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Ready to set out on a quilting adventure?

Join the Ships & Violins' fleet of quilters in a sew along of the recently released Fado Road quilt pattern. The event will guide you in the making of your own Fado Road quilt. You will have access to detailed instructions (video and written tutorials) and a great community of quilters. 

How the Fado Road Sew Along Works

The Sew Along begins January 8, 2024 and will run through September 2024.

Participants will have access to useful resources, including written tutorials and videos, and be updated on a weekly basis with the next task in the sew along.

Participants can complete the weekly tasks at their own pace. If you only get a couple of changes to sew each month, you can combine the tasks and complete them all at once. The weekly time commitment will range between 1 hour to 2 hours.

Registered participants will automatically be added to a sew along email list. There will be newsletters and exclusive access to course-like tutorials and community groups. 

There will be sponsored prizes each month for those who complete the month’s tasks.

How to Participate in the Sew Along

1) Register to participate in the sew along here.

2) Purchase the Fado Road PDF pattern or paper pattern.

About the Pattern

Read about the Fado Road quilt pattern here. Learn about the inspiration and take a look inside the pattern too. You can find frequently asked question at the bottom of the blog post.

Sew Along Goals

1) Build and Strengthen Your Sewing Skills: The Fado Road sew along will provide in-depth information and tutorials to help quilters improve accuracy in the following areas:

  • 1/4" seam allowances
  • Cutting strips and strip piecing
  • Trimming blocks 
  • Foundation paper piecing

We will strive to share tips and best practices to improve your quilt making process. All of these skills will be easily translates to any future projects!

2) Build Community: Participants will be encouraged to share their progress, questions, and ideas with each other.

Colouring Page

The pattern is available to be digitally coloured on Quilt Ink. Due to the detail of this design a traditional colouring page has not been provided. 


Let others know you're participating! Share the graphic below on you social media. Tag @shipsandviolins and #savsewalong #fadoroadsewalong in your posts so others can see what you're making.

2024 Sew Along Schedule
The sew along will kick-off on Monday, January 8, 2023 with tips on choosing fabrics, using QuiltInk to create mockups, and other useful resources to get you started.
  • January: Fabric Selection & Cutting
  • February: Strip Set Assembly & Block Assembly and Trimming
  • March: Assemble Sections 1 through 4
  • April: Assemble Sections 5 through 7
  • May: Assemble Sections 8 through 11
  • June: Assemble Sections 12 through 15
  • July: Assemble Sections 16 through 19
  • August: Assemble Sections 20 through 23
  • September: Quilt Top Assembly & Quilting and Finishing

Frequently Asked Questions

Why participate?
It's a great way to get to know other quilters, be part of an exclusive experience, and build your sewing skills. You'll also have a beautiful quilt to show off at the end of the event!

I'm not sure I can keep up with the weekly tasks. Can I still participate?
Yes! If you're unable to complete a weekly task, don't worry! There are some weeks that require more time than others. The goal is to keep up with the tasks on a monthly basis, but it's flexible, of course.

Why is the sew along nine months? The sew along is designed around the pattern and each of its sections. There are 24 sections in total. Each week we’ll take on a new section, after the initial fabric selection, cutting, and block assembly.

Is there a fee? Yes. The sew along spans nine months. The fee at registration will cover the work produce weekly tutorials and content, and to facilitate the event.

How do I know I've been added to the email list? You'll receive a confirmation email, and be contacted with further instructions in the new year. The email that was used to purchase the registration is the email that will be added to the email list.

I want to learn more about the pattern. Read all about Fado Road in this blog post. It covers the inspiration for the design and includes an inside look at the instructions.

I've never foundation paper pieced. Can I still participate? Yes! Absolutely. In fact, you may feel less intimidated by the technique if you approach it one template at a time. I'll be available to provide support and share tips and tricks to ensure you're successful!

Are quilt kits available? Ships & Violins will not be providing fabric kits for purchase. Any shops who will providing kits will be posted here. If you'd like your local quilt shop to kit some of the Fado Road mockups, send them a quick emai with the request. If the shop has questions, they can be directed to

Are their weekly prizes? There will be monthly prizes.