Willow Quilt Along- Week 1

Hi, Everyone!  Welcome to the first week of the Willow Quilt Along!  This is a new quilt along that I'm hosting with my friend, Amber- Gigi's Thimble and it officially starts today!

Here's the schedule for you to reference-

Willow Quilt Along Schedule
Week 1- March 26th: Make 6 of  Harmony blocks
Week 2- April 2nd: Make 4 Grace blocks
Week 3- April 9th: Make 4 Grace blocks
Week 4- April 16th: Make 6 Hope blocks
Week 5- April 23rd: Make 5 Hope blocks
Week 6- April 30th: Make the cornerstones and cut the layout pieces
Week 7- May 7th: Assemble the top

There is no sign up for the QAL.  We will be sharing all of the information on our blogs and instagram accounts.  You can follow us in both places so you don't miss anything.

Jessica- my blog is Jessica Dayon and my Instagram account is @jessicadayon

Amber- her blog is Gigi's Thimble and her Instagram account is @gigisthimble

Amber and I thought it would be fun to do a get-to-know-you question every week.  This week we will both tell you a little bit about ourselves and our families.  

I'm Jessica Dayon.  I've been married to my husband for almost 12 years.  We have 4 children (3 girls- 9, 7, and 5 yrs and 1 boy- 2 yrs).  We also have a cat- he is my sewing companion and I love him dearly.  I started quilting in the summer of 2017 and haven't stopped since!  It is my absolute passion and I'm so happy to have found it!  You can read Amber's introduction here!  We'd love it if you would tell us about yourself in the comments on one of our blogs or on our Instagram post!

Onto the QAL!

For my quilt, I'm using Mackinac Island by Minick & Simpson.  Amber is using a gorgeous collection of blues from her stash!

This week we are making 6 Harmony Blocks.  Amber has the tutorial for the Harmony block on her blog- HERE.

Here is what my harmony block is going to look like-

I am sewing these blocks along side of you so, I'll post my pictures when I have them sewn!

We'd love to see your fabric pulls and your progress through the QAL, so if you are on Instagram, use the hashtag #willowqal and tag us both- @jessicadayon and @gigisthimble

Let me know if you have any other questions!

Talk to you soon,



  1. Thanks for doing this. I'm using a quilt kit I acquired years ago for another project, but never made, so mine will be very scrappy, I'm sure. I'm in Missouri, a retired college administrator, used to being at home, and looking forward to starting something new.

  2. Love your block Jessica! And it was fun learning a little more about you! Thanks for sharing!

    ~ Amber

  3. Yes I will be joining you to make the Willow Quilt. I love the pattern, I am going to make it bigger though. I think I will make it in dark blues also as I don't have one. Can't wait to get started. See you tnen.

  4. Looks like another beautiful quilt sew along! I am saving the patterns as I am full up on sew alongs already, but I just love this quilt! I like that the pattern is in PDF. Thank you to you and Amber for sharing your talents with us.


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