Let's share our blocks, cheer each other up and inspire the quilting community!

If you didn't hear about the QAL before, please visit the Growing up QAL page
Visit the QAL page to find all information about the quilt layout, all the future blocks and the rules to participate.
I recommend you to subscribe to the QAL announcements via email, so you don't miss out on future posts! You find the subscription form on the same QAL page (at the bottom).

This month technique is New York Beauty style piecing.
We have two different blocks to practise!

Remember that the pattern for the blocks is shared for free via email.
If you shared a picture of last month finished block (in the linky or via email directly with me), you will get this month pattern by the end of today (or maybe you already got it)!
For the full list of rules and explanation on how/where to share your projects, please refer to the post listing all the QAL rules and to the post with my self-interview.
If you shared a picture but you don't get this month pattern by Tuesday, please send me an email at tweloq(at)gmail(dot)com. I will send you the pattern.

If you were not able to share the picture of the previous pattern, don't worry!
This month's pattern is available in my shop for a very small price: if you buy the pattern, make the block and share it before the deadline, you will get future patterns for free again!

If you are new here, you can get this month pattern for free, but you will have to pay for previous month patterns, if you want those blocks too.

AND NOW... FOR THE FINAL GIVEAWAY AND GRAND PRIZES...

And if you need an extra incentive, we are going to have FIVE winners for this month. 
So this what you are playing for:

Winner 1
BIG spools from Aurifil, sent by Aurifil, anywhere in the world! 


Winner 2
Mad About Patchwork: $40 gift certificate!!

Winner 3 and 4

One bundle of one yard of grey fabric (Northcott or Island Batik) plus 3 FQ of Northcott fabric, sent by me, anywhere in the world!




Winner 5
A bundle of useful things for your sewing activities, sent by me, anywhere in the world!
Various patterns


I will draw the random winners ON DECEMBER 11th, 7 am EST. ALL the entries since the beginning of the QAL will count in this drawing, not just the ones in the last month!!

You have several ways to get extra entries for this final month:
  • AS USUAL... each picture/entry depicting the completed block(s) for this month will count as an entry
  • ONE PICTURE, showing ALL the blocks you created this year will count as an extra entry. Note: if you have troubles uploading that entry in the linky, just email me the picture at tweloq(at)gmail(dot)com and I will link it for you
  • Any block of the QAL that you didn't share before will count as an extra entry. So if you were late completing the second block of a past month, just upload it now

If you have questions, don't hesitate to write me an email!

So, let's link up our fun block, friends!



Until next week,
Happy Stitching!!


Remember: all the details about the series are collected in the QAL web page.

In early August, I announced the Starry Bright Sky QAL and many people subscribed to the mailing list and they seem to be excited about this event!!

Even if the QAL will start in 2018, I decided to start a series of posts (one every 2 weeks, on Sunday) to reveal bits and pieces of the events, so that I can get your feedback and we can get more excited about it!!

I will announce sponsors, featured techniques, color scheme options, layouts, and much much more! There are several special things that I've never seen in other QALs before so I hope you will find them intriguing, inspiring and a learning experience!!

I am working on different layouts, different colorways, sponsors and giveaways, etc. It is going to be extra fun!

If you are interested in learning more about this QAL and join the fun, leave your email address in the Google Form in the QAL page at this link.

In previous weeks I shared:
  1. the inspiration
  2. the sewing techniques that will be used
  3. the reveal of the 11 blocks layout
  4. the fun FREE side event
  5. ideas for color combinations
  6. let's talk fabric...

And now, for today's post...

Let's start thinking ahead!

This block of the month event is a sampler style QAL, which means we will create the blocks each month, but how do you put them together?
I will use the Four patch texture blocks sashing to create a big quilt, but you may just want to join the blocks together using simpler and more traditional sashing options...

If that's the case, I have NINE sashing ideas for you!
I designed them for the Growing up QAL (2017) but they are just sashing ideas that use 12''x12'' (finished) blocks, so they would be perfect for 2018 blocks too!!


Note: the fabric amount for each sashing pattern is included in each pattern.

...
Speaking about thinking/prepping ahead.

In the inspiration post, I showed that my inspiration for this quilt is Van Gogh's "The Starry Night" painting. The key element of that painting is the incredible texture and variation of all the different strokes and colors in the sky.

To emulate that, I will use my sashing texture blocks, but there is another way to include some "Van Gogh" within a block: IMPROV MADE FABRIC!!

