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Oh My Stars! (A Quilt-Along)

November 17, 2011

Welcome to my very first quilt-along!  I’m really excited to get going on this project and I hope you are, too!  But you’ll have to bare with me…I’ve never hosted one of these before and I’m a bit nervous about it, so please get in touch if ever there is something that is unclear or just plain wrong. :)

So.  First things first.  A blog button!!   (I mean, what’s a quilt-along without a blog button, right?!)

Oh My Stars! (A Quilt-Along)
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This button will link to a special quilt-along homepage that I’ve set up, and that I will update with links to each step in the project as they are unveiled.  Make sense?  You can also just bookmark the page for yourself (you can find it here), if you either don’t have a blog, or don’t like littering your own blog with other people’s buttons.  I totally understand.

Next, you’ll need some idea of the required yardage.  This is a tricky question to answer, since it all depends on how you interpret the pattern.  In my case, I’m making a super scrappy quilt, so all that really matters is how much background fabric I need, but that might not be the case for you.  The finished size for the quilt will be 68″ x 92″, which is a generous twin.  I like my quilts to be bed-sized, and with a generous drop, given the depth of mattresses these days.

"Oh My Stars!" with border

If my math is correct, then you (and I) will need 3.75 yards of background fabric and 3 yards of foreground fabric, provided that each star is sewn the most efficient way possible.  However, since the intention is for this to be a sampler of the many different ways to interpret a simple sawtooth star, I think a little rounding up would be prudent.  We’re gonna need some room to play, right?!  So I have 4.5 yards of Kona Snow (I’m sure I’ll find a use for whatever is left over…), and a pile of scraps from my vintage sheet collection.  So…I guess that’s the long-winded way to say that I recommend getting:

4 1/2 yards background fabric
16 FQs of various prints for the stars, or an overflowing scrap basket ;)

Now, if you don’t require quite such a large quilt (perhaps you have an older mattress, or you’re thinking of using it as an oversized couch quilt), then the easiest thing to do is to omit the 4″ borders.  This would give you a finished quilt 60″ x 84″, and use 1 yard less of the background fabric.

"Oh My Stars!" Quilt

Since you’ll need some time to get your fabric situation in order, and since next weekend is Thanksgiving south of the border, how about if we get started after that?  Does that make sense?  Also, since we’re headed into the holidays, and everyone has a ton of gift-related sewing on their tables at the moment, I think it likely suits everyone’s needs to work at a leisurely pace for now.  But feel free to correct me on that point if you’re itching to motor ahead.  :) And please leave me a comment to let me know if you’re joining in!  I know that it will likely be a small group, since I don’t have a ton of followers, but it’ll be helpful in gauging my audience’s needs.

OK! So I guess I’ll see you back here on the 29th or 30th!

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  1. November 18, 2011 3:44 AM

    Fantastic timing. I have just cleaned up my work space and have a couple of WIP boxes empty and was considering the option of looking for a new project and here I am :o) Looking forward to starting on this with you and yes a leisurley pace would be great with some xmas sewing still to do. Do you have a follow option on your blog? I’d hate to miss a post.

  2. jennyy permalink
    November 18, 2011 6:50 AM

    Thanks — this design is great! I’m going to try it (but I don’t have a blog). I hope you get lots of followers!

  3. Cynthia Bartz permalink
    November 18, 2011 7:31 AM

    I’m in the quilt along!

  4. November 18, 2011 8:46 AM

    I LOVE this!!! I put your button on my blog. I think this will be a nice way to use up some of my VS collection. Although I have to admit I will probably do it after the first of the year! THANKS!!!

  5. November 18, 2011 9:18 AM

    I’m in. This will be my first quilt-along and I appreciate your going slow at the start, given the time of year.

  6. November 18, 2011 9:57 AM

    I need another project like I need ! Well, you know how that goes. But, this is really an eyecatching quilt and I don’t have a star quilt. I usually can’t keep up with these sew a-longs to save my life, but even so, count me in. Bernie

  7. November 18, 2011 10:39 AM

    I’ve never made a big quilt before. This one’s so lovely I’m totally going to follow along!

  8. November 18, 2011 11:47 AM

    Count me in! This is lovely and I can see a blue/yellow scrappy version emerging from my machine as we speak. Maybe. Or maybe a red/white one….or maybe….well, I guess we’ll all know soon.

  9. November 18, 2011 12:43 PM

    oh I like this! I work full time, but I’ll try to keep up!

    • Lois Martin permalink
      November 27, 2011 1:06 PM

      Hey, Beth! I am in Dallas, too.

