Star Light Star Bright Quilt-A-Long

I’ve really enjoyed following Melissa at her blog, Happy Quilting Melissa, since I starting my own quilting journey.  She has tons of great tutorials (including the Refracted tutorial I am using for my sister’s quilt) and makes such lovely quilts.

I was so excited when she started discussing a new quilt-along but I also knew I didn’t have enough time to add another quilt to my plate right now.  But the Star Light Star Bright quilt-along looked so fun and I was looking forward to at least following along with everyone.

Lucky for me, Melissa put together yardage and cutting instructions not only for numerous quilt sizes but also for pillows made out of a single large block!  I can find time to join the fun if I only have to make one block.  So here we go!

I choose these fabrics for my pillow.  I’ve been loving teal/aqua lately and wanted to take the opportunity to use a little bit in a project.DSC_1534

Our first “assignment” from Melissa was to get everything cut out.  It was kind of nice that it didn’t take me all that long to cut since I’m just making a single 16″ block.

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And our assignment for this week was to make the flying geese blocks.  I’ve actually never made a flying geese block before so it was a great chance to learn the no waste method for making them that Melissa presented.

Here’s my (small) completed flock of geese!

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I’m having fun with this quilt-along and it is sort of nice to have a project that is a little smaller of a commitment.  Plus – I get to make my first pillow cover!

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Stash Bee 2014 – January Blocks

With so many different quilt-alongs, online/virtual quilting bees, block-of-the-months, and other quilting activities getting started with the beginning of the new year, it is really easy to find some extra activities to get involved with.

One thing I’ll be doing this year is participating in Stash Bee 2014!

Stash Bee is made up of multiple hives, each containing 11 hive members and running for 11 months (January-November).  I’m in Hive #6 with the following lovely ladies:

Each month, one member is the “Queen” and posts a tutorial for a block she would like the others to make.  Everyone else completes her block using fabrics from their stash and sends it off to her to finish the quilt top.  Danny Heyen, who blogs at Mommy For Reals, coordinates all of Stash Bee and makes sure everything runs smoothly.

Courtney was our Queen for January and she wanted a basic nine-patch block but asked for low volume for the corner squares and scrappy mini-nine-patch blocks for the other five.  Here are the blocks I’ve made for her:

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I’ve been starting to collect mini charm squares (the 2.5″ ones) because I’d eventually like to make a large postage stamp quilt.  It was fun to get the chance to play with postage stamps for a bit with these blocks.  I also learned what a wonderful thing chain piecing can be.  🙂

I hope Courtney likes them!