I've enjoyed putting on the Learning Quilt-A-Long but as I mentioned, there were very few link-ups so it's not really worth continuing. This is, therefore, my last Learning QAL Sum Up. I will, however, continue my learning journey but with less pressure!
For my December learning goal, I wanted to continue adding colour to my wholecloth quilt.
December Learning Sum Up
I only spent a few hours working on it, but it is slowly coming along. It's taking longer than I thought, mostly because I'm trying to think of different things to do within the pattern. Below you will see what I mean. I've done some lines within the flower in the middle (sort of a cross hatching) and I've done some echoing within the leaf, in two different colours.
|Trying new FMQ techniques within the pattern|
|FMQ Progress on the wholecloth quilt|
|A few more leaves now have colour|
December One Monthly Goal (OMG) Finish
For my One Monthly Goal for December (OMG), I was hoping to start playing and creating an art quilt based on Jacobean embroidery of gardens. Instead of working on a garden, I found myself using some of the same techniques using Christmas fabrics from the bag of scraps that I brought up for the Christmas EPP.
I just built a background with strips and then started adding appliqué. I used the Crafty Appliqué technique for most of the appliqué. These worked out better than the large cardinal appliqué that was done without using that technique!
|The beginning of a fun Christmas art quilt|
I'm going away for almost three weeks. I really, really dislike packing, especially when it comes to packing my hand-work. What to bring, how much, etc. It's always a pain because I want to get it right! I have to bring something with me other than books!
This embroidery is definitely coming with me. I've got another one started and will probably bring at least one solid fat quarter in case I decide to start others. I have visions of sketching what I see and embroidering it. Who knows, it could happen!
|Packing a few embroidery pieces|
|Orange peels project for my China trip|
|Appliquéd orange peel blocks|
|Appliquéing on the Yangtze River|
This time, the trip is mostly to Spain. We start off in Barcelona.
I'm thrilled that I'll get to see the Sagrada Familia Cathedral again. It's an amazing building and its stained glass windows were the inspiration for my Art with Fabric in the fall of 2016.
|Sagrada Familia stained-glass windows|
|Sagrada Familia Cathedral|
|Art with Fabric - stained-glass windows|
What I learned
- I'm happy that I put on the Learning QAL. It was a good idea and pushed me to learn so much more that I would have without it.
- I also learned that it's a lot of work - not just writing the posts, but actually doing something!
- I'm very grateful for those who put on QAL, Blog Hops and Linking Parties. I know how much work it is, but it's also rewarding and a great way to meet other quilters.
- Playing with colour and Learning QAL Goal, December 1, 2017
- Christmas EPP block, December 7, 2017
- Christmas scraps, December 3, 2017
- Orange peels appliqué, October 23, 2014
- Art with Fabric, Stained glass window, October 13, 2016
Linking Parties: I will be linking up to the December One Monthly Goal Finish Link-up. I will also link up to as many linking parties as I can before I leave :-) Check out what everyone else has done! Linky Tuesday, Let's Bee Social, Oh Scrap!, Midweek Makers, Finished or Not Friday, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?