What is a QAL or SAL?
In this COVID world of quilting, how do you get inspired to pick your next project? Pre-COVID we talked to our quilting buddies or checked out Pinterest. So, while QAL and SAL have been around before, they are very popular now.
QAL is the acronym of "Quilt-A-Long", often simply written as "Quilt Along" and simply meaning: "Let’s quilt together"! A QAL it’s a way for quilters, maybe living far away from each others, to virtually gather together and all work the same project . There are also SAL (Stitch a -Long) and KAL (Knit a Long)
As a 'scrappy' quilter, I love all sorts of quilts. While I spend a lot of time in my quilt studio, I love the collaboration and chit-chat that having other quilters around me keep me progressing. I used to do BOM (Block of the Month) projects from quilt shops 'AWAY' from where I lived, so that my inspiration would be different from the locals. That doesn't work so well, anymore as the quilt BOM's and kits are now mass produced and look the same no matter who you get monthly pattern/kit from.
How Do You Eat an Elephant?
A mystery quilt is a project where the participant does not know what the final quilt will look like! Oh my. What fun... A little bit of a risk, but hey... go for it.
Many will have a sign-up and they send you a monthly (or weekly) reminder to look for next step.
The Designer QAL or Mystery
Examples of recent Mystery Quilts or QAL:
Hosting a QAL, Sew A Long or Mystery
- Announcement and Fabric Requirements
- Prizes (if any)
- Kick off
- Weekly (or monthly) steps
- Wrap Up and prizes