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QAL – Week #3

Here it is late Sunday night and once again I am finishing my QAL tasks with only hours to spare.  I got my HST done fairly quickly so I thought for sure I would be finished this week’s task days in advance…..little did I know how long it would take to square up 256 half square triangles.  Look at the pile of trimmings… that’s a lot and my right hand is exhausted.  I’m liking what I see so far…..can’t wait to get these babies all pieced together to see the full effect.


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QAL – Week 2

Week two and with only hours to spare, I’ve managed to get all my fabric cut.  Tomorrow we get the piecing instructions.  I’m looking forward to seeing how all of these pieces will work together…..hopefully???




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QAL – Week 1

Well I have managed to complete my tasks for week 1 of the Star Surround QAL. It took me several trips to the various quilt stores in my area but I have all my fabric ready to go. I went way outside my comfort zone on these colours but I like them. They definitely have a modern aesthetic which appeals to me but grey…..never in my wildest dreams. I’m looking forward to the challenge.


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WIP Wednesday

OK I admit it, I am a quilt-a-holic with a touch of ADHD.  Whenever I start a new project I am all excited about my vision, totally in love with my fabric and I can’t wait to get started.  I can spend hours cutting fabric, piecing, pressing and creating blocks…..and then all of a sudden I start to lose interest when I have to make many  copies of the same blocks or repeat the same type of piecing over and over again.  And that’s when it happens…my mind starts to wonder and I start dreaming of new ideas, some beautiful fabric  or a quilt I saw on Pinterest.  Next thing I know I am moving my current project to the side and starting something new (hello……joining the QAL last week in the middle of working on Leftovers I).  I am an addict and I need a 12 step program.  I thought the FAL (finish-a-long) that I started in January was the answer to my problem….mmmmm not so much.  I was good in the first quarter.  I only started one new quilt and I finished all but one project and that was because the thread I ordered didn’t arrive.  I lost momentum in the second quarter.  I only finished one of my 4 projects.  The deadline for the third quarter has passed and I didn’t even manage to pick anything that I wanted to finish.  Last week I stumbled across a Canadian blog called the Needle and Thread Network that helps quilt-a-holics like me to keep all their works-in-progress (WIP) front and centre so that they cannot easily be ignored.   I am hoping that this is going to help me get my addiction to starting new projects under control.  This is my first WIP Wednesday post.

So here it is.  I am working on a quilt called Leftovers I.  I am making it with tiny 2-1/2″ x 1-3/8″ pieces of fabric left over  from my Blue Odyssey quilt that I finished in  January.


It is also week one of the Star Surround QAL.  I’m visiting all my favourite quilt stores looking for 16 fat quarters, background, binding and backing fabric.  Next week we start cutting.

Here is my list of 2013 WIP and completions:

2013 WIP Size Current status
Pink & blue batik King waiting for borders
Asian Shadow Box King waiting for borders
2012 BOM ‘Blues’ King quilt top
2012 BOM ‘Opera King quilt top
Kimono Wall hanging quilt top
Waterlily Wall hanging quilt top
One block wonder Queen piecing
Peacock Lap quilt top
Leftovers I Lap piecing
Leftovers II Lap piecing
Star Surround QAL Lap fabric selection
Blue Hydrangea King FMQ
Dragonflies Wall hanging Binding
2013 Completions Size
2011 BOM ‘Spring King
Blue Odyssey King
Kassidy’s flannel Baby
Sue’s Summer Breeze Queen/King


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My first Quilt-A-Long

First it was block-of-the-month club and then came the finish-a-long.  Today I am expanding my horizons and joining a quilt-a-long.  Melissa at Happy Quilting is starting a Star Surround QAL on July 15th and I am going to give it a whirl.  Not that I need another unfinished quilt in my house…but I just can’t resist joining.  Hopefully I will be able to keep up with the weekly goals.  Check out the QAL here.

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