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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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Island Batik Great Outdoors Blog Hop and Giveaway!

Hi and welcome to the my day on the Island Batik Great Outdoors Blog Hop!

Today’s featured Island Batik collection is called Dear William, and I'm in love with it's warm golds, rich purples, and deep greens and blues!

Dear William is part of the Spring collection, currently in quilt stores.

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With the theme "great outdoors" as my muse, I immediately thought of a cabin in the woods. That thought led to Log Cabin and Bear's Paw blocks and well, I soon had a design!

I call my quilt Bear Cabin.

I love how the colors play together. What really fascinates me is the almost floral look of this quilt, despite it's warm rich color palette.

Forgive the photo below. I tried getting some outdoor shots in natural light, and it started raining. Just sprinkling, so I went ahead and took a few quick "glamor" shots. There's a drop of rain on the lens, and a bit of mud on the quilt top because it slid off and fell into a dirt/mud patch. Ugh.

Oh well! It can be washed and I much prefer natural light when I can get it. And soon after getting these shots, the skies opened up and it started really pouring down. So I'm kinda feeling lucky.

Anyway, enjoy the beauty of this photo. Or not. <grin>

I chose these threads to quilt my quilt top.

For quilting, I started with the Bear's Paw blocks. I made a simple loop in the center of the large square, with two half loops on either side. Then I did a half loop on each side of the "claw" part of the HSTs.

I quilted the sashing with a simple curvy line with swirls at both ends. The green center square was quilted with half loops on each side.

For the sashing between the blocks, I quilted a curvy line with curlicues at each end. In the green square in the center of the quilt, I quilted curves along each edge.

I repeated the quilting pattern used in the large Bear's Paw blocks for the mini Bear's Paw blocks in the corners of the quilt. For the borders between these blocks, I quilted a long ribbon down the center of the border with random curls along it's length.

I did something interesting for the Log Cabin blocks. On the blue half, I quilted a series of angled lines from corner to corner of the logs. On the gold side, I quilted a curly version of "feathers".

Here are the quilt details:

"Bear Cabin"
30" x 30"
Fabrics: Island Batik Dear William collection
Pattern: Original Design
Batting: Hobb's Heirloom Premium 80/20 Cotton Poly Batting
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. #2326 Sand
Quilting Thread:  Aurifil 50 wt. #2785 (Very Dark Navy) and #2132 (Tarnished Gold), Aurifil 40 wt.#2885 (Medium Spruce), Aurifil 12 wt. #4030 (Plum), and Guttermann #6340 (Light Navy)
Pieced and quilted by Jennifer Fulton

Please visit Bea, Sandra, and Geraldine who are also featuring the Dear William collection today. You'll find a link to their blogs and to the other Ambassadors participating in the blog hop at the bottom of this post.

Enter My Giveaway!

To celebrate the Island Batik Great Outdoors Blog Hop, I'm having a giveaway! Complete the Rafflecopter below after leaving a comment to enter to win a lovely charm pack from the Dear William collection by Island Batik (US residents only). You can earn an extra chance to win by visiting my Inquiring Quilter Facebook page. If you like what you see, please Like my page and Follow Me.

The giveaway is open through the blog hop, and closes on September 4th at midnight EST. I'll announce a winner on September 5th.

For International residents, the prize will be one free PDF pattern from my shop. I'm sorry I can't afford the cost of shipping overseas, but I wanted everyone to have a chance to win something. Just leave a comment and complete the Rafflecopter below to enter. You too can earn an extra chance to win a pattern by visiting my Facebook page.

Congratulations Judy Biggerstaff! You won! Send me your postal address and your charms will be on their way.

Enter the Island Batik Giveaway!

Use the Rafflecopter below to enter the Island Batik giveaway! Up for grabs is a Jungle Cruise 2-1/2" strip pack.

Continue the Hop to Enter More Giveaways!

