bikini Quilt quilt along!
click the button above for the QAL page…make sure you grab the button to display on your site.Is everyone ready for a fun party? I have worked out a schedule of making about six blocks every two weeks over the next few months. You are welcome to keep up and finish your quilt with me, or do as much as you want in between other projects. I do hope you join!fabricsandflowers.blogspot.comI want to give a big thanks to sponsors:
Pink Chalk Fabrics
Canton Village Quilt Works
Pink Castle Fabrics

they are each providing a gift certificate to give away during the QAL. If you need to purchase fabric for your Bikini Quilt, these shops are great resources, no matter what your taste.

  • Canton Village carries a kit of fabrics similar to the ones I used in the original (kaffe fasset prints, plus the solids).
  • Pink Castle always has great flash sales, so be sure and follow their newsletter for coupon codes!
  • Pink Chalk has a great feature “what goes with what”, where they choose bundles of solids that coordinate with the most current fabric collections (how perfect is that for the Bikini Quilt?).

To get things off to a fun start, this week I am giving away a $25 gift certificate to Pink Chalk Fabrics
Leave a comment on this post to be entered in the giveaway. I will announce the winner on Sunday, January 26 (open to everyone)

Do you still need to purchase the pattern? you can find it in my Craftsy shop

I am so excited to see your ideas for this quilt!
**VERY IMPORTANT: when printing the templates, make sure your printer is set at 100%. Do not “scale” the pages to fit or the templates will be too small. To check: the straight sides of template A should measure 9 1/2″**
Schedule of posts
(each goal date will be a link-up, too, so we can see progress and stay motivated)
January 19kicking things off with a giveaway! (you are here)
January 26: fabric selections, preparing templates and tips to get started on sewing
February 6: progress goal: six center blocks completed (without corner stones)
Post topic: Make yours unique! alternative ideas for corner stones
February 20: progress goal: six more center blocks completed (with cornerstones on all)
Post topic: making the border blocks, and ideas for variations
March 6: progress goal: four corner blocks, four border blocks completed
Celebrate halfway with giveaway!!
March 20: progress goal: four border blocks, two center blocks
April 3: progress goal: four border blocks, two center blocks
April 17: progress goal: four border blocks
post topic: sewing the blocks together to piece the top
May 1: show off your finished top!
Celebrate with a giveaway!!
May 29: final link up of quilts
Load your photos onto the Color Girl Quilts flickr group to show your fabric selection and sewing progress and give the rest of the group inspiration.
On Instagram, use #bikiniquilt (I am @colorgirlquilts on instagram, if you want to follow with me)
Have a great week!
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48 thoughts on “Polka Dot Bikini: The Quilt-Along (plus a giveaway)

  1. Marj says:

    Love your polka dot bikini quilt and the fabric . Thanks for the chance to get a jump start on gathering polka dot fabric

  2. Gill says:

    Great pattern – I love your colour choices!

  3. Merran says:

    Im in, bought the pattern then discovered the QAL, looking forward to the discussion of fabric choices as I too would like to do a soft palette version!

  4. Erin Ellis says:

    The fabric is so lovely,and I love the pattern. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!
    fairyfractal at gmail dot com

  5. JoyceLM says:

    I love polka dots – thanks for the chance to win.

  6. love fabric, thanks

  7. The quilt is gorgeous! Thanks for a chance to win from one of your fabulous sponsors!

  8. Gina Koston says:

    Really excited about this QAL! I’m hoping I can keep up, as I’m already in 5 other BAL’s & QAL’s… I just can’t say no when it’s something I LOVE doing!
    Thank you for the chance to win a wonderful prize too!

  9. Have my pattern in hand and looking for my fabric.
    Can not wait to start the QAL.
    Winning would be wonderful, Thanks for the chance.

  10. I am in love with this quilt! and a chance to quilt a long with you! yippee!!!

  11. This quilt is so fun! Can’t wait to get started!

  12. DeborahGun says:

    you’ve chosen such a gorgeous collection of fabrics 🙂

  13. aleena John says:

    wow..its wonderful..very nice & intresting…thankyou for giving it…
    Perfect Binding

  14. oh yeah!!!!! I cannot wait to quilt along on the bikini quilt! and thank you so much for the giveaway!!!

