Few reminders and personal reflections today!!

If you didn't hear about the QAL before, please visit the Growing up QAL page
Visit the QAL page to find all information about the quilt layout, all the future blocks and the rules to participate.
I recommend you to subscribe to the QAL announcements via email, so you don't miss out on future posts! You find the subscription Google form on the same QAL page (at the end of the page).

Now let's get down to some details.

This month technique is Famous Jane-style blocks

Remember that the pattern for the board is shared for free via email to the people that shared a picture of last month finished block in the linky party.
If you did that, you should already have the pattern!

If you didn't (and you think you should have) just send me an email at tweloq(at)gmail(dot)com and I will get the pattern out to you.

For the full list of rules and explanation on how/where to share your projects, please refer to the post listing all the QAL rules!

And if you need an extra incentive, we are going to have THREE winners for this month. 
The prizes for this month are listed in a previous post! 
You have until July 2nd (11.59 pm EST) to enter your block(s).

I will draw the random winners between all the people entering a picture of one block from this month. Multiple blocks will give you multiple entries, as long as they are in separate picture in a separate link in the linky :). I will announce the winners when I share the next month pattern.

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AND NOW SOME REFLECTIONS...
I want to address some comments I received from the SURVEY I published last week.

First of all, if you haven't submitted your comments, please follow this link and share your suggestions! I really take all your opinions to heart and do my best to include them in the way I shape future QAL events!!! Click HERE to fill the survey!

And now for my comments on your comments :)

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The vast majority of your comments are really kind and supportive, so I am happy about that!! I am happy to hear that you like the challenge of trying different techniques every month, and about having multiple blocks to choose from!

I am happy to hear that you think my instructions are clear and helpful, and that you like the blocks I designed!

I also received some very insightful suggestions on things I didn't think about and I may find a way to include.

However...

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I received some comments that are a little harsh too... I understand where they come from, and I want to address (again) the issue here, hoping to get my motivations through. I am aware that I cannot please everyone and I don't plan to :) but I want to clarify my own motivations hoping that at least we can agree to disagree :)

The main criticism is on the line of: "the patterns are not free, we are forced to turn in a proof of our work, we don't want to follow deadlines".

Ok...

... I respect everyone opinion on how to use their own time
... I understand that life is complicated
... I understand that people get sick, families have emergencies and bad things happen
... I understand that people may not have the means to pay a pattern, even if the price is less than a coffee (and way less than a yard of fabric or a quilting tool)

... I understand all that...

but...

... what I do NOT understand, is why many times the people that are criticizing the "non-free" options from me, are instead absolutely happy to pay much more for designer fabric, or patterns and tools from Bonnie Hunter, or other famous quilters.

... what I do NOT understand is why people tell me that they cannot follow the deadline because of a family emergency, but they didn't take the step to contact me and let me know that. I NEVER turned down a person saying "hey, I cut the pieces as you can see in the picture attached, but I cannot complete the block because I had such and such emergency. Would you please consider sending me the next pattern anyway?". Of course if I don't know, I cannot act on that.

... what I do NOT understand is why people say that they would make the block if they were free, but when I offer a FREE block that allows everyone to come back in the QAL for FREE anytime, they don't take that opportunity (the fabric weaving block is still free and will remain free forever. If you make any of those two or any fabric weaved block and you share a picture of it with me, I would put you back in the free QAL list) 

I understand where all these comments come from, and I tried the "free forever" approach few years ago with one of my QAL: I had so many downloads, but many people didn't share anything with me... not even a thank you. 

