Yuma QAL (Quilt A Long)

One of my plans this year was to embark on a few project for myself.  Make and then quilt some of my own things.  I love quilting for others but I don’t get to keep them and then I have nothing to show new clients.  Sometimes it’s good to have things to show people that I really do know what I’m doing here.

Well Ivete from Gotham Quilts put up a request for some blogger to take part in a QAL for her new pattern call Yuma.  Follow the links to find Gotham Quilts and also the free Yuma pattern.  You can also find blog posts by other quilters about their Yuma QAL choices here.

yuma-480I love the idea of making a quilt while other crafters make it as well.  It’s always interesting to see the different fabric choices we all make and how that affects the finished quilt,  then of course I like to see how they quilt it as well.

Here are my fabric choices for my Yuma.  I’ve chosen a range of fabric I have in the studio called Frosted Memories by Moda.

Yuma fabrics cut RS

Jen over at Faith and Fabric made some bright Halloween table runners using part of the pattern, she mentions a few tips in her blog post as well.

Chris at ChrissieD has a terrific post about sewing the triangles which might daunting to some.  Gorgeous pics there as well.

So if you a still considering joining, it’s not too late.  My post is due later in July but I am going to be sewing my Yuma in the next few days.  Remember this is a free pattern and you can still join in,  also you can sign up to receive any emails about the Yuma QAL here

The remainder of the QAL will show how other crafters have made their versions of Yuma, you can follow these links after the dates shown.

June 17 – kickoff blog post on Gotham Quilts
week of June 22 — Made by Chrissie D
week of June 29 — Faith and Fabric
week of July 6 — Daydreams of Quilts
week of July 13 — Lisa in Port Hope
week of July 20 — Sunflower Quilting  (very excited to join in)
week of July 27 — Roar Haus
week of August 2 — Gnome Angel
August 10th — Life Under Quilts
August 12th – closing blog post on Gotham Quilts, start of linky party
August 19th – winner(s) chosen from linky party

I am really looking forward to this quilt, and I’ll let you know how challenging I find the triangles.  I hope you consider joining in, it’s not too late.  Share your pics as well using the hashtag #yumaQAL, I’ll be sharing my pics on Instagram (@sunflowerquilting), Facebook and Twitter, and possibly Flikr.  The internet is amazing.

Happy Sewing


Sea Breeze Mini QAL – Finished

Hooray, I just finished the binding on my Sea Breeze and I even went out of my usual and used a lighter colour for the binding.  I really like it.

finished sea breeze You can see I went with my plan for the quilting.  I like the effect, perhaps next time I would quilt the lines closer.  This week I fitted this in between quilting for the upcoming Canberra Quilters Exhibition.

I decided to try to really fill the binding and so I trimmed the quilt larger than the edge of the quilt sandwich. Just a little bit.

full binding 1

full binding 2The wadding and backing are cut larger than the quilt top.




The corner can be a little bulky so it can be trimmed on a 45′ cut to reduce the bulk. Sorry I haven’t shown that here, just snip off the corner.


Then when the binding is folded over there is some extra padding inside to give the binding some extra fullness.  This is an area that judges will check in a quilt show.  They will feel the binding to see if the quilt goes all the way to the edge.

full binding 3And here is a close up of my mini.  Thanks Angie for organizing this QAL.  I have learned quite a bit and had a lot of fun.

finished sea breeze (2)Have fun with your Sea Breeze.


Sea Breeze Mini Quilt Along

A short while ago Angie from Gnomeangel asked for volunteers for blogging about a quilt a long (QAL) and I thought “Cool, easy project, not too big, would be great to do some sewing for myself…”

And I joined in.

I bought the pattern from Megan of Canoe Ridge Creations, downloaded the pattern and saved it. Always a good idea, do it straight away and save it to your computer. I have a special file for these sorts of projects. Do you have a system for your craft files?

After a brief panic about the dates and then realizing it was in July and not June, all was well and I decided on some fabric. I have recently bought some bolts of fabric and I wanted to use them rather than buying more. I have an idea in my head as to the finished look and I really hope they turn out the same (the quilt in my head and the real thing).

Knowing I would be on holidays before the QAL I thought it would be a great time to make up my quilt. So I gathered all the fabric and cut some strips ready to pack. Then whilst on our family holiday I discovered I had made a very basic mistake.

Always read the pattern fully!!

I merrily cut myself strips from each fabric. I did cut an extra strip of the background but still not enough to cut all the pieces. And now I have extra fabric cut ready for another project.

SB fabric choicesThe rest of the fabric was cut out and ready to sew. The last block would need to wait until I got home. The blocks went together quite fast, helpful in that as a smaller project this is much more achievable. It took me only an evening to piece the HST and then the blocks. Sewing the blocks together was also really quick but I did pay attention to the direction I pressed my seams.

SB HST prep SB HST SB HST chain piecing

On my Sea breeze I pressed my seams to the side. So there are a couple of points where there is a bit of bulk but I have used a higher contrast fabric and I wanted to press to the darker colour.

SB laying out block  SB chain piecing blockSB completed blockSo here is as far as I got on our holiday,

SB block layoutWell I actually got the rows together too, but no pic of that.

Once home I could cut the extra fabric and finish the last block and finish the top.SB quilt topI deliberated a lot in deciding how I wanted to quilt my Sea breeze. I wanted to have the colour deepening across the quilt. I think my colours could have been arranged differently to achieve this and I will try again another time.

To enhance the deepening effect I wanted I have drawn up my quilting idea.  Expanding arcs, a bit like ripples on water.  It will be interesting to see how it finishes up.

SB quilting ideaI am planning to bind this mini in the darkest green I’ve used.  I often use a darker binding but it does really depend on the quilt.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing where I’m up to with my Sea Breeze.  There have been some great versions to see and I look forward to seeing more as they are made.

Thanks Angie for the QAL, it’s been great to sew a project for me.  Thanks Megan for a great pattern.

Have you started your Sea Breeze yet?

Happy Sewing