  10. November 18, 2011 2:15 PM

    This looks gorgeous – I am a new follwoer and will totally be joining in – like Bernie above I really don’t need another project – but it’s just so pretty

  11. November 18, 2011 4:04 PM

    Oh Sheila! This is the first QAL I’ve been really tempted to enter! It’s sooo beautiful! (Other offerings have been too, I’ve just been too busy to consider them.) I’ll definitely think about this one. The slow holiday pace makes it very tempting too! :)

  12. Anne permalink
    November 18, 2011 5:00 PM

    Count me in, I love this design! And I’m the second member of your Flickr-quilt-along group! But I probably won’t be able to keep up, so I will do it at my own speed. Already thinking about my fabric choices. Hmmm, maybe a coal background?

  13. November 18, 2011 9:57 PM

    I would love to join you on this, have to see about my time.
    Deborah

  14. November 19, 2011 6:24 AM

    I just came across this and I simply cannot resist!! I adore stars and this is PERFECT. I am excited….hmmm what fabrics?

  15. November 19, 2011 6:27 AM

    I’m definitely joining! I’m in love whith your design since I saw it in flickr. I have a blog but I’m new to it so it might take a day or two until I finally find out how I can add your button but I will…
    Now the fun part, chossing the fabrics, I’ve decided I won’t buy new fabric for this quilt, I want to use part of my stash, I already have some Kona Ash yards so it must be something that matches… And I’m slow at sewing, don’t get discouraged if everyone finishes and I’m still at the beginning, it’s not your instructions/pattern, it’s me… :))

  16. AngieSue2 permalink
    November 19, 2011 6:31 AM

    Yeah! I’ve been looking for a scrappy star project — this will be my first quilt along!

  17. November 19, 2011 10:10 AM

    I’m on a star kick right now. I’m not sure I can start before Christmas, but we’ll see.

  18. November 19, 2011 5:02 PM

    Just beautiful. Would love a star quilt. Count me in! Now to choose a colour?

  19. November 19, 2011 5:04 PM

    LOVE!! starting to set aside my favorite prints now!!

  20. November 19, 2011 6:33 PM

    I love Sawtooth Star! I’ve never done a quilt-along before, but I want to try this one. Glad you’re going slow over the holidays. I’m thinking of using Christmas fabrics and making them into two throws for next year.

  21. November 19, 2011 8:02 PM

    Oh, I am all over this! I LOVE sawtooth stars!! :D

  22. November 20, 2011 1:11 AM

    I think I may join in! I have never done a quilt along but this seems like a good first!

  23. Jeannette in NJ permalink
    November 20, 2011 7:37 AM

    I am a lover of stars and you have caught my attention. Glad I can buy fabric during the Black Friday sale. Thanks.
    Jeannette in NJ

  24. vicki permalink
    November 20, 2011 10:36 AM

    We have been collecting sheets for a project but today I know for sure which project will be my first cut into my sheets…. I will be looking for more sheets this week too. Thanks for starting such a fun group project. Until the 28th…… :)

  25. November 21, 2011 12:24 AM

    This a great one to do, and I’ll join in. espeacially since it will be slow during the holiday and that will work out great. Thats alot. Have a geat Thanksgivings

  26. November 21, 2011 7:33 AM

    Hi!
    I found your blog by accident and I love your Oh My Stars! quilt.
    I will be participating too!
    Thanks, Leslie

  27. Brie permalink
    November 21, 2011 8:13 PM

    I think I might be able to join in :D

  28. November 21, 2011 11:33 PM

    I’m totally in!! I love star quilts! This will b my very first one!!

  29. Sarah R permalink
    November 22, 2011 8:40 AM

    I love stars and the layout for your quilt along is great. I think I will have to join in. Will there be various types of sawtooth stars in the quilt? I love the ones you diagramed for your bee.

  30. Mary C permalink
    November 22, 2011 8:52 AM

    I think I am going to try this quilt-along. I have tons of scraps and I think your pace sounds do-able going into the holidays. Looking forward to the next installment. Thank you for doing all the figuring and measuring as well as providing some much needed inspiration!!

  31. November 22, 2011 10:25 AM

    Count me in! I’m ready for another quilt along. Just finished one with 36 patch blocks and loved it.

  32. November 22, 2011 12:19 PM

    Count me in as well! It´s a beautiful quilt. Loved it since I first saw it.
    Gun, Sweden

  33. November 22, 2011 2:07 PM

    This is truly unfair. I had *JUST* made the statement to all of my quilting buddies that I was NOT NOT NOT going to start anything new because I *was committed* to quilting the pile of tops that are sitting here AND finishing up my stack of UFOs.