The blog hop continues through September 4th. Be sure to visit the other Island Batik Ambassadors each day and see even more beautiful Island Batik fabric collections! There are additional giveaways, free patterns, and tutorials so be sure to visit each stop on the hop.

Follow me on social media to keep up with the blog hop and other happenings! You'll find the ways to follow at the top of my sidebar.

WEEK 1

Monday, August 6 - All A Flutter - Sharon @ Yellow Cat Quilt Designs and Michelle @ Creative Blonde

Tuesday, August 7 - Birds N’ Bees - Anna @ Ark Angel Creations and Jen @ Patterns by Jen

Wednesday, August 8 - Canterbury Manor - Sally @ Sally Manke and Sherry @ Powered by Quilting

Thursday, August 9 - Eclectic Garden - Jessica @ Desert Bloom Quilting and Karen @ Sew Karen-ly Created

Friday, August 10 - Vintage Morris - Joan @ Moosestash Quilting and Leanne @ Devoted Quilter

WEEK 2

Monday, August 13 - Safari - Amy @ Sew Incredibly Crazy and Anne @ Sweetgrass Designs

Tuesday, August 14 - Spring Blossoms - Maryellen @ Mary Mack Made Mine and Jackie @ If These Threads Could Talk

Wednesday, August 15 - Victoria and Albert - Barbara @ Bejewled Quilts by Barb and Dione @ Clever Chameleon

Thursday, August 16 - Wild Things - Connie @ Freemotion by the River and Connie @ Kauffman Designs

Friday, August 17 - Petting Zoo - Turid @ Den Syende Himmel and Sarah @ Sarah Goer Quilts

 WEEK 3

Monday, August 20 - Ocean Odyssey - Toby @ Gateway Quilts & Stuff and Karen @ The Quilt Rambler

Tuesday, August 21 - British Rose - Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts and Mania @ Mania for Quilts

Wednesday, August 22 - Dear William - Jennifer @ Inquiring Quilter (that's me!), Sandra @ MMM Quilts, and Geraldine @ Living Water Quilter

Thursday, August 23 - Dragonfly Dreams - Jeanette @ Inchworm Fabrics and Bea @ Be A Quilter

Friday, August 24 - Fur-ocious Friends - Tina @ Quilting Affection Designs and Jennifer @ Dizzy Quilter

WEEK 4

Monday, August 27 - Globetrotter - Pamela @ PamelaQuilts and Jennifer @ Curlicue Creations

Tuesday, August 28 - Jungle Cruise - Vicki @ Vicki's Crafts and Quilting and Alison @ Little Bunny Quilts

Wednesday, August 29 - Lavendula - Carole @ Carol Lyles Shaw and Nancy @ Masterpiece Quilting

Thursday, August 30 - London Calling - Anita @ Quilt in a Not-Shell and Terri @ Lizard Creek Quilts

Friday, August 31 - Spirit Rhythm - Steph @ Steph Jacobson and Janet @ Whispers of Yore

WEEK 5

Monday, September 3 - Sweet Tweets - Kathleen @ Kathleen McMusing and Suzy @ Adventurous Applique and Quilting

Tuesday, September 4 - Whatnot - Joyce @ heARTs Creations and Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts

 

Disclosure: The products featured in the post were provided to me free of charge by Island Batik, Aurifil, and Hobbs.

Other Happenings This Week

I've been busy I must say. Yesterday, I released my block pattern for the Fall into a Quilt Along. The pattern is free for a limited time. Make the block to enter our giveaway! Click here for details.

 

Tomorrow I'll be hosting a special Wednesday Wait Loss link up. (Yeah I know, it's on Thursday this week.) Drop by and share State Fair quilts (or quilts with animals, food, games, or anything else related to a state fair) for a chance to win that giveaway!

Yep, it's giveaway week here on my blog! <grin>

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Welcome to My Day on the Modern Plus Sign Quilts Book Hop

Welcome to my stop on the Modern Plus Sign Quilts Book Hop! I've known the authors-- Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs and Paige @ Quilting Blooms--for some time, and I love their work. Cheryl hosted the New Quilt Bloggers for several years, and was extremely generous with her time and talent, and helped me on the road to becoming the quilt blogger I am today.

