Irish Stars Quilt Along Part 1: Basics and Preparation

Welcome to the Irish Stars Quilt Along!


So many of you responded positively to the invitation to leader-ender-along with me that we are going to go ahead with it.  This will NOT be a traditional quilt along where we issue a specific step on a specific date.  Rather, we will all be producing blocks at a rate that suits our sewing style and our goal.  We’ll do it together for a while (time undetermined) until we have completed some quilts and it has served its purpose.

In order to prepare for this quilt along you should:

  1. Study up (or refresh your memory) on what a leader-ender quilt is.  As far as I know, Bonnie Hunter invented the term and still is considered the guru:
  2. Decide on your base square size:  1-1/2″, 2″, 2-1/2″.  How to decide?  Well, what do you have the most of, either already cut or easily cut from your scraps?  That is how you will know.  We will NOT only use squares this size.  You will also need some background fabric (can also be scrappy, but should be in one color family and a good contrast to your base square color–I am using whites).  You will also need some fabric of other sizes for the stars.  Some have asked if the stars can be scrappy also.  Yes, they can, because anything can, but mine will not be.  I believe having the stars each made from a single fabric will help the eye to have a resting place.  You could even make all of your stars a single color–yellow, for example–and NOT use that color in your scrappy squares.  So many decisions.
  3. Gather your fabric and start cutting your scraps.  In the next few days I will post again with tips and suggestions for deciding on a goal size for your quilt.

Thank you for your enthusiasm.  Let’s get scrappy!


ps–My thanks to Susan for the great button–feel free to grab it and share on your blog or to invite others to participate.

Week Three =

a lot of cutting.

It is week three of Amanda’s Quilt-along. (for full directions see Quilt Along #5 in her sidebar)

After an evening of cutting, I am right on track.

Lots of little squares paired up.

What a successful matchmaker I am.

That is a lot of happy couples.

In the end I am hoping for one happy teenage boy named Hayden.  That is who this quilt is planned for (see New List in sidebar).

Ah, what a long wait for week four.

There is still time to join.  This one is a fine potential scrap buster.  That would be a lot of cutting but I am certain the results would be worth it.

***Curve Master Giveaway is Here.  Ends tomorrow (6/24).  Winner to be announced Friday***

Quilt-along Started

Amanda at Crazy Mom has a new quilt-along going.  You might want to check it out. (Picture is the button for the quilt along which just now doesn’t want to go in my sidebar for some reason.)

These are my fabrics.

The strange prints came in a bag of fabric from a friend.  They are a little different, but perfect for the person for whom this is intended.  The background fabric is Kona Ivory (I think) and the orange is for binding.  It is beautiful in real life.  Marie Osmond for Quilting Treasures.

Using at least a little fabric on hand in nearly every quilt  has made me realize how lucky I am to have fabric.   And I am pushed in new directions by using what I have rather than buying every time.  However, I am not afraid to buy when I need it.  Lately that has been mostly background fabric.  The orange in this case, was originally purchased for a different quilt and didn’t work, but I think it has found a home this time.

Anyway, there is plenty of time to join the Quilt Along as this is only week two and week one was just cutting.  It is all 2 1/2″ strips so it is a good time to get out that jelly roll you have been hoarding or make good use of your scraps. 

Week two should be posted today.

Join us and have fun.