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Star In The West QAL – Month 11

Welcome to Month 11 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. They’re located near me in Seattle. They will be providing a few prizes throughout the year.

Month 11’s pattern will be emailed later this morning. If you don’t receive it, please check your junk folder and then send us an email or comment below, and we’ll investigate.

We are gong to start on our 2nd to last row this month! This is another half row month, where you make part of the row but nothing is attached to the quilt until next month.

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 Inkscape

Here is my Month 11 in the AMB Solids.

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 evergrowing quilt. Please let us know if you have any questions. Happy quilting!

Star In The West QAL – Month 10

Welcome to Month 10 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. They’re located near me in Seattle. They will be providing a few prizes throughout the year.

Month 10’s pattern will be emailed later this morning. If you don’t receive it, please check your junk folder and then send us an email or comment below, and we’ll investigate.

Last month, we made the top half of the row. This month we’re going to make the bottom half and attach it to the right side of the 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 Inkscape

Here is my Month 10 in the AMB Solids.

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

And here is the quilt top with the Month 9/10 row attached.

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 evergrowing quilt. Please let us know if you have any questions. Happy quilting!

Star In The West QAL – Month 9

Welcome to Month 9 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. They’re located near me in Seattle. They will be providing a few prizes throughout the year.

Month 9’s pattern will be emailed later this morning. If you don’t receive it, please check your junk folder and then send us an email or comment below, and we’ll investigate.

This is our first month where we don’t make a full row. We’ll make the top half this month and then the bottom half next month. We’re doing some work with HSTs. I love the connector section between the two “blocks”.

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 Inkscape

Here is my Month 9 in the AMB Solids.

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 evergrowing quilt. Please let us know if you have any questions. Happy quilting!

Star In The West QAL – Month 8

Welcome to Month 8 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 8’s pattern was emailed earlier this morning. If you don’t receive it, please check your junk folder and then send us an email or comment below, and we’ll investigate.

This month is another bottom border. It uses the Easy Angle Tool 6-1/2″ Half-Square Triangle Ruler, though if you don’t have it, the pattern tells you how to mark it off. I would suggest measuring twice and double checking before you cut… not that I messed that up or anything.

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 Inkscape

Here is part of my row in the AMB solids.

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

After you make your row, attach it onto the bottom of your 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

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 evergrowing quilt. Please let us know if you have any questions. Happy quilting!

Star In The West QAL – Month 7

Welcome to Month 7 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 7’s pattern will be emailed out later this morning. If you don’t receive it, please check your junk folder and then send us an email or comment below, and we’ll investigate.

We’re halfway through! I hope you have been enjoying the BOM and your quilt is coming along. This month is a bottom border. They remind me of (oddly colored) diamonds. The way that Swan has you constructing them is kind of cool and much better than dealing with 45 degree angles.

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 Inkscape

Here is my row in the AMB solids.

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

After you make your row, attach it onto the bottom of your quilt. Also attach a side and bottom sashing strip.

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 evergrowing quilt. Please let us know if you have any questions. Happy quilting!

QAL 2016 – Sponsor announcement

I’m still here! The last month has been crazy. I am currently frantically finishing Christmas gifts (every year, same thing). There will be pictures of those in the next few weeks.

In the meantime, Swan and I are putting the finishing touches on the QAL patterns. We received some very exciting news. American Made Brands is going to sponsor the QAL! For those of you who don’t know, AMB is a US based (Seattle, coincidentally) fabric manufacturer who makes the most beautiful solid fabrics that I’ve ever worked with. For the last 2 years, any time solids come up, I mention (gush about) AMB. I have used them in a few quilts: Star Gazing and Meadow Mist Mystery, plus a handful of UFOs.

When we found out about the sponsorship, that meant that I got to choose from their 62 fabrics to pick what I wanted for the quilt. 2 nights ago, I connected my computer to my 47″ television and, using Inkscape, I played with the AMB fabrics to come up with a color scheme. I forbid myself from using white, black, beige, or grey for the background, to get out of my comfort zone. This is what I ended up designing:

StarInTheWest AMB

The fabrics have been requested and are on their way!

