MCM #83 – I Wish You a Merry QAL

If you’ve read my blog for very long you probably know that I struggle with keeping up with quilt-alongs. For those of you who didn’t know this about me, here’s my confession:

I suck at keeping up with quilt alongs.

But now that I have implemented my new work schedule, I seriously hope that will change. I’m ashamed to say I still haven’t finished the mystery quilt of Cheryl’s I started, um, how long ago? Too long….

Speaking of the new office hours, I want to thank you for all your comments and suggestions on the post I wrote last week. I found that several of you struggle with the same work/life balance, and it is my hope that we can support each other. If you ever need to talk about the balancing act we struggle with just reach out. I would love to have a conversation with you.

Last week I kept to my schedule (yay!) and was so happy to have play time to sew whatever I wanted. And what I wanted to sew was the first block in the “I Wish You a Merry QAL”. If you missed it, you can read more about the quilt along here. I’m determined to keep up with this one!

The first block in the QAL was designed by Vanda of Quilt in Piece. Vanda gave us an applique snowflake block to make and it is adorable! I’m not great at applique, but I gave it an honest effort and it doesn’t look too bad.

Snowflake Applique block

I used fusible web to adhere the pieces to the background, then did a straight stitch to outline the shapes. They will probably fray a bit, but I’m okay with that. At least until I learn a better method!

I originally thought I would make a blue snowflake, but at the last minute changed my mind and used this red snowflake print. I still might make a blue one, just to get in some practice. Practice makes perfect, right??

Snowflake block

My Finished Block

If you want to see more snowflake blocks, head on over to the I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long Facebook Group . There have been a lot of gorgeous blocks shared. Also, if you have the time I hope you’ll jump in and join the QAL. The organizers (who were all participants in the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop) have rounded up some great prizes for finishers and you won’t want to miss out!

Hopefully I’ll get more personal sewing done this week. We are in the middle of a DIY project, replacing our front porch, and that is taking up a lot of my free time.  We originally had a small cement slab that was very narrow that served as our front entry. After several days, and a LOT of help from my brother, we now have a lovely front porch. It’s 8 feet wide and 22 feet long! I’m excited that it’s wide enough to accommodate a porch swing my dad made for me, with plenty of room for more seating, end tables, and plants. When we have it completely finished I’ll post pictures.

I will also be busy prepping for two classes that will start this week. I have a new Beginner Quilting class starting Thursday, and will also be teaching Star Bright, the pattern published in Quilter’s World earlier this year. I want to make a Mini Diva wallet so hopefully I’ll have time to just whip one up. Uh huh. Just whip one up. Hey, a girl can dream!

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About Beth

I’m a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get “licking the spoon” mixed up with “licking the fabric”!!

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25 Responses to MCM #83 – I Wish You a Merry QAL

  1. I love your snowflake! I’m glad your new schedule is working out and allowing you to have some sewing for fun time. I can’t wait to see your take on the next block!

  2. Susan says:

    You are definitely not alone in trying to keep up with QAL’s. They’re like New Year’s resolutions – we have good intentions, but can’t keep it going for the whole year. We’ll just do what we can.
    And your snowflake block is lovely!

  3. I can totally relate about keeping up with quilt alongs. I was supposed to host this one too but forgot and now am galavanting all over Minnesota buying more fabric and getting lots of ideas. I will have to get on track when I return. Karen

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  5. Laura Piland says:

    I’m so glad you’re sewing along with us!! I, too, have been working very hard to set a schedule in my own life. I’m trying to get a serious homeschool schedule for my boys, but still have time for my business. Plus regular chores, cooking, exercise, etc. I’m giving myself a lot of grace and know it won’t be successful every day. But I’m off to a great start for August!

  6. Hi Beth, I so happy you are giving the I Wish You a Merry QAL a go! I I have a thing for raw edge applique and the “frayed” look, I think your Snowflake block is fab ?

  7. The snowflake block looks awesome! That’s a lot of stitching, I generally use a machine zigzag with matching thread (I’ve never had any luck with invisible thread. Have a great week!

  8. somethingrosemade14 says:

    I love your comment about “sucking” at keeping up with QAL which I can relate to as all to well. Good for you for doing block #1!

  9. Debbie says:

    I love your applique block! My sweet speech teacher in college used to say, “Practice makes Permanent!”

  10. Tish says:

    I’m glad to hear that the new office hours are working out 🙂 Finding balance is good. Do we still have an online FT session date during your beginners class? I promise I’ll set in the corner and be very quiet 🙂

  11. Jayne says:

    There is nothing easy about sticking with a schedule! Kudos to you for doing so. I really like a good red and white block…yours looks like a lot of fun. I am sure you will enjoy your new porch. It sounds amazing!

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  13. I, too, struggle with that balance but am trying to be better too. Thanks for playing along on our QAL; its fun to watch this first block take off! I made a diva wallet not too long ago and it was actually very easy. Take it in two steps….prep the pieces then the sewing will come quickly!

  14. Nann says:

    Oh, Beth, I am with you! Too often I find out about QALs when they are finished, or halfway done, because other bloggers (more diligent that I) post photos. Then when I do find a QAL that I begin I either lose heart or I find out I don’t like the blocks very much — all the while admiring the progress that others have made. I’m saving all the Moda Block Heads blocks for “someday.”

  15. Congratulations on being able to stick to the schedule last week and getting in some personal sewing time. Your block looks great! And best wishes on the porch remodel. Home improvement work is hard no matter if you are doing the physical labor or not.

  16. rl2b2017 says:

    Hi Beth,
    I am participating in the QAL as well. This is only my second (Pat Sloan’s Grandma’s Kitchen is the first). I made a very similar looking snowflake – love red and white. ~smile~ Roseanne

  17. You are not the only one who sucks at keeping up with QALs. I’ve cut way back on starting them although I often save all the blocks just in case I want to make it. I saved that snowflake block but didn’t start it. But seeing yours… maybe I’ll just make it and use it in something else.. like a wall hanging …

  18. Kathy E. says:

    Keeping busy is one thing, but trying to organize it all is sometimes a nightmare! I find when I can squeeze in an hour or so of sewing time, I am really at my happiest. It take me away from all the craziness in my life. I’m following along on this QAL, too, but not sure I’ll make all of the blocks. e enough for a table runner or topper. Who knows? Your block looks awesome! Enjoy that new porch!

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  21. Kate says:

    Glad you were able to carve out some time for your own stitching. The snowflake block is so pretty, the red definitely works.

  22. Lovely block, enjoy that new porch!!

  23. Cindy says:

    Your snowflake looks darn good! I am tempted by this QAL, just need a couple more hours in a day.

  24. Your snowflake looks great! Nothing wrong with that workmanship at all! So glad your schedule is working better for you! I’ve printed out the templates, I’d like to give it go also!

  25. Kathryn says:

    Oh my, that snowflake block is so adorable, all the best for keeping up with the QAL and carving out your own personal sewing time. Life is short!

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