{Big} City Girl QAL-Home in Boston

BCGQAL LogoWelcome to Week 7 of the {Big} City Girl QAL!

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It’s my turn today!  I designed a block based on the Zakim Bridge in Boston, MA, USA.  The Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge spans the Charles River and was built as a part of the “Big Dig.”  

I was inspired by this picture of the bridge at sunset. I wanted my block to be simple, high contrast and modern. I used only two fabrics; Kona Curry for the sky and a Pure Elements Black for the buildings and bridge.

zakim bridge 1

After I pieced my block and ironed it well, I fused a piece of HeatnBond lightweight interfacing to the back of the block for stability. I scored lines for the bridge supports with a Hera marker and carefully stitched along them on my machine using the lockstitch at either end.

zakim bridge block
I chose the Zakim Bridge partly because I really enjoyed making my Zakim Bridge To Boston with Love flag.  You can read more about that flag here.

If you are not a paper piecer, perhaps you could applique the bridge as I did on the flag. Here is a picture of the flag for inspiration:

zakim to boston with love

I hope you enjoy sewing this block! You can download the pdf pattern here.

Every third week there will be a linky party on my blog as well as on Aylin’s blog where you can share your city blocks for a chance to win prizes. You can either follow the tutorials shared by the designers or design your own blocks. Any city themed blocks will qualify.  All blocks qualify once only and must be sewn.   The final link up will be for the grand prize and those must be finished items (pillows, totes, etc) using the blocks or a quilt top (quilt tops need not be quilted and bound yet).

Last week’s winner was:


Congratulations Julianne!

You are the winner of
3 bag patterns AND

6 Fat Quarters of Glimma by Lotta Jansdotter

I hope you will continue to quilt along with us.  Here is the schedule:

September 1: Aylin from Germany with Berlin and Istanbul
September 8: Alyce – SewBlossomHeart from Japan with Tokyo
September 15: Julianna – Sewing under Rainbow from Poland with Warsaw
September 22: Sil – silort from Brazil with Brasilia
September 29:  Sylvie – -Vivie from France with Paris
October 6: Marit – Sy-elsk-lev from Norway with Aalesund
October 13: me from the USA with Boston
October 20: Jane-Quiltjane from Australia with Sydney
October 27: Lotje – Lotje M from The Netherlands with Delft
November 3: Annabella-lifesrichpattern from Morocco with Marrakech
November 10: Rachel – Wooden Spoon from New Zealand with Wellington
November 17: Felicity – Felicity Quilts from Canada with Vancouver
November 24: Karen – Blueberry Park from the UK with London
December 1: Linky Party for the grand finale
December 8: Announce the winner!

Thank you to all of our sponsors of the {Big} City Girl QAL!


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Next week, we will travel to Australia!



  1. Amy, your block is simply wonderful! I love it!

  2. DeborahGun says:

    its great Amy – loving this QAL 🙂

  3. Amy, I had a feeling the Zakim Bridge would feature in your Boston block! You designed this so well and it is a stunning block done in those solids. Using the stitching to create the cables was a smart move!

  4. I don’t have time to do these blocks but I am definitely saving them for the future and this one is great!

    I’m curious….do you have the ability to see how many times someone downloads one of your pdfs?

  5. Hahaha….just clicked the link and saw it’s on Craftsy so yes…you know!;)

  6. I am so far behind! I love the high contrast of this and the stitching. Awesome!

  7. I really love this Block, it was o much fun sewing it 🙂

  8. Hi Amy
    It is a stunning block!!! : )

  9. I love it! What a great choice to do the bridge at sunset; it looks so pretty.

  10. Beautiful block. Love the silhouette look.
    Also, I noticed you added fusible interfacing to the finished block. Did you do this only because you were going to sew the guy lines or do you do it with all paper pieced blocks? Ran through your tuts and could not find where you did it anywhere else.

    • I only added the fusible interfacing because I was going to sew the lines. I could have used Tear Away or something like that instead but I thought that the interfacing would keep the block from stretching since some of the pieces were on the bias.

      • Thank you. I am working on a large paper piece quilt and wanted to know if I missed something in stabilizing it. No having to do it will surely save a lot of time.

  11. Amy your block looks just like the picture! Love the great strong contrast and colors! Thank you for such a great pattern.

  12. Oooh, oooh, I’ve been there! Love this pattern)

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