Summer Sparkle Quilt Along ~ Week 1

Summer Sparkle Quilt Along with Fresh Lemons Quilts

I know, two posts in one day…crazy! 🙂 But today marks the first week of my Summer Sparkle Quilt Along over at Bernina’s We All Sew blog. If you have ever wanted to make a 4th of July quilt…or even just love stars…this is your chance! The Summer Sparkle Quilt is a Sawtooth Star design that uses color gradients in a fun way. I used Color Block Ombre fabric from Vanessa Christenson of V & Co’s Color Me Happy line for Moda. Isn’t it great?

Summer Sparkle Quilt Along with Fresh Lemons Quilts

Each week directions will be on Bernina’s blog, but I will also post reminders over here. The Summer Sparkle Quilt Along will follow the below schedule:

June 2nd / Week 1Fabric Requirements and Cutting
June 9th / Week 2Block Assembly
June 16th / Week 3Quilt Top Assembly and Quilting

I hope you will join along!

** Someone emailed me to call to my attention that there are a few items that were left off/changed on the cutting instructions for my pattern. I’ve let Bernina know and they will correct, but hold off on cutting until I update this. (Feel free to go ahead and order your fabric though). 🙂 ** Looks like everything is now up and correct over there!

Twilight Lullaby

Twilight Lullaby

I am so excited about this quilt! A good friend of mine is having a baby boy in a few months. Today is the baby shower, but I had pretty much resigned myself to not having a chance to get anything made in time. Yesterday though, I decided to challenge myself and try to make a quilt in a day. Or a day and a half to be exact.

Twilight Lullaby 2

Months ago I was inspired by this quilt by Jolene, and I knew this was the perfect design. For those that have never made a wonky star – here’s a tutorial.

Twilight Lullaby 1

So I spent the last 30 hours (ok, really probably 12 in total) cutting and piecing, trimming and basting, quilting and binding. Those of you that follow me on Twitter got to watch the whole process unfold.

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I will be honest, by the end of last night, I was pretty sick of making stars. 🙂 But I really love the end result. This quilt is for a boy, but really I think these are pretty gender neutral colors. The star blocks are 7.5″ finished, the final quilt measuring 37.5″ square.

Twilight Lullaby Quilting Detail

Initially I was going to do straight line quilting, but I changed my mind at the last moment and did little free motion loop-de-loops. I’ve never quilted like this before, but I enjoyed the process and the result.

Twilight Lullaby 3

The binding is an adorable stripe from the Sarah Jane’s Children at Play line. Such classics. I can’t wait to wrap this present up…which I should probably do right now!

The Traveling Quilts

The Traveling Quilts - Constellation

Phew – it has not been the best few days. I was out for the count with the flu. I guess I learned my lesson about not getting a flu shot! I’m happy to report that I am now well into recovery mode and was able to spend a bit of time at my sewing machine today.

The Traveling Quilts - Constellation

I am very excited to share these star blocks that I made before getting sick. They will be my start to The Traveling Quilts. This is a new bee of 11 quilters. We each start our own quilts with a theme of our choice and then mail the blocks to the next quilter in the rotation. They add to the quilt, only posting a sneak peek, and then mail everything to the next quilter on the list. The last person to receive the blocks does the final quilt top assembly and quilting and in a year, you receive your surprised finish quilt back! Obviously this is a sort of bee that you would want to do with people you know pretty well. 🙂

The Traveling Quilts - Constellation

It’s really fun to think about the journey across the country these blocks are about to take – from here in Illinois to Vermont to North Carolina to Hawaii to California to Oregon to Oregon to Oregon (Ha!) to Washington to Colorado to Illinois and then back home to me! PHEW!

The Traveling Quilts - Constellation

The theme I chose was “Constellation” and I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with. I used some great tutorials online for my blocks: Scrap Jar Stars, Lone Starburst and Wonky Stars.

The Traveling Quilts - Constellation

Along with our quilt starts, we are sending journals for everyone to add to as they grow our quilts. I found this great one on Etsy – the front is a map of the midwest. How appropriate is that?

The Traveling Quilts Journal

Have fun on your travels little quilt! See you next year!

Solstice Stars Series : Quilt Top

Solstice Stars Quilt Top

It has been one of those weeks where I wish I had more to share… Despite both kids being sick, I have managed to get some things done. Unfortunately some I can’t share yet. Others aren’t quite ready to be photographed. But I did finish the quilt top for the Solstice Stars Series. And then I took the photos of it upside down. But you get the picture, right?

The rest of the week I’m planning to finish up some things with upcoming deadlines, specifically my For the Love of Solids swap and my quilt start for The Traveling Quilts. Hopefully I will be able to post both of those soon!

Don’t forget to enter the Art Gallery Poetica giveaway if you haven’t already. I’ll be picking a winner tomorrow night!