Welcome everyone to another year of celebrating the end of my annual QAL, on the auspicious birthday of that famous Canadian, my Dad. 😍🥳
It never fails! June 15 seems so far off when the final steps to put the flimsy together are posted. Then suddenly it's here and it seems it was only a week ago, not a month, that that post happened. Such is the way of things though. My own quilt has been done for a few days. I had planned to post my quilt on June 14, giving it its own well-deserving post. I got some good early morning shots on June 14 as I'd had to wait a day while it dried on the design wall for blocking purposes. Then the evening turned out to be picture postcard perfect, so a trip to my happy place, Seacliff Beach and Leamington Marina walk was in order for a few glamour shots. I will link up the post here. Here is a sneak peek!
The light was perfect. More photos to come. Blue was my dad's favourite colour. I think he'd have loved this quilt.
I am just thrilled that the quilt I made looks identical to the one I drew in EQ8 and used for the QAL graphic!
A couple of bookkeeping items as they say. First of all, know that the linky party will be open for one entire week. This gives everyone a little extra breathing room to finish up. I mean life happens.
Second, I want to give you a little encouragement for how to quilt your quilt. Yes, I went to town on the throw quilt quilting. However, a simple meander over the quilt surface with a little ditch stitching, and a few lines of ruler work in the centre star is all I did on the baby quilt and it has awesome texture.
I did do some pretty intense custom quilting on the original Pop Star quilt. A linear meander went in the large star along with a couple of 'ghost' stars.
Here the echoed lines are on the diagonal, emulating rays. I followed the 'v' of the star points with three lines on either side of a 2" channel, in which I quilted a feather meander. A feather swirl design went in the remaining four corners of the star. Those echoed lines, three of them 1/4" apart, then a half inch gap, then three more 1/4" apart, look really good, don't they? You can see where I got some of my quilting inspiration from for the throw I just made.
Hope this gives you an idea as to how you can quilt your quilt if it's stumping you. I could see straight lines, echoed across the entire quilt surface, either vertical, horizontal or diagonal. Or divide the quilt into four quadrants and quilt 1" spaced lines in alternate directions. A walking foot could accomplish this pretty quickly; no ruler required!
Third, I would like to give one more shout-out to my oh-so-kind sponsors.
Note that Canuck Quilter's offer for my readers of 15% off all her patterns with the code MMM2022 ends today, so snag a pattern or two toute suite! You can get to her site by clicking the link above, and that means your discount will automatically be applied. Also, in case you didn't know, Lisa has rebranded. 'Love to Color My World' is now @quiltyzest. Be sure to give her a follow.
Let's party! I am so excited to see everyone's quilts! Watch for my post tomorrow.😊 Or maybe later today!
There are 15 prizes to be had, so if you made a Pop Star quilt, be sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below. If you did not participate in the QAL, do not enter the giveaway please. Prizewinners will be announced on June 23 here on the blog and on Instagram. Winners will be contacted by email.
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