Marvella QAL - Week 2

Welcome to Week 2 of the Marvella QAL!

Hopefully last week you were able to pick out your fabric, get it all cut up, and are now finally ready to get sewing! I’ve got a few tips this week for keeping fabric directional, reducing any fabric waste, as well as information about last weeks prize winner, this week prize, and this week’s prompt. So here we go!

Week 1 Winner: @laceypoirier was the winner of the Hera Marker!

(Please contact me via email or Instagram so that we can work out shipping details.)

Week 2 Need-to-Knows

Project: For the next 4 weeks, we’ll be working on assembling blocks. The number of block you need to complete each week will depend on the size you’re making. Here’s what you’ll need to finish for this week: Baby – 3 blocks, Small Throw – 4 blocks, Large Throw – 5 blocks, Queen – 8 blocks

Prompt: The method you’ll be using to create all the flying geese for this quilt is based on the four-at-a-time, no-waste flying geese method. So I’m curious, have you ever made flying geese with the no-waste method before or have you always used the stitch-and-flip technique?

Prize: Moda Modern Building Blocks Pattern

I recently just finished my Navy-scrap version of this quilt and I have to say it is an amazing quilt to make!

Jacqueline Jones (@moggygalquilts) sponsored this week’s prize. She has been pattern testing for me since before Blue Mungo was even a business and is always down for an impromptu quilt photo-shoot! Thank you Jacky!

Some of you have asked where you are supposed to be sharing your progress photos. You are of course welcome to share photos anywhere, but for the sake of being entered into the weekly drawing the answer is Instagram with #marvellaQAL. Please note that if your Instagram account is private (you have to approve followers) I cannot see any posts you make, even if you tag me in them. One option is to make your account public so that everyone, including myself, can see your posts. However, I understand that not everyone is okay with having their account be public so in that case you can email me your progress photo for the week and I will be sure to add your name to that week’s prize drawing. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

Now onto the tips for the week!

I don’t know about you, but I hate to waste fabric. So I wrote a blog when I first published this pattern about how to “rescue” HSTs from what would’ve been cut off when using the stich-and-flip method to make square-in-a-square blocks. You can find that blog here. I don’t typically use this method when I’m working on the square-in-a-square blocks for the center unit, but I do when I’m making the square-in-a-square blocks during the flying geese unit construction.

*Please note that the HSTs you’re able to rescue are NOT the size that you will need for the corners of each Marvella block.

Once your square-in-a-square blocks are pieced for the flying geese, you have two options on how to proceed. If you’re fabric is NOT directional or you don’t mind if your prints get turned different directions, simply follow the instructions in the pattern and you’ll be good to go. However, if your fabrics are directional and you DO want to keep them in the same orientation, below is how you will achieve that while piecing your flying geese units. It takes a little bit of extra attention, but is definitely worth it!

The first thing you need to pay attention to is how you mark the four Fabric B squares. Arrange the squares so that the print is facing the same way and mark two of them with a diagonal line from top left corner to bottom right corner. Mark the other two with a diagonal line from bottom left corner to top right corner. (All drawn lines are show in blue)

Use the blocks with the line from top left to bottom right for step 5 and make sure that the smaller square prints are turned 90 degrees from the square-in-a-square print. To double check that the prints will come out the right way, you can fold back one half of the smaller squares along the drawn line, almost as if you’d already stitched there. Once you’re sure everything is the right way, stitch ¼” on either side of the line and cut apart as described in steps 5 and 6.

Use the blocks with the line from bottom left to top right for step 7 and again fold back one half of the square to double check that you’re prints are going in the same direction. Continue through step 8 and you will end up with 4 flying geese units that will remain directional when assembled into the rest of the block.

Well, that’s all I got for you this week. I can’t wait to see everyone’s blocks start coming together this week! - Kate