This year three of our local quilting group members decided to join Alida's Starry Bright Sky QAL, a quilt-along inspired by Vincent Van Gogh's famous painting "Starry Night". Each month a new quilting technique is featured and 2 block patterns are released. As a bonus halfway through the month a sewing technique is featured to make textured blocks! Let's see the blocks we got finished!
Donna is trying to make this quilt only with fabrics from her stash - and she's starting with a fat quarter bundle in yellow, black and white. I love how dramatic the stars look, and I can't wait to see her future blocks! She did start the textured block too, but I left before she finished and forgot to get a picture of her in progress :(
The raw edge applique technique requires a top stitch close to the edge of the fabric to prevent fraying, and Donna chose to hand stitch with yellow embroidery floss each of the stars. Great job, Donna!
Mary wanted to use her leftover batiks from an older project as the starting point of a multi-coloured star quilt. This project does look to have some great opportunity for scrapiness, so I'm excited to see how her blocks progress :) Additionally Mary asked if I could resize the blocks to finish at 10 inches instead of 12...this month's block was pretty easily done, but I will see how well my math/design altering skills are in the coming months!
The textured block design for January was faux cathedral window. I have seen tutorials for this block before, but hadn't tried it. I really like Mary's use of decorative stitches on her machine to top stitch the window panes.
I wanted to make a red/blue/beige quilt for a while, so this is the perfect time to explore those colours! I'm mostly working from a Connecting Threads fat quarter bundle I picked up 3 or 4 years ago. I used a simple zigzag stitch with white thread to stitch down my stars.
Since Mary asked if I could resize each month's pattern, I figured I should try a test run of each modified instruction set. This version of the QAL will be in pink and blue - and all fabrics are bits and pieces from my scrap bins. These blocks are 10 inches and will finish at 9.5 in the quilt.
I love the pieced background - it makes me smile :D I think this might be a little girl's quilt in the future!
Finally my faux cathedral window blocks! I'm only making these in the 12.5 inch blocks. I'm really looking forward to learning some new sewing techniques - my skills are good when it comes to the 1/4 inch seam allowance, but many of my other seamstress skills are woefully lacking! I can't even make myself a pair of pyjama pants that fit!!
I'm so glad that I found this QAL with Alida! If you're interested in joining in, you'll have to buy the first month's pattern, but if you make 1 of the 3 blocks before March 4, you can get the next month's free :)
Linking up with Alida's QAL
My latest memory quilt was delivered last weekend, and it's a cute one!
A new applique technique this month really challenged my fabric folding ability!
Starry Night QAL January blocks complete! Our group made 12 blocks last week for our new quilt along :)
Mary is a local quilting friend who loves to piece, but gets bogged down during quilting. These are 2 of the quilts I machine quited for her this spring :)
Working with local schools has been very fun and the students are pushing me to design ever more interesting layouts from simple subunits. Take a look at the third quilt I helped to make this year!