Welcome to the Barn Star Sampler QAL! Join me, Kimberley from the Fat Quarter Shop and some other wonderful makers (see down below for links to them all!) for a year long sewalong of Shelley Cavanna’s gorgeous Barn Star Sampler Quilt from her book!
You can read more about the sewalong and how we at Said With Love are doing it (emails with hints and tips for the blocks at the beginning of the month, block reveals at the end of the month) on the Barn Star Sampler Quilt Along page https://saidwithlove.com.au/sew-alongs/barn-star-sampler-sewalong/
I am using Tula Pink fabrics for my blocks and each block will be different. Read about my fabric choices and some tips here in this blog post.
Wow, the blocks for month 1 of the Barn Star Sampler QAL took a bit to do! Lots of Half Square triangles and yep, 117 pieces in each block! I made a video showing some tips for HSTs and other parts of the block here.
But oh boy, was it worth making them…. so good to get the first one finished! Here is my Block 1 A
Tula Pink fabrics, with a bit of fussy cutting for the centre square and I love the block!
I am using mostly fat quarters for this sewalong, so for the second of Block 1 I have used different fabrics.
This time I have fussy cut one of the painted roses from Tula Pink’s Curiouser and Curiouser collection! Here is my Block 1 B
And this time instead of using the 8 at a time method to make my HSTs, I used the Fat Quarter Shop’s 2″ HST triangles on a roll papers. These do take a little bit longer to make as on top of the sewing and trimming you do need to pull the papers out, but as my hubby did the cutting for me (my wrist isn’t quite up to that yet), it was quick for me!
There is this great pack of foundation papers made specially for the Barn Star Sampler Sewalong which I grabbed before Xmas – if you are a beginner or love doing foundation paper piecing for accuracy, this is the box for you! It has triangles on a roll in varying sizes as well as square in a square and flying geese pads.
Don’t forget to tune in to the Fat Quarter Shop Youtube Channel on Friday the 27th January 2023 to see Kimberley’s block too! UPDATE: sadly this Friday’s was pre- recorded, but here are Kimberly’s blocks!
And there are some awesome other quilters sewing along with us and the Fat Quarter Shop!
Meet the Quilters Sewing Along
- Anne Boundy (this is me here at Said With Love!)
- Kim Lapacek, Persimon Dreams, (@persimondreams)
- Melanie Call, A Bit of Scrap Stuff, (@abitofscrapstuff)
- Rebecca Bird, One Wee Bird, (@oneweebird)
- Reece Ortolani, Hurricane Quilty Stitches, (@hurricanereecequiltystitches)
- Melissa Corry, Happy Quilting, (@happyquiltingmc)
- Pat Sloan, Pat Sloan Blog, (@quilterpatsloan)
- Gina Tell, Thread Graffiti, (@gina_tell_threadgraffiti)
The first link after the quilter’s name is the link to their blog post and the second link is their instagram account. Give them some love and check out their blocks as the year goes by!
I have been loving seeing all the blocks in our Facebook Quilting & Sewalong Group – some stunning colours have been chosen!
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