This is the graphic for this year's QAL. Feel free to grab it and put it on your sidebar. I'll be starting a hashtag for Instagram too: #beothukstarqal
This year's quilt is 42.5" square. What does the quilt look like? Read on to find out!
The quilt is mainly made up of lots and lots of triangles. Aka HSTs! Therefore, it's pretty simple, with colour placement being a key to getting that centre star to pop. Surprise! All 16 blocks are identical but for strategic colour placement. There are two more colour options, see below, but be sure to check back on April 3 when I'm back with more details and the list of my amazing and generous sponsors.
This will once again be a fairly relaxed QAL, with two weeks between steps, and the final linky party open for a week on, as per the first year, my beloved dad's birthday, which was June 15, 'the birthday of a famous Canadian,' as he was wont to write on the calendar each year. While continuing to work through cleaning out my parents' house, my younger sister, Linda, found this calendar from 1964:
I just love this. So much.
Basic deets:The QAL will officially start on April 3 where you will get the official list and bio of my much-appreciated sponsors. On June 15, the final linky party opens for finished tops or fully quilted quilts. It will remain open for one full week. (so technically you have until June 22 to finish up your quilt😉)
I am super-excited to announce that my main sponsor for this year's QAL is Bernie of Needle & Foot!
Briefly (more next week on the main post), Bernie and I were in the New Quilt Bloggers group back in 2015. She writes a very informative blog, and very actively gives back to her community, both near and far. She also has a most lovely shop. Last year Bernie asked me if I would like to be one of the eleven quilters who curated a Blogger Bundle for her shop. I was so honoured to have been chosen. Here is my bundle:
and the project I made:
this post to see the other side of the bag, which is different, and to read more about the making of the bag. The bundle was very well received and I think I may have mused to Bernie that I should do a QAL with it, or maybe it was Wendy or Roseanne who mused... Any-who. Bernie jumped at the idea, and well, here we are.
|Ahh! The bag travelled with me to Cuba at the beginning of March.|
AlertNow there is a minor problem. The bag used six fat quarters, which is what the original blogger bundle contained. The original Beothuk Star only uses three fabrics, plus 1.75 yards of background fabric. Have no fear; if you want to use the sand coloured fabric you see along the top of the bag as your background, you can order some more from Bernie. Or, you could use background fabric from your stash. Then, here's what you can do:
1. Use the remaining five fabrics from your original bundle (remember the sand is background). You will need to make the stars in different colours rather than all out of one, like the mottled purple/gold batik I used. There is enough fabric in one fat quarter to cut out two star parts. Here is one possibility using the fat quarter bundle plus extra yardage for background:
2. Option 2 is to make all four stars different colours, which means you would need six fabrics plus background. I chose one more fabric, just a fat quarter is all you will need, from Bernie's shop for this option. This updated kit is now available in Bernie's shop. It contains 1.75 yards of the sand-coloured fabric, as well as a fat quarter of the new addition, the pink/purple triangles print.
Here is what the quilt might look like:
Of course you can move the fabrics around wherever you like!
3. I've curated a new kit with which I'll be sewing along with you for this QAL. I am thinking sweet little girl baby quilt on this.
This kit is now available in Bernie's shop. It contains binding as well as 1.75 yards of the hap-hap-happy Sunny Side Up print for background. We won't be starting the actual cutting until April 17 so you have lots of time to get yours. Check back here or on her blog, or on Instagram for either of us, @mmmquilts or @needleandfoot as we'll post
UPDATE: Both kits are now available.
Here is what the new quilt will look like:
Of course you can always sew your stash as well. Remember one fat quarter will do two stars.
If you plan on sewing along, be sure to grab the graphic at the top of this post for your blog. I'd love for you to spread the word. I am working on getting a Canadian quilt shop to curate a kit, so check back on that too, if you are a Canadian quilter wanting to participate! Not that you can't order from Bernie, but it takes longer, and Customs...etc...
See you back here next week, April 3 for the kick-off! In the meantime, I'll be busy designing more quilts for the 30 Quilt Designs Challenge (still lots of room for more peeps; just click the graphic below to read the post. Then just email or tag me on IG with your first design and I'll get you into the private FB group)...