Simply Dreaming

A Mystery Medallion Block of the Month Quilt


Simply Dreaming is a mystery medallion quilt, presented a "ring" at a time, over 12 months. Featuring machine embroidered appliqué and quilting in the hoop, this quilt is for beginners to advanced embroidery machine owners alike. 

The hearts, soft lines, and beautifully simple patterns that come together in this brand-new design are reminiscent of what we all dream of for our lives: beauty, love, ease, and simplicity. That's why this exciting Mystery Block of the Month Project was named "Simply Dreaming.”

Someone asked me why I took this class. I said 100% Sarah! I’ve learned so much through this process. I knew she was fantastic, but until I started this class I now believe you are supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
I mean that from my 💕. I’m learning tips for things I’ve wondered about for years! Thank you Sarah Vedeler.

~ Melanie P~

Simply Dreaming is a fresh start, a celebration of exciting things to come, and a reminder that it’s never too late to chase your dreams. With each month, you'll be presented a new "ring" of the quilt. As you complete each "ring", you'll learn more about using your embroidery machine and various other techniques - all leading up to a beautiful, elegant, finished quilt you can snuggle up with as you think of all your amazing memories of this machine embroidery journey.

Simply Dreaming brings the things that matter the most into focus in this beautiful year, as we all work together to bring this quilt to life.

It’s my sincere wish that Simply Dreaming leads to hours of creating, inspiration, and fulfillment for you this year. Can you imagine us all, tucked away in our own corners of the world, curled up in our finished Simply Dreaming quilts, sipping hot cocoa, and thinking about all the wonderful times creating this quilt had to offer?


Will you join us?

Sarah Vedeler, I was apprehensive about doing a mystery quilt but decided to brave the project because it was one of your designs. I am blown away with how beautiful this really is. And, beautiful in so many different versions of your original vision. I have learned so much too. Thank you for designing such beautiful quilts and for putting so much into your wonderful instruction and videos. You're the best.

~ Kim S. ~

Simply Dreaming is not just another quilted in the hoop quilt. There’s no sashing to worry about on the back. There are no bulky batting-in-the-seam-allowance seams. It’s not stiff from too much stabilizer because I’m going to show you a better way.

Simply Dreaming is a quilt that will teach you a few new ways to do things with your embroidery machine, and you can take these new tips and tricks into other projects and creations in the future.

The pattern allows you to choose from 2 sizes to create your Simply Dreaming quilt – or do both:

  • 5” Blocks: Requires a hoop that is at least 130mm x 180mm (5" x 7") to create a quilt that measures 65” x 65”
  • 7.5” Blocks: Requires a hoop that is at least 200mm x 200mm (8" x 8") to create a quilt that measures 97.5” x 97.5”

Simply Dreaming - A Sneak Peak!

Month 11 of Simply Dreaming was released on November 16, 2019. Enjoy this slideshow showing how the quilt grew during the first 5 months using the 5" version of the blocks.

When I created Simply Dreaming, I envisioned people all over the world coming together to work on a common goal: completing a beautiful quilt. Some have started the project having never done anything like it, while others bring years of experience of machine embroidery appliqué with them.

The community that has been created to encourage and support each other while stitching out this quilt has been truly amazing. It’s the perfect resource for people of any level to come in and share their wins, ask questions, and get the help they need to be successful for this project. 

I've been dreaming of the day when quilting could change people's lives... and that's what I've been seeing these last several months. In that time I've learned:

Simply Dreaming is more than just a quilt.

It’s a movement.

It’s people from all over the world joining together.

Despite age.
Despite education.
Despite ethnicity.
Despite economic status.
Despite gender.

All of that is thrown out the door.
Lasting relationships are formed.

People are working together.
There’s kindness all around.

The way life always should be, but unfortunately isn’t...

That’s why I’m so proud of what Simply Dreaming has become.

To me, it was a labor of love for sure, and I imagined the group all together here online quilting it… but I never pictured this. 
The impact.
The love.

I had new beginnings in mind as I worked on this. But I had no idea it would be the beginning of something so magical.

Simply Dreaming isn’t just a quilt.
It’s a movement.

A reminder of 2 simple truths... that there's always an opportunity to be kind and it's never too late to chase your dreams.


What are you Simply Dreaming about?

It is so wonderful to see the unintended consequences of this group. Prayers for one another, support and assistance. Like an old fashioned quilting circle, in a modern day world.💕

~ Jackie C. ~

Simply Dreaming - No Longer Such a Mystery!

The entire quilt was completed in December 2019! Take a look at how it turned out!

A Recipe for Success...

Here’s how all the months break down to create a stunning, finished quilt you’ll love:

Embroidered Appliqué

Months 1-4:

Machine embroidered appliqué designs to create the center of the quilt

Month 7-9:

Embroidered appliqué designs to create the borders of the quilt

+ Quilting in the Hoop

Months 5-6:

Quilting in the Hoop designs to quilt the center of the quilt

Months 10-12:

Quilting in the Hoop designs to quilt the borders of the quilt

+ A Touch of Innovation!

