I have been doing a lot of behind the scenes work for Star Gazing. We (Swan of Swan Amity Studios, Kathie Miller of “I’m afraid of computers”, and I) had come up with the first pattern draft about a month ago. The plan was that over the next 5 or so months, we’d create a solid alternate colorway based on the solid one that I am planning to make using the American Made Brand solids. Well, Hoffman fabrics contacted Swan and asked for a Solid version NOW, so we’ve been putting that together. Kathie and Swan are working on the actual quilt top and I’ve been redoing the pattern with the new numbers. There has been a bit of scrambling, but it’s been fun! It has also been a good way for us to edit the first draft of the pattern. Right now, the plan is for Star Gazing to be sold to quilt shops and through Swan’s website as a Block of the Month. Then for next year-ish, I’m pushing to run it as a Quilt-Along on here.
Also, we decided on an official name for the group of us when we pattern together: The Bella Girls. We worked together at Bella Quiltworks in Tucson before it closed and started designing for the shop specifically, so it seemed appropriate.
The above is my current version of Star Gazing. I’ve changed a couple blocks numerous times from the last time that I posted a draft, but I think I finally have a version I love. Last night, I started on the first block. Here is my block #1, Gemini.