Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Centred: Fourth Annual QAL Announcement

Welcome to my fourth annual quilt along at mmm quilts. You are on the Main Page for this quilt along, and I am so pleased you are here.

This has given me a bit of a shiver writing that title. Who knew back in February when I was playing around with quarter log cabin blocks and came up with this design, that we would be centred in our homes, both for work and for play, within another month? I named it Centred because I'd planned on using it to perch my sit bones on it when I teach yoga; when I am either teaching or doing yoga is where/when I feel centred. And also, the central block that appears to float above the other four is centred.




As in the three previous QALs, the final parade of quilts will be June 15, the date of that 'famous Canadian' birthday, that of my dad, who used to write that on the family calendar each year, with a twinkle in his eye and a sly grin. The first post, where I will let you know of my kind and lovely sponsors, will be April 3, which happens to be that famous Canadian's daughter's birthday. As in previous years, the pace is slow, with a month between finishing the top and quilting it. So it's easy to fit in with your regularly scheduled quilting programmes!

This year I don't have a main sponsor because I am sewing the quilt from my stash. I also am doing my small part to lessen the strain on the postal service, and also, most quilt shops are closed so the prizes are all digital. Be sure to come back on Friday for the kick-off post where you will see the list of all the sponsors, and get the dates.

The quilt is just 40.5" square so it would make a great baby quilt, or a take-to-yoga-class quilt. I think more and more now we will not be using communal items, so this might be a way to take your own to your class for that final savasana, as opposed to using those supplied in a studio.

I do hope you'll come back on Friday, April 3, and consider joining in! The pattern and instructions will be provided for free, and will remain here on the blog forever. I will release a PDF at the end that will be available in my Etsy shop for those who prefer to have a paper pattern.

Here is the schedule:

Here is the schedule:
April 3 - Schedule and Sponsors post
April 10 - Fabric Requirements and Colouring Sheet
April 17 - Cutting Instructions
April 24 - Block A
May 1 - Block B; Link up for Blocks A and B opens
May 8 - Blocks A2 and A3
May 15 - Blocks B2 and B3 and Final Layout
June 15 - Final Parade of Quilts
June 22 - List of Winners Announcement

Speaking of yoga, there are now five one-hour videos of Yin yoga on my YouTube channel. Quilts and a certain cat, figure prominently in them too!

15 comments:

  1. Fourth annual; very exciting! I really love the design and look forward to seeing the lovely versions created.

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  2. I'm glad you are still going to do your QAL. Don't worry about sponsors/prizes...the fun is in the journey with you and other quilters. I'm on workday #24 in a row. Hopefully by Friday, we will have things sorted enough that I can work from home and only come in if there was an urgent matter to deal with. I'm glad it's a small size so I can shop my stash. Be safe friend!

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  3. So much going on in this design. I can see very different quilts with just switching out the light/dark fabrics. Hoping to join this one.

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  4. Lovely Sandra & yes I'll join in too. I'll have to depend on my stash at present, though I'm not worried, as it is what I'd planned to do this year anyway. A bit more motivation for me to keep on blogging too. I just realised, that I designed a quilt called Centred too, but it uses Delectable Mountain blocks & is so different to yours,so maybe I should put that on agenda too & show it one day(giggle). Take care, stay safe & huggles.

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  5. All our fabric shops are closed, no online ordering or mail deliveries, so I hope my limited?? Massive stash will have enough to start. Centred, we all need to focus on that right now, with self isolation, lockdown, limited grocery items either to buy or on the shelves, I am So happy I did stock up on some fabrics and threads a while ago, not realising how valuable they would be in the coming weeks or longer.

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  6. I don't think it's the colors or shapes that create the tone and feel of this one.
    It's the lines of the quilting that give this quilt its story... all horizontal and organized, but then bursting from the center. I LOVE it just as it is. But... I wonder... what would it "say" if the lines had been quilted differently? Hmmm... A whole different mood, feel, story...

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  7. I'm in, too! I have a fat quarter bundle of blue batiks that is just waiting for this quilt!

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  8. Four years already! Great to see you are doing this amidst all the uncertainty going on around us.

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  9. Wonderful! I'll shop the stash and join in. No prizes required.

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  10. I’m in. It’s bitter cold out here today -17c. It is spring, right. I tidied up my sewing room so I know what fabrics I’ll be using. We have curb side pick ups from fabric stores.

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  11. Certainly hope to join in. Thank you for still doing it in these uncertain times. I certainly have enough in my stash to make it at least once (ten) times :-)

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  12. Yay!! QAL! Looking forward to participating. This is a great size for several of my charities, too :)

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  13. This quilt pattern looks amazing 😀 wonder if my brain can cope with it lol xx

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