Here is a picture of the coloring in progress on my television. Sorry for the lighting: dark room + bright tv = poor lighting for a picture.

Designing on the tv

The QAL kicks off on January 2. There is still plenty of time to sign up via Swan Amity’s website. It is only $24 for the entire year. There will be a Flickr area to share your quilt progress, and AMB will be providing prizes. We don’t know what they will be just yet, but tentatively we’re looking at quarterly prizes.

Happy quilting!

2016 Quilt Along Announcement

It’s time for Big Announcement 2016!!

In conjunction with Swan Amity Studios, I will be doing a Block of the Month / Quilt Along for 2016.

The BOM will be Star in the West which Swan and I originally ran as a BOM at our LQS. I did my version in greys, named 10 Shades of Grey.

The BOM will start on January 2 and run for 12 months. Each month you will be emailed a pattern. There will be a Flickr group to share images of your quilt top in progress. I will also be sharing some of them on my blog.

The patterns for the entire series is only $24. You can signup at Swan’s website. And then check back here on January 2 when the first pattern comes out.

Happy quilting!

Block of the Week quilt

I have been quilting a lot but I can’t post anything!! I’ve been working on my SpriteStitch.com swap gifts. I am doing both the mini and mega swap, so I have two different buddies. The deadline to get everything in the mail is October 31. I am finished making my gifts for the mini and just need to buy some [redacted]. For the mega, I have finished a few of the things and am working on other thing and waiting on other other thing. I can’t wait to get these finished and sent so I can properly talk about them!

There is also a Block of the Month announcement coming down the pike, but I have to wait on that too. That will be coming in a few weeks, right around quilt market.

Block of the Week BOW Block of the Month BOM rainbow diagonal bright white grey background grunge fabric

In the meantime, here is a picture of a quilt that I finished awhile ago. Every summer at the quilt shop we would do a Block of the Week to encourage people to come into the shop (summers are usually dead in AZ; no one wants to go outside when it’s 105+ degrees). I liked this one because you had a row for week 1, then a few blocks, then another row. For the shop sample, each block was a single fabric. They were all desert colors of various browns and tans. I decided to diagonal-rainbow (it’s a verb) the colors. I used mostly-solids that I had in my stash. Each fabric has a different thing to it – the orange looks like crushed velvet, the blue is a Moda Marble, the purple has dots, etc. The background is one of the Moda Grunge fabrics, which are still one of my favorite fabric lines. I just bought 42 fat quarters from that line, so expect to see more of the Grunge.

Hopefully the next update will include the secret projects.

10 Shades – Finished Quilt

When I was in Tucson last month, I brought 10 Shades of Grey home! Swan used her professional setup to take some photographs of it. This is the best one.

Star in the West quilt Bella Girls Monsoon Sunset Sunsets BOM Block of the Month Southwestern Pinwheel Geometric Flying Geese Black White Grey Row of the Month ROM machine quilting Handiquilter

Nancy did such an amazing job on the quilting. I was shocked with how intricate it was. She used white and grey threads. The negative space has so many individual shapes quilted into it. It really brings the quilt to life. And, just, wow. That’s really the only way I’ve been able to describe the quilt.

We (Swan and I) will be doing this as a Block of the Month/Quilt Along through my site starting in January. So if you want to make your own, make sure to follow me here or on Facebook for more information.

The quilt is home and on my bed. Here is Blitz (my Seahawks pillow pet) enjoying it.

Star in the West quilt Bella Girls Monsoon Sunset Sunsets BOM Block of the Month Southwestern Pinwheel Geometric Flying Geese Black White Grey Row of the Month ROM machine quilting Handiquilter Seattle Seahawks Blitz pillow pet

Star Gazing – Block 1

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.

Star Gazing BOM Block of the Month Solid Solids Swan Amity Studios Hoffman Solids Bella Girls American Brand Solids Seattle WA Clothworks Kona Cottons Blue blues Pink pinks

 

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.

Star Gazing BOM Block of the Month Solid Solids Swan Amity Studios Bella Girls American Brand Solids Seattle WA Clothworks Kona Cottons Hoffman Solids