Then several times, by randomly browsing the web, I found people sharing on their blogs projects done with the patterns I designed and they didn't even mentioned my name (nor a link back to my blog or anything like that). I am not designing patterns for the money, so I don't really look at traffic, but I am a human being and I spend so much time, effort and creativity in these projects! I would just like other people to reach out to me as human beings and thank me every once in a while! :)

That is why I "force" people to share... however I don't penalize people that skip blocks: as mentioned, these patterns take a lot of time to design, create, etc and a very low price to jump back in doesn't really look too much to ask! Considering what we all are spending for fabric, famous quilters' patterns and tools, I think it is fair to ask a little something to cover some of my costs: the price of a pattern doesn't even cover the cost of the linky I host every month, but as mentioned I don't do it for the money, but for the community and the inspiration, that's why I ask you to share the blocks with me and with the entire community!! :)

And did you notice that I actually have many FREE patterns as part of this QAL? 
They are the sashing patterns of the "Smashing Quilt Sashing series"!

Many of you in the survey didn't even noticed those patterns!! 
Many of you downloaded them and never opened them (kept them for rainy days).

That's the point... It takes MANY hours to create those patterns too... I have them for free and I don't even know if people use them or like them! I am ok with it, because that's how I decided to share those patterns, but that is a clear sign that, for a designer, accountability is the only way to know what people think about their work (unless it is a business, and then money can give them an idea on how people interact with their work).


I just want to remind all of us again that human beings created all those wonderful patterns we find out there, they put them together, shared them on the web and that human beings may appreciate at least a "thank you" even if the resource was offered for free.

If we can get something with 0 money, that doesn't mean that has 0 value and that we should just take it and leave...


Let me conclude with an excited announcement: 
I already have in mind the design for the 2018 QAL! 
It will include even more new techniques, so stay tuned for this!!

I will start drafting it on paper soon and will contact many sponsors for giveaways for all of you (another thing that people wanting everything for free may not have noticed: I contacted countless sponsors to offer you more than 100$ a month of prizes, many of which I mail to you at my own expenses... I am not getting anything out of that, except spending a lot of time at the post office, or interacting via email with companies to pitch the QAL and have something that YOU can win and enjoy... just saying... :) )

Please feel free to share any thought or comment about this topic, I love to interact with all of you!

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So, let's link up our fun block, friends!
(I am including the linky in every post so it's easy for everyone to find!)



Next week I will share the next pattern, so get your blocks in the linky if you want the next pattern for FREE!!

So are you excited about this QAL?
I surely am!! Grab my button and share the love (button on the side bar)!
The more people join in, the more fun it will be!!

Until next week,
Happy Stitching!!


Remember: all the details about the series are collected in the QAL web page.

Whether you stitched along, just followed the blog or fell off the QAL wagon, I would really love to hear your opinions!
I am planning a new QAL for 2018 so your answers will shape the future events!

Thanks for sharing your opinion and suggestions!!

 

Let's share our blocks, cheer each other up and inspire the quilting community!

If you didn't hear about the QAL before, please visit the Growing up QAL page
Visit the QAL page to find all information about the quilt layout, all the future blocks and the rules to participate.
I recommend you to subscribe to the QAL announcements via email, so you don't miss out on future posts! You find the subscription form on the same QAL page (at the bottom).

This month technique is "Famous Jane"-style piecing
We have two different blocks to practise!

Remember that the pattern for the blocks is shared for free via email.
If you shared a picture of last month finished block (in the linky or via email directly with me), you will get this month pattern by the end of today (or maybe you already got it)!
For the full list of rules and explanation on how/where to share your projects, please refer to the post listing all the QAL rules and to the post with my self-interview.
If you shared a picture but you don't get this month pattern by Tuesday, please send me an email at tweloq(at)gmail(dot)com. I will send you the pattern.

If you were not able to share the picture of the previous pattern, don't worry!
This month's pattern is available in my shop for a very small price: if you buy the pattern, make the block and share it before the deadline, you will get future patterns for free again!

If you are new here, you can get this month pattern for free, but you will have to pay for previous month patterns, if you want those blocks too.

And if you need an extra incentive, we are going to have THREE winners for this month. 
So this what you are playing for:

Winner 1
Mad About Patchwork: $40 gift certificate!!

