Growing up QAL (2017): Layout and Schedule

How exciting to be able to share the full layout of the quilt!!

This post contains also the planned schedule, and a pdf with multiple small buttons that you can print on address label sticker paper and use in your personal planner as reminders! :)

Three notes before showing off the quilt and technique I will feature in 2017:
  1. this post does NOT contain fabric requirements or discussions on colors options.
    That information will be shared on December 26th;
  2. I will show you the main basic layout (which contains 12 blocks and plain sashing) however, as part of the QAL, each of the 11 months will have at least one ADDITIONAL block made with the same technique, so you may swap in or out blocks as you like.
    The additional variations of the blocks are not included in this post because they are a surprise for people that participate! :) They are going to be revealed as the months go by. It's a way to have a little bit of mystery but not being completely in the dark: the blocks that are not shared will be very similar to the ones that you see below (just with some additional twists, variation in the color placement, number of pieces, etc);
  3. each month I will feature a completely different sashing option. Each of the posts featuring the sashing variations will include instructions to sash the entire 12 blocks quilt, and I will include fabric requirement for that sashing style. Each sashing option will make the quilt a different finished size, but all these information will be included with the monthly instructions.
So remember, what you see below is just ONE way you can put together the final quilt for the QAL.
I am excited to see which way YOU will choose at the end of 2017!!

(left) blocks from the QAL, (right) schedule and techniques

Each block finishes at 12 inches and the simple 3'' sashing above would make the quilt 48''x63''.

The color palette that I picked is a fantastic mix of Artisan Spirit Shimmer and Toscana, by Northcott!!

I wanted to use jewel tones because those lines are so saturated and beautiful!
I added some interesting prints because the shimmer will give a wonderful texture, but the waves will give additional movement to the blocks.
If you want to use the same palette, you find the code in the image below!

All the QAL posts will be shared on MONDAYS through the year.

This is the specific schedule:

- 2: Applique Silhouette
- 9: linky
- 16: sashing ideas
- 23: inspirations and reminders
- 30: inspirations and reminders

- 6: Traditional Piecing
- 13: linky
- 20: sashing ideas
- 27: inspirations and reminders

- 6: Curved Piecing
- 13: linky
- 20: sashing ideas
- 27: inspirations and reminders

- 3: Embroidery Mandala
- 10: linky
- 17: sashing ideas
- 24: inspirations and reminders

- 1: Improv Piecing
- 8: linky
- 15: sashing ideas
- 22: inspirations and reminders
- 29: inspirations and reminders

- 5: Dear Jane-style triangles
- 12: linky
- 19: sashing ideas
- 26: inspirations and reminders

- 3: English Paper Piecing
- 10: linky
- 17: sashing ideas
- 29: inspirations and reminders
- 31: inspirations and reminders

- 7: Bargello
- 14: linky
- 21: sashing ideas
- 28: inspirations and reminders

- 4: Stained Glass Applique
- 11: linky
- 18: sashing ideas
- 25: inspirations and reminders

- 2: Foundation Paper Piecing
- 9: linky
- 16: sashing ideas
- 23: inspirations and reminders
- 30: inspirations and reminders

- 6: New York Beauty
- 13: linky
- 20: sashing ideas
- 27: inspirations and reminders

And a little bonus: if you have a planner or calendar and you want to keep track of when the next block is out, you can print out these stickers on standard address label pages to keep you organized!
I included two stickers for each month, so you can even plan when to make the second variation of each block! :) Just print them, cut them up and stick them on!! :)

1.5'' button stickers, printed on 8.5''x11'' shipping labels (with my Quilter's Planner)

NEXT WEEK, on December 19th I will share the SPONSORS of the events... we will have fantastic giveaways for people following along.

On December 26th I will share more info about fabric suggestions and other details about how the QAL will work.


On January 2nd the QAL will officially start!!

Patterns will be sent out via email, so if you don't want to miss out on reminders and other news, subscribe to the event mailing list by leaving your email address in the QAL web page!

So are you excited about this QAL?
I surely am!! Grab my button and share the love (button on the side bar)!
The more people join in, the more fun it will be!!

Until next week,
Happy Stitching!!
Alida (TweLoQ)

Remember: all the details about the series are collected in the QAL web page.


  1. Oh Alida, I can see that you have put a whole lot of thought into this QAL. You seem to have hit a perfect balance of information while still leaving it somewhat of a mystery! I am very much looking forward to working through this QAL with you next year. 2016 was a lot of fun. Thanks for taking the time to share with us.

  2. Looks like fun while learning. It will be interesting to see how you do these techniques. I assume since I got this email, I am signed up?
    Thank you for all your hard work.

  3. This looks wonderful. Can't wait to start. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas.

  4. Yay! January is the skill I struggle with the most! Hopefully this will help!

  5. I love the colors, jewel tones are so vibrant! This is going to be a lot of fun! Thank you Alida for hostessing!

  6. Hi Alida, I'm really looking forward to learning all kinds of new techniques!

  7. Alida, looking forward to learning some new skills during the QAL. Love the colors.

  8. Got all the above mapped out in my new Quilter's Planner that came today! So excited to be sewing along with everyone. Thank you for your hard work on this skill builder, Alida.

  9. I really hope I can keep up next year, so I don't have to buy them all. lol 2016 has been a crazy year.

    1. They will be reasonably priced after the free release! Like a Tall Caramel Macchiato ;)

  10. Alida, the way you organize your quilt a longs is really model for everyone to follow! I so appreciate your detail and inspiration. Thank you, thank you. : )


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