    And then I saw your QAL. Oh gosh, what a pretty, pretty pattern! So simple, yet sooooo pretty! :-)

    So maybe instead of working on finishing my UFOs in the evening, I’ll work on the Oh My Stars QAL. I’m sure the UFOs won’t mind, after all, they’re used to waiting. :-)

  34. November 22, 2011 3:04 PM

    I am going to try to join in. :)

    You should let the gal (she took over the blog recently so I forgot her name) that runs The Vintage Sheet blog know about the QAL. This is going to be a beautiful quilt done in vintage sheets.

    http://vintagesheets.blogspot.com/

  35. Kay J in Paradise (Ca) permalink
    November 22, 2011 6:01 PM

    This too will be my first Quilt A Long. As a matter of fact I’m very new in following blogs. This will be a beautiful quilt and am looking forward to each step. Thank you.

  36. Julie permalink
    November 23, 2011 5:08 AM

    I’m in!!!!! I came over via weddingdressblue blog. I am an no blogger. I joined the flickr group and hoping to gather fabrics soon.

  37. November 23, 2011 9:52 AM

    Ladycakes! A stars quilt along??!!! I might actually have to keep up the pace with this quilt along, for once! I think you might end up with a bigger group than you thought….I’ve repinned on Pinterest and tweeted this fabulous idea. I can’t wait!!! I love stars!!!

  38. November 23, 2011 10:09 AM

    Oh my indeed!!! Love the idea for this quilt, I definitely want to join in…but I’ll more than likely be late to the party, with the holidays coming up so soon. Can’t wait!!

  39. Cindy permalink
    November 23, 2011 11:29 AM

    Ok, I truely don’t need another project….but I LOVE your stars quilt! I found you through Pinterest, so you may end up with many more followers that you expect. :) I’m going to give it my best shot, thanks for hosting!

  40. November 23, 2011 2:05 PM

    I’m joining! I’ve been collecting star fabrics since having my son, Nova, 5 years ago. Just been waiting for the right quilt pattern and motivation. Thanks.

  41. November 23, 2011 3:03 PM

    I am joining in. You would have to be insane to not want to make this. I may just carry mine everywhere with me!!

  42. Christa permalink
    November 23, 2011 4:11 PM

    I saw the picture on Pinterest and clicked. I have never done anything like this before and am excited.

  43. Melanie permalink
    November 23, 2011 4:31 PM

    Just saw this beautiful quilt and would love to make one. I will probably start after everyone else due to my holiday sewing, but I can’t wait to join in!

  44. Ursula permalink
    November 23, 2011 5:34 PM

    LOVE this! My husband is a die-hard star block fan and I would love to make this, but I have too much on my plate until Christmas, but I will watch with anticipation and hopefully start one soon enough! <3

  45. November 23, 2011 9:35 PM

    I just found this and I am super excited! I am going to be making it out of vintage sheets as well and the scrappier the better! I can’t wait to get started!

  46. Sherron permalink
    November 24, 2011 12:13 AM

    Beautiful quilt! I am really tempted to join in. (most likely not until January)

  47. Lois Martin permalink
    November 24, 2011 7:03 AM

    Darn you, Sheila! Okay, sign me up. I have two grandaughters that need quilts.

  48. November 24, 2011 10:02 AM

    Oh my goodness, I love stars!! I’m so excited, but I’ll be a late, late starter. But still super excited!!

  49. Susan Lock permalink
    November 25, 2011 8:45 PM

    I love this ! also I will wait until January before I start, but then I won’t have to wait!!

  50. November 25, 2011 9:09 PM

    Yay!!!! Totally in on this!!! Can’t wait! P.S. Found you via Pinterest ;) can’t wait to start following you!

  51. Christa permalink
    November 25, 2011 11:07 PM

    I have never done anything like this before. Maybe a little like BOM”s I love the pattern so I’m gonna try to keep up! Everyone wish me luck! Don’t have a blog so I’ll be a Flicker girl.

  52. November 26, 2011 4:41 PM

    I am joining in too! Can’t wait to learn the stars!!

  53. Julie H. in Keswick permalink
    November 26, 2011 11:56 PM

    I am not sure I have the time to start yet another quilt (I have three on the go right now!), but perhaps…maybe if I didn’t make a full-sized quilt but made a smaller quilt instead for, say, the space above my fireplace or that white wall space in the stairwell? LOL. I have a pile of vintage sheets and scraps that I could use for this project.

  54. November 27, 2011 12:24 AM

    I would love to try this! It looks absolutely gorgeous and stars are on my to-do list! :)

  55. JustPam permalink
    November 27, 2011 9:39 AM

    I would love to try this. Are you supplying directions as the quiltalong progresses? I am doing a mystery quilt and have a couple of quilts I have to get finished by Christmas, so I may be slow to start, but this is so lovely I really want to join in.

  56. November 27, 2011 10:18 AM

    This is just gorgeous and I LOVE star quilts! I have both an overflowing scrap bin and an overflowing FQ stash, so all I need is some background fabric. I generally excel at starting things, but I’m much less successful at staying with it and completing a project :( I’ll be starting along with you, but I can’t promise much more than that! It truly is a beautiful quilt!!