Winner 2
Small spools from Aurifil, sent by me, anywhere in the world! Valori Wells Collection

Winner 3
Coastal Mist Stamp (5" squares) sent by me, anywhere in the world!



I will draw the random winners between all the people entering a picture of one block from June. Multiple blocks will give you multiple entries, as long as they are in separate picture in a separate link in the linky :).

I will announce the winners when I share the next month pattern.

So, let's link up our fun block, friends!



Next week I will give you some sashing ideas for alternate final layouts, and the following week we are going to see some extra inspiration from quilters on the web using this month technique to do amazing things!!

So are you excited about this QAL?
I surely am!! Grab my button and share the love (button on the side bar)!
The more people join in, the more fun it will be!!

Until next week,
Happy Stitching!!


Remember: all the details about the series are collected in the QAL web page.

And we have THREE winners for this month!
The Random drawing picked...

Winner 1: Patty (#327)
Mad About Patchwork: $40 gift certificate!!

Winner 2: Barb (#289)
Fat Quarter Shop: $25 gift certificate!!


Winner 3: Jen (#311)
2 fat quarters from our Northcott featured collection (shipped by me, to anywhere in the world!)


CONGRATULATIONS!!!
I already contacted the winners so they will soon enjoy their lovely prizes!

If you didn't win, don't be too sad! 
You still have plenty of chances in future months and for the final grand prizes!

Until next week,
Happy Stitching!!


Remember: all the details about the series are collected in the QAL web page.

WOW, we are half way done! Thanks for sharing all your inspiring blocks for all these months!!! 
It's time now to get to the next block of the fun Growing up QAL!

If you didn't hear about the QAL before, please visit the Growing up QAL page
This is a wonderful Skill Builder, because every month I will be featuring a different technique and we will have step by step instructions to walk you through the entire process, from cut to finishing.

Visit the QAL page to find all the information about the event rules, the quilt layout, all the future techniques and more.
I recommend you to subscribe to the QAL announcements via email, so you don't miss out on future posts! You find the subscription form on the same QAL page.

Now let's get down to some details.

This month technique is "Famous Jane"-style blocks,
We have two different blocks to practise!

Remember that the pattern for the blocks is shared for free via email.
If you shared a picture of last month finished block (in the linky or via email directly with me), you will get this month pattern by the end of today (or maybe you already got it)!
For the full list of rules and explanation on how/where to share your projects, please refer to the post listing all the QAL rules and to the post with my self-interview.
If you shared a picture but you don't get this month pattern by Tuesday, please send me an email at tweloq(at)gmail(dot)com. I will send you the pattern.

If you were not able to share the picture of the previous pattern, don't worry!
By the end of this week, this month pattern will be available in my shop for a very small price: if you buy the pattern, make the block and share it before the deadline, you will get future patterns for free again!

If you are new here, you can get this month pattern for free, but you will have to pay for previous month patterns, if you want those blocks too.

Next week I will feature the link party where you can link up your blocks.
The following week I will give you some sashing ideas for the final quilt, and the weeks after that we are going to see some inspiring work of other quilters using the same technique in different blocks!

So are you excited about this QAL?
I surely am!! Grab my button and share the love (button on the side bar)!
The more people join in, the more fun it will be!!

Until next week,
Happy Stitching!!


Remember: all the details about the series are collected in the QAL web page.

Just few reminders today!! We have been seeing so many beautiful blocks!! I am very happy to see that you are all enjoying this event!!

If you didn't hear about the QAL before, please visit the Growing up QAL page
Visit the QAL page to find all information about the quilt layout, all the future blocks and the rules to participate.
I recommend you to subscribe to the QAL announcements via email, so you don't miss out on future posts! You find the subscription Google form on the same QAL page (at the end of the page).

Now let's get down to some details.

