Sunday, December 29, 2013

Starburst Quilt Along: Finishing up blocks and setting options

The Starburst Quilt Along is now over, but the entire pattern is now available for purchase on Craftsy.

Congrats to everyone who has made it this far!

We have enjoyed putting this together so much! Please let us know if there is any types of patterns or techniques you would like to see in a future quilt along!

Once you get your finished blocks (at least one of each pattern) linked up, we will email you the setting directions for the wall hanging or for the throw size -- for free!! -- as long as you submit your blocks by January 15th on this blogpost's link up.

Both Amanda and I made throw sized quilts. As per the setting directions, the finished throw size quilt is set on point. For both quilt sizes, there are three different options for sashing and cornerstones: sashing without cornerstones, sashing with solid cornerstones, or sashing with paper pieced corner stones. Amanda and I both chose to sash our quilts with paper pieced corner stones (use up more of that scrap!!) but still end up with very different looks.

I chose to randomly piece my square-in-a-square-in-a-square cornerstone blocks color-wise using three different colors for each square. My inner border is a teal and lime print and my outer border is a tonal purple script print. I used the black background solid for my middle border.


I picked out a large scale floral print for my background from Jennifer Paganelli's Pretty Please line for my background and matched the seam up the middle because I'm a little OCD like that.



Amanda paper pieced square-in-a-square cornerstones and used the background fabric for the outer square so that it blends into the background. She used a red print for both the inner and outer borders and then used a peach for the middle border.

Finished Starburst Quilt

Amanda picked a peach tonal for her background and also made a simple star to use as a label on her quilt.

Starburst Label

Once you've finished at least one of each Block #1-#9, link up and include your email so that we can send you the setting directions to finish your beautiful quilt by January 15th! (After January 15th, the setting directions will be available for purchase!)

Thank you so much for participating with us! Don't forget to add your pictures to the Flickr group and show us your finished projects! We'll do a blog post featuring your finished quilt tops in a month or so, so don't run away just yet!!

Show off all of your finished blocks!!



Monday, December 23, 2013

Starburst Quilt Along Week #9: Block #9 and Block #8 Link Up

The Starburst Quilt Along is now over, but the entire pattern is now available for purchase on Craftsy.

We're here! It's the last block!

Thanks for sticking with us thus far with our first (and certainly not last) quilt along!


This one has lots of places to use up any small leftover pieces that you might have!

Any questions, concerns, or comments? Head on over to the Flickr group and share your progress!

Here are my last two blocks!



Just like last week, link up whatever progress you've made in the last week!

Watch for a post on our finished quilt tops and setting options next week!



Monday, December 16, 2013

Starburst Quilt Along Week #8: Block #8 and Block #7 Link Up

The Starburst Quilt Along is now over, but the entire pattern is now available for purchase on Craftsy.

First, I just wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone who has participated thus far. It has been so much fun seeing all of your blocks on your blogs and in the Flickr group:


Look at all of that quilty inspiration!

Secondly, only one more block next week! The time has simply flown by!

Now, on to more pressing matters: block #8!


This one is also pretty straightforward in my opinion. It does have small pieces for the center "C" block and the dark purple accents on the "B" blocks if you have scraps you want to use up, especially now that we are nearing the end of our journey!

Again, large scale prints would shine in the "A" blocks as the light purple fabric choice, if you have any.

Here are my two blocks:



If I had these to do over again, I might rethink the placement of the darkest purple in my blocks -- at least under the lighting conditions these pictures were taken, the purple ends up fading into the black. 

Have you finished your block #7 yet? Link those up! If you haven't yet gotten to #7 yet, link up anyways with your progress thus far! I'd love to see how far EVERYONE has come!

And if you've just started -- don't fret! You still have until January 15th to link up 9 finished blocks for a free wallhanging setting directions or 18 finished blocks for the throw size setting directions! Take your Christmas break time and use it for you to make some fantastic blocks!



Saturday, December 14, 2013

Giveaway Day Winners

Our winners are...


...which is Rosa!


...which is Kathy!


...which is Schatzi!

I've emailed all of you and need your addresses ASAP! Thanks for participating!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day

***The giveaway is now closed!!! Thanks to everyone who entered! Winners will be announced soon!***

It's the most wonderful time of the year --- Giveaway Day (week) at Sew Mama Sew!

(What, did you think I was talking about Christmas?)

This year I have not one, not two, but three stash bags to give away!

