Invitation to join the SA Quilters 40th Birthday Sew Along….

What’s it all about (Alfie) I hear you ask?

Since it is SA Quilters 40th birthday it seemed like a good idea to have a little bit of quilting fun, so I have designed a sampler style quilt to celebrate. I use the term “designed” loosely, as I really just chose traditional quilt blocks, and put them together in a quilt.

The blocks are a mixture of 4”, 8” and 12” finished square blocks plus three 4” x 8” finished rectangles and you guessed it, drum roll please, there are 40 of them. The blocks will create a quilt which is 40” x 40” finished. Well, it is after all SA Quilters 40th Birthday! You may wish to repeat some of the blocks to create a larger quilt or just add a few borders to create a lap quilt. I’ve added three borders to mine to make it a lap size 54” x 54”.

It’s not a mystery quilt, just a sew-along, and is open to anyone who wants to join in the fun.

My palette was bright and huge thanks to Elaine Kennedy for quilting it for me. Three friends have made their version to use my patterns, Sue Knuckey, Cindy Massey and Kay Wilson. A huge thank you to them for making such lovely samples. Sue used a Halloween palette and she quilted her quilt. Cindy chose to do bright scrappy, what else, as she is queen of scraps and Christine Reich quilted her quilt. Kay used shades of aqua and blends and Kay quilted her own quilt.

During 2024, starting now in February, instructions will be on the SA Quilters website with a link to the files plus it will be published each month in I-Patch and on Facebook. The last month, December, will be putting the blocks together. There will be four blocks available each month.

The communications team have set up a Facebook page for everyone to post their progress. Look for “SAQ 40th Birthday Sew Along” on Facebook.

Good luck, I hope you enjoy our 40th Birthday Sew Along and I look forward to you sharing on Facebook.


See below the Sew Along quilt compiled by Heather Ford for this exciting project.

The quilt looks spectacular in optional fabrics which will give you lots of ideas on how to make your quilt blocks throughout the year.   The blocks can be scrappy, organised, co-ordinated or however it suits your style.

Month 1 – February 2024

Download the instructions for Month 1 of the 2024 Sew Along.

Month 2 – March 2024

Download the instructions for Month 2 of the 2024 Sew Along.

Month 3 – April 2024

Download the instructions for Month 3 of the 2024 Sew Along.

Month 4 – May 2024

Download the instructions for Month 4 of the 2024 Sew Along.