Quilt Along 2020 – Gathering Quilting

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It’s the final week of the Gathering Quilt Along 2020. We’re quilting Gathering and previewing March’s quilt!

For 2020, we’ve collected 12 of our most popular quilt patterns. We’ll make a quilt a month and cover the creative process from selecting colors and fabrics, piecing and assembly tips, and quilting ideas to help you finish your quilt. Click Here to check out the quilts so you can pick which ones you want to make in 2020! February’s quilt is Gathering.

Gathering Schedule

Over the next few weeks, we’ll make our Gathering quilts. Check out the schedule below.

And you can click here to find all of Quilt Along 2020 in one place.

Next month’s Quilt Along starts March 1st, so mark your calendars now!

Making a Quilt Sandwich

Lay the backing down on a flat surface, wrong side up. Place the batting in the center of the backing. Center the quilt on top of the batting right side up. Baste with spray, pins, large stitches, or any other method you prefer.

Check out this video on how to spray baste a quilt!

Select a Quilting Design

As you select or create a quilting design, it’s important to keep your machine in mind. Straight lines and gentle curves lend themselves to a walking foot.

Quilting designs with dramatic curves and fluid lines lend themselves to freemotion quilting. If your machine can drop its feed dogs and you have a hopping foot, you can freemotion quilt on your home machine.

Here’s a video on setting up your home machine for freemotion quilting.

And of course, hand quilting goes great with quilt as you go. Traditional hand quilting brings elegance to every design, and more modern big stitching brings a lot of whimsy and playfulness. Click here for a big stitch quilting tutorial!

Big stitch quilting by Sarah Fielke

Factor these options into your creative choices for your quilting designs. Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s take a look at some ideas for quilting Gathering.

Quilting Gathering Ideas

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A simple grid is one of the easiest designs to quilt and great for quick finishes. Use a walking foot and be sure to change directions from line to line, so if you start top to bottom, quilt the next row bottom to top. Try marking the quilt with painter’s tape, following the tape’s edge for your straight line while quilting.

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On-point grids are a beautiful traditional options that can be produced on the sewing machine or with hand quilting. Try different design combinations for beautiful results.

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Orange Peel is a popular and classic fill quilting design of interlocking circles. This design can be used to fill specific areas or as an all-over design. Mark a scrap quilt sandwich with the design and practice freemotion quilting it on your machine. It’s also great for hand quilting.

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This design uses all straight lines to create flow from one area to another. The quilting pushes and pulls the eye to focus on different parts of the quilt.

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Vertical wavy lines are a fun, easy all-over design for quilting Gathering. Depending on the height of the waves, it’s totally possible to quilt the design with a walking foot.

The Pattern

If you like to have the pattern at your fingertips before starting, we’ve got you covered. Click Here for the FREE Gathering pattern.

In addition to the free pattern, we’ve written a special Gathering ePattern you can purchase with three size options!


The Gathering ePattern features a 60″ square, 80″ square, and a 96″ x 112″ version of the quilt with easy-to-follow instructions. With the Gathering ePattern, there are more ways than ever to make your quilt special.

And while you’re at ShopAQS, why not grab batting for your quilt? Use special code QAL2020 for 10% off your batting purchase!

February Giveaway

Updated 3/2/2020

And February’s giveaway winner is Teresa S!

Teresa won the fat quarter bundle from P&B Textiles. Congratulations, Teresa!

March’s Quilt is… Funshine!

Funshine is 60″ x 60″ finished and so cute! Check out the schedule below.

  • Fabric Pull & Cutting Instructions – March 1
  • Unit Construction – March 8
  • Quilt Assembly – March 15
  • Quilting & Monthly Giveaway – March 22

You can check out the free pattern here for the 60″ x 60″ size, or you can buy the pattern here with easy-to-follow instructions for three size options: 60″ x 60″,  87″ x 87″, and 87″ x 99″.

Join the fun!

Get involved with a community of quilters in the AQS Project Parade Facebook group to show off your creations and chat with fellow quilters. Use the hashtag #QuiltAlong2020 and tag us @aqsonline on Instagram so we can share your quilts!

Use this badge to tell the world you’re taking part in Quilt Along 2020: Gathering. Right click to save.

Members get even more…

AQS Members can access hundreds of patterns and all past issues of American Quilter at any time!

Find quilt along series like Forever & A Day, 30 Days of Birds and more.

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Bev Bolduc Aldridge

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