This month technique is Improv Piecing

Remember that the pattern for the board is shared for free via email to the people that shared a picture of last month finished block in the linky party.
If you did that, you should already have the pattern!

If you didn't (and you think you should have) just send me an email at tweloq(at)gmail(dot)com and I will get the pattern out to you.

For the full list of rules and explanation on how/where to share your projects, please refer to the post listing all the QAL rules!

And if you need an extra incentive, we are going to have THREE winners for this month. 
The prizes for this month are listed in a previous post! 
You have until June 4th (11.59 pm EST) to enter your block(s).

I will draw the random winners between all the people entering a picture of one block from this month. Multiple blocks will give you multiple entries, as long as they are in separate picture in a separate link in the linky :). I will announce the winners when I share the next month pattern.

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FOR THIS WEEK INSPIRATION...
There are so many artists that use this month technique to make amazing masterpieces! 
Here I feature just few to give you some different ideas on things you can do with this month skill.
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So, let's link up our fun block, friends!
(I am including the linky in every post so it's easy for everyone to find!)



Next week I will share the next pattern, so get your blocks in the linky if you want the next pattern for FREE!!

So are you excited about this QAL?
I surely am!! Grab my button and share the love (button on the side bar)!
The more people join in, the more fun it will be!!

Until next week,
Happy Stitching!!


Remember: all the details about the series are collected in the QAL web page.

Welcome to the Smashing Quilt Sashing series, where every month we review some sashing options for the Growing up QAL blocks.

The fabric requirements for the sashing options presented in this pattern are for a 12 blocks layout, with 12'' finished blocks.
However in the pattern I try to give you a general idea on how these sashing options work, so you can easily adapt them with different size blocks and using more or fewer blocks.

If you didn't hear about the QAL before, please visit the Growing up QAL page!
Visit the QAL page to find all information about the quilt layout, all the future blocks and the rules to participate.
I recommend you to subscribe to the QAL announcements via email, so you don't miss out on future posts! You find the subscription Google form on the same QAL page (at the end of the page).

Now let's get down to some details.

This month we join our blocks with a 
dynamic and asymmetrical sashing!

Download the PDF pattern here


Remember that the pattern for the QAL blocks is shared for free via email.
If you shared a picture of last month finished block (in the linky or via email directly with me), you have received this month pattern already (this month technique is Improv Piecing)!
For the full list of rules and explanation on how/where to share your projects, please refer to the post listing all the QAL rules and to the post with my self-interview.
If you shared a picture but you don't get this month pattern by Tuesday, please send me an email at tweloq(at)gmail(dot)com. I will send you the pattern.

If you were not able to share the picture of the previous pattern, don't worry!
This month pattern is available in my shop for a very small price: if you buy the pattern, make the block and share it before the deadline, you will get future patterns for free again!

If you are new here, you can get this month pattern for free, but you will have to pay for previous month patterns, if you want those blocks too.

If you didn't (or you have troubles with the form) just send me an email at tweloq(at)gmail(dot)com and I will get the pattern out to you.

For the full list of rules of the QAL, please refer to the post listing all the QAL rules!

Next week we are going to see some inspirations from quilters on the web using applique techniques to do amazing things!!

So are you excited about this QAL?
I surely am!! Grab my button and share the love (button on the side bar)!
The more people join in, the more fun it will be!!

Until next week,
Happy Stitching!!


Remember: all the details about the series are collected in the QAL web page.

If you didn't hear about the QAL before, please visit the Growing up QAL page
This is a wonderful Skill Builder, because every month I will be featuring a different technique and we will have step by step instructions to walk you through the entire process, from cut to finishing.

Visit the QAL page to find all the information about the event rules, the quilt layout, all the future techniques and more.
I recommend you to subscribe to the QAL announcements via email, so you don't miss out on future posts! You find the subscription form on the same QAL page.

Now let's get down to some details.

BONUS blocks technique is Fabric Weaving,
We have two different blocks to practise!

