Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Final Learning QAL Sum Up

I haven't had a very productive month as far as quilting goes. December started out well, quilting wise, but I didn't end up making much progress. On the other hand, I've had a great Christmas and started getting used to relaxing and minimizing my obligations. All is well 😊

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
Here is the overall piece. It doesn't look like much progress but it was a few hours of FMQ.

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 will be adding the embroidery and embellishment, once I've done the free motion quilting (FMQ). It is a great trial piece for my future art quilt based on Jacobean embroidery of gardens...that will come eventually.

Getting ready to travel

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
For my last big trip, which was to China, I had packed some orange peels and appliquéd them onto blocks.
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.

Related Links

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 TuesdayLet's Bee Social, Oh Scrap!Midweek Makers, Finished or Not Friday, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?


  1. You are working on some lovely projects. Safe travels and enjoy.

  2. Interesting technique. Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish.

    1. Thanks Patty for hosting. I'm looking forward to participating next month! Hope you had a good new year!

  3. I haven't commented much and I haven't joined in with your learning QAL but I have enjoyed seeing the results. have a lovely trip to Spain.

    1. Thank you so much Brenda. I learned so much and I'll just keep learning, but at a slower pace. As you saw, the trip to Spain was amazing. My piece is almost ready for a next post!

  4. Beautiful projects especially the whole cloth with the added color! Enjoy your travels!

    1. Thanks Connie. I really love the whole cloth with colour and will get back to it shortly....and thanks, the travel was amazing!


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