Freefall QAL - 8 Leaf Blocks
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Freefall QAL – 8 Leaf Blocks

Sandra @mmmquilts! published the first piecing instructions for the Freefall QAL last Monday, April 3rd. I had time Monday afternoon and all day Tuesday to give the piecing my attention. I started by going through all the instructions on Monday afternoon, and I realized that I had not cut enough of one of the pieces for the “floating leaves” in my fabric prep. Oops. I also knew that I was feeling a bit frazzled on Monday, so I took my time and went through all the steps to make one block. That left me feeling confident and ready to piece the rest on Tuesday.

Freefall QAL - 8 Leaf Blocks

Freefall QAL – 8 Leaf Blocks

I did alter the piecing instructions and opted to cut larger 3-inch by 4-inch rectangles to use in the paper piecing option for the large point at the top of the leaf. I really like having excess fabric to trim and my brain wasn’t sorting out the more elegant / less wasteful method Sandra has in her instructions.

Freefall QAL - 8 Leaf Blocks

Freefall QAL – 8 Leaf Blocks

I just love how the saturated Alison Glass sunprints glow against the dark black fabric (a Northcott print I picked up from my LQS to be the backing for my Meadow Mystery quilt) that I am using for my “shadow” leaf. The rainbow of colors and a bit of time sewing really helped ground me this week.

New instructions come out on Monday, so I’m done with time to spare. Whew!

Linking up with the Freefall Linkup #2 at mmmquilts!

36 thoughts on “Freefall QAL – 8 Leaf Blocks

  1. Cindy says:

    Looking good Yvonne I like how the background makes all the leaf colours really pop.

  2. What progress! Beautiuful blocks!

  3. Laura Links says:

    I love your rainbow of Alison Glass leaves! And your background fabric is just perfect. I’m doing this project too and I also ended up paper piecing that one part of the leaf, afraid I’d end up wonky if I didn’t have the security of the paper there …

  4. Lovely leaves! The colors really do pop against the black.

  5. Beautiful colors and wow do they ever show nicely on the black!

  6. They are all beautiful and really pop.

  7. Jayne says:

    This is going to be a bright little quilt! I love the colors. They really pop against the darker fabric. And of course…Alison Glass…mic drop!!

  8. Alison says:

    These blocks are lovely! Loving seeing everyone’s different interpretations.

  9. This will be lovely. Brights against black are always a great idea

  10. Andrea H says:

    I really like the vibrant prints against the black background. The blocks turned out beautifully.

  11. Your background fabric with the stars is perfect for those leaves. All trimmed and ready for the next instalment.

  12. The sunprints look beautiful on the backing. I can hardly wait to see this quilt progress.

  13. billiemick says:

    Gorgeous fabrics. Great choice.

  14. Paula S. Pike says:

    How delightful! I love the contrast and the vibrancy of the leaves. Thank you for sharing.

  15. Tish says:

    I absolutely LOVE those bright bold colors for the leaves against the black fabric. The good news is, Monday’s steps should go even quicker, since we are all seasoned professionals at making the blocks now 🙂

  16. nan says:

    Wow, I love the how your leaf popped against the black fabric. Great background fabric and everything is going well for you.

  17. Lena says:

    You’re absolutely right – Alison Glass prints look gorgeous against the black. I also love how the stars in the background rhyme with the pointy leaves.

  18. Shauna T says:

    Those are so pretty, I love the bright colors against the black, a perfect choice!!!

  19. adreamandastitch says:

    I think your colors are simply amazing! I had considered doing the full paper piecing as well, but I figured it out after a good night’s sleep and I was pleased with the end result.
    I think there must be something going on with the planet alignment or something, it seems there are a lot of quilters that have been frazzled or out of sorts the last couple of weeks. Sending relaxing and stress-free thoughts your way. 🙂

  20. I will not start a new project…..I will not start a new project……I will not start a new project……Oh look! Look at that cool leaf block from Yvonne……Look at those fabrics…..I think I have something similar in my stash….that background so perfect…..I need to find some…..off I go to the fabric store 😉

  21. This is looking lovely Yvonne!

  22. Your leaves are wonderful! I love the bright colors on the black background. I’ve really been a sucker for that combo lately.

  23. These are so glorious. I love watching your projects come together.

  24. Love your fabric choices. I have 3 done, hope to have 8 done tomorrow!

  25. Kaja says:

    Looking good. That dark background was a great choice.

  26. Ruth says:

    Fun colours – really like the background fabric.

  27. love your version! love the Alison Glass’s fabrics…

  28. KJ says:

    What great blocks. Love that background fabric.

  29. Becky says:

    I love how those leaves nearly glow! That will be a beautiful quilt!

  30. This is going to be very pretty once you’re finished. Love those AG fabrics.

  31. The version of this design I made was all templates, but after the fact I realised that I would have had less difficulty piecing the leaf’s middle point if I used foundation paper. That point was the only tricky bit. I am glad to hear paper is what you are using!

  32. I love the bight AG fabrics with the dark star background.

  33. Great colors indeed! Love!

  34. I love the bold colors of your leaves. So cute.

  35. gsyanne63 says:

    Love the way your background makes the colours really shine through stunning xxx

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