Remember that the pattern for the QAL blocks is shared for free via email.
If you shared a picture of last month finished block (in the linky or via email directly with me), you have received this month pattern already (this month technique is Improv Piecing)!
For the full list of rules and explanation on how/where to share your projects, please refer to the post listing all the QAL rules and to the post with my self-interview.
If you shared a picture but you don't get this month pattern by Tuesday, please send me an email at tweloq(at)gmail(dot)com. I will send you the pattern.

If you were not able to share the picture of the previous pattern, don't worry!
This month pattern is available in my shop for a very small price: if you buy the pattern, make the block and share it before the deadline, you will get future patterns for free again!

If you are new here, you can get this month pattern for free, but you will have to pay for previous month patterns, if you want those blocks too.

**NEW**
If you complete any of these blocks (or ANY FABRIC WEAVED BLOCK) and you send a picture to me (email in the pattern) you can use the entry as a "pass" to be used whenever you miss a deadline and you want to get back in the FREE QAL list. Just contact me via email for more info!!





Until next week,
Happy Stitching!!


Remember: all the details about the series are collected in the QAL web page.

Let's share our blocks, cheer each other up and inspire the quilting community!

If you didn't hear about the QAL before, please visit the Growing up QAL page
Visit the QAL page to find all information about the quilt layout, all the future blocks and the rules to participate.
I recommend you to subscribe to the QAL announcements via email, so you don't miss out on future posts! You find the subscription form on the same QAL page (at the bottom).

This month technique is Improv Piecing
We have two different blocks to practise!

Remember that the pattern for the blocks is shared for free via email.
If you shared a picture of last month finished block (in the linky or via email directly with me), you will get this month pattern by the end of today (or maybe you already got it)!
For the full list of rules and explanation on how/where to share your projects, please refer to the post listing all the QAL rules and to the post with my self-interview.
If you shared a picture but you don't get this month pattern by Tuesday, please send me an email at tweloq(at)gmail(dot)com. I will send you the pattern.

If you were not able to share the picture of the previous pattern, don't worry!
This month's pattern is available in my shop for a very small price: if you buy the pattern, make the block and share it before the deadline, you will get future patterns for free again!

If you are new here, you can get this month pattern for free, but you will have to pay for previous month patterns, if you want those blocks too.

And if you need an extra incentive, we are going to have THREE winners for this month. 
So this what you are playing for:

Winner 1
Mad About Patchwork: $40 gift certificate!!

Winner 2
Fat Quarter Shop: $25 gift certificate!!


Winner 3
2 fat quarters from our Northcott featured collection (shipped by me, to anywhere in the world!)


I will draw the random winners between all the people entering a picture of one block from May. Multiple blocks will give you multiple entries, as long as they are in separate picture in a separate link in the linky :).

I will announce the winners when I share the next month pattern.

So, let's link up our fun block, friends!



Next week I will give you some sashing ideas for alternate final layouts, and the following week we are going to see some extra inspiration from quilters on the web using this month technique to do amazing things!!

So are you excited about this QAL?
I surely am!! Grab my button and share the love (button on the side bar)!
The more people join in, the more fun it will be!!

Until next week,
Happy Stitching!!


Remember: all the details about the series are collected in the QAL web page.

And we have THREE winners for this month!
The Random drawing picked...

Winner 1: Thea (#279)
Mad About Patchwork: $40 gift certificate!!

Winner 2: Edith (#264)
Small spools from Aurifil, sent by me, anywhere in the world! Small Kennel Quilt Thread kit benefiting Petfinder
 

Winner 3: Thelma (#250)


CONGRATULATIONS!!!
I already contacted the winners so they will soon enjoy their lovely prizes!

If you didn't win, don't be too sad! 
You still have plenty of chances in future months and for the final grand prizes!

Until next week,
Happy Stitching!!


Remember: all the details about the series are collected in the QAL web page.