Fall Into a Quilt Along

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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Setting Ideas for Fall into a QAL and Final Linky

Welcome to the final linky party for the Fall into a QAL!

By now you've gotten all 12 block patterns and have made or are making all your blocks. Now it's time to think about how to sew all these blocks together! Obviously, the simplest and easiest way is to simply sew them into rows like Setting Example 1. Since there are 12 blocks, it makes sense to use four rows of three blocks each.

Borders are optional of course, but I like the look of a skinny inner border and a wide outer border for this.

Setting Example 1

Another simple way to finish the blocks is to set them in rows, separated by sashing strips. You can add cornerstones if you like, like shown in Setting Example 2.

Setting Example 2

Need a bigger quilt? The easiest way to accomplish that is to add an alternate block like the one shown in Setting Example 3. How about a log cabin? They are a great way to use up scraps and pick up the colors in your quilt.

Setting Example 3

Don't forget to play with color! Sometimes it's the colors that throw us off when comparing setting ideas.

How about setting the blocks on the diagonal, using easy HSTs to separate them? Again, this is another great way to pull the colors out from your quilt blocks and to create a unified design as shown in Setting Example 4.

Setting Example 4

In the end, I decided to set the blocks without sashing, and to add a banner row in the middle for the quilt along name.

I haven’t added my lettering yet, but I’ve decided on gold for the text. I may add some leaves on either side of the quilt along title but I’m not sure yet.

Well that's it! I can't see what you do with your blocks. Be sure to drop by the other host's blogs to see what setting choices they've explored. When you're done, be sure to come back to link up!

Abbie at Sparkle On
April at JANDA Bend Quilts
Bobbi at Snowy Days Quilting
Jennifer at The Inquiring Quilter
Karen at Tu-Na Quilts, Travels and Eats
Sherry at Powered by Quilting
Vanda at Quilting with Vanda

Wait! I've got a special announcement!

Thanks you guys for a wonderful quilt along! I have really enjoyed your creativity and your enthusiasm!

Great news! My fellow designers and I are excited to announce that we will be doing another quilt along in 2019!

As soon as I know more details, you will too! Be sure to follow my blog, watch for announcements in the Facebook group, or on Instagram with the hashtag #fallintoaqal.

Be sure to enter the final giveaway!

After you complete your quilt top, post a photo of it online by 11:59 PM November 12th 2018 to enter our grand prize drawing worth $200.

Just take a gander at what you might win!

  • An Island Batik Fat Eighth Bundle (24 piece) from the “Pumpkin Patch” fabric collection (shown on the left)

  • One Warm Company Queen Size batting

  • Exclusive Shabby Fabric quilt pattern, “Blessings of Spring” designed by Jennifer Bosworth. The patterns includes 9 blocks and finishes at 56” x 62”

  • An Omnigrid Zipper Pouch containing an Omnigrid 4” square ruler and a pair of 4” Needlecraft Scissors

  • A six-month subscription to the e-magazine Make Modern

To be eligible to win the grand prize, you must post a photo of your completed quilt top (that includes all 12 blocks in the quilt along) by 11:59 PM EST November 12th, 2018 to one of three places, such as the linky below. This time, all the hosts are sharing the linky party! Yep, no matter which blog you post your photo on, it'll appear on all of the host's blogs! Won't it be so cool to see a big gallery of everyone's quilts? I can't wait to see what you guys do!

Your top by the way, doesn't need to be quilted to enter for the grand prize, but it must include one of every block in the quilt along.

You can also post your photo to Instagram, with the hashtag #fallintoasqal or post it in our private Facebook group. If you want to link up but you need help, click the Wednesday Wait Loss tab above. It’ll give you step by step instructions on how to use a linky.

You can follow me on social media or sign up for my newsletter if you’d like to watch me finish my quilt. You’ll find all the ways to follow me at the top of my sidebar. If you have any general questions about the quilt along or would like to see the complete schedule, click the Fall into a QAL tab above.

