A QAL Project For Me, Day 4

Day 4


My mapped-out outline for Day 4, as shown above, was to continue the process of creating additional building blocks. Yet to be explored was the construction of curved pieces. I originally learned how to make these while studying Rayna Gillman’s book Create Your Own Free-Form Quilts: A Stress-Free Journey to Original Design. With the mindset that we should strive to continually learn new things, I decided to explore Cindy’s techniques for curved strips.

Beginning on page 56 she walks her reader through the six easy steps. Each time I have attempted to make these I have grown to better understand the method.

Mystery QAL Day 4, Curved Pieces Before Sewing

Here are four strips waiting to be sewn together. Its hard to imagine how they can be be stitched but it really works.

Mystery-QAL-Day-Four-Stitched-Curved Strips
Mystery QAL Day 4, Stitched Curved Strips

This is how the strips looked after they were sewn together and the photo below shows how they looked after being pressed.

Mystery QAL Day 4, Pressed Curved Strips

Using four different color combinations I was able to end up with eight brand new curved strips.

With the curved strips finally tackled it was time to make a commitment on some of the auditioned fabrics. Shown below are two of the blocks that received new borders.

One More Project

Mystery QAL Day Four, Pieced Strips
Fabrics Selected for My Mystery QAL Piece

Before calling it quits for the day I decided to stitch together one very long strip of pieced fabrics to be used as a building block for future units. When choosing the colors I tried to make certain I used as many of my previously selected fabrics as possible.

Let’s Compare

The two photos above show a comparison of Day 3 and Day 4’s progress. Day 4 definitely looks more crowded and shows a lot more activity.

Here’s a recap of Day 4 as per my notes.


Did you see the comment labeled #11? I think it’s funny that I thought it was pertinent to include it. Who makes a note about cleaning their iron??? LOL!

Well, that’s it for today! Time to ponder my next moves.

Thank You

Thank you so much for sharing your time with me! I love receiving your comments and interacting with you. Your participation makes this journey more interesting than you could ever imagine. I look forward to each of our visits. 🙂

Talk with you soon!


12 thoughts on “A QAL Project For Me, Day 4

  1. It’s looking great! Lots of activity and color. I liked the photos of the curved pieces and, like Roseanne, went looking for them. I look forward to seeing them show up somewhere – and fluffer nutter, too!

  2. Hi Cindy,
    That is cool how the curved strips went together and how they look after pressing. You didn’t use them on your design wall, did you? If you did, I sure don’t see them. I really like the circles interspersed throughout the design. ~smile~ Roseanne

    1. Roseanne, Nope, not yet. You will see them magically appear in the future! At least that’s what my crystal ball told me. 😂 I’m impressed that you went looking for them. Thanks for being so observant and for sharing your thoughts! I feel so special! 🙂

      1. Aww, you are special. Heck yes, I went looking for them – I thought I was blind. I haven’t tried curved piecing, and haven’t had a reason to. But it does look fabulous. ~smile~ Roseanne

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