Several of the blocks will call for a background piece (or few "big cuts")... so why not creating these pieces by improv piecing, mixing and matching shapes and colors to create a dynamic effect?
Take scraps (or big pieces), join them at unusual angles, slice them, join them, slice, join, etc. :)
Stop when you reached a size that is "good" for now. It can be a complete 12.5''x12.5'' background piece, or it can be a small patch that you will use later as a regular small patch.

 

The point is: you can start preparing these pieces now, you don't have to wait until the patterns come out! The advantage is that you will be saving time later, and you will find it easier to create good contrast with the main "star" pieces if your "crazy background" is already assembled!


So what do you plan to do? 
Will you give this improv piecing a try? Or will you go for more traditional/regular piecing?
Share it in the comments below so that we can all inspire each other!!


NEXT TIME...
I will be sharing some pictures and small fabric/coloring cards for the blocks of the QAL that are not a mystery... I have many of them done, so I will provide you a little "printable tool" that you can use when you go shopping (from your stash or from a shop) for the fabric you want to use for your own quilt.

Remember to join the mailing list in the Google Form if you don't want to miss out on future posts!

Until next time,
Happy Stitching!!


Remember: all the details about the series are collected in the QAL web page.


And we have THREE winners for this month!
The Random drawing picked...

Winner 1: Ginabeth (#566)
Mad About Patchwork: $40 gift certificate!!

Winner 2: Judy (#577)
Small spools from Aurifil, sent by me, anywhere in the world! (shipped by me, to anywhere in the world!)


Winner 3: Nel (#550)
Half a yard of Merry And Bright - 121622012 sent by me, anywhere in the world!




CONGRATULATIONS!!!
I already contacted the winners so they will soon enjoy their lovely prizes!

If you didn't win, don't be too sad! 
You still have plenty of chances in future months and for the final grand prizes!

Until next week,
Happy Stitching!!


Remember: all the details about the series are collected in the QAL web page.

I cannot believe it, this is the last month for the QAL!!
Later this month I will be announcing the final giveaway, full of amazing prizes and extra ways to get more entries, so stay tuned for that!!

It's time now to get to the next block of the fun Growing up QAL!

If you didn't hear about the QAL before, please visit the Growing up QAL page
This is a wonderful Skill Builder, because every month I will be featuring a different technique and we will have step by step instructions to walk you through the entire process, from cut to finishing.

Visit the QAL page to find all the information about the event rules, the quilt layout, all the future techniques and more.
I recommend you to subscribe to the QAL announcements via email, so you don't miss out on future posts! You find the subscription form on the same QAL page.

Now let's get down to some details.

This month technique is New York Beauty Style piecing
(which is Foundation Paper Piecing + Curved Piecing),
We have two different blocks to practise!

Remember that the pattern for the blocks is shared for free via email.
If you shared a picture of last month finished block (in the linky or via email directly with me), you will get this month pattern by the end of today (or maybe you already got it)!
For the full list of rules and explanation on how/where to share your projects, please refer to the post listing all the QAL rules and to the post with my self-interview.
If you shared a picture but you don't get this month pattern by Tuesday, please send me an email at tweloq(at)gmail(dot)com. I will send you the pattern.

If you were not able to share the picture of the previous pattern, don't worry!
By the end of this week, this month pattern will be available in my shop for a very small price: if you buy the pattern, make the block and share it before the deadline, you will get future patterns for free again!

If you are new here, you can get this month pattern for free, but you will have to pay for previous month patterns, if you want those blocks too.

Next week I will feature the link party where you can link up your blocks.

So are you excited about this QAL?
I surely am!! Grab my button and share the love (button on the side bar)!
The more people join in, the more fun it will be!!

Until next week,
Happy Stitching!!


Remember: all the details about the series are collected in the QAL web page.

Over the months in 2017, I shared 9 different sashing ideas to create interesting layout for 12'' blocks.

For many of the patterns, I created multiple coloring options that give very different effects.
In this post you can find them all listed together!

Click each image (or on the links at the end of this post) to get the FREE pdf with details instructions.


In early August, I announced the Starry Bright Sky QAL and many people subscribed to the mailing list and they seem to be excited about this event!!

Even if the QAL will start in 2018, I decided to start a series of posts (one every 2 weeks, on Sunday) to reveal bits and pieces of the events, so that I can get your feedback and we can get more excited about it!!

I will announce sponsors, featured techniques, color scheme options, layouts, and much much more! There are several special things that I've never seen in other QALs before so I hope you will find them intriguing, inspiring and a learning experience!!

I am working on different layouts, different colorways, sponsors and giveaways, etc. It is going to be extra fun!

If you are interested in learning more about this QAL and join the fun, leave your email address in the Google Form in the QAL page at this link.

