Monday 22 February 2021

LET'S STAY HOME - QAL.

 This will be a very quick post to announce that starting next Monday, 1st March, I am hosting my first QAL & my friend Joy from Days filled with Joy is helping me, while hosting her own BOM also called Let's Stay Home.  Joy's quilt will be stitcheries & piecing and mine is just piecing alone.  As this is all new to me, I am in full strength stress mode & am dithering completely.  Hopefully I don't get laughed at or ridiculed too much & someone may like to join in.

I am going to give you fabric requirements today plus a look at a what it  will be.  I have made mine from both scraps and  my stash, so bear with me on the long list of  "bits".


Blue for borders &  flying geese blocks -  1+1/8yds.

4 blues for corner blocks can be cut from 4 different fat quarters or 1/8yd.

Darker blues for inner & outer border corner stones can also be fat quarters.

White for the inner border, corner blocks & flying geese need 1+1/2yds.

White/pink spot for corner blocks  -  fat quarter or 1/8yd.

Light multi floral for corner blocks - fat quarter or 1/8yd.

4 assorted pink for flying geese blocks - fat quarters or 1/8yd.

Medium pink for corner blocks & flying geese - 3/4yd.

The centre house block could be all from fat quarters or similar size scraps.

We'll touch on binding, backing & batting later.  These I often refer to as the last 3 B's.

The overall size is 44.5 inches before finishing. 

I'm hoping this is enough to get you started and would love to see if anyone goes ahead with this, especially in your own style and colours.

My thinking when designing this was during strict lock-downs, we couldn't get out to buy any fabric, so making this scrappy was the way to go & keep me busy.  The central block of course is our home & the circling geese going round and round our house, was my way of realising that we are going nowhere.  Not being able to travel into Melbourne or interstate to see our children & grandchildren has been hard & knowing no overseas travel is on the horizon also means we won't see DH's extended family in the UK in the near future.  The corner blocks were placed to tie it all together.  I designed this on my old Quilt Wizard program.

OK, I'll leave it there for now and will be back on Monday with the instructions for the corner blocks.

In the meantime I'll possibly do other posts & my Friday photo hunt.

Till then, take care all, stay safe & hugs.  

Susan.





24 comments:

  1. Well done you ... and I’m sure people will have a go. Whilst I am struggling with time for sewing at the moment I will definitely be following with interest and hope to pick up some useful tips for when I finally do build up the courage to have a go 😃

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    1. Just read my comment back and when I say people will ‘have a go’ ... I mean join in .,l not have a go at you 😂😂😂. I’m sure you will have known this but just wanted to be totally sure. X

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    2. My goodness, I never even thought that & I know that most people lead busy lives, so it's more for my benefit really & you can see how I try to work in my own way. Thank you.

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  2. Oh I am so excited! NO ONE is going laugh or ridicule you, so stop stressing!! xxxxxxxx

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    1. Thanks Joy & you've certainly pushed me on this one. Not looked at your blog yet & hope to see you soon.

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  3. Please don't think people will laugh at you! I greatly admire people who can design quilts and run quilt alongs! Well done you, be proud!!

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    1. Thank you Wendy. I have tried before with no takers, but we'll see with this one.

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  4. I'm sure no one will laugh at you, you'll be fine. All double dutch to me I'm afraid but I just wanted to leave you a comment to wish you well, you'll be fine.

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    1. Thanks Eileen & I know you'll follow along even though it will be double dutch. Thought of you a couple of times whilst picking fabrics and being so stuck at home with your ongoing cancer treatments & having to be super careful.

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  5. No one's going to laugh at you, I think what you're doing is fabulous and if I could sew I'd be right there with you, unfortunately I can't so I shall watch and follow along from the sidelines.

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    1. Thanks Jo. If I was over there I'd help you get sewing a little as I know you are creative and could do it.

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  6. What an adorable little quilt Susan! I like the symbolism it contains, and yes, can relate...

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    1. Thanks Sandra & you've been one who has inspired me to have a go at hosting a QAL.

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  7. Susan that is gorgeous. If I wasn't in the middle of my big quilting project I could see me making that in pastel pinks and blues... I have plenty in my stash.

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    1. Thanks Cherie. Maybe in the future & is that the hexagon flower quilt you are talking about?

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  8. I really like the setting around the little house. Thank you!

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  9. I certainly won't be laughing at you and I am sure no one else will either. I really like the design and I am going to try it if I can get my sewing machine to work. I am a beginner quilter and except for the corner blocks doesn't look like it will be too complicated.

    Also, I was wondering if there is a way to follow your blog. I follow other blogs via email.

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    1. OMG, 2 Susan's in a row. Good name though! I'll try & work out how to let you follow by email, although I'm not very tech savvy & like things to be easy. Hope I'll be able help a newbie quilter as we all started somewhere & for me there wasn't much around in 1977 when I made my first little quilt. I'll be back on Monday (1st March)with the first block.

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  10. That is so good.
    I'm not a crafter but always enjoy my visits to your blog, and similar blogs.

    My good wishes.

    All the best Jan

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  11. Bonjour, je viens de voir votre blog grâce à Friendstitch

    Ce que j'y trouve me plait beaucoup
    Bisous Bea

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  12. I like how the geese go around the house, and your reason for that element in the quilt. I haven’t ever joined a QAL, but I think you and quilters who follow it will enjoy doing it. I like the size of the quilt. The size of the block parts will provide wonderful space to try different quilting designs, too.

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  13. Love the design! I'm really sick of the lock down here in Texas we have finally warmed up from the deep freeze storm that hit us. No power-so no heat. Water company pumps go down so no water--but broken pipes-plumbing supplies for repairs are still in short supply. I'm over it all!! On a bright spot we get our second covid vaccine this week and the governor lifted the mask mandate but the only places we go are Dr's office and the grocery store. It will get better, we just all need to hang on.

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