Also in Month 12:

How to add the borders to the center with a "barely there" join technique.

Join the Simply Dreaming Facebook Group!

Be part of the community that is coming together to spend some quality time stitching.

What Our Amazing Students Are Doing With the 5" Blocks

What's included each month...

Detailed Instructions:

You’ll receive Print and Video instructions to make the process quick and fun, no matter your learning style.

3 Ways to Prepare Your Applique Shapes:

For maximum versatility and accessibility, you'll receive instructions for preparing your applique shapes 3 different ways. You can use SVG files with your favorite electronic cutting machine; BERNINA Cutwork files to use with the BERNINA Cutwork Tool; or use printable templates and cut by hand.

Multi Formatted Designs:

You can use these designs in all brands of embroidery machines so you can join in the fun no matter what type of machine you have. Includes: ART, ART80, DST, EXP, HUS, JEF, PCS, PES, VP3, XXX

A Lovely Private Community:

Join us in a private Facebook group where you can ask questions and share your progress so you feel totally supported and encouraged during the process. This is also a great way to ask me any questions if you have trouble along the way.

I’m so excited to see people from all over the world joining this BOM! One huge fringe benefit to quilting/sewing, is how much we already have in common as complete strangers! It’s just amazing. I’ve loved reading all the comments and I’m relieved to know I’m not the only one who is addicted to and owns all of Sarah Vedeler’s designs! My grown children raid my house when they visit to take home treasures that I’ve’s so hard to part with them, but I also love their reactions to the beautiful designs created by Sarah. A million thank you for such stunning designs!

~ Jayne C. ~

Simply Dreaming is a quilt in the hoop block of the month project unlike any other! 

You won’t be trying to work on the entire thing in the hoop.

You won’t be worried about how the back looks from the joining technique because I have an innovative “barely there” technique you are going to LOVE - and you can use it again and again in the future.

And you certainly won’t be stuck only hanging this quilt on your wall or draping it over a chair, hoping no one notices how stiff it is. You can snuggle up with it, give it as a gift for someone to enjoy, or display it proudly - the choice is yours and the options are limitless!

Not only is this an incredible learning experience that ends with a beautifully finished quilt, but you'll also have the option of joining an amazing community. The Simply Dreaming Family is full of encouragement, support, and love. This drama-free zone will help you when you get stuck, encourage you when you've made your tenth mistake of the day, and cheer for you at each completed step.

It's an old-fashioned quilt circle in a modern world.

Will you join us to watch the mystery unfold?

Pricing Options

Jump right in, stick with the original schedule AND get 2 months free when you purchase the entire year! OR Take your time with a monthly payment plan.




Take your time!

Get month 1 immediately. Subsequent months will be delivered every 30 days after you sign up for a total of 12 months. 






Receive 2 months FREE when you purchase the complete program!

Months 1-11 are now available! Month 12 will be released December 16, 2019. 



What Our Amazing Students Are Doing With the 7.5" Blocks

How much fabric will it take?

Check out the fabric requirements for both sizes by clicking the buttons below.

Fabric Requirements 5" Blocks
Fabric Requirements 7.5" Blocks

I love all of Sarah's careful and clear videos for our monthly blocks. I been hesitant to use my machines, my ScanNCut and embroidery machine. Sarah’s videos put me at ease with these new technologies. I feel I can learn, I just need her clear and specific directions. Thank you Sarah!

~ Rita H. ~

Frequently Asked Questions

A: You have access to both sizes! In fact, many people are working on both sizes at the same time!

A: The hearts on the larger version of the Simply Dreaming quilt are from the Heather Feather #2 die. All of the rest of the shapes are brand new!

A: When you do the 5-inch blocks, the finished quilt measures 65 inches x 65 inches. When you do the 7.5-inch blocks, the finished quilt measures 97.5 inches x 97.5 inches.

A: No, you can do the whole project without it.

A: Yes! You'll receive detailed instructions each month as well as videos that make following along easy for anyone. Plus, you can join the free Simply Dreaming private Facebook group where you can ask questions if you get stuck!

A: Months 1-4 are embroidered applique, then in months 5-6 we quilt the center piece. In months 7-9 we do more embroidered applique for the border, then quilt it in months 10-12. Also, in month 12, I’ll show you how to add the quilted border to the quilted center.

A: No! You won’t need one for the entire project. You can do the WHOLE THING using your embroidery machine!

A: The templates are exact, and so are the instructions! Follow them step-by-step and you can’t go wrong. There’s a better way to do it than trim in place.

"Can’t wait to get started on the 2019 Mystery Quilt! With out seeing it, I know it will be awesome. And, I know I’ll be able to succeed because of the excellent instructions in the past. Haven’t decided what size I will make, though. Thank you, Sarah for creating this new project for us all!!! "


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