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Star In The West QAL – Month 5

Welcome to Month 5 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 5’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.

Last month, we made the right pinwheel border. For this month, we are making the bottom, slightly more complicated pinwheel border. Separately, this is also one of my favorite 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 unattached pinwheel border 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 pinwheels, attach it onto the bottom of your quilt. You’ll also add a sashing strip to the right and bottom.

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!

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Star In The West QAL – Month 3

Welcome to Month 3 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 3’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.

For Month 1 and 2, we assembled the center star. Month 3 is our first border. We will be doing 2 sets of flying geese borders, 1 for the right side and 1 for the bottom.

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 are my unattached borders 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

 

Once you have made your borders, you attach them onto the center star. One thing I love about this quilt is how you add the borders as you make them, so there isn’t a “month 12 – assemble everything you’ve made over the past year” step.

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 2

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!

Star In The West QAL – Month 1

Welcome to the kick off 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 1’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 are making part of the “center” star (I say center even though it’s in the top left of the quilt).

SitW Month 1 Section

You will be making 2 sets of 4 blocks, for 8 total blocks. Once you are finished, hang onto them until Month 2, when you will make the remaining parts of the center star.

Here are mine, 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 they are laid out. I showed them to a non-quilting buddy who was confused about why there was a hole in the center.

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 spending the year with you. Please let us know if you have any questions. Happy new year and 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!