Monday, September 19, 2016

Star Light, Star Dark QAL: Final Linky Party

Can you believe it? The Star Light, Star Dark Quilt-A-Long is coming to an end. It's been amazing sewing along with you all and seeing your quilts develop! The community on Instagram, in the blog comments, and in the Facebook group has been so helpful and inspiring. Every time I log online, something new pops up! I never could have dreamed that this quilt-a-long would be so successful. Thank you for sharing your talent, advice, and lovely quilts!

I'd like to share my finished quilt (the second one!) - officially called "Ablaze." I quilted this one very in-depth; each large star features a different filler motif, and I used lots of organic lines and swirls to add dimension to different parts of the quilt. Many of the stars look like they pop off the fabric. You can see more close ups on last week's quilting suggestions post, if you're interested!

I used an assortment of Aurifil threads that appears slightly lighter or darker in each color section: 2110 (light yellow), 1135 (yellow), 1133 (bright orange), 2240 (pumpkin orange), 2437 (salmon), and 2250 (red).

I pieced together lots of scraps from the front and a lovely yellow, Sprout Cirrus Solid, for the backing. The minimalist approach and lightening effect made me more happy that I can say. It's totally reversible, bright, and happy.

Quilt backings for the win. They are so much fun!

Look, it's in its forever home now, and I couldn't have planned it better myself (I DID NOT KNOW it would match their room - like, look at that chair!!). This quilt now lives with my aunt, uncle, and family, who just moved to CA. I hoped it would fit in, and I'm happy to say they are thrilled with it!!

If you'd like your quilt to be included in a parade of finished tops and quilts on Oct. 4, please email me or comment on this post to let me know that I can include a picture of your quilt. I will link it to a blog post if you've included it. If you don't tell me, I won't be able to include your quilt (I need your permission). Thanks!


In order to be in the running for prizes, you must link up your finished SLSD quilt top OR finished quilt to the appropriate linky party between now and October 3. Here are the prizes again, so you have some incentive! :D

Linky 1. Baby Quilt Top Only:

1 random winner will win 2 PDF patterns (winner's choice) from Yvonne of Quilting Jet Girl's Craftsy shop!

Linky 2. Finished Baby Quilt (quilted and bound):

1 random winner will win a $25 gift certificate to Sew Me a Song!

Linky 3. Lap Quilt Top Only:

1 random winner will win a complete Aurifil color card with 10 small spools - 50 weight thread collection (Minick and Simpson)!
Linky 4. Lap Quilt Finished (quilted and bound):

1 random winner will win a $50 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop! 

1 random winner will win an Aurifil 12 large spool, 40 weight thread collection (Springtime Roses) - ideal for quilting!

ALL winners will win (1) PDF pattern from Myra of Busy Hands Quilts, from her Craftsy pattern shop!

Thank you so much to the generous QAL sponsors for offering these prizes!

I will choose winners using the Random Number Generator and email them, so PLEASE make sure you enter your email address when you link up! If you need help linking up or are unsure how to proceed, please email me your picture before 11:55 pm EST on October 3. You can only win if you are linked up!

Link up your baby quilt top!

Link up your FINISHED baby quilt! (quilted and bound)

Link up your lap quilt top!

Link up your FINISHED lap quilt! (quilted and bound)

Be sure to visit the links to see all the lovely quilts that have been made. So many in-depth explorations of contrast, fabric, and quilting!

Quilt-A-Long Schedule

September 19 - October 3: Final Linky Party - Link up your Finished Quilt! <you are here!
October 4: Winners announced


  1. 'Been looking so forward to this day to see all of the quilt tops and completed quilts. This was such a fun and educational QAL. Please do include my quilt in the Parade- thank you so much Jess :)

  2. As a quick update to the linked post - Master Connor spent 6 weeks in the NICU/NCCU before going home just a few days ago. Thanks so much for this QAL - it has been great fun to watch all the different interpretations and colors. Looking forward to seeing how others have quilted their tops (I have ideas but haven't settled on a plan yet).

  3. p.s. Your ABLAZE quilt is glorious and how wonderful it looks in its new home! GORGEOUS and what a perfect name!

  4. Ohhh I love all of the links so far!! Just adorable
    I am going to try to get my lap quilt done when mom is situated in rehab
    She is still in the hospital :-(

  5. Hope it's ok. I linked up both of the quilts in the done area (one as a blog link, one as a Flickr link).

  6. Wow! Your quilt came out SO beautiful, Jess! (This is Nicole from the CJMQG, btw.) You really have an eye for blending textures, and the different quilting designs are so organic. Love it!

  7. Your Ablaze quilt is beautiful!! The quilting is awesome!!! I enjoyed your quilt a long so much! Such fun!! You can include my lap size finished quilt in the parade of quilts.

  8. So much fun to see everyone's quilts! If I finished quilting by October 3 (not likely, but possible), I'll switch my link, but in the meantime yes you have permission to share pictures of the quilt top

  9. I find it unlikely that I'll have my quilt finished and bound on time, so I went ahead and linked the top. I love seeing everyone's work! You have my permission to use the image of my "Morning, Noon, and Night" Star Light, Star Dark QAL top.

  10. This is great color combo and what a texture! Well done!

  11. Thanks again Jessica, it was a great experience to me and I love my quilt and all those made, yay! And you are very welcome to share the Pictures.

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