My Precious QAL for June

This is the second month of My Precious QAL hosted by KelbySews.  I am new to QALs but have really enjoyed this one.  It’s great seeing all the fantastic fabrics and patterns everyone is using.  Some incredible inspiration out there.  I started by using my Dick and Jane fabrics in a quilt top blogged here.  I’ve put it down temporarily and will get back to it in July.  I plan to finish the back and hopefully quilt it before July’s Precious QAL link date.  This month I actually was torn between using Kate Spain’s Terrain, Bonnie and Camille’s Bliss, and Denyse Schmidt’s Flea Market Fancy.  The Terrain is cut, I actually started on the Flea Market Fancy, but I’m showing the Bliss.  Problem with decisions much?


Bonnie and Camille have some really precious fabric lines.  When Bliss came out I had to have some even though I had no idea what I would make at the time.  My daughter was expecting my first grandchild, but it was a boy, so no Bliss for him.  Then my nephew gave me a new great-niece and I had the perfect excuse.

I decided to use half square triangles and I tell you, if I had it to do over, I would give Thangles a try.  These babies are not as simple as they appear.  They love to stretch out of shape on me.  And finding a placement that I loved was a little time consuming, but this is what I came up with.

Now I have to decide on a border and binding and I’m having a difficult time  with that.  I’ve changed my mind at least three times and now have three more fabrics I’m trying to choose from.

What do you think?  I could not get the colors to show well in my photos.  This is close as I could get.  The colors on all three fabrics are really good matches.  The blue is not the electric blue it appears here and has a tiny pale blue (almost white) pattern.  I originally liked the blue because there is so little of it in the main quilt.  The red dot is dead on and matches the red dot in the Bliss fabrics.  I’m tempted to use it as an accent even if I go with one of the other colors.  And the pink blends really well with the fabrics.  The fabric at the top of the photo is a companion fabric that I will use for a backing.

If you have a suggestion, I would love to hear it.

P.S.  I had intended to submit a bag done in Flea Market Fancy, but found that all Charms are not created equal.   Obviously Free Spirit Fabric‘s charm squares are right under 6″, while Moda’s charm squares (which I was using to create the lining) is 5″ square.  So now I have to rethink my lining.

Learn something new every day!  😀


Dick n Jane / Patchwork Chevron Quilt

When Kelly of KelbySews introduced her Precious QAL, I thought of my Dick n Jane fabric by Michael Miller.  It definitely isn’t one of those fabrics precious to all, but I had to have it when it first came out.  To show my age, I remember using these readers in first and second grade.

I had to dig out the quilt magazines with those patterns just to remember how old the fabric was!  It must have come out about Spring 2007.  Been sitting on my shelves a while!  At the time I didn’t really care for the patterns that were introduced for the line and never cut into the fabric.

When I posted the fabrics  on the Precious QAL Flickr group and asked for pattern suggestions “OregonSurfers” on Flicker suggested the Patchwork Chevron by Jeni of In Color Order .  That was actually a pattern I had pulled to work on in the future, so I liked the idea.  A few of the figures in the fabric needed to be pieced so they matched the 5″ block in the nine patch.  Once that was done, I got busy putting this together.  I finished the quilt top today.  Yaaaaayyyyy!

Now to figure what to do for the backing.  I have larger character blocks that I would like to work into a base fabric.  I’m looking at something like the Pezzy Print.  I like the Pezzy Magic Beans as well, and also think Sketch will work.

Larger Character Block

Sketch by Timeless Treasures Fabrics

Plan to have this finished before next Precious QAL linky.   Guess I had better order fabric!