I'm lucky to call Paige a friend and to have her in my online bee, Bee Inspired. Paige is as talented a quilter as she is humble. I love them both and was thrilled when I was asked to participate in this hop.

Photo courtesy of C & T Publications.

Each day in the hop features two quilts from this wonderful book. Today, the featured quilts are "Petal Plus" and "Faceted Rings."

Each participant in the hop was asked to select a quilt and to make it--in any size, any colors, and with any changes we liked. I chose "Faceted Rings."

Designed, pieced, and quilted by Cheryl Brickey. Photo courtesy of C & T Publications.

I love Plus Sign quilts, so frankly it was hard to choose just one from the book but this one spoke to me. I loved it's dimensionality, and the interplay of the rings from block to block. When I saw it I knew I had to make it.

Photo courtesy of C & T Publications.

Like Cheryl, I chose to use solids in my version of Faceted Rings. Here's my fabric pull. No surprises here since these are some of my favorite colors.

The original quilt is 40" x 40", but I knew that I wanted to make something smaller. So I played with the design a bit, changing the yellow and white background sections in the original to two colors instead of one, and adding some borders. Since what I loved about Faceted Rings was it's 3-dimensional look, I wanted to emphasize that with my color placement, dividing each triangle into light or dark.

I call my version "On the Plus Side."

I decided early on to quilt my version with straight lines. While quilting the plus sign in the middle of the block, I decided to try quilting every other section. That worked well I think, until I got out to the outer border. When I left the quilting out of the light coral sections, the quilt didn't want to lay as flat as I wanted. So I quilted the outer border entirely.

On the back of the quilt, I used a butterfly print that combined most of the colors from the front. The print is by Joann Messmore for Cranston Print Works.

Here are the quilt details.

"On the Plus Side"
18" x 18"
Fabrics: Solids in light and dark teal, gray, magenta, and blue-violet; backing is by Joann Messmore by Cranston Print Works
Pattern: Faceted Rings by Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs
Batting: Quilter's Dream Request
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. #2600 Dove
Quilting Thread:  Aurifil 50 wt. #2810 (Turquoise), Wonderfil Invisifil 100 wt. #718 (Winet Sky Grey), #714 (Lilac) and #605 (Christmas Red), Wonderfil Konfetti 50 wt. #KT605 (Purple), Mettler 50 wt. #642 (Dark Charcoal) and #806 Blush Pink
Pieced and quilted by Jennifer Fulton

Here's what my color placement would look like in a quilt the same size as Faceted Rings. Seeing it like this, I think a single-color background like Cheryl's original quilt (for example, a solid dark blue background instead of the light and dark blue background shown here) would look better, although I like the effect of using two blues in my small wall quilt.

The Faceted Rings block is paper-pieced and would be easy to sew even for a beginner because there are so few pieces. In addition, it would be simple to make the quilt larger by simply adding more blocks and even some borders if you like. There's a tutorial on paper-piecing (and the other techniques used in the book quilts) at the front of the book, so there's no reason not to give Faceted Rings a try. It's such a gorgeous quilt!

You can purchase signed copies of Modern Plus Sign Quilts from Cheryl's Etsy shop, Paige's Etsy shop, or from Amazon.

 Photo courtesy of C &amp; T Publications.

Photo courtesy of C & T Publications.

Here's the schedule for the Modern Plus Sign Quilts Book Hop. Be sure to visit Cheryl and Paige's blogs each day to enter their giveaways. To see our versions of the book quilts, visit the book hop participants.

