How is everyone doing tonight? I'm a bit late in sending out the info regarding the quilt along. I had a bit of an Adobe Illustrator crash, that lost me a few pages, and sent my patience spiraling. Technology is a blessing and a burden, but mostly, I wouldn't want to live without it. Because otherwise, I wouldn't have all you as QBF (Quilty Best Friends). Anywho, the pattern is done and tested. So here we go!
First off, I'm Amy, the captain of the QAL. And the owner of The Cotton Cure, a small quilt shop in Hillsboro, Oregon. We've been open for around a 1.5 years-ish. The "-ish" is a long story for another time. Most of the time you'll find me here with my kids and my trusty staff, Jeri and Mary Ann. We are all here to help you have the best QAL EVER! Well, not the kids, they're fairly useless quilters, but their ridiculously cute, so we forgive them for not knowing an HST from a FG.
Speaking of Flying Geese.
Do you appreciate that flawless segue? It was all natural and completely unplanned... organic, if you will.
But really, speaking of Flying Geese. I just love them. I love their crisp points. I love their symmetry. I love their versatility. They're really ... awesome. Plus, they're a touch nostalgic for me. When I was little, my Dad was a substitute preacher at our church, and spoke about geese as a metaphor for good Christians, and I remember being very fascinated at my Dad's knowledge of geese. Anyway, the point is that I love a good Flying Geese, but the word on the street is that a lot of people don't. Here's where I come in. This pattern is goose heavy. So we are going to go over 1) how to sew up those pesky geese super fast 2) how to trim them as quickly and precisely as we possibly can 3) and how to ensure our points stand at attention. A point that is buried in the seam is no friend of mine.
So how do we do that, you ask?
First, get yourself on the email list: here it is.
Then just follow along on this blog! It's that easy. Every Sunday, starting February 14th, that week's lesson and assignment will post. They will be chock-full of tutorials, videos, and tips. In addition, Jeri or I will host a weekly live video on FB and IG to answer any questions you may have about the pattern, techniques, meaning of life, etc.... I'll tell you right now, I have no idea what the meaning of life is. I think it's really just about paying bills and continually buying bigger pants;) I could be wrong though.
Where and when does this happen?
Sunday Blog Post will be posted right here every Sunday starting February 14th. And the QAL will last for 7 weeks!
Monday join us at 10am on IG or FB. If you can't make it, don't worry, we will try to save the video for you! I say "try" because saving Live videos is a perpetual problem of mine.
What do you need?
Prior to the quilt along we will have a video talking about supplies. But here is what you absolutely need:
The fabric, as shown on the pattern.
And basic sewing supplies, including a machine.
What is not technically needed, but would be really nice to have?
The number one thing, that would be SUPER beneficial to you is this Creative Grids Ultimate Flying Geese Ruler. I almost want to put this under "need" but technically, you can get by without it. But man does it make your life a whole lot easier.
Kits! We put together a few Starry Hearts Kits, just in case you don't feel like making the decision, or busting into your stash.
We put together a shop here with anything you may need. Do not be fooled by the Foundation Paper Piecing supplies on that page! This is a traditionally pieced pattern. But we will talk about those in a few weeks;)
Everyone, duh;) From the newbie to the advanced. We are here for you. Yes, you.
Are we going to give away prizes?
You bet your butt! We are going to have a giveaway EVERY WEEK! The prizes are a secret until the week of. But the Grand Prize is a free longarm quilting of your Starry Hearts Quilt! Yay all day on that! To be entered into the weekly and grand prize drawings you will need to post a progress pic of your quilt to IG. If you forget, don't worry. You can always try again the following week. BUT the more you post, the more chances you have to win the Grand Prize!
Week of February 14th: Pick your fabrics! And color in your Coloring Sheet in the pattern. Talk about tools. Talk about the pattern. And most importantly, talk about seam allowances!
Week of February 21st: Cut your fabric! Yes, I'm talking to you, Newbie:) We are going to go over cutting fabric. The pattern is set up for not wasting any fabric. And it delivers. But that leaves you a very narrow margin of error. Not to fret. We are here for you.
Week of February 28th: BIG WEEK. The aforementioned Flying Geese will finally show their faces. We are going to make ALL OF THEM. Get excited! I am!
Week of March 7th: Trim up those geese! And make our hearts...xoxo.
Week of March 14th: Assemble the Starry Heart Block
Week of March 21st: Assemble the Mini Star Block
Week of March 28th: Put a fork in her, your top is done this week! We are just going to sew together all of blocks and rows. And then stand back and admire all of our hard work. Pat yourself on the back!