Fall into a QAL Recap

The Fall into a QAL just concluded and I thought I'd recap it a bit. First, thank you so much to everyone who participated! The other designers and I were overwhelmed by your creativity and perseverance. For many of you, the blocks required skills that you'd never used before but you didn’t let that stop you and in the end you created lovely quilts!

Thanks also to my fellow designers. I love the way we work together and I can’t wait for our next quilt along!

The final linkup closed Monday at midnight (specifically, November 12th @ 11:59 PM EST). I hope you were able to enter because our final giveaway was awesome!

If you missed the final quilts you can see them in any of these three places:

Now, about my quilt. The last time you saw my quilt top, it looked like this.

I had sewn the blocks together and added the borders, but I had plans to add lettering to that center panel.

I had selected the fabric I wanted to use, and had a notion of adding something on either side of the lettering, but that was about it at that time.

I used the same approach as last time, typing the phrase, Fall into a QAL into EQ, sizing it to fit my quilt design, and printing out the templates. I tested the letters on the quilt top first to make sure they were the right size, then I traced them onto fusible and fused the back of my gold lettering fabric.

To keep things orderly as I arranged them on the quilt top I used this plastic tray.

I used a ruler above and below to help me keep the letters aligned and spaced evenly.

After fusing the letters, I edge-stitched them using a matching thread. Then I fused to leaves on either side of the letters. I used this wonderful glittery brown fabric. I didn’t want to use a bright fabric because I didn’t want the leaves to take center stage. I edged stitched the leaves after fusing them down.

  • To edge stitch around the letters, I used Aurifil 50 wt. #2132 (Tarnished Gold)

  • To edge stitch around the oak leaves, I used Sulky 40 wt. #1025 (Mine Gold) I love how this color really plays with the metallic threads in the leaf fabric.

Here’s my final quilt top. I’m really pleased with how it came out!

Update: We have a winner!

The winner of our grand prize is Merri Lynn Voss. Congratulations! Look at what you’ve won!

So when is the next quilt along?

I’m afraid I can’t tell you much right now, except that me and my Partners in Design are moving right along, making decisions about the next quilt along.

I can tell you that we’re changing things up a bit and that you’re really going to like the changes! Oh, and the theme we’ve chosen. <grin> Until the big announcement however, I can’t tell you any more other than hold onto your hats I’m so excited!

Watch for the big announcement here and on social media. Be sure to follow me so you can keep up! You’ll find ways to follow me at the top of the sidebar.

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