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Fall into a QAL: Block 12 Owl

Welcome to the last block in the Fall into a Quilt Along! Yep, all twelve blocks have now been released.

Catching up? Click here to learn where you can get your patterns.

The twelfth block in our quilt along was designed by Vanda @ Quilting with Vanda.

I’m a big bird watcher, but try as I might, I don’t think I’ve gotten a photo of an owl despite the fact that we have had owls living in our neighborhood off and on through the years. I love owls though, and really enjoyed reading the Guardians of Ga’Hoole with my daughter. Here are some random photos of birds I have taken.

Here’s my version of the block.

This block uses raw-edge fusible applique to create the owl. If you’ve never uses this technique before, don’t worry. As a quilt along host, I’m here to help!

My Fabric Pull for This Block

As usual, I had a few goals for this block. First, I wanted to use a light background for this block. I’ve been alternating lights and darks for my backgrounds and I needed one more light background block to round things out.

Second, if possible, I wanted to use the same “feather” fabric I’d used in my turkey block to simulate the feathers on my owl.

After pulling fabric for my block, I laid it out as it would be used so I could see how my final owl would look.

Finally, I checked my final fabric pull with the blocks I’ve already made so I could be sure that everything would look good together.

Block Tips

Here are my tips for making the block:

  • When you print out the applique templates from the pattern, make sure you print at 100% and do not scale the pattern to fit. Be sure to measure your printout to make sure it's right. Yep! The 1-inch square measures one inch!

  • Cut your background square larger than needed, just as instructed. I’ve found that applique often distorts your block just a bit, so working with a background that's large enough so you can square it up after you get the block appliqued is a good idea. I cut my background 13” square.

  • I use the Crafted Applique method for my fusible applique, which fuses the raw edges so your applique pieces don’t fray. It also replaces the fusible to some extent (I still edge-stitch my pieces so they’ll stay).

  • After printing the templates, I marked the edges of each piece that needed to fit under another piece. I then cut out each piece, cutting any marked edges a little bit bigger to give me more wiggle room for placing the pieces. The body piece I cut straight across so I’d have more room to place the eyes and beak.

  • When cutting out pieces, I use my Clover mini-clips. They act as an extra hand, holding the template in place while I cut. I move the clips along the edge of the template as I cut, to keep them in the best position to hold the fabric and template while also keeping them out of the way of the edge I’m cutting.

  • For the eyes, pupils, wings, and paws, I folded the fabric right sides together and cut two at a time rather than use two different templates for each eye, pupil, wing, or claw. Folding it this way creates to mirror-image pieces, perfect for the pupils and wings.

  • When I have an applique that's made up of several shapes (like this owl), I build the image on a Teflon pressing sheet. With the sheet, you can fuse each part in place without fusing the entire owl to anything. To create the owl, I started with the eyes, fusing first the eyeball then the iris in place. I placed the iris 1” from the inner edge.

Next, I placed the eye unit on the body, making sure that the space between the eyes was covered by the body piece and that there wasn’t a hole there. I didn’t fuse it entirely just yet, because I still needed to place the beak. Then I fused everything.

Next, I placed the wings, measuring from the edge of my square to the tip so they were even. I also measured 1-1/2” from the body to the outer edge of the wing so the same amount of wing showed.

Finally I inserted the forehead and fused it.

When I was done building the owl, I moved it to the background and fused it in place. Using this method allows you to center the owl on the background as a single unit. So much easier than guessing!

If you don't have a Teflon pressing sheet you can use parchment paper.

  • After fusing the owl to the background, stitch around the edges of each applique piece with matching thread. I typically use a straight stitch, although you could use a small zig-zag, blanket stitch, or satin stitch.

    For my block, I used Aurifil 40 wt. #2345 (Raisin), Sulky 40 wt #1035 (Dark Burgundy) and #1126 (Tan) , YLI 40 wt #022 (Cabernet), Invisifil 100 wt. #719 (Copper), and Cotton & Steel Sulky 50 wt. #753-1328 (Nickel Gray) to finish the edges of my applique.

