Saturday, September 28, 2013

FWQAL – Status & Plan

I've been participating in the Flickr FWQAL in fits and starts -- I joined in a bit late, came charging out of the gate for my first 30 or so blocks, and then have been producing blocks, shall we say, intermittently since then. Last weekend, I made another block (#59 - Night & Day), photographed some others I'd made in the past few months but never posted, and made a mosaic of the 64 I had completed:

FWQAL 64 Block Mosaic

FWQAL: 64 Block Mosaic

Now, I never intended to do all of them; there were some that were practically duplicates, some that seemed more trouble than they were worth, and one that looked too much like a swastika for my taste, but I still didn't feel like I'd made "enough". So, I was talking this over with my therapist, and I actually hit on what feels like a good idea: however many more I get done by the end of this year (2013) is how many are going into the quilt. My general target is 1-2 a week, which would put the block count in the range of 80-100, and I'm planning to set them in a Garden Maze setting, so that, plus borders, should be plenty big enough.

I'm now up to 67, including the one I made last Friday:

FWQAL #059 - Night and Day
FWQAL #059 - Night and Day
FWQAL #074 - Ribbons
FWQAL #074 - Ribbons
FWQAL #056 - Maple Leaf
FWQAL #056 - Maple Leaf

I feel like I've been working on these forever, so it's comforting to know that there's an end in sight.

Saturday, September 21, 2013


FWQAL #059 - Night and Day by funkysmama
FWQAL #059 - Night and Day, a photo by funkysmama on Flickr.

Oy, this block was a pain! I actually tried making it before by cutting out the pieces using the provided templates, then paper-piecing, and I just couldn't make it work.

This time, I started with the big triangles, then used oversized scraps for the others, which worked, but required a lot of trimming to be done.

While I was working on it, I kept asking myself whether I shouldn't have just put it in the FWQAL "skip" category, but once I finally finished it up, I was glad I did it. It's such a great graphic block.

See what other folks got up to on their Friday Night on Flickr!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

FWQAL #080 - Single Wedding Star

Hey, just a quick post to show off the FWQAL block I made last night:

FWQAL #080 – Single Wedding Star
FWQAL #080 - Single Wedding Star