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Lovely Pinwheels Quilt Along in April!

Learn the story behind this quilt and join the 5-week QAL with AMAZING prizes each week!


I am so excited to invite you to the Lovely Pinwheels QAL next month, April 2023! This will be my first time to host a QAL and I have some AMAZING prizes lined up each week by some very generous sponsors. Read on to learn more!

Lap Size

About the Quilt

The Lovely Pinwheels pattern is for confident beginners and a super easy quick quilt to make, especially if you make the 42” x 54” child size version. The 66” x 78” lap size is a quick make too. The pattern consists to two traditional pinwheel blocks and each block comes with a video tutorial linked within the pattern for visual learners.

I designed this pattern in recognition of April’s National Child Abuse Prevention month and for the hundreds of thousands of survivors around the world. Each April, child abuse professionals from 900+ nonprofit Child Advocacy Centers from across the world place blue pinwheels throughout their community to represent children who have received services. As a former social worker and Director of a Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC), I saw first-hand the effects of child abuse as well as the need for the community to support their local non-profit CAC. I hope you will consider making the child size quilt to donate to your local CAC. Children are given a stuffed animal, blanket or quilt at the end of their appointment. I'll be donating one as well as making a monetary donation to my local CAC.

Child Size


QAL Details

The pattern launches Saturday April 1st so make sure to grab your PDF digital download copy here at that time so you can start thinking about which fabrics to choose and which size you would like to make. Here are a few beautiful versions by my testers for inspiration!

The QAL begins Wednesday April 5th and ends Tuesday May 10th.

Week 1, April 5th- Fabric Pull and Cutting.

Zoom Q & A Call Thursday April 6th @ 2pm CST. (limit 300)

Week 2- April 12th- Make 6 or 15 Clay’s Choice blocks depending on the size quilt you chose.

Zoom Q & A Call Thursday April 13th @ 2pm CST. (limit 300)

Week 3, April 18th- Make 6 or 15 Whirlwind blocks depending on the size quilt you chose. Zoom Q & A Call Thursday April 20th @ 2pm CST. (limit 300)

Week 4, April 26th- Sew all blocks together.

Zoom Q & A Call Thursday April 27th @ 2pm CST. (limit 300)

Week 5, May 4th- Sew on your borders and finishing.

Fabric requirements for planning purposes

Your A fabrics are the dark navy in my version.

B1 fabrics are the medium grey.

B2 fabrics are the brighter blue.

Paper Patterns will be available EARLY for those who sign up for the QAL before April 1st to allow for shipping time. You can pre-order yours now on my website HERE.


Prizes & Sponsors

Week 1- A 2-wk Instagram Reels Course and quilt pattern from Quiltd Studios

A fat quarter bundle of Vintage Flora from Maywood Studio

Week 2- A $30 gift certificate to LizaTaylorHandmade

A Seams Sew Me gift basket full of quilt notions and goodies.

Week 3- Havel’s Sewing Quilty Tools Bundle (rotary cutters, snips, seam ripper, scissors)

A $50 gift certificate to Meander & Make.

Week 4- An Oliso mini iron and wool carrying case.

Week 5- An Accuquilt Go Me and starter dies.

Prize winners will be announced/tagged via my Seams Sew Me Instagram page on the Tuesday before each new AQL week starts and in the next weeks QAL email. There will be two winners picked for Weeks 1-3.

To be eligible:

1) Post your progress of your quilt on Instagram using the #LovelyPinwheelsQAL and tag me on IG @Seams_Sew_Me. The more you post the better your odds of winning.

Note: If you end up donating your child size quilt to your local Child Advocacy Center (you can locate yours here), please also use the hashtags #NationalChildAbusePreventionMonth and #ChildAdvocacyCenter .

You do not have to donate to be eligible to win prizes. If your quilt guild is interested in receiving the child size Lovely Pinwheels pattern to use in their philanthropic efforts of supporting their local CAC, please have your board president fill out this request form.

2) You MUST be following myself and all of the sponsors to win ANY prize. Follow all of these accounts now and you're all set: @quiltdstudio, @maywoodstudio, @lizataylorhandmade, @havels_sewing, @meanderandmake, @oliso, @accuquilt, and @Seams_Sew_Me .

3) Giveaway is open to US and International participants however some sponsors may have some limitations or substitutions if you are outside the US.

4) The winner will be selected one day prior (each Tuesday) to the next week’s new QAL post. It will be announced in my Instagram Sponsor post and in the next email round. It is your responsibility to get in touch with me by email to claim your prize. You have 15 days to claim your prize by email or it will be void and I will select a new winner.


Did you sign up? If so, screen shot the "I'M IN" Instagram photo and post in your feed! 😃

It’s going to be a fun April full of happy pinwheels and great prizes! I hope you will join all of us in this 5-week QAL for connection, community and all the quilty goodness we will enjoy together.🧡

Until then.....Make lovely things,

Belle 🔔

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