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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Working on my stars (and a link party)

This year, for my 2018 QAL I decided I will share the blocks ahead of the actual release of the patterns!

The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Growing Up QAL - releasing the last pattern on Monday!
  2. Starry Bright Sky QAL (2018) - see several of the blocks below
  3. Art with Disney QAL (2018) - no progress
  4. Splendid Sampler - no progress
  5. Charity quilts - no progress
  6. SK project - no progress
  7. Molli Sparkle's "The Honey Pot Bee" - no progress
  8. En Provence QAL - no progress
  9. Journaling into my new Leuchtturm 1917 - progress as usual!
  10. the 70273 Project - 4 more blocks done
  11. Book binding - no progress
  12. Twilters! Bee - paused until November
  13. Pencases and zipper pouches - no progress
  14. Rainbow Cascade QAL - no progress

More blocks for the 70273 Project. If you are curious to see some of the beautiful quilts made with all these blocks check out this Pinterest board!


I announced that I will be running a new QAL for 2018 on my other website.

This time, instead of making the blocks and keep them all hidden in a drawer until the pattern release date, I decided I will share the blocks as soon as I make them. 

This is for few reasons:
  1. This will get me more motivated to actually make all the blocks way in advance and be less stressed as the QAL proceeds;
  2. I will put together the patterns ahead of the free date of release, and I will put them in my shop so if someone wants to work ahead of the schedule, or wants to get bundles of multiple patterns, that can be done;
  3. Showing the actual blocks made in fabric may encourage more people to join... we know that computer colored blocks look cool, but never as cool as the real fabric blocks!! :)
In my QAL, I have actually 2 blocks a month: one known and one mystery, both using the same technique. Of course I won't show the mystery ones... but these will be included in the patterns for sale, if someone is interested! You will just have to trust me that it will be a second cool pattern :)... or alternatively you can just wait for the reveal month in 2018 and see it.

So these are the blocks I made until now

January 2018 (Fusible raw edge, silhouette continuous applique)
For this I actually made the mystery block too, but cannot share :)

February 2018 (Traditional piecing)

March 2018 (Fabric folding, origami style)
Oh, this was interesting and fun... I never done anything like this before, and it turned out quite interesting I believe!!

May 2018 (Fabric cutout, paper snowflake style)
I made two of these, because the red/cream one will be one side of a pillow cover I will make as a gift. I am still trying to decide which star to use on the other side of the pillow

August 2018 (English paper piecing)

I am having so much fun with all these techniques! 
The blocks are not that difficult, I completed them all in less than a week!

I want to make more of these blocks in November, so I am setting my One Monthly Goal (elmstreetquilts) as making the last 6 non-mystery blocks by the end of the month!

Are you planning to join?

How about you? What are YOU up to?
Link it here and share it with me!!


  1. Wow, those are some really unique blocks you've come up with - will make a great QAL. Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and good luck with your project!

  2. Such beautiful stars - had me ooing and aaing!

  3. Hi Alida, your stars look amazing. Looking forward to learning lots! Thanks!!!

  4. Thank you for continuing to commemorate some of the people we honor while living such a full and busy life. You are so special to me and to this project. xx


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