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Print Panache QAL Week 1!

Its here!!! Months of planning and organizing and we’re finally here! Today kicks off Week 1 of the Print Panache QAL!

This week is a soft intro into the QAL (although I know some of you are already finished your cutting and are ready to sew!) – we’ll begin our time together this week focusing on introductions, inspiration, fabric pull and choosing our layout.

So if you’re here, and you signed up for this QAL I’m guessing you probably have some sort or idea who I am. But for those of you who are new followers I’ll give you the Coles Notes! My name is Jenn (“Hi Jenn!”) and I am a graphic designer, modern quilter and the maker behind Sew Fine Thread Gloss. I’ve been sewing for as long as I can remember, but quilting has become my absolute passion over the past 5 years. And with all those graphic design skills at my ready, I’ve found my way into the quilt pattern design world.

I was completely honoured to have my Print Panache pattern published in Love Patchwork and Quilting earlier this year. This pattern (also known unofficially as 1 Block, 10 Quilts volume 1) is great for the beginner quilter who has been wanting to learn Foundation Paper Piecing (FPP), and equally as great for the intermediate quilter who is looking for a fun, quick throw quilt that they can customize to suit their style and preferences.

Okay – inspiration! For me, I’m ALL about Pinterest. I use it for work saving web design inspiration, new tips or design techniques, quilt patterns that I like, etc. One of my favourite boards that I can just get lost in is my Colour Inspiration board. There are so many incredible colour combinations to discover, and I love collecting pins with different or unique palettes to use in future projects. Take this image for example! I found it on Pinterest and just loved how the colours worked with each other, so I saved it to my board for future use. Little did I know it would end up being the colour palette for this quilt project!


Print Panache Inspiration

Print Panache colours


As you can see from the above photos, I had found my inspiration and so the second photo shows my fabric pull for my quilt! I’ve chosen the coral colour for my centers, dark purple for the small corner angle, and then the lighter purple and mustard yellow for the two long side angles. I’m super excited about how there colours are going to play together in the finished quilt, but before I get ahead of myself, lets talk about layouts!

There are “officially” 10 layouts supplied in the pattern, but should you feel inspired to follow an improv colour palette or layout, the possibilities are endless! Here’s a quick snapshot of the layout that I’ve chosen for my quilt. Because I did a more geometric layout for my first version, this time around I’m going for a completely different look!

quilt sample layout

So what do you think?! I’m excited that its going to look COMPLETELY different from my first version!

Now I want to see what you are all up to! Since this week is all about introductions and getting ready, I want to know a bit more about you! Who are you, why did you join this QAL and what plans do you have for your quilt? Share your inspiration, fabric pull, etc. on Instagram this week using the #printpanacheQAL hashtag. Keep in touch over Instagram as well – I want to see your progress! If you have any questions or just want to share, tag me @jennmcmillan!

I’ll be posting a quick tutorial later this week about glue basting. The instructions for this project were written long before I became a glue basting convert, so I wanted to share with you my process for glue basting a FPP pattern – and with large pieces like the ones in this block, glue will be your best friend!

Thanks for stopping in and happy sewing!


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    Sheena B
    May 2, 2018 at 11:26 pm

    Definitely sewing along. I just have to finalize my fabric choices. Mine will have a masculine feel as mine will be gifted to my oldest nephew.

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