In previous weeks I shared:
  1. the inspiration
  2. the sewing techniques that will be used
  3. the reveal of the 11 blocks layout
  4. the fun FREE side event
  5. ideas for color combinations

And now, for today's post...

Let's talk about fabric!

Given the wide variety of techniques and designs, it is impossible for me to give you precise fabric requirements for this quilt!

Each pattern will contain the amount and colors required for that specific block
Each sashing idea will contain the fabric amount for that specific pattern.
Each textured block pattern will contain the fabric amount for that specific block.

And since I imagine each and everyone of you making your own choices with all these options, I cannot really make reasonable fabric estimates!

However....

I can give you some general suggestions on fabric choices:
  1. decide on a color combination (some inspiration in this previous post);
  2. decide if you want to have a more scrappy or a more uniform look;
  3. decide if you want to use solids or prints or a mix;
  4. decide if, for most of the backgrounds, you want to use a single fabric or you want to play around with a more dynamic look ("made fabric background" is the topic of our next post, so stay tuned for this :) )
As a general comment, for each of the 22 blocks, the fabric requirement will typically be less than a fat quarter for the background and less than a fat eight for the star.
You would need some variety in the star color to create the patterns, and you will want to use the same fabric across multiple blocks...

Long story short, I believe that a Fat Quarter bundle, or a bundle of Half Yard cuts would be the best way to go! You can always include small additional pieces from your stash because I am pretty sure that whichever color combination you select, you will find something in your stash that coordinates beautifully!

For a typical 12 blocks quilt, I would recommend to get:
  • 8-10 background color Fat Quarters (my color choice: blues)
  • 5-10 star color Fat Quarters (my color choice: yellows)
Some amazing companies are sponsoring the QAL next year... there are some prizes waiting for you over the months (topic for a future post :) ).
I had the pleasure of working with some of their fabric and I can honestly recommend them!

For example...

Cherrywood Fabrics: the only hand-dyed quilting fabric that truly looks like suede. Their exclusive gradations are the inspiration for quilters, designers, and wearable artists around the world. 
I personally love their fabric because it has a look of solids, but it has some interesting texture that create beautiful movement. You will see how I use this fabric for some of the blocks next time!!



NORTHCOTT!! They have a fantastic range of choices: prints, shimmery fabric, solids, the choices are endless!! These are some of the collections I absolutely love and I will be using in the blocks I will share with you in the next few weeks!!
Their fabric feels so soft and high quality... and the colors and patterns are incredible: it's very hard to get the actual effect from pictures, but if you have ever seen them in person you know what I am talking about!!!
Here just few links to get you inspired!!



** Did you know that Northcott  has a "Product finder" option in the right bar of their website, so that you can see which local Quilt shop in your area has the product that you fall in love with? And if none of them has the fabric you are looking for, the "Online retailer" option links to shop that you can use to order the fabric and get it on your door step!


So what do you plan to do? Buy new fabric for this quilt? Use up your stash? Solids? Prints? Mix? Share it in the comments below so that we can all inspire each other!!


Remember to join the mailing list in the Google Form if you don't want to miss out on future posts!

Until next time,
Happy Stitching!!


Remember: all the details about the series are collected in the QAL web page.


Just a few reminders today!! We have been seeing so many beautiful blocks!! I am very happy to see that you are all enjoying this event!!

If you didn't hear about the QAL before, please visit the Growing up QAL page
Visit the QAL page to find all information about the quilt layout, all the future blocks and the rules to participate.
I recommend you to subscribe to the QAL announcements via email, so you don't miss out on future posts! You find the subscription Google form on the same QAL page (at the end of the page).

Now let's get down to some details.

This month technique is Foundation Paper Piecing

Remember that the pattern for the block is shared for free via email to the people that shared a picture of last month finished block in the linky party.
If you did that, you should already have the pattern!

If you didn't (and you think you should have) just send me an email at tweloq(at)gmail(dot)com and I will get the pattern out to you.

For the full list of rules and explanation on how/where to share your projects, please refer to the post listing all the QAL rules!

And if you need an extra incentive, we are going to have THREE winners for this month. 
The prizes for this month are listed in a previous post! 
You have until November 5th (11.59 pm EST) to enter your block(s).

I will draw the random winners between all the people entering a picture of one block from this month. Multiple blocks will give you multiple entries, as long as they are in separate picture in a separate link in the linky :). I will announce the winners when I share the next month pattern.

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FOR THIS WEEK INSPIRATION...
There are so many artists that use this month technique to make amazing masterpieces! 
Here I feature just few to give you some different ideas on things you can do with this month skill.