  • After appliqueing the owl in place, I lightly pressed my block and then trimmed it to 12 1/2” square.

If you have any questions while making this block, feel free to post them here in the comments. Just be sure to enter an email address when prompted so I can get back to you quickly.

My Quilt So Far

Here are my twelve quilt blocks. I’m so happy with how my blocks turned out.

Where do i get the block pattern?

Drop by Vanda’s blog to download your free owl block pattern.

Visit the other hosts if you want to see their versions of this block and gather ideas for your owl. Here are the hosts:

Abbie at Sparkle On
April at JANDA Bend Quilts
Bobbi at Snowy Days Quilting
Jennifer at The Inquiring Quilter
Karen at Tu-Na Quilts, Travels and Eats
Sherry at Powered by Quilting
Vanda at Quilting with Vanda

If you want to see the schedule for the quilt along and the list of block designers, click here.

How Do I Enter the Giveaway?

First, you must be 18 years old to enter. Then, to enter the Owl block giveaway simply make the block and post it in one of these three places before the deadline.

You have until Monday, October 29th at 11:59 pm EST to post your block for a chance to win this awesome prize package—a Seam-Fix Double Sided Seam Ripper and Heat Erase Marking Pens five pack from Dritz plus a PDF pattern of your choice from Vanda @ Quilting with Vanda.

Don’t leave me! I need ideas on how to put these blocks together!

No problem! Click here to see my quilt top and to get more ideas on how to set your blocks together.

After you complete your quilt top, I encourage you to post a photo of it in our special linky at the bottom of my settings post to enter our grand prize drawing. You can also post the photo to Instagram or to our Facebook group as usual, but we hope the linky will show all the photos of the finished quilts, so be sure to link up if you can.

Just look at what you could win!

  • An Island Batik Fat Eighth Bundle (24 piece) from the “Pumpkin Patch” fabric collection (shown on the left)

  • One Warm Company Queen Size batting

  • Exclusive Shabby Fabric quilt pattern, “Blessings of Spring” designed by Jennifer Bosworth. The patterns includes 9 blocks and finishes at 56” x 62”

  • An Omnigrid Zipper Pouch containing an Omnigrid 4” square ruler and a pair of 4” Needlecraft Scissors

  • A six-month subscription to the e-magazine Make Modern

To be eligible to win the grand prize, you must post a photo of your completed quilt top that includes all 12 blocks in the quilt along by 11:59 PM EST November 12th. Your top doesn't need to be quilted to enter for the grand prize, but it must include one of every block in the quilt along. Remember that you can post your quilt top photo to Instagram or to our Facebook group as usual although we hope you’ll use the special linky at the bottom of my settings post.

Follow me on social media or sign up for my newsletter if you’d to see how I quilt my quilt. You’ll find all the ways to follow me at the top of my sidebar. If you have any general questions about the quilt along, click the Fall into a QAL tab above.

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Fall into a QAL: Block 11 Autumn Harvest Barn

Welcome to Block 11 of the Fall Into a QAL, a mystery quilt along by Partners in Design.

If you'd like to quilt along with us, click here to learn more.

The eleventh block in our quilt along was designed by Abbie @ Sparkle On and it’s a barn!

I love taking photos of barns whenever I travel. I’m not sure why I like barns so much, but I just do! I was so excited when I saw this block and couldn’t wait to make it. I think a barn quilt is in my future! <grin>

Here's my version of the block

This block uses two-at-a-time HSTs, flip corners, and thread painting to create the barn. If you’ve never used these techniques before--no worries! As a quilt along host, I’m here to help.

My Fabric Pull for This Block

I had several goals for this block. As usual, I wanted to make sure I used a dark background because I’m alternating light and dark backgrounds for my blocks.

Second, I found awesome fabrics for background (it kind of looks like a forest) and for the barn door so I wanted the other fabrics I used to compliment them.

After pulling fabric for my block, I laid it out as it would be used to see how the final block would look.

Finally, I checked my fabric selection with the blocks I've already made to ensure everything is going to go together..

