Thursday, April 30, 2015

Welcome to the Spangled Stars Quilt-Along!

Welcome to my Spangled Stars Quilt-Along! I'm thrilled to have you join me in stitching this beautiful quilt I designed! 

A little about the reason for this quilt design. I'm always attracted to Red, White, and Blue quilts, maybe because the Fourth of July is my favorite holiday. My family would gather at our house on the lake, gorging on hamburgers and hot dogs, roasting marshmallows, then heading off to see the fireworks. Such fun, relaxing, stress-free get-togethers. And what completes this All-American picture than stable and steadfast Red, White, and Blue.

Of course, this is great if you love the holiday as much as I do, or if you make quilts for those in the military. But maybe you like the pattern but don't want those patriotic colors. No fear! I worked up several color options for inspiration.

There are also several sizes for this quilt, just choose what works for you. 
Spangled Stars Wall Hanging 39"x 39"
Spangled Stars Throw 51"x 69"
Spangled Stars Twin 69"x 96'
Spangled Stars Double/Full 84"x 96"
Spangled Stars Queen 96"x 96"
Spangled Stars King 99"x 111"
Now for the nitty-gritty. How much fabric, and over what period of time frame. 
Now, about the fabric. The following is a chart of fabric requirements for each size. The chart DOES NOT INCLUDE THE AMOUNTS FOR BACKING AND BINDING. It is only the amounts needed to make the tops. So please purchase extra for the planned backing and binding.

                               FABRIC REQUIREMENTS

If you are using a different color scheme, match the red, white, or blue amounts to your replacements. I personally am going to stick with the patriotic theme, but will be using multiple reds, whites, and blues. This is a good opportunity to use up scraps from other projects, and it makes for a more interesting quilt. Also, make sure the blues (or your replacement color) are sorted into darks, mediums, and lights.

This is a chart of quilt sizes and how many of each block to make.

And now for the time frame. Each week I will give the cutting instructions and the how-to's of sewing each block together. This quilt has only four blocks, none of them super hard. We'll have one week to sew the blocks, and post pictures of them to the Spangled Stars Flickr group, for everyone to see. 

Spangled Stars QAL Schedule

       Welcome to the Spangled Stars QAL - April 30, 2105 
       Uneven Nine Patch Block - May 7, 2015
Bar Block - May 14, 2015
Stripes and Cross - May 21, 2015
Star Block, part 1 - May 28, 2015    
Star Block, part 2 - June 4, 2015
Quilt assembly - June 11, 2015
Completed Top Linky - June 18, 2015
Completed Quilt, Grand Parade - July 2, 2015

Everything finished in time to enjoy for the Fourth of July! Grab a button, go shopping or go through your stash, and come join me in the celebration!

Happy Quilting!


Thank you so much for just made my day!