The first is green:


The second is blue:


The third is brown:


To enter to win:
1. Leave me a comment with your favorite quilt block. Links to tutorials are encouraged!
2. Leave me a comment if you are a follower and tell me how you follow (Blogger, Bloglovin, Email, etc.)

Contest will close on December 13th at 8 PM EST (5 PM PST) and the winner will be announced shortly thereafter! The winnings will be sent out as soon as I get addresses from the winners!

(While you're here, check out the Starburst Quilt Along hosted in conjunction with Honey, Bunny, and Doll Patterns! There is still plenty of time to participate -- and anyone who finishes their blocks by January 15th will get free setting directions for a wall hanging or a throw sized quilt!)

Good luck and go enter all of the giveaways at Sew Mama Sew!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Starburst Quilt Along Week #7: Block #7 and Block #6 Link Up

The Starburst Quilt Along is now over, but the entire pattern is now available for purchase on Craftsy.

I can't believe we only have two more blocks to go!

This week is Block #7.


This one is a good one to show off some of your larger print fabrics if you're working with any.

Here are my two blocks:



This one has pretty easy piecing -- I know a number of people are a few blocks behind, so this week is a good week to catch up!

If you have finished your Starburst #6 blocks, link them up here!

Weekend Piecing

I started putting together some of the blocks that I have received thus far from being the Queen Bee in the Stash Bee last month. I have a few more that are currently on their way to me so I will finish piecing it all once I receive all of them.

Here's 16 blocks put together thus far:


I can't wait to get the rest of them and put it all together! I will end up with at least 36 blocks -- so this one will end up pretty large! I am planning to make it into a picnic and beach quilt. :)

I finally added the side borders to the Harry Potter paper pieced quilt. I strip pieced the two side borders from 5 strips of light and dark brown fabric and then sewed them together staggered to make the final diamond like pattern. I am very happy with it and probably won't add any more borders to it. Now it just needs quilting! Hooray!


Here's a close up of the trimmed and sewed side border. The way that I cut and sewed the two wood grain fabrics together ended up with the light grain going one way and the dark grain going the other so that they look woven! Hooray for happy accidents!


Happy Sunday to you all!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Finished NuBees Quilt

Last year, I participated for a few months in the NuBees swap on Flickr and I just now have gotten my quilt finished.

One of the perks of being married is having someone to hold your quilts -- especially when it is rainy and gross outside.


And here is the pieced backing that I put together using just my stash! I love being able to do that.


This was long arm pantograph quilted with a large meander -- here are my two favorite blocks!


The cross block on the right is also my husband's favorite block.

I bound this quilt with a half yard of Posh by Chez Moi that I've been hoarding for ages. Originally I planned to do a scrappy binding, but it just needed some more brown in the mix and this fabric fit the bill perfectly.


Thanks to everyone who participated in making this quilt happen, especially Kim @ Crafternoon DelightMarla @ Sew Hungry, and Anne @ Play Crafts!

Sharing over at Crazy Mom Quilts!

(Don't forget to check out the Starburst Quilt Along -- still lots of time to join in!)

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

WIP Wednesday: What to do...

I haven't really had a lot of time to post things other than the Starburst QAL posts lately, and that has made me sad, so I figured I would do a WIP Wednesday update post.

I've gotten the top of my Lazy Sunday Mystery quilt together:


The intent was that I would add another row of blocks on each side to make it square and then add borders to make it queen size, but alas, I am out of the dark blue fabric and not sure whether to make a twin size as the pattern directs, quilt and bind as is for a large throw, add chunks to make it queen sized, or something else entirely.

So this WIP goes back on the shelf. Sigh.

I did get my Nubees swap quilt back from my mom who had taken it to the long arm quilter at home and sewed the binding on it. (I'll try to add a picture later). That I should be able to finish this week. I am very much in love with how it turned out and I can't wait to share it!

Linking up to Freshly Pieced!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Starburst Quilt Along Week #6: Block #6 and Block #5 Link Up

The Starburst Quilt Along is now over, but the entire pattern is now available for purchase on Craftsy.

Can you believe we're already more than half way through the quilt along? It's gone by so fast!


The rest of the blocks all have symmetrical color placement -- i.e. all the A pieces are the same.

This one has the caveat that the B block is made up of two triangle halves. I made my triangles in pairs and then sewed them together right away. The B blocks end up slightly bulky, so you might consider ironing the seam that joins the two triangle halves open instead of to one side.

If you're starting to accumulate smaller scraps, the pieces designated in the pattern as light purple are smaller and would be a great way to stretch your fabric further.

Here are my two blocks:



And once you finish these, only three more patterns to go!