Announcing the “Blogger’s Bar Hop Quiltalong”

Announcing the “Blogger’s Bar Hop Quiltalong”

Last year, a bunch of my bloggy friends got together and we shared our ideas with you during the Quilt-Uberfest Quiltalong–check out those great blocks here and here.  This year, some of those same bloggers and a bunch of new friends have returned for this autumn’s Blue Nickel Quiltalong.  This year we are focusing on using rectangles in our blocks and after much cleverness searching we came up with this title:  the blogger’s Bar Hop Quiltalong.

Now lest we offend some of you along the way with our reference to a Bar Hop, let us all remember that Bars come in all varieties.  Tavern/Pub bars, yes, but also: Candy Bars, Snack Bars, Breakfast Bars, Sand Bars, Tea Bars (okay, that would be a Tea House, I know…..) Ice Cream Bars, Behind Bars, etc.   So pick YOUR favorite Bar and Hop along with us!

The fabric we are featuring has been generously supplied by Clothworks from their European Taupe VIII collection by Kinkame.  Soft, subtle, and maybe just a little more “traditional” in tone.  We have fourteen bloggers with styles ranging from very modern to the somewhat more traditional side of the quilting street. We believe the “wall” that sometimes comes up between quilters on those lines should be torn down, so that is part of why the collection has been chosen. If you choose to make your blocks out totally modern or totally traditional, they will work just fine.  We love to see the variety of blocks that emerge from these quiltalongs!

Each designer was given four fat quarters from the collection and told they could add one solid and one print of their choice OR two solids and that was it. The other requirement was that they had to use at least one rectangle (bar) in the block  somewhere.  The blocks will all finish to a useful 12″ x 12″ size.  Feel free to post your blocks here as you hop along with us!

Here’s the line up!

October 1 Amy Ellis

October 2 Lynn Harris   

October 3   Heather Jones    

October 4   Jackie Kunkel    

October 5 Ashley Jones

October 6  Emily Cier 

October 7 Scott Hansen

October 8 Jan Peoples

October 9 April Rosenthal

October 10 Amy Lobsiger

October 11  Cara Quilts

October 12   Konda Luckau

October 13  Alethea Ballard

October 14 Charlie Scott

Hope to see you on the Hop!



  • So funny…I JUST finished my Uberfest quilt last week…did you see it? 🙂

    I did see! great job! all the blocks are here from the original begging me to put them together!!

    September 25, 2012 at 4:18 pm
  • Oh, I *so* want to do this one. Do ya’ll have a rough estimate of yardage needed?

    Hey Jessica,
    Each block will have scraps and a fat quarter or two. Since we are doing them as single blocks, we won’t have a total yardage as each quiltalong participant will likely put them together in various ways. I bet your local quilt shop peeps will love to help you figure out a setting and arrangement!

    September 26, 2012 at 10:24 am
  • Elizabeth Johnson


    Sounds like fun. Do you have a button?

    Thanks Elizabeth, we’re working on a button…will have it up soon….

    September 26, 2012 at 12:10 pm
  • MarciaW


    Oh! I do hope I can squeeze in some time (between medical procedures) to make a few of these. It would be nice to combine with my Uberfest blocks!

    September 27, 2012 at 4:45 pm
  • I have several fat quarter bundles just purchased! Awesome! I will be playing along

    September 27, 2012 at 6:09 pm
  • Debbie Gallett


    I just stumbled upon this. Thanks for a quiltalong that uses rectangles. I have been working on Farmers Wife Quilt blocks and need a break from all this little tiny triangles and pieces. I have just the fabric bundle that will be great for this “bar” idea.

    October 4, 2012 at 5:21 am
  • Pam Blake


    I read about this in my Clothworks newsletter–what fun! The ideas shared are great! I am rather new to quilting, but I have done a quilt top with rectangles–Rail Fence. It was fun and a good way to start. I am wanting to do some sweatshirt jackets, so I would use rectangles for a design. Thanks for the assorted ideas!

    October 8, 2012 at 6:20 am
  • Valerie A. Clark


    These fabrics would be perfect in a simple Civil War era quilt that I would like to make.

    October 8, 2012 at 7:32 am
  • Conni B


    Got on line to search an piece of material, but got hooked on the bar hop and blue nickel series. will add to favorites and “like”

    October 8, 2012 at 9:03 am
  • Linda Cole


    Great fall colors. I’m new to quiling but it would be great
    For a lap quilt. Thanks Alot

    October 8, 2012 at 3:20 pm
  • Marilee Hawkins


    Sometimes you just need that little hint of taupe or brown to highlight another piece of fabric. I love that some of these fabrics can be used from either side. 2 for the price of one, so to speak.

    October 8, 2012 at 4:49 pm
  • Joanne Haebig


    I would use these to make a lap quilt whichi I would donate to a local charity. These are soothing colors that people would love.

    October 8, 2012 at 5:49 pm
  • Susan


    Great Fall colors. I think I would make a fireplace mantel runner.

    October 8, 2012 at 6:57 pm
  • Terri Hauge


    These are just wonderful. Would love to make a runner and pillows for my daughter’s new home. Thanks for this opportunity!

    October 9, 2012 at 9:12 am

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