  15. Love your quilt fabric and color selections! I might not be able to do the Qal now, but I will be watching the process!

  16. Love your quilt fabric and color selections! I might not be able to do the Qal now, but I will be watching the process!

  17. contentncm says:

    Can’t wait to see this is the soft colors.
    contentncm at yahoo dot com

  18. ldbell58 says:

    I can’t wait. It will be fun 🙂

  19. $25 gift certificate would help me get started on this quilt, already have the pattern bought it within the first week of its release…love this pattern!!! I plan to do it in bright colors like your original version!

  20. PK Sews says:

    Your quilt is positively joyful! I love your fabric selection and the beautiful pattern. Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to se everyone’s progress throughout the quilt-along.

  21. Pam says:

    Awesome ready for this quilt along thanks

  22. Roxanna says:

    I’ve never done a quilt along. I am looking forward to getting started.

  23. Chirpy says:

    Anytime I can put polka dots in something, it makes me smile. TY for the chance to get a great start. Looking forward to thus.

  24. lvkwilt says:

    I think this pattern is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. I definitely plan to make it and thank you for your creativity! Thanks, too, for the giveaway!

  25. Robin says:

    That quilt is awesome! Thanks for the chance. 🙂

  26. Barbe says:

    you are tempting me, i need another project like a hole in the head, lol, but i really like the modern look of it and a wedding ring quilt is on my bucket list……tempting lol

  27. looking forward to seeing how to layout and cut the fabric.

  28. HI Sharon,

    I love your Bikini Quilt Pattern. I may try to keep up with your QAL. thanks for the chance to win.

    ruth at ruthq@rogers.com

  29. I love this quilt, but sadly will have to watch from the sidelines as I have too many WIP’s to start something else

  30. Mishi Kichi says:

    hi there 🙂 i have LOVED this quilt since i first saw it!!! ive just pruchased my pattern and cannot wait to start!

  31. Funny, but I just gave away a lovely bundle of dots (a chapter prize for Riley Blake Chllenge) and now would like some for myself! Thanks for the chance!

  32. Mrs Quinn says:

    This is just gorgeous. You have an eye for color, that’s for sure. I think its a bit beyond my skill level but I definitely added it to my craftsy wishlist for future fun. Following you now because I can’t wait to see your future quilts

  33. Jan says:

    I’ve never participated in a QAL but this beautiful pattern drew me in! I adore it!

  34. Jan says:

    I’ve never participated in a QAL but this beautiful pattern drew me in! I adore it!

  35. What a fun qal!! And how perfect for this mid-January dreariness!!

    Sidebar: Did I miss the pic of the full quilt or is that coming later?

  36. Courtneysews says:

    Such a cool pattern! Thanks for the give-away!

  37. Laurie says:

    Wow- I am glad I found your blog – I might have to join this QAL. Looking forward to more details.

  38. Vio says:

    This is so awesome! I can’t wait to see what everybody comes up with. I love how bright your original quilt is.

  39. leanne says:

    oh this is so tempting to join in – I’ve almost finished my first ever dwr quilt top and I loved making it – I also have quite a few polka dots in my collection – I just need to organise some solids ! I think I’ll need to purchase the pattern so I’ll probably join in with the quiltalong too 🙂

  40. Your quilt is gorgeous. I love the bright colours. I might try to quilt along with you.

  41. Sfredette says:

    So incredible! I’m going to try to keep up; might not. I have not been super successful following quiltalongs before, but this is a great one to change that!!

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  43. Tom says:

    This’ll be my first QAL, really looking forward to it!

  44. charlotte says:

    That is one beautiful Quilt, my friend. Awesome colors!

  45. Linda says:

    Hi, what color and design>love this quilt!
    Thanks for sharing!


  46. Dilettante says:

    This quilt is stunning! I love all the bright colors, the circles and the patchwork borders (it may just be me, but I do like quilt edges to be square).

  47. Love the bright colors!

  48. peg says:

    This quilt looks like so much fun to make – can’t wait to get started.

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