Adventures in the life of a gorram nerd

Welcome to Month 2 for the Star In The West BOM Quilt-Along, brought to you by Swan Amity Studios and Gorram Quilts!

Star in the West Monsoon sunset quilt along QAL block of the month BOM 2016 geometric pinwheels stars Swan Amity American Made Brand solids AMB

We are very excited to be working with our sponsor, American Made Brand fabrics, for this QAL. AMB make beautiful solid fabrics that are rich in color and so soft. The fabric is sourced and manufactured in the United States. Coincidentally, they’re also located in Seattle. They will be providing a few prizes throughout the year, but more will be revealed later.

Month 2’s pattern was emailed this morning. If you didn’t receive it, please check your junk folder and then send us an email or comment below, and we’ll investigate.

For Month 1, we made parts of the Center Star. This month, we are making the remaining sections and assembling the star.

Star in the West Monsoon sunset quilt along QAL block of the month BOM 2016 geometric pinwheels stars Swan Amity American Made Brand solids AMB

For this month, you will be making one pinwheel for the center and then 8 corner rectangle/rectangle units. There are also 4 sashing strips to attach around the star.

Here are mine, in the AMB solids. All of the fabrics are beautiful, but I really love that dark green color 8.

Star in the West Monsoon sunset quilt along QAL block of the month BOM 2016 geometric pinwheels stars Swan Amity American Made Brand solids AMB

For the rectangle/rectangle units, you make it by sewing two rectangles together (go figure). The instructions provide a few methods to do this (pro-tip: if you just eyeball it, you’ll get it right about 33% of the time). Once I stopped being stubborn and eyeballing it, my favorite method is to lay the rectangles together and shoot the top one (purple) slightly to the left. Then you can make a mark in the bottom corner where it meets the teal (I used my white pen). Shift it back, and when you’re sewing, that gives you a mark to aim towards. Or, use the ruler to draw the entire line to make it even easier to sew along. Additional pro-tip: Make sure to check the directions of the r/r units before cutting (I’ve only messed that up once in 3 versions of this quilt).

Star in the West Monsoon sunset quilt along QAL block of the month BOM 2016 geometric pinwheels stars Swan Amity American Made Brand solids AMB

Once you have made the pinwheel and r/r units, sew them together. Attach the border strips and ta-da! You have your center star.

Star in the West Monsoon sunset quilt along QAL block of the month BOM 2016 geometric pinwheels stars Swan Amity American Made Brand solids AMB

We have a Flick group that you are welcome to join and share your progress.

Also, if you post on social media, please use #StarInTheWestQuilt.

If you haven’t signed up yet, you still can through Swan Amity’s website. It’s only $24 for the whole year.

We’re looking forward to seeing your center block. Please let us know if you have any questions. Happy quilting!

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