Welcome to the first
Learning Quilt-A-Long Goal Setting post and link-up.
- The August Goal Setting link-up is open for ten days - from August 1st to August 10th, 2017. Here you link-up a post that tells us what you plan on learning this month. It can be an entire post or a short mention within the post. What ever works for you!
- The August Sum Up link-up opens a week before the end of the month - from August 25th to August 31st, 2017. In this post, you'll tell us how you did and what you learned. The project you share can be completed or a WIP. It's all about the learning!
- Prize! In the September Goal Setting post, I will announce the name of the winner of this month's prize. You have to have both a Goal Setting and a Sum Up link-up to be considered.
|Cougar pattern by Yanicka Design`|
featuring her Fractured image technique
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This month's prize is the Cougar pattern made by Yanicka Design. Yanicka has created many patterns using her Fractured image or Low poly technique.
I had the pleasure of meeting Yanicka at Quilt Canada 2017 in June. I think that her pattern and technique make it a perfect prize since you'll get a chance to try a new technique and create a lovely quilt. See Related Links below for Yanicka's website as well as a YouTube video explaining the Fractured image technique.
Wouldn't you believe that I had trouble coming up with just one learning goal? Don't feel like you only have to choose one, but since I'm a learner, I see everything I do as learning. For this first post, I wanted to choose something that was realistic but a real out-of-my-comfort-zone type of goal. So here it is.
|MX Dye Starter Kit|
- My next step, which I started last month, is to write down the steps that I'll have to follow, in order. This will include where I'll be doing each step and what supplies I'll need. This is based on all of the research I've done.
- After this, I have to decide on some general design ideas that I want to try.
- Finally, I will dye my fabric!
One Monthly Goal (OMG)
|Feathers for the inside block|
|August OMG: to finish |
this EPP hexie table toppe
|Orange Peels between blocks|
What I learned
- I know that doing something new that makes me nervous requires that I do a lot of work to get myself mentally ready. I've been procrastinating (a sure sign that I'm nervous) so I'm hoping that this Learning QAL will be the perfect motivator.
- I've learned something already. Dying fabric is spelled with a "Y". I was always misspelling it and writing about killing my fabric instead!
- Of course I used this learning opportunity to buy lots more books :-) I'll include them in upcoming posts.
- I may have figured out how to send out reminders using Mail Chimp. If you're interested, please see the form at the bottom of the Learning Quilt-A-Long page.
- As I was free motion quilting my neutral lap quilt, I realised that the dark blocks are just too difficult to mark since there is a variety of dark and no one marking tool works on all of them. That's when I decided that I needed to figure out some FMQ patterns without stencils. I've found a few that may end up being part of my favourites, but it's taken much longer than anticipated. That's why it's not finished!
- More information about the Learning Quilt-A-Long
- Yanicka Designs: website, YouTube video and patterns
- MX Dye Starter Kit bought through G & S Dye in Toronto.
- Prepared for Dying (PFD) fabric bought at Flare Fabrics
- July's OMG in Planning Post, July 4, 2017
- EPP hexies in Slow Projects, July 23, 2017
Linky Parties: I will be linking this post to the following link-ups. Check out what everyone is doing! MOP Monday, Monday Making, Main Crush Monday, OMG - August Goal Setting Link Up, Linky Tuesday, Midweek Maker, Let's Bee Social, Free Motion Mavericks, Needle & Thread Thursday, Off the Wall Friday, Finished or Not Friday,