Monday, January 7, 2013

Starburst Quilt-A-Long - Intro, Fabric, and Prizes

It's here!!  The Starburst Quilt-A-Long officially starts today!!!  Today's post is going over everything you need to know to Quilt-A-Long.   There will be a post each Monday from now until Feb 18th with weekly assignments and then there will be a Parade and Grand Prizes on March 4th.  So . . . onto a little rundown on how it's going to work!!


The Starburst Quilt-A-Long is based on my Starburst design that I did last year.  Each quilt consists of 4 large Starburst blocks.   The design is given in 3 different sizes so you can choose to make your quilt 57" x 57" (24" blocks), 76" x 76" (32" blocks), or 95" x 95" (40" blocks).  This quilt is not made by making one block at a time but rather making one complete set of quilting units (goose in the corner blocks, half square triangles, and flying geese) at a time.  Once the units are done, then the blocks will be created.   I broke down the construction of the quilt into 5 weeks and then added an additional 2 weeks to get it basted, quilted, and bound.  The schedule will be as follows

January 14 - Cutting Post
January 21 - Goose in the Corner and Half Square Triangles
January 28 - Flying Geese
February 4 - Building Blocks - At least 2
February 11 - Finish Blocks and Sashing
February 18 - Baste it, Quilt it, Bind It
March 4 - Starburst Parade and Grand Prizes

So count on checking back each Monday to see what the next week's assignment will be.  You will want to try to keep up weekly as there will be prizes along the way!!  With that said,  there is a tutorial, so if you get super excited and feel the need to work ahead, go for it!!  Just be sure to take a picture of each weekly assignment so that you can link it up for the weekly prizes :)  Oh, and if you are new to quilting, no worries, this will be super beginner friendly! I will go through each step in great detail in the Monday posts.


Quilt Top

Regardless of what size quilt you decide to make, you will need 12 fat quarters.  You can pull these from your stash or Julie at the Intrepid Thread  has put together 7 stunning Starburst Quilt-A-Long Custom Bundles.  They are listed in Fat Quarter Bundles, which is what you need.  But, if you really love a bundle and want a little extra for a second quilt or another project, Julie has also listed them in Half Yard Bundles.

I went ahead and put each custom bundle into the quilt layout so you could get an idea of how they will look in the quilt.  These bundles are at a special Quilt-A-Long discount price, but  there is another little surprise father down, think coupon code :)

Fairy Dell

Figs and Plums

Peaches No Pits

Frosty Autumn

Key Lime Strawberry Pie

Sun and Sea

 Fruit Loops and Cocoa Puffs

Aren't these just fabulous. Julie has impeccable taste in fabric!! Good Luck choosing a favorite!! It was a super hard choice for me, but in the end I decided I am going with Fruit Loops and Cocoa Puffs.  I am so excited!!

Background Fabric (solid white in quilt sketches)
Once you have chosen your 12 fat quarters you need to get your Background Fabric.  I would suggest using a solid for this.  The background fabric needed is as follows

For the 57" x 57" (24" blocks)  size you need 2 2/3 yards background fabric
For the 76" x 76" (32" blocks)  size you need 4 yards background fabric
For the 95" x 95" (40" blocks) size you need 6 1/3 yards background fabric

If you like scrappy bindings, there will be enough left over from your fat quarters to do a lovely scrappy bindings.  If you prefer a one fabric binding you will need the following:

For the 57" x 57" (24" blocks)  size you need  1/2 yard binding fabric
For the 76" x 76" (32" blocks)  size you need  5/8 yard binding fabric
For the 95" x 95" (40" blocks) size you need 3/4 yard binding fabric

If you like scrappy backings, piece your backing together to be at least 6" larger on all sides than your quilt top.  If you prefer a one fabric backing you will need the following:

For the 57" x 57" (24" blocks)  size you need 2 3/4 yards backing fabric
For the 76" x 76" (32" blocks)  size you need 4 1/2 yards backing fabric
For the 95" x 95" (40" blocks) size you need 9 yards backing fabric

Coupon Code!!!

Julie is not only offering these beautiful bundles at a tremendous price, but she is also giving members of the Starburst Quilt-A-Long another fabulous discount.  Use the coupon code STARBURST at your checkout and receive and extra 10% off your order.  This means you can get an extra 10% off your already low priced bundle as well as getting 10% off your background fabric, and if you so choose, your binding and backing.  Score!!  Thank you to Julie for this extra little perk!!


I am so very excited about the Prizes for this Quilt-A-Long!!  I don't know about you, but I know that I am highly more motivated to keep up and finish when there are prizes at stake ;)  So how about this for a little motivation.

All those that finish their quilt top will be eligible for the Grand Prize.  The Grand Prize's are sponsored by The Intrepid Thread and huge Thank You goes out to Julie for her generosity in these prizes.  Wan't to know what they are???

A $75.00 Gift Certificate that you can spend as you like!!  There will be 3 lucky Grand Prize winners and each will get their own little shopping spree at The Intrepid Thread!!  And if that whopping amount of fabric goodness isn't motivation, then I don't know what is!!

But . . . Sometimes it is hard to keep motivated when the end is so far away.  So for that . . . We have a little Weekly Motivation.  Each week you will be able to link up (You don't have to have a blog to link up, you can link to a flickr picture :) your completed assignment for a chance to win the weekly prize.    These Weekly Prizes are sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop and a huge thank-you goes out to Kimberly and her team for their support in this Quilt-A-Long!!!

So ya,  there is lots of wonderful fabric to be won!!!  So keep up and sew on!!!


