September 4, 2015

GRAVITY Quilt Along {Quilt Tops!}

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Today we're assembling the quilt tops in the GRAVITY Quilt Along! 

   Cheers  erupt,  confetti  falls,  and  happy  dance  begins!!  

Here's my GRAVITY!  I would have loved hanging it for the pictures but didn't want to risk stretching any of the bias seams as she is just plain big at 96" x 97". Now, now, Mrs.Gravity, big in this case is good, great even, so don't get your diamonds in a twist!

I chose a fun rainbow petal fabric from JoAnn's for backing.  It's a high quality fabric, so I was comfortable using it in a quilt.  I say was because my quilt is currently at Cotton Berry Quilts being quilted!

I love ironing on my new ironing cabinet!  It is wider than the fabric with a space between the wall for fabric to drape over the back.


March 8, 2015 Announcement!
March 10, 2015  Alternative Fabric Ideas
March 16, 2015 - Schedule and Sponsors
March 17, 2015  Sponsors and Prizes!
March 24, 2015  Template Tips
April 17, 2015  Block 1 Horizon
May 1, 2015  Block 2 Constellation 
May 15, 2015  Block 3 Orbit 
May 29, 2015  Block 4 Intergalactic 
June 12, 2015  Block 5 Celestial
June 26, 2015  Block 6 Ultraviolet
July 10, 2015  Block 7 Cosmic  
July 24, 2015  Block 8 Eclipse
August 7, 2015  Block 9 Voyage
August 21, 2015  Background Blocks 
September 4, 2015  Finished Quilt Tops ◄ You are here!
September 18, 2015  Finished Quilts
November 20, 2015 Last day to enter the Finished quilt link-up.

 ♥ Background Blocks Prize Winner! ♥ 

A special Thank You to the sponsors for today's giveaway!  
The prize package winner is entry #5 Gale and the Scale!

Today's winner was chosen randomly.  All entrants had previously won!  The final Grand Prize Drawing of completed quilts will be random, and all previous winners can win that amazing package!

 ♥ Visit the QAL Sponsors to Get Your Supplies! ♥ 

 ♥ Quilt Top Construction ♥ 

My tips for quilt top assembly:
  • Make sure you've pinned the pieces together correctly.  Those seams are really long to rip apart if sewn incorrectly.  The bias edges make that tricky.  Yep, I sewed a seam wrong and had to rip it out, and then I nearly sewed a second one wrong, too!
  • Place a pin parallel to the seam edge to ease a larger piece in, if necessary.
  • Be sure to run a narrow 1/8" seam around the edge of your quilt top to keep the edges from stretching during handling and quilting.  Your quilter will love you for it!

 ♥ ♥   Prize Package Giveaway!  ♥ ♥ 

Please visit our sponsors and show them some love by purchasing from their shops, bookmarking their storefronts for later shopping, and signing up for their newsletters.  Be sure to tell them you are visiting their shop from the GRAVITY Quilt Along!  Let them know sponsoring Quilt Alongs is advertising that works!

The following prize package will be randomly given away to one entrant on September 18th when the Finished Quilt Link-up is posted. 

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Busy Hands Quilts {that's me!} is sponsoring the prize package in the finished quilt top giveaway.  I am a new pattern designer and make ready-made and custom quilts.  The prize package includes a layer cake roll-up, two Bee My Honey charm packs, a fat quarter bundle of solids by RJR, and a Lil' Twister template.  I won the fat quarter bundle in a quilt along I ended up not participating in, so I am giving it away to someone who earned it rather than keeping it for myself.

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Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew is donating 12 PDF patterns! Each prize drawing will include one PDF pattern of the winner's choice. Stop by her shop and take your merry time deliberating over which pattern you'd choose!  Allison has over 40 patterns to choose from, so you're sure to find just what you need.  Cluck Cluck Sew is located in Washington!  Here's a sampling of her patterns.

 Share Via Flickr, Social Media, & Your Blog! 

Please post your pictures to the Gravity Quilt Along Flickr Group!

Please share about the Gravity Quilt Along on social media!

#GravityQAL and #GravityQuilt

Please share the GRAVITY QAL button in your blog post.

 ♥ ♥   Link-Up Your Quilt Top!   ♥ ♥ 

The link-up will be open until the Quilt Along ends.  To qualify for the prize giveaway, you must complete your quilt top and add your link by Thursday, September 17th, 2015, 11:55 pm Pacific Coast US time.  You can link to a blog post, Flickr, Instagram, or Facebook.  Just make sure to link up before Friday, September 18th to be entered in the prize package giveaway!

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Please link to the GRAVITY Quilt Along in your post!


Shannon said...

So pretty! I have used that rainbow fabric before and I just loved it! I think it's a great choice for your quilt.

Lara B. said...

I've been admiring all the Gravity QAL posts. Your top turned out stunning Myra and the backing fabric you picked is so fun!

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

We made it!!! I love your backing choice. I've decided on an orange tone-on-tone wide backing. The thought of piecing a thanks. Love the prize pack. I've been intrigued by the twister ruler.

Gale Bulkley said...

Your top looks perfect and the print you chose is really wonderful. Mine's getting a Freefall wideback by Tula Pink in Battleship. It should be here early next week. I can hardly wait to start quilting.

Laura said...

Your Gravity looks great! I have three seams to go, but my machine is in the shop, so I won't be posting today. Love your backing! Also love that you found it at JoAnn's! They are having a big Labor Day sale, and I have a 50% off coupon.

Carie @ Space for the Butterflies said...

It looks incredible and I love the backing, though not so much as the ironing cabinet - what a genius idea!!

Sherri @ said...

Wow, it came out awesome! And big is good! lol

AlidaP said...

So gorgeous! I am really looking forward to see everyone's work! Thanks for sharing!!

Julie said...

It's a stunning end of project (top) picture! I'll bet you're itching to have it all done by now. Thanks for linking up with the Pet Project Show, and sharing it with us all. Also, I had to turn my screen and tell my husband, "That's what I want to iron on!" It's a long weekend, and maybe we can get it done. Truth be told, I'm STILL ironing on a portable little board after a whole year. Thanks for the inspiration on two parts.

Julie @ Pink Doxies

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

Oh what a neat project and my how big! Your piecing skills are amazing!