Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Follow Your Own Path QAL Parade of Quilts

The day is here! It is always a thrill to see the variety of quilts made in my quilt alongs, and I know year 5 will not disappoint. I know some of you have made two quilts! I have made three myself. Please link each one up separately if you did make more than one. I've also seen some ingenious creations with the leftover HSTs, and I do believe I will be sending a choice of pattern to one or two of you who really have wowed me. Once again here is the original quilt, as seen on the cover of issue #15 of Modern by the Yard, Benartex's ezine.

I also made another baby quilt, all Benartex fabrics left over from previous magazine quilts. This one uses the larger block size, just less of them. I named it Blossoms Every Which Way. I'll link up the post in the linkup, but here it is again:
Just nine shadowed arrow blocks, and nine background ones made for a fast little quilt.

I also made the throw quilt, but I am holding off on posting about it, because I am hosting TGIFF this week, so it will be in the post which will go live Thursday around suppertime. For now, here is a little peek: a photo of it hot off Avril getting squared up, and one of the binding in progress.
Hobbs Batting kindly supplied the black 80/20 cotton/polyester batting, perfect for this quilt with the black/grey Cotton Shot by Amanda Murphy for Benartex.

Isn't the backing fabulous? Outside of the Cotton Shot I used for the background, the throw is made with 'Believe in Unicorns' fabric by Ann Lauer. I absolutely LOVE the dot fabric in her line that I used for the binding! And, notice it is not pressed in half? This is a terrific time-saving tip I learned from Amy @amyscreativeside during this year's Quilt Fest.
So, come back in two days and you can see the quilt in its entirety. May I just say I am pumped about it. The entire quilt is sewn with Aurifil thread, from piecing to quilting to binding. 

I will have the pattern available for purchase shortly!

All right enough about my quilts; let's see yours! Wait. I would first of all once again like to showcase and thank my lovely kind sponsors. Each graphic is hyperlinked in my Googledocs, so feel free to click here for the doc which gives links to all of the fine shops and sponsors.

Remember that with the code, MMM2021, you can get 20% off your entire order at Canuck Quilter Designs until the end of June. She's just released a couple of new fabulous designs this past week.

Also having a 20% off sale on her fabric is Needle & Foot Fine Fabrics.

And now, link up below! The linky will remain open for one week, that is until midnight on June 21. Winners of the prizes will be contacted by email and announced here on the blog on June 22. For each quilt you have made, please enter the giveaway through the Rafflecopter widget which you will find beneath the linkup.

Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart for quilting along for the fifth year with me. Some of you have done all five quilt alongs, and I am so grateful and amazed that you keep coming back!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

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  1. Hi Sandra! I am so excited to see all the different versions of FYOP. Thank you so much for sharing your pattern with us! I found it very easy to follow and plan to make another version sooner than later. Thank you to all the sponsors as well! WOWEE! They are all so generous. {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

  2. I'm so excited to see all the FYOP quilts. Thanks again for hosting yet another fun QAL! Looking forward to seeing your quilt on Friday, too!

  3. It has been another very enjoyable QAL and such a neat quilt design, Sandra! Thanks for all you do to inspire us! I need a few more days to get to a finish, so glad the linky is open for a week.

  4. Sandra, beautiful as ever!

  5. Wonderful QAL Sandra!! I especially enjoyed looking at Rose's post because she shared all of the QAL patterns you have created over the five years. That was a treat to see them side by side!

  6. Oh I'm so glad we have a little bit longer to link up - I'm not quite finished. I'll definitely have one to link up and maybe if the quilt doesn't decide that it needs micro-quilting I may just have two. But that is probably a little bit ambitious :-)

  7. It's going to be so fun to come back and see all the quilts! :) What a great quilt along, Sandra.

  8. I was so sad to give this a miss this year, but my eyesight is diminishing all the time, first cataract surgery on 24th next week, so after that it should improve hugely. The FYOP is another masterpiece, and remembering your Dad and his special day again, what memories you have, and know he would be enjoying the celebration in his name.

  9. Thank you Sandra for a great quilt along. I even finished and binding the quilt early! This was so well thought out and quite fun to do. When I went to put the quilt together, I decided to use the reverse side of the fabric in the alternating blocks and like the way it came out.

  10. Thanks Sandra & thank you so much for hosting your annual QAL & although I've only joined in Centred and this one, I have loved doing them. Take care, stay safe & hugs.

  11. So many fun versions. Your QAL is always fun and often both uses a stash and goes to a charity....the best of all worlds.

  12. Thanks for another QAL. Can't wait for next year's pattern. ☺ I think the next version I make, I'll put the shadows below the arrows.

  13. I am looking forward to July. I'm one of those that has been with the group following the QAL's from the start. I love the pattern above but didn't realize it was yours. It's in my To-Do pile.

  14. I'm looking forward to seeing all the amazing quilts!

  15. You do throw the best QAL’s Sandra and the linky parties are even better with so much eye candy to enjoy. 😉

    1. And my little quilt is named “Every Which Way But Loose”. It’s perfect for my second youngest great granddaughter who is always going here and there.

  16. Hi Sandra, it looks like your QAL was a great success. Congrats! It's always so neat to see the same quilt pattern made entirely differently by other quilters. Very cool!