Star Flower Quilt Along: Kick Off!!

So, I feel like a bit of a tease. I promised months ago that I would host a quilt along for my Star Flower quilt. And then we stumbled on the perfect house. It has the best neighborhood for a home for my little family and space that will allow my little shop to keep growing without taking over the living space.

So, we have spent the last little bit getting our current home ready to sell. I am going to miss it so much. I’m overwhelmed with memories and hoping the new place will hold my heart the way this home has.
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So, now that you know why the sewing has been a bit sporadic over here, let’s talk quilts! This quilt is so fun in Briar Rose and I adore quilting it because it is just so pretty. Seriously.

DSC_0076So, on to the quilt along! The schedule is going to be on the following timeline. I plan to post my quilt along tutorials on Mondays. This way, you can squeeze in a bit of sewing during the week or do one big sewing event over the weekend.

The Schedule:
Monday, August 5th: Kickoff and Fabric Requirements and Color Ideas
Monday, August 12th: Cutting out the Quilt Top
Monday August 19th: Sewing The Star Flowers
Monday August 26th: Assembling the Quilt Top (Y-Seams Here We Come!)
Monday, September 2nd: Borders, Borders, Borders!
Monday, September 9th: Wrap-Up and Linky Party!

There are two different approaches to this quilt. One is a super scrappy look like here:
Briar Rose Quilt 3

And the second is the every other look like here:
Briar Rose Quilt 2
(Oh look! A scrappy star slipped in :))

I guess there is a third option with scrappy plus a common element like you see in the original quilt that inspired me.

If you want to quilt along, here are the fabric requirements for a twin sized quilt without much overhang. I’ve been a bit generous on the measurement for the solid to account for any cutting errors and since the inner borders will take a bit of an awkward cut.

Scrappy:
30 strips 3″x WOF OR 60 strips 3″ x 21″ (cutting from fat quarters folded in half is perfectly fine)
3 Yards of Solid Fabric

Every-Other:
34 strips 3″x WOF or 68 paired strips (2 of each print) 3″ x 21″ *you may want to add more strips if you would like more variety. Each WOF piece or paired strip will provide 3 sets of diamonds for star flowers.
3 yards of Solid Fabric

For my Star Flower Quilt, I used Briar Rose by Heather Ross and a selection of coordinating solids. These can be found in my shop here. I am going to be making this quilt again and seeing if I can keep ahead of the quilt along. This time be using this stack of Happy Go Lucky remnant pieces from my little (but growing!) shop. This is quite possibly my favorite Bonnie and Camille line ever. And my little boy needs a quilt to match his sister’s, right?
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I played around with a few other options today to see if any of them inspire you. There are so many great combinations of fabrics, and while I love using an entire line in a quilt, I also love seeing many fabrics pulled from various collections all merged into something unique. If you are more comfortable with that approach, definitely go that direction!

Some ideas I had were:

Two Tone:
Orange and Navy Stack
This quilt would be stunning in an every other layout. I may come back to this stack.

Low Volume against a contrasting background:
Low Volume Fabric Stack
This super light grey (A bella solid called ‘Feather’) makes these low volume tones glow. I would use this in a scrappy layout. Sigh. I wish I had time to make them all!

Common Element:
Polka Dot Rainbow
I think an all-polka-dot star flower quilt would be too cute! I’ve always wanted an all polka dot quilt since I saw this quilt from Rita over at RPQ. I chose a selection of Monochromatic dots, but this could look really fun with a bunch of cool multi colored dots!

So there you have it. I can’t wait to see what you come up with. I know it is back to school and life is a bit busy, but I’m not sure when it ever slows down! If you can join us, feel free to add your photos to our flickr pool here http://www.flickr.com/groups/2093007@N20/ or use the hash tag on IG or twitter #starflowerqal. I would LOVE to see your fabric stacks and I am hoping to see a whole lot of pretty quilt tops come September.
Fabric Ideas
Are you in? I’ll see you next Monday!

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18 Responses to Star Flower Quilt Along: Kick Off!!

  1. 1

    ohhh this is so pretty! If I can find time I will definitely join in :)

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    prsd4tim2 says:

    Loving the pretty fabric stacks and wish I could play with them all. I pretty much stink at QALs, but I think I’m gonna try to do this one. So pretty!

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    Sarah Russett says:

    I am definitely in!!! Love it!! Thanks so much for doing this!!

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    Meg says:

    I am so in!! Only problem is I booked a cottage for 9 days in August with the kids! Hope I can keep up :)

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    Mary says:

    Love that center stack with the navy, aqua, and orange.

    I think I’m in, but who knows with kids still home from school. Maybe if I just bring the sewing machine outside with them.

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    Mary says:

    Any chance of you selling that bundle in your shop?

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    Bruinbr says:

    Love! I only wish there were more hours in the day to sew! :) I’m hoping to join along, but even if I don’t get a chance I will definitely be cheering you on and watching for all the posts! I just love the other fabrics you pulled too. That two the one is gorgeous!

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    Bruinbr says:

    Doh autocorrect! I meant to say that I love the two tone bundle!

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    Kate G says:

    Love this! I think I’ll plan to do the polka dot inspiration. Great great great idea!

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    nancy says:

    Yes! Though I will be doing mine differently. I avoid Y-seams at all cost! lol

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    Marianne says:

    I am in even if I don’t do the whole twin size I would love to try the scrappy stars out :)

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    Rachel says:

    I’ve been thinking these would look great done in low volume! I’d love to give it a try!

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    Ginny says:

    Yes! I am hoping to join in! I love this pattern! I seen the pic of your quilt in your shop (love) and it is the whole reason I bought Briar Rose and the coordinating solids! So pretty! But I must say I am in love with the navy/orange two tone bundle!

  14. 14

    I love this! Love the navy and orange color stack. I have too many other projects going on, but may jump in anyway!

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    Erica says:

    Ah! I really want to participate but I have no time right now. Hopefully I can finish some up so I can join in :)

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    Jenny says:

    Hello! Just found you from the quiltbliss class sign-ups and I am so excited to join the sew-along! Is there any way you would include cutting instructions for a throw size of this quilt? If not I will do my best to alter it! Thank you!

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    Mandie says:

    This question about fabric choice is a bit late, but do you need to choose 30 different fabrics? Or can you double up on some and just understand that it won’t be a scrappy? Thanks! I can’t wait to cut & sew this quilt. It’s so pretty!

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    Jude Jones says:

    Do you have that light gray Moda “feather” in your shop? By the yard perhaps? I would love some.
    Thanks!