Join Jess Frost (The Elven Garden) and me as we sew this beautiful Medallion Quilt by Jen Kingwell!

Add your progress pictures and see inspiring projects on the Flickr group and follow along on Instagram with #midnightoasisqal.

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Oasis QAL: quick piecing the churn dashes

This week I am working on two things: quilting my double wedding ring quilt and piecing the churn dash blocks for the Midnight at the Oasis QAL. for those of you sewing along with me, have you noticed how tiny the pieces are for these babies? I thought I would post some suggestions for making this a little less tedious... First: triangle paper. This is my favorite way to piece large quantities of half square triangles. The only drawback is that they all end up the same, so if you want a more scrappy look, I have a tutorial about different options...

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Midnight at the Oasis QAL: getting bigger!

Welcome to this installment of the Midnight at the Oasis Quilt Along. We are gathered  here to share the addition of the floral border, or whatever progress you have made. I chose not to do the appliquéd vine and flowers, rather I added solid fabric borders in a fun flowery print. This fabric was the main inspiration for the colors in the rest of my quilt. It is from the Gracie Girl collection from Riley Blake Designs. Cleo likes this one. Next up we have those little tiny churn dashes! I have been choosing my fabrics for those this week and started...

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Orange Peel Border on our Quilt Along

Welcome to the second official post of our Midnight at the Oasis Quilt Along! We have completed the center medallion star and the first border, the Orange Peel blocks! Be sure and visit the QAL page to see other posts along the way and visit the Flickr group for great inspiration. We are adding a linky at the bottom of this post for participants to show off what they have made so far, so be sure and check them out, too.I changed up my orange peel border by first piecing print squares on point with white and gray triangles....

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So You Don’t Like to Appliqué…

Have you ever seen a quilting pattern that you loved, but didn't make it because of a single element that intimidated you? For me, this is usually appliqué. I might love a sampler, or a medallion or other project, but applique usually rules it out for me. It's too bad, because it really limits me creatively to avoid a certain technique. That said, it's also important to know limitations. How many unfinished projects do we all have because we set out on something our hearts weren't really in? I was intimidated by the Midnight at the Oasis pattern (see our Quilt-Along page...

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Oasis QAL: center medallion and Circle Applique tutorial

We have finished our center star medallion! I am in love with these bright vibrant colors. Welcome to the Midnight at the Oasis Quilt Along, hosted by Jess (the elven garden) and me. Over the past two weeks I  have written several posts about options for sewing this center block, check out the Quilt Along page for easy table of contents on all the posts and tutorials so far. I had a couple of setbacks while sewing this block, maybe you can learn from them if you are following along. First, when I drafted the triangle units for paper piecing, I...

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Hand Piecing Tutorial: homage to our quilting roots

I know a lot of people don't make quilts by hand anymore, but there some projects that can be done easier that way: set in seams, small pieces, triangles, or if you want something portable while waiting in the carline at the end of the school day or during soccer practice. I mentioned last week that my mom is doing the Midnight at the Oasis quilt along with me and she hand-pieces pretty often. She hand-pieced the center triangle star and demonstrated her skills for me while she was visiting. 1. start by cutting templates out of paper or plastic. Do...

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Basic Paper Piecing Tutorial

Are you ready to sew your medallion for our Quilt-Along?On my last post, I posted basic instructions for converting your center triangle blocks for the Midnight at the Oasis pattern into paper foundation patterns for piecing. Here I will show how I pieced the triangles using the foundations that I drafted. These techniques can be used for any basic paper or foundation pieced block.You will need to make four of the triangles pictured above to complete your center medallion block.copy and  cut out the patterns1. make four copies of the foundation patterns (above). Cut out the patterns outside the seam...

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Midnight at the Oasis: some pattern tips

Happy Tuesday! Has anyone obtained the Midnight at the Oasis pattern for our sew-along? My mom is doing it with us and has already finished the center medallion, I wanted to share just in case it got anybody excited to sew with us.... pretty great, huh? she is doing hers very scrappy with lots of bright colors and black and white. She hand-pieced the center triangle units and was kind enough to show me how she does it, so I plan to post a tutorial on hand-piecing in case that appeals to any other quilters. I am paper piecing mine, so will...

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Midnight at the Oasis Medallion Quilt-Along

I took my Marcelle Medallion quilt to be professionally quilted this week. So I am really excited to say that I am starting my next medallion quilt! I am teaming up with Jess, from the Elven Garden, to host a quilt along on the 'Midnight at the Oasis' quilt by Jen Kingwell. *make sure you check out Jess' Marcelle quilt, too. it is fabulous, and she is quilting it herself, which I do not have the talent to tackle! The Midnight at the Oasis pattern is gorgeous! and it includes so many different sewing techniques, including appliqué and piecing. The finished quilt...

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