Friday, August 1, 2014

Welcome to the Space Dust Quilt-along | Week 1


Welcome to week 1 of the Space Dust Quilt-along! All the details about the quilt-along -- including your hosts, the pattern, the fabric, fabric requirements, and kits -- can all be found here:


We'll be sewing along in rows, week by week, beginning next Friday. Week 1 is all about getting yourself and your supplies ready:

First, introduce yourself in the comments below! Let us know who you are, where you're from, and what fabrics you've selected for your quilt. Leave a link so we can visit and follow you back. Ask questions about the pattern and paper-piecing in general, and answer others' questions. We're all in this together -- let's help each other out.

Second, purchase and print out your pattern. Be sure to check that it prints out at the right size. Tula places each block on its own page, so don't print double-sided! And each block needs to be cut out along the dotted lines, so grab some scissors, put on a good movie, and go to town.

Brush up on your paper-piecing (aka foundation piecing). As I've mentioned, this is a GREAT pattern for beginners or first-time paper-piecers. Tula offers a great quick tute at the start of the pattern, and there is a wealth of great knowledge on the internet. Have a favorite? Share a link in the comments. My suggestion is to pick a sample block from the Space Dust pattern, print a few copies, grab some scrap fabric, and practice, practice, practice.

Get your fabric! Review the fabric requirements and collect what you need. Several of us are using the Indelible line, but this pattern will look amazing in many different styles. And even in the same fabrics it will look different based on fabric placement. Some people are even printing out the diagram and using colored pencils to plan theirs out.

Take lots of pictures and use the hashtag #SDQAL. Share, share, share! We want to see pictures of your fabric, your blocks, and your progress. Cheer each other on!

So who's ready to go?

11 comments:

  1. I SO don't have time for this, but if I finish up some other projects this week, I'm in. My very first (and still favorite) quilt was paper-pieced, and I'd love to do another one. I'm thinking this would be a good way to use up a host of fat quarters, too. So count me in.

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  2. Hi John! I'm Angela from Idaho :) Count me in on this paper-pieced project - I loved making the Feathers quilt (by Alison Glass & Nydia), so I'm pretty dang sure I'll like making this one, too. I'm thinking all solid fabrics in a monochromatic scheme. Probably blues since I have a ton of blue scraps.

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  3. Hi John! I'm Jaime (Jmzblond on IG) from Utah and while I have about as much time as Brenna (above) I'm in too. I'm using the Indelible fabrics and am excited to get started. I was happy to read that we'll be starting on a Friday and working in rows; somehow that makes it less intimidating. Looking forward to it!

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  4. Hi John! I'm so glad that you and Paul are hosting this quilt along. It's going to be a blast! I'm Chris, and I live in Texas. I'll be using fabrics from my stash, with a color palette of aqua, navy, orange, and some olive greens and greenish-yellows. You can find me on Instagram as thecolorfulom.

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  5. Howdy, I'm Lynn from Charleston, SC. Gonna use Indelible. Love the fabric line and this will make me use it. Been playing with the colors and still can't decide if I"m going light in the center and get dark, dark to light, or part of me just wants to be random about it. I've got no idea how to organize this but will figure it out. Excited about the adventure.

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  6. I don't have the time to actually DO this quilt-along, but I will be following all of your progress. I'm really looking forward to seeing what you all do with this lovely pattern

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  7. Hi John! I am in! Julie from Eastern NC, and I am going to use Fox Fields. Organized what fabrics to use where tonight. Will see in the morning if I still like what I've done. Looking forward to this. Thanks to you and Paul for hosting.

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  8. Hi I'm Lisa! aka @lisasew, I live in Leeds in the North of England (UK). I am making my Space Dust from Cotton and Steel basics. So excited for this QAL. Hello everyone.

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  9. Hi. My name is Sue and I live in the picturesque wine-growing region of the Overberg, about one hour outside Cape Town, South Africa. Everything's ordered and will only arrive in about a month. I'm über excited to be part of this online QAL - my first! Cheers!

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  10. BAM, count me in, I'm terrible at QALs, but I'll give it a go, I've had the pattern and fabric for ages. I'm Ellie-Mae from rural NSW Australia.

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  11. Hi My name is Melinda and I live in Lexington KY. This will be a lot of firsts for me-participating in a quilt along and paper piecing. Just a heads up, I am sure I will be late posting. I am using indelible with a dark gray background. Cant wait to see everyones!!

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