Block Tips

Here are my tips for making the block:

  • First, because I decided to use directional fabric for the background and the barn door, I drew a picture of the rectangles I needed to cut so I could orient the fabrics correctly.

  • I found Abbie's directions for making HSTs two-at-a-time really easy to understand. I use a sandboard and a small 1" x 6" ruler to draw my line from corner to corner. Then I simply sew 1/4” from that line. Be sure to trim your HSTs to 2" before sewing them into a pinwheel. You should also trim your finished pinwheels to 3-1/2”.

    If you want a photo tutorial with step by steps for this method, click here. My tutorial also includes a neat trick for trimming HSTs fast, fast.

  • Flip corners are easy but you should keep some things in mind. First, carefully mark the diagonal line on the back of all of the flip corner squares. I use a regular pencil, a small ruler, and a sandboard.

  • As Abbie suggests, sew just to the right of the line you've drawn (closer to the corner) as you see here. Sewing the seam just a bit short of center makes a bit more room for the fold, so when you press the flip square back towards the corner it will fit perfectly.

  • With flip corners, you typically trim the seam allowance after pressing the corner back.There are two schools of thought with this. If you don't trim, then you always have the bottom fabric (which is cut to size) to help you construct the block properly. If you do trim the seam allowance, you will have a lot less bulk in the seams. And you can always trim the finished unit to size (which I highly recommend if you do trim the seam allowance).

  • Abbie’s block calls for two pinwheels, but I decided to do only one in order to simulate the kind of windmill you might find on a farm. I think the effect almost works but I’m considering appliqueing a thin strip of grey onto the background to create a pole for my windmill.

  • Abbie’s pattern also calls for you to add detail to the barn door in the form of an X. To do that, you’ll thread paint—sketch details using thread. Sounds hard but all you need to do is to stitch an X. I decided to add that detail later, when I quilt. But if you decide to add that detail, I would fuse a light weight stabilizer to the back of the door before stitching as Abbie suggests. In addition I would use a heavier thread such as 40 or 20 wt. and stitch the lines a few times so they are dark enough to show.

  • After I had all the block units sewn, I sewed the block together as instructed. I then trimmed the block to 12-1/2”.

If you have any questions while making this block, feel free to post them here in the comments. Just be sure to enter an email address when prompted so I can get back to you quickly.

My Quilt So Far

Here are my eleven quilt blocks. Can you believe we’re almost done?

Where do i get the block pattern?

Drop by Abbie's blog to download your free Autumn Harvest Barn block pattern.

Visit the other hosts if you want to see their versions of this block and gather ideas for your own version. Here are the hosts:

Abbie at Sparkle On
April at JANDA Bend Quilts
Bobbi at Snowy Days Quilting
Jennifer at The Inquiring Quilter
Karen at Tu-Na Quilts, Travels and Eats
Sherry at Powered by Quilting
Vanda at Quilting with Vanda

If you want to see the schedule for the quilt along and the list of block designers, click here.

How Do I Enter the Giveaway?

First, you must be 18 years old to enter. Then, to enter the Autumn Harvest Barn block giveaway simply make the block and post it in one of these three places before the deadline.

You have until Monday, October 15th at 11:59 pm EST to post your block for a chance to win this awesome prize package—four 1/2 yard cuts, assorted Craftsy Boundless solids plus the table runner PDF pattern, “Christmas Tree Farm” by April @ JANDA Bend Quilts.

On Tuesday, October 16th be sure to come back here for the next block in our quilt along, and for setting suggestions for your blocks.

You can follow me on social media or sign up for my newsletter if you’d like a reminder when the next block is posted. You’ll find all the ways to follow me at the top of my sidebar. If you have any general questions about the quilt along or would like to see the complete schedule, click the Fall into a QAL tab above.

A Special thank-you to our sponsors

The final Grand Prize package for our quilt along will be announced October 16th. You will have until November 12th at 11:59 PM to post a photo of your completed quilt top to enter for the Grand Prize.

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