Welcome to Week 1 of the Solitude Star Quilt Along #solitudestarquiltalong

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I hope you are quilting along with us!  This week’s task: cut all of your fabric squares. This quilt isn’t difficult to piece, and it makes for a quick and striking finish. Well, quick as far as quilts go!

This is my stack of squares, ready to go. I’m hoping that there will be enough variation in value that the pinks will look great! If I was smart, I would use that coloring page in the back of the pattern to make sure…

Today, I’m sharing 3 tips for staying organized while you piece the Solitude Star Quilt. 

If you have any tips of your own, please send them my way! I’m always looking for new ways to streamline my organization so I can spend more time quilting and less time trying to figure out where things are/what step I’m on in the quilt!

1. Find a storage solution for in-process blocks and quilts. I like to store my blocks-in-pieces in a 14 x 18 serving tray similar to the one below–different blocks inside, same concept. The deeper tray keeps things from falling out.

2. Many quilters find chain piecing quilt rows to be helpful. Suzy from Suzy Quilts has a video tutorial here: Suzy Quilts Tutorial on How to Chain Piece Quilt Rows.

3. Find a scrap method that works for you to keep your workplace clean (do as I say, not as I do.)

This is me. See that big basket of scraps to the left of my cutting table? I keep an empty flower pot on my cutting table (not pictured here) and throw all of my trash into the flower pot. Then, I literally toss any scraps worth saving into the wire basket. It keeps my workplace cleaner, and I don’t have to think “what am I going to do with this extra” every time I make a quilt.

Happy sewing!
Katie

p.s. if you want to know more about the quilt along and pattern, keep reading.

If you are signed up for my newsletter or follow me on Instagram, maybe you have seen the Solitude Star Quilt and upcoming Quilt Along!

Let’s Quilt Along together, starting Monday, March 18. 

If you already have a copy of the pattern, I hope join in! If you don’t, you can grab one here: Solitude Star Pattern

The pattern includes instructions for two sizes, baby and large throw (44” x 44” and 76” x 76”).

This graphic quilt looks great with solids, prints, or a combination of the two–make sure to tag your quilts and projects with #solitudestarquilt.

This 7 page pattern has clear, tested instructions, full color illustrations, a coloring page, and additional color ideas to help plan your quilt.

I originally purchased the stack on the left, and then realized that I had some long saved (hoarded) Heather Ross Fabrics that would work perfectly for this quilt! Yay for using stash fabric.

Since the Quilt Along doesn’t start until 3/18, you have plenty of time to gather/find/purchase fabric.  This quilt is a great scrap buster.

 

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Get the Solitude Star Quilt Pattern HERE

Hello, hello! Believe it or not, it feels like such a long time since I sat down to blog that I completely blanked on my password! After a few minutes it came back to me, so here I am.

If you are signed up for my newsletter or follow me on Instagram, maybe you have seen the Solitude Star Quilt and upcoming Quilt Along!

Let’s Quilt Along together, starting Monday, March 18. 

If you already have a copy of the pattern, I hope join in! If you don’t, you can grab one at the link below.

The pattern includes instructions for two sizes, baby and large throw (44” x 44” and 76” x 76”).

I originally made a version of this quilt for my nephew years ago (see above)–he is now in kindergarten, and I’m thrilled to share the pattern today. I made this version of the quilt for his younger brother–my sister told me it was her favorite quilt I had ever made, and wondered if I would make a coordinating one for her younger son. Done and done!

This quilt works really well in solids, a coordinated fabric line, or a selection of your favorite scrappy prints, like this version. I had to throw that Star Wars print in there 😉

This graphic quilt looks great with solids, prints, or a combination of the two–make sure to tag your quilts and projects with #solitudestarquilt.

This 7 page pattern has clear, tested instructions, full color illustrations, a coloring page, and additional color ideas to help plan your quilt.

I originally purchased the stack on the left, and then realized that I had some long saved (hoarded) Heather Ross Fabrics that would work perfectly for this quilt! Yay for using stash fabric.

Since the Quilt Along doesn’t start until 3/18, you have plenty of time to gather/find/purchase fabric.  This quilt is a great scrap buster.

 

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We are having a flash sale! 25% off site wide with the coupon NOVEMBER. Good for patterns, notions, batting, templates, etc. 

I have combined my Pattern Drop + Swim Bike Quilt shops, so there are over 18 patterns to choose from!  This is the only sale we will be running this year on these items, so make sure to check it out!

Sale ends Friday, November 2 at 11:59 MT. I’ve included the 6 most recent Pattern Drop Patterns here!

Shop the Sale

Float On Quilt: November Pattern Drop Quilt

Flight Path Quilt: October Pattern Drop Quilt

Reflection Quilt: September Pattern Drop Quilt

The Mesa Quilt: August Pattern Drop Quilt

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This is Petra, block #15 in the Summer Sampler 2018, designed by me!!

This block is a combination of paper piecing and rectangles, and goes together pretty quickly. I am [loosely] following the rainbow quilt mockup, and love these warm colors together.  My tip: Have some fun with this block–include your favorite colors, or if you are running out of fabric, swap some out for something different. I am making my quilt entirely out of stash fabric, so sometimes the colors, like the lightest yellow, aren’t exactly what I would have chosen if I had purchased the fabric, but when all of the quilt blocks are together, it will look great!

After spending a few weeks in Italy and France (tough light, right?) our summer road trip is heading to Jordan.

 

When I was 19, I spent a semester in a college study abroad program in Jerusalem.  My classmates and I travelled all over the surrounding areas, and one of my favorite trips was to Jordan.

[Being young and dumb, a friend and I got into a cab in Amman one night, with some Scottish boys we had just met. After a great night, we couldn’t remember the name of their hotel,  didn’t speak much Arabic, and when we finally *did* figure out where we were staying, I was so happy to get out of the cab, I left my wallet in said cab. Nothing to do with Petra, but one of the stronger memories of that week. Ah, the things we do when we are young. Thankfully, I had left her passport in the hotel safe and sound, and the only inconvenience was calling my mom and asking her to cancel my credit card.]

Petra is an incredible ancient city, carved from the rock, engineered and created by the Nabateans. You walk along a long gorge, called a Siq, and finally see the city. [Incredibly, this photo of the Siq looks like it could have been taken on our visit to Zion National Park a few weeks ago!]

Petra was first inhabited as long ago as 7,000 to 6,500 BC, and was settled by the Nabataeans, a nomadic Arab people who started settling the area around the 6th century BCE. At one point, it was a major city, linking trade routes from China to Rome and the west. 

The stunning buildings that remain are tombs, most of them empty, meant to last into the afterlife. The Treasury [pictured here] is one of these!

I took the design of these blocks from the triangle roofs/capitals on top of the columns/buildings.  I wanted something that was more triangles than flying geese, with a little more detail! 

Red rock is so interesting to photograph–it changes so much depending on the light.

Want to make your own? You can purchase the pattern in Lee’s shop, and its never too late to start sewing!

Remember, it’s not too late to join us—click here for all the details! And while you’re at it, visit #summersampler2018 on Instagram to see the blocks everyone else has been making for the last 15 weeks! See you next Monday for block #16 of 18. I can’t believe this summer road trip is coming to a close!

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