Saturday, March 28, 2020

Star Crossing QAL: Week 3 Extras

Today I'm sharing some advice on using directional fabric and sharing a video showing how to speed up making your flying geese units. If you're using directional fabric for your star tips and you care about them all facing the same way, keep reading! Otherwise scroll down to find the video.

The key to orienting your fabric correctly is to double check before doing any line drawing, sewing or cutting, though you can also just refer to the photos below and make sure yours match! :)

Align your first directional fabric square on the background piece. Fold the piece back, as if you've sewn it, and see if the stripes (we'll call them stripes, though yours may be different) are pointing the way you'd like. If so, draw your diagonal line and sew. If not, rotate your square 90 degrees and check again. 
Tip: If you want your strips pointing up and down in each star point, you need the "stripe" to run horizontal as shown below.

Repeat on the second side. It's always best to double check your direction is correct again, just in case. 

Finished stripe star blocks! 

In the Week 3 post, I briefly described how to avoid marking all your squares with diagonal lines for making flying geese units. Here, I'll show you exactly how to do it.

Finished your small and medium stars? Have a question?
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Quilt Along schedule:
March 12: Fabric selection
March 18: Cutting
March 25: Small and medium stars
April 2: Center star and assembly (I can't promise there won't be some April Fool's jokes...)
April 9: Machine quilting
April 22: Binding

The downloadable version of the Star Crossing pattern is on sale in my Etsy shop, so grab your copy today!

Purchase the pattern (currently 20% off!) here.

*Bring a friend deal: Get a friend to sign up for the QAL and purchase the pattern, and you'll receive 20% off an additional pattern of your choice! 
Simply email me your friend's name and I'll email you the coupon.


In addition, Pam and Diane, the lovely ladies at Piece, Love and Quilting, are offering a special deal to QAL participants:
25% off computerized edge to edge long arm quilting 
(including batting) for Star Crossing quilts

Contact them via FB or IG to take advantage of this discount!

Over the Rainbow fabrics
If you'd like to use the same fabrics, here are some shops carrying them (please contact me if you know of any others and I'll add them in!):

Stay at Home and Hop With Us!

No doubt like me, all of your upcoming quilty events have been postponed or  cancelled and you find yourself now stitchin’ up a storm at home!  Why not take a break and join me on a virtual pattern designer shop hop?

Come join the fun and virtually hop on over to some of my favorite friends in the quilting industry!!

Starting on Saturday, March 21st, I’ll invite you to explore the newest offerings, patterns and notions from my fellow colleagues.  You’ll meet new pattern designers, explore new quilting websites, and perhaps make a purchase or two along the way. All of them have something unique to offer to you – our virtual shop hoppers !

With new and exciting sites to explore throughout the week, you’ll be happy you took and break and virtually hopped and shopped with all of our new friends!

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