Monday, March 12th
Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs
Paige @Quilted Blooms

Tuesday, March 13th
Soma @Whims and Fancies
Ann @Brown Paws Quilting
Kitty @Night Quilter
Sophie @Luna Lovequilts
Afton @Quilting Mod
Shelley @The Carpenters Daughter Who Quilts

Wednesday, March 14th
Jayne @Twiggy and Opal
Jen @A Dream and a Stitch
Abigail @Cut & Alter
Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl
Sandra @mmm! quilts
Karen @Run Sew Fun

Thursday, March 15th
Linda @Flourishing Palms
Bernie @Needle and Foot
Liz @Savor Every Stitch
Stacey @Stacey In Stitches
Michelle @From Bolt to Beauty
Patty @Elm Street Quilts
Melanie @A Bit of Scrap Stuff Blog

Friday, March 16th
Myra @Busy Hands Quilts
Izzy @Dizzy Quilts
Ruth @Charly and Ben’s Crafty Corner
Christa @Christa Quilts

Monday, March 19th
Jessica @ Quilty Habit
Cindy @ Hyacinth Quilt Designs
Jennifer @ The Inquiring Quilter
Julie @ The Crafty Quilter

Tuesday, March 20th
Tish @ Tish N Wonderland
Judy @ Sew Some Sunshine
Emily @ The Darling Dogwood
Wanda @ Wanda's Life Sampler
Karen @ Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Katherine @ Sew Me Something Good

Wednesday, March 21st
Anja @ Anja Quilts
Kate @ Smiles from Kate
Sue @ Sevenoaks Street Quilts
Carole @ From My Carolina Home
Alison @ Little Bunny Quilts

Thursday, March 22nd
Debbie @ Esch House Quilts
Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts
Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts
Janice @ Color Creating and Quilting
Joanne @ Quilts by Joanne

Friday, March 23rd
Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs
Paige @Quilted Blooms

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Island Batik Four Seasons Blog Hop Giveaway Winner!

The Island Batik Four Seasons Blog Hop is over and it's time to announce my giveaway winner. I hope you enjoyed visiting all of my fellow Island Batik Ambassadors, and seeing the new batik collections. If you missed any of them, it's not too late to view the wonderful quilts and gorgeous batiks--just click the links below.

My collection was Blue Moon, and to celebrate the hop I decided to give away a charm pack to one lucky winner in the U.S.

To one lucky International follower, I'm going to give a free PDF pattern from my shop!

Before I announce the winners, let me tell you quickly about the Island Batik events coming up this month.

First, we'll be celebrating Galentine's Day, a day to celebrate your best gal friends and raise them up! To celebrate, the Island Batik Ambassadors will be making postcards or mug rugs, so watch for that post sometime on or before February 13th, which is Galentine's Day. Galentine's is the invention of Leslie Knope, a character played by Amy Poehler in Parks and Recreation. The day went from fiction to fact when it was embraced by women around the world.

I'm planning to focus my weekly Wait Loss Wednesday linky party on February 14th to sharing everyone's Galentine's Day and Valentine's Day creations (old or newly created), so I hope you'll join us. I hope you'll put your thinking caps on and whip up something if you don't already have something to share!

Also in February, the Island Batik Ambassadors are celebrating Valentine's Day (of course) with a MiniLove creation so please watch for that post.

Okay, it's time to announce the winners of that fabulous charm pack and the free pattern of choice from my shop! First I gathered all the US entrants, assigned a number to each one and let Random.org choose the winner.

And the winner of the charm pack is...

Congratulations Kit! Please email me your postal address and I'll get the charm pack out to you.

And now for the winner of a free pattern! Like before, I gathered all the International entries in a pile, assigned a number to each one and let Random.org do the rest.

And the winner is...

Congratulations Turid! Please send me an email with your pattern choice. You'll find my shop here.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the hop! I have giveaways often so be sure to follow me if you want. You'll find the ways to follow at the top of my sidebar.

Bye for now! Please think about creating something to link up to my Galentine's/Valentine's linkup on Wednesday, February 14th!

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Disclosure: The batiks featured in the giveaway were provided to me free of charge by Island Batik.

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