 Now down to the last of the nitty gritty.  First, If you are Quilting-A-Long and have a blog, It would be wonderful if you added the button to your blog :)   It really helps to spread the word and  the more that Quilt-A-Long the better!!!  If you have already added the button, thank you!!!


Second, I would love it if you joined the Happy Quilting Quilt-A-Long Flickr group.  You can post your fabric here, your progress, ask questions, ect.   And it is a super fun place to get to chat along with everyone participating :)  

So that just about wraps it up!!!  This week's assignment, round up your fabric.  Next Monday you will be getting your cutting assignments.  (And you will have a whole week to cut your fabric so if you don't have it by next Monday, it's okay, you still have some time :)

 If you have any questions at all regarding the Quilt-A-Long please do not hesitate to email me at  I don't want anyone to not participate because they are confused by my rambling :)  I am just so excited, I can't wait for next Monday!!!
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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Jan. Lucky Star and Starburst

I finished up January's Lucky Star block and boy does it keep your eyes moving.  I am totally loving these blocks.  They are super fun to make, come together great, and are pretty quick, now that I have my mind wrapped around paper piecing again.  One of my wonderful nieces has now claimed this quilt for her bed when it is finished.   Maybe I can even get the last block done early Dec and get it all quilted up by Christmas.   I just love quilting for someone, it makes the process that much more fun!!

And in other news . . . If you have been waiting for the Starburst Quilt-A-Long you need not wait much longer!!!   It all comes out on Monday!!  I am so excited :)  I just can't wait to quilt-a-long with all of ya!!

So grab your button and get ready to go.  It's going to be so much fun!!!

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Friday, January 4, 2013

Paper Pieced Practice Block - Check

I finished up my practice block for the Lucky Stars BOM this morning and I am quickly remembering that I really like paper piecing!!  I mean, look at those points, what is there not to love about perfect points!!  I opted to alternate the blue and green diamonds hoping it would create a bit of an optical illusion.  It didn't have quite the desired effect I was going for, but I still like it so that's okay.  

This block started by making 4 sets of 2 templates.  It took me a little while to make the first template, I haven't paper pieced a lot and the little I have done was a while ago.  Thanks to Elizabeth's amazing instructions though I caught on and before you knew it was cranking them out assembly line style.

I always love a good trimming pile.  And it is fun to add paper to the mix of trimmings :)

After paper piecing the templates it's time to sew the eighth's into quarters, the quarters into halves, and the halves into a block.  This is where the finesse comes in and honestly, I just love this part.  I just love lining up the seams ever so perfectly and creating nice crisp points!

And before I knew it I was done.  When I was done, I wished I would have changed the center fabric so that I could see the awesome central point better, but I suppose that is all part of the learning process.  Once again, I still like it so I am happy with the overall outcome!!

So now it's onto January's block!!  So excited!!!  I think I will go pick out fabrics now :)

And since I finished it up, I am adding it to Crazy Mom Quilts Linky
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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Trying me some Paper Piecing

First off, thank you for all of your well wishes for me being sick.  I am really starting to feel on the mend and am ready to get to some sewing today.  I so appreciate your thoughtfulness.

As I mentioned in my New Years post, I really want to continue to work on some of my skills, including paper piecing.  When Elizabeth from Don't Call Me Betsy, introduced her Paper Pieced Lucky Stars BOM  I knew it would be just the thing for me to stop procrastinating and really get paper piecing under my belt.  So of course, I signed right up, and then I promptly got behind.  

But it's a new day and I am ready to go.  I have my fabric picked.  Some lovely blue and green prints from Denyse Schmidt that have been waiting for the perfect project.  

And I have my templates all printed out for the practice block from last month and the January block for this month.  Time to give this a go.  Wish me luck!!

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Playing Around and Laying Around

I have not sewn a stitch since Christmas!!  We have been to busy checking out new toys, putting together puzzles, playing games, making food, and basically partying!!  We even attempted to squeeze in a family picture before church.  Family picture's are always tuff around here, there's is a lot of bribing and whining that comes along with them.  It's not printing and framing worthy or anything, but it is nice to get a family shot every once and a while, just to see how everyone is growing up.

So now it is the new year and just as I am ready to get back to my sewing room,  I catch a nasty case of the stomach flu.  I was in bed all day yesterday and am still not feeling so hot today.  What ya gonna do. At least I can type here and there whilst lying about.  (I missed sewing so much I tried to go down to my room this morning to work on a block, I ended up back in bed in 2 minutes)

I did get some wonderful quilting news a few days ago that I am excited to share!!  My Refracted quilt was accepted to be in the Quilt Con show.  Yippee Skippee!!  Now I need to add a quilt sleeve to it and get it shipped off.  This will be my first quilt sleeve so here's hoping it isn't to tuff :)

And since it is the first Wednesday of the year, I best have a little rundown on what I will be working on.  Sorry, I really should add some photo's of these WIP's but I am stuck in bed.  So here is the list.  

Designing Stage
  • Starburst Quilt-A-Long - More Info Coming Very Soon!!!!
  • Circle Meets Square Quilt - This is getting pushed to 2013 for sure
  • Pillow Cases and Table Topper for Master Bedroom
  • Pillow Case for Kristian Bed
  • Hugs Before Kisses
  • Read with Me
  • Ring Around
Piecing Stage
  • Jessi and Me Quilt 
  • Block of the Month - Lucky Stars
  • Scrunchy Strips - For Kami
Quilting Stage
  • Solids Quilt for Free Motion
Completed Stage
  • Nothing completed but lot's of Family Time instead.  And hey, that's a good thing too!!!

So that's it for today.  I am rolling over to get some rest so I can get over this nasty bug and get back to whittling down this list!!
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