Traditional blocks

Various themes (Christmas, Holidays, Objects, Animals, … all levels and to suit any taste!)

Fandom blocks (Disney, Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Sherlock Holmes, Peanuts, …)
Here some video tutorials full of tips and tricks, to help you through the confusing steps of PP.
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So, let's link up our fun block, friends!
(I am including the linky in every post so it's easy for everyone to find!)



Next week I will share the next pattern, so get your blocks in the linky if you want the next pattern for FREE!!

So are you excited about this QAL?
I surely am!! Grab my button and share the love (button on the side bar)!
The more people join in, the more fun it will be!!

Until next week,
Happy Stitching!!


Remember: all the details about the series are collected in the QAL web page.

Welcome to the Smashing Quilt Sashing series, where every month we review some sashing options for the Growing up QAL blocks.

The fabric requirements for the sashing options presented in this pattern are for a 12 blocks layout, with 12'' finished blocks.
However in the pattern I try to give you a general idea on how these sashing options work, so you can easily adapt them with different size blocks and using more or fewer blocks.

If you didn't hear about the QAL before, please visit the Growing up QAL page!
Visit the QAL page to find all information about the quilt layout, all the future blocks and the rules to participate.
I recommend you to subscribe to the QAL announcements via email, so you don't miss out on future posts! You find the subscription Google form on the same QAL page (at the end of the page).

Now let's get down to some details.

This month we join our blocks with a 
funky wonky border!

Download the PDF pattern here


Remember that the pattern for the QAL blocks is shared for free via email.
If you shared a picture of last month finished block (in the linky or via email directly with me), you have received this month pattern already!
For the full list of rules and explanation on how/where to share your projects, please refer to the post listing all the QAL rules and to the post with my self-interview.
If you shared a picture but you don't get this month pattern by Tuesday, please send me an email at tweloq(at)gmail(dot)com. I will send you the pattern.

If you were not able to share the picture of the previous pattern, don't worry!
This month pattern is available in my shop for a very small price: if you buy the pattern, make the block and share it before the deadline, you will get future patterns for free again!

If you are new here, you can get this month pattern for free, but you will have to pay for previous month patterns, if you want those blocks too.

If you didn't (or you have troubles with the form) just send me an email at tweloq(at)gmail(dot)com and I will get the pattern out to you.

For the full list of rules of the QAL, please refer to the post listing all the QAL rules!

Next week we are going to see some inspirations from quilters on the web using applique techniques to do amazing things!!

So are you excited about this QAL?
I surely am!! Grab my button and share the love (button on the side bar)!
The more people join in, the more fun it will be!!

Until next week,
Happy Stitching!!


Remember: all the details about the series are collected in the QAL web page.

In early August, I announced the Starry Bright Sky QAL and many people subscribed to the mailing list and they seem to be excited about this event!!

Even if the QAL will start in 2018, I decided to start a series of posts (one every 2 weeks, on Sunday) to reveal bits and pieces of the events, so that I can get your feedback and we can get more excited about it!!

I will announce sponsors, featured techniques, color scheme options, layouts, and much much more! There are several special things that I've never seen in other QALs before so I hope you will find them intriguing, inspiring and a learning experience!!

I am working on different layouts, different colorways, sponsors and giveaways, etc. It is going to be extra fun!

If you are interested in learning more about this QAL and join the fun, leave your email address in the Google Form in the QAL page at this link.

In previous weeks I shared:
  1. the inspiration
  2. the sewing techniques that will be used
  3. the reveal of the 11 blocks layout
  4. the fun FREE side event

And now, for today's post...

Some ideas on color combinations you can use for you own quilt!
Next time I will share more information about fabric amounts, ideas for cool fabric lines you can use, etc. But for today let me share some color combinations

The first is the color combinations I will personally use because my quilt is going to be inspired by "The Starry Night" by Vincent Van Gogh.

Blue/Yellow!


 Some more traditional two colors combinations are Blue/White and Red/White.



By mixing up the sashing colors, the two above combinations can create a US/patriotic color combination.



You can also be inspired by a season or a festivity: for example these are Fall and Halloween color combinations.



Finally you can go all out with a Rainbow quilt!!



If you want to play around with colors yourself, you can download the Coloring Page and Fabric Swatches document!


Remember that these are only 11 of the 22+ blocks I will share during the QAL... every month there will be two blocks: one displayed above and one mystery block using the same technique!!

So are you excited? Which color combination are you considering using?

Remember to join the mailing list in the Google Form if you don't want to miss out on future posts!

Until next time,
Happy Stitching!!


Remember: all the details about the series are collected in the QAL web page.