{Big} City Girl QAL-Week 1 Berlin meets Istanbul

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BCGQAL LogoWelcome to Week 1 of the {Big} City Girl QAL!  This QAL was Aylin’s creative idea; a celebration of great cities of the world through unique quilt block designs. I am her co-host and each week we will both be posting and sharing links to the block of the week made by one of our designers:

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!

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. The first linky party will be held on Sunday September 8th and will stay open for a week.

Prizes include:



2 Gift Certificates one for $15 and one for $30

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a $30 Gift Certificate

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a $30 Gift Certificate

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3 bag patterns for EVERY winner

Aylin is starting out this week sharing not just one but two blocks from her favorite cities.

Brandenburg Gate

If you click over to her blog you will find the pattern for this block from her hometown of Berlin.  This is the Brandenburg Gate and it is a paper pieced block.  I love the use of the text fabric for the background!

Istanbul SunsetNext up is this applique block of Istanbul at sunset.  You just have to visit her blog to take a look at her inspirational photo for this one–it’s beautiful!  I love all the yellows that Aylin used here.

We hope you will join our QAL and look forward to reading your posts about your favorite cities and the block designs that they inspire.