Diatom QAL Update

I have been neglectful in posting about this wonderful project, designed by Yvonne Fuchs of Quilting Jetgirl. I don’t usually sew a lot of curves but the postage stamp setting really called my name. You can see all the information on the QAL here. I selected a group of batiks that I had left from when I was an ambassador and ordered a purple to be the dark, as I had none in my stash and before you know it, I was off and running.

Blocks 1-6

The blocks are 12″ finished and really fun to make. I haven’t fallen in love with the drunkard’s path blocks in the borders, but after 120, I feel that I am getting much better. Some of the blocks have better contrast than others – this is often a problem with batiks. I have learned to live with it; this will be a donation quilt so I just want it to be a great grouping of colors and it is.

Rows 1-2

Its exciting to have these rows together. I did change some of the order due to the colorings of my blocks.

Constructing the rows makes it feel like there is an end in sight. 3 QALs is a lot for me, but I didn’t know about the new baby when I committed to this one.

What is left for this QAL?

This weekend I should have 60 of the curved blocks cut out and ready to sew as well as the block 9. I have one more row to sew together. I prep 20 of the drunkard blocks at a time and that seems to work just fine. So as soon as I hit publish to this post I will be off an running cutting!

Coming Up on My Blo

I am looking forward to sharing Diatom Row 2 and My Strippy Stars quilt. I was happing to have it done before the end of the month, but I will early in May as it just awaits binding! I will also show you how I helped a friend with a quilt (not well made by someone I don’t know, if you ask me) so that it could be the remembrance she needed.

Fab Farm SAL – Block 3 (5/8)
My Strippy Stars
Fab Farm SAL – Block 4 (5/15)
Fixing a T-Shirt Quilt
Fab Farm SAL – Block 5 (5/21)
Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd (5/22)
Ships Ahoy

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  1. May 6, 2023 / 7:37 PM

    Hi Kathleen! Wow, this project is really cooking with gas. I really LOVE your fabric choices. Those half-circles around each block look fabulous, and they match up nicely. This is a statement piece in my book. You’re making a great statement! {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

  2. May 7, 2023 / 11:17 AM

    It is so much fun to see your progress on Diatom. The postage stamp throw size is definitely a time commitment, but as the rows come together it’s pretty exciting to see how it takes shape.

  3. Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting
    May 7, 2023 / 7:26 PM


  4. May 8, 2023 / 10:36 AM

    Wow! This is impressive Kathleen, and I am amazed at the half circles. They really impact the design. It’s going to be a beautiful quilt – lucky recipient!

  5. May 8, 2023 / 1:14 PM

    You are doing very well for 3 quilt alongs. This is lovely! I’m sure whoever receives it will enjoy it.

  6. May 9, 2023 / 7:22 AM

    You are doing very well keeping up with the QAL – especially as it is one of three you have on the go! I have fallen way behind and now have the wonderful distraction of our first grandchild!

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