Thursday, September 29, 2016

Star Light, Star Dark QAL: Winners and Parade of Quilts!

I've been leading a quilt-a-long or sew-a-long each summer for several years, and the Star Light, Star Dark QAL has been more successful than I ever could have imagined. So many of you experimented with color, alternate grids, contrast, and even free motion quilting! It's been positively THRILLING to see all of your versions come to life, via link ups, our Facebook group, and Instagram. Thank you so much for sharing your process with us and for joining me on this journey!

 Ablaze and Illuminate, my two versions of the quilt - both are in their forever homes now! It's so fun to finally see them side by side. I just love color... can't you tell?

Without further ado, here are the winners from the final link up, chosen by Random Number Generator. All winners have already been emailed. Congratulations!

Baby Quilt Top: Christina (#3)
2 PDF patterns (winner's choice) from Yvonne of Quilting Jet Girl + (1) PDF pattern from Myra of Busy Hands Quilts 

Finished Baby Quilt: Pat (#4)
$25 gift certificate to Sew Me a Song + (1) PDF pattern from Myra of Busy Hands Quilts 

Lap Quilt Top: Becca (#3)
Aurifil color card with 10 small spools - 50 weight thread collection (Minick and Simpson) + (1) PDF pattern from Myra of Busy Hands Quilts 

Finished Lap Quilt: Martina (#5)
$50 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop + (1) PDF pattern from Myra of Busy Hands Quilts 

Janelle (#4) 
Aurifil 12 large spool, 40 weight thread collection (Springtime Roses) + (1) PDF pattern from Myra of Busy Hands Quilts
Please join me in congratulating the winners and thanking our generous sponsors!


Quilt Parade

There were 25 finished tops and quilts overall, plus anyone else who is still working and/or didn't link up. That's a lot of modern star quilts! Congratulations on your accomplishments and thank you for the stunning eye candy!

Here are those that I have permission to share, and if they have blog posts, they are linked:

Aquila @aquilta on IG

Laura @llinkshwk on IG

Patty @The Crafting Saltbox (blog post)

KMTrott @Both Sides of the Pond (blog post)

Janelle (quilted by Jennifer Watson) (Google Doc blog post)

Danice @Homespun Hannah (blog post)

Lisa @Lisa In Port Hope (blog post)

 Kaylyn @kaylynowens on IG

Julie @quiltdivajulie on IG

Becca @Pretty Piney (blog post)

 Pat @peacockcreekdesigns on IG

Elizabeth @Elizabeth K Ray Quilts (blog post)

Ella @Throw A Wench In The Works (blog post) (she made TWO finished lap quilts!!)

 Sarah @Sarah Goer Quilts (blog post)

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl (blog post)

Debbie G. (a future Quilt of Valor)

Martina @Sunshine Quilting (blog post)

Christine (Flickr)


You can see all of the linked up quilts right here. Thank you so much for quilting along with me!! It's been so much fun.

I wonder - what are you looking for in a quilt-a-long? I'll take a break but I'd like to start something else up next spring or summer. I'm also coming up with some challenge ideas exclusively for the Facebook group. Thoughts?

Linking up to TGIFF, Crazy Mom Quilts, and Needle and Thread Thursday in celebration of all of your quilt finishes!

Quilt-A-Long Schedule

October 4: Winners announced << you are here!


  1. What a fun QAL, Jess, thank you so much for hosting. It is a delight to get to see all the quilts here on display, too.

  2. Excellent! This was such a fun QAL, thanks so much for hosting. I liked everything from the design and instruction to the pace and schedule. This parade is beautiful! Simply stunning! Thank you to the sponsors. Congratulations Jess and to all the winners!

  3. Such great quilts! All of them, just makes me thinking of making another one, lol!
    I think i love challenges which get me out of my comfort zone a Little bit. With this QAL it was the color and the contrast toghether with a simple and well explained blockmaking. Thanks again for all your work you have put into it.

  4. Congratulations everyone: those who won, and those who took part and didn't quite get there. Thank you Jessica for the organisation, the pattern and the nudge to look at colour and form differently. Perhaps a new QAL could be further towards improv - perhaps a simple block (eg HSTs, flying geese) made traditionally, but in various sizes. I found puzzling over the layout the most challenging in this project and would like to be further challenged along those lines.

  5. They are all fabulous! Congrats to all the winners! I'm still working on mine!

  6. Every quilt looks the same..........yet uniquely different, it's amazing. I love how your idea has given us a platform to explore color and layout possibilities!

  7. Congrats everyone on such lovely finishes!

  8. Beautiful quilts, all of them! It is so much fun to see everyone's take on the design.

  9. What a fantastic line-up of quilts! I love all the variety and non-rainbowy versions, too!

  10. Oh they are all so pretty! This was a fun QAL, and so glad to have participated. Congrats to the winners.

  11. Neat! All these tops looks lovely.

    I cannot pick a favorite!
    I wish I could have finished mine. Time has just stopped here.
    I will finish it... because it is on the dining room table - all nestled comfy under the walking foot, with a few areas stitched. I am proud of me haha
    I am so very happy I participated in this. I made a lot of progress and found some wonderful creative new friends.

  13. Thank you so much for running such a fun QAL!

  14. One is more lovelier than the other.

  15. Beautiful work by all. I love all the colors, fabric combinations and different quilting styles. And the overall QAL was such fun...thank you again Jessica!

  16. Hope to join in another time, this looks so fun!

  17. These are all really wonderful! Even though I wasn't able to participate, I sure enjoyed seeing everyone's progress along the way!

  18. What a great QAL- I was unable to participate but have been following along since the beginning. I can't get over how beautiful and different all the finished quilts are. Brava to you for planning and executing such a successful quilt along! Thanks for linking up to TGIFF!


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