First ever QAL- the entire quilt is paper pieced


This is the first block in my new 5 month long QAL that begins Feb 14th.  It will be my first QAL ever, I have never created or participated in one.  The reason, I like to see the quilt before I commit to making it because if the patterns aren’t appealing to me I will get bored with it and move on to something else. Or…and the main reason is I don’t like having more than one project going at a time. Many of the QAL’s that drew my attention were 1 block a month QAL’s, I don’t have the patience for that. Hopefully by have this QAL it will teach me the patience needed to participate in anothers quilt along.

The block above is a 17″ block, it took me 6-8 hours to make and that included taking photos and writing notes for 2  pictorials. If it were the start of the weekend I would have the other 3 completed by Sunday. But…since I have a whole month to complete them I may just get some past due things done around the house.

The fabric I am using in this quilt is New Aged Muslin by Marcus Fabrics. Several months ago I purchased a fat quarter bundle because I liked the dusty look the fabric has. After receiving the bundle I went back and ordered 3 more bundles. One I used on practice blocks for another project and I loved it. So the remaining 3 I have saved for “the right” project. Because I wanted a dark sashing I did have to order a couple of yards of the dark blue.  It took some going back and forth over the sashing color. My other option was to use the natural muslin that matches my geese sky fabric for the sashing. The geese would have looked like they were floating having all the same color background but I opted for a dramatic effect and went for the dark blue. Off to work now. Oh, did I mention the QAL is free? Well it is, so if you would like to join in come back Feb 14th to pick up the first download. Happy sewing!

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24 thoughts on “First ever QAL- the entire quilt is paper pieced”

  1. Hi Denise,
    I think the dark blue was the perfect choice for the sashing. The whole block looks fabulous, and worthy of the saved fabric. Wow – that’s a lot of time involved in one block though. Nice job! ~smile~ Roseanne


    1. Thank you so much. It was only that time consuming because I was juggling the camera, an ink pen and piecing at the same time. I think I took over 100 photos and narrowed it down to just over 40.

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  2. I love all the geese! And most of all I love paper piecing! I’ve done a few QAL and it is really hard to stay engaged the entire year. I’m anxious to see what you have in store for you QAL!


    1. This QAL is only 5 months. The first month will be the 4 inside corner blocks. The second month will be 4 inside border blocks, the blocks between the corners. The third month will be just 1 block which is the very center block. The next 2 months will be the 2 borders. I’ve never participated in a QAL before or created one. I hope you will join in.


  3. I do like your fabrics, AND the dark blue border. I’m not a paper-piecer, but I don’t see why I can’t do this without paper-piecing. I will take a look at the first directions, and see what I think. =)


    1. Thank you. It would be an awful lot of measuring without the paper. It could be done though if you have the patience. Before I started pp I would get so frustrated with measuring and cutting I could have screamed.


  4. Wonderful block! The paper piecing does give an accurate result, even if the paperwar afterwards is a little bit frustrating! Thanks for sharing with ‘sew stitch snap SHARE’


    1. It is a war isn’t it? It sure if better than precutting and not having accurate blocks. Thank you for hosting, I enjoyed your epp projects and planned on going back this evening to look around some more.


  5. What a gorgeous block! You can certainly see the work that went into it. The choice of the dark blue for the sashing is perfect, as are those wonderful fabrics! Thanks for linking up to Wednesday Wait Loss. Good luck with your first QAL!


    1. Thank you for the luck. I’m very happy with the dark blue myself. I may have to make Irish Eyes next, I loved that. Your site wouldn’t let me leave a comment.


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