  57. Joanne Harris permalink
    November 27, 2011 5:23 PM

    I added your button to my blog and think that since I love stars I will try to join in. Thanks for doing this and all the best on your first QAL. Joanne H

  58. November 28, 2011 12:37 PM

    What a pretty pattern! I’ve been wanting to do a quilt along for quite some time now and your slower start should be perfect for me! This is such a busy time of year… although I always seem to be busy with something.
    I have posted your button on my blog and joined the Flickr group!

  59. Anna M. permalink
    November 28, 2011 1:34 PM

    I want to play too! So excited to get started…I work full-time, but will try and keep up with everyone! :)

  60. vicki permalink
    November 28, 2011 6:33 PM

    I am having withdrawals….. I was like a little kids this morning, checking email and then when I got home too! Only to take a double sigh!!!! So, now I went back and re-read…. 29th or 30th… I just don’t know if I can wait 1 more sweet day…
    This is going to be alot of fun

  61. November 28, 2011 10:56 PM

    I can’t wait to make this one it is so pretty!

  62. November 29, 2011 6:17 PM

    this will be lovely done in vintage sheets. or something else i fall in love with in the next few days. count me in.

  63. Cindy B. permalink
    November 29, 2011 8:43 PM

    I to am going to be joining this quilt along. I found the perfect fabric line to make the stars, and the crisp white Kona cotton for the background. I am using the Moda “Summer Breeze” fabric line for the stars. I was able to get it all for 40% off on my LQS’s black friday sale! Can’t wait for the first step!

  64. November 30, 2011 10:14 PM

    Count me in….I’m late finding this, but I will be putting your button on my blog! :)

  65. December 1, 2011 12:13 AM

    Glad I saw the button for this quilt-along on a blog I follow…. heading over to join the flickr group!

  66. December 6, 2011 5:05 PM

    Count me in…desperately need to use up so scrapes. Your quilt looks beautiful.

  67. December 7, 2011 10:10 PM

    I’m going to play along too. I may be behind for a little while until I get my head above water with my job. However, I have my fabric already and I’ve added the button to my blog!

  68. December 8, 2011 6:02 PM

    I would love to join your quilt along – I love stars, and this quilt looks gorgeous. Can’t wait to get started!

  69. December 22, 2011 12:49 AM

    I do plan on joining in but with Christmas right now I’m going to have to hold off on buying fabric and starting for a while. Late is better than never!

  70. January 6, 2012 5:26 PM

    I just found this! What a great quilt to use up some of my vintage sheets!!

  71. January 13, 2012 8:36 AM

    I love stars and this is calling me.Your quilt look looks fabulous!

  72. January 18, 2012 8:58 AM

    I think this project would look so great using up some of my scraps! A great way to kick off the new year! Beautiful.

  73. Heather permalink
    January 18, 2012 1:47 PM

    I was looking for a new project to start and I am excited to make this my new project. I know I am getting in late in the game, but I have a goal of one block a day. So hopefully it won’t take me too long to catch up.

    Heather

  74. teresa g permalink
    February 3, 2012 2:12 PM

    Just went and bought some fabric for this one (all my stash is still boxed up). keeping it simple tho – 2 different shades of blue with twinkling stars for the star blocks and a yellow for the background

  75. Cathy permalink
    February 5, 2012 5:27 PM

    Jumping in and want to make this lovely quilt. Thanks for hosting and I’m excited to get started!

  76. Mona permalink
    February 17, 2012 3:58 AM

    I love this quilt and like to get started, shopping for some fabric tomorrow. Hope that you keep the pattern available for a long time, so I can finsih it too!

    Thank you so much for the pattern!

  77. Cathy permalink
    November 7, 2012 8:43 PM

    So, I am a year late, but I’ve saved this to my favorites and am getting the fabric for my birthday! Yeahhh, I am in! Thanks for this opportunity!

  78. January 18, 2013 2:35 AM

    I have begun to make you this work, I like much, prompt it will teach my advances, graces for the tutorial.thank maria jose

  79. January 20, 2013 3:57 PM

    I love quilt stars and I need a quilt!!!

  80. Emily permalink
    May 15, 2013 9:26 AM

    Love the quilt and the directions. New to quilting but think I will attempt. How long will the directions be available ? Thanks. Emily

  81. Emily permalink
    May 17, 2013 5:44 AM

    Is it possible to print the the step by step directions? If so, how? I’m visual so this would really help.
    Thanks
    Emily

  82. Vicki Freeman permalink
    December 5, 2013 11:34 PM

    I just came across this and love it! Is there any way I can get the pattern?

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