Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Star Cluster Quilt-a-Long

Stay Home & Sew

That's my mantra right now. We stocked up at the grocery store and are prepared for a couple weeks of no social contact. Although Robert and I just in our 60's, I'm more concerned about getting the virus and passing it on to my 86-yr-old Mom unknowingly. The healthier I am, the better prepared I am to care for her. Let's all watch out for each other.

The KT Quilt Shop is closed to walk-in customers as of today, March 17. Please feel free to call the store, place your order, and Robert will set it outside the door if you have a local quilting emergency. Otherwise, our website is always open and we'll continue to ship whatever you need to make your stay at home more fun and productive. After all, you can only clean so much.

Star Cluster Quilt-a-Long

If we're going to be stuck at home, let's have a quilt-a-long! My new Star Cluster quilt is one of my favorites. I love the assorted sizes of churn dash and star blocks and the scrappiness of the Through the Years fabric. We'll make one block a week for 6 weeks. That ensures we can cut kits after the fabric arrives later this month and ship them to you in time to start. There's no charge for the Quilt-a-Long, just follow along on my blog each Tuesday beginning April 21st. If you choose to use your stash, patterns are available at ktquilts.com as printed patterns to ship, or as a printable PDF. If you've already purchased the Star Cluster pattern, find corrections HERE


Want to win this pattern? Comment about your stay-at-home sewing plans to win.

53 comments:

  1. I am pulling out all my unfinished projects and tackling one at a time! It would be fun to have this pattern to work on in the isolated time ahead! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  2. I have already pre-ordered the kit! Looking forward to receiving. Even when I find myself with ripper in hand it is still calming during these uncertain times.

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  3. I have several quilt tops that are waiting to be basted and quilted. I hope to get that done.

    I will be working from home starting on Monday, so I may not get it done.
    Sandy A

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  4. My plan is to cut and organize some scraps and then as a reward to myself I will make a happy spring mug rug.

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  5. I have signed up for a Mystery Quilt and 2 Block of the Week projects to sew while I stay home during this virus outbreak. I am also finishing up a Mystery Quilt through my guild.

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  6. I have a quilt in progress that I am hand quilting that I will be glad to get done.

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  7. I am just piecing the backing for a UFO. It will be so good to get it finished

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  8. I have many projects lined up for however long I am stuck at home. I'm hoping to make a big dent in my to-do list. First up, I am making some fun pillowcases for my granddaughters. I think this all can be harder on them b/c they don't really understand the scope of it, & just why they have to stay so isolated. Not to mention, kids get bored so easily. Stay safe everyone!

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  9. I am not at home yet. But this weekend I have many projects lined up to work on. Always more than I have time for, but isn’t that part of the fun?!

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  10. I've been busy prepping all sorts of projects, from applique to FMQ! I'm also planning on downloading the Little Women audiobook from Hoopla. I think that will be perfect to listen to as I sew, sew, sew!

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  11. I am going to enjoy not having places to go & get to stay home. Have food in house. Hoping weather cooperates & can get outside to work on early spring cleanups in the gardens. Have several projects for Christmas so hoping to gets good head start. KT fabric will be creating some of them. Phone calls & texts will keep me connected with kin & friends. Blog posts will keep me connected to my interests. And if I need more fabric many of our quilt shops are having skeleton crews &/or short hours & will meet you at the door or car with your package. That would count as an essential trip, right?

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    1. Absolutely! Robert is offering front step service at our shop. Remember, the little shops you love need your quilting $$'s to weather this storm, too, not just the big box stores online. We're all in this together!

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  12. My plan is to spend the next two weeks finishing as many quilts as I can - ideally 3-4 that are all pinned and ready to quilt. And then, I can start something new... I have lots of ideas. And, of course, jump in on some of the upcoming Mystery quilts and quilt-alongs - I love these. Quarantined can be fun!!Thanks Lynn for all you do to help keep our sanity...

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  13. Happy to have lots of time for projects. I've started a QOV for my Dad. Spent day 1 of being home ripping out machine quilting I had started & didn't like & have now have plenty of time to start over. Looking at stash of cute little projects (toppers/runners etc) that I've saved from magazines over the years & will be able to get a couple done. Be safe & stay healthy!

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  14. I work in the hospital so I won't be getting any extra sew days but when I am home I plan to keep up with my KT 20 year BOM and also to join your quilt a long- thanks for hosting it!! take care and be safe

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    1. Karen, You are a hero! Please be safe at work on the front lines of this pandemic.

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  15. We homeschool so our life really hasn't changed much other than our extracurricular activities being cancelled and not attending any gatherings. But even that allows us a little more free time so I am enjoying it with quilting and knitting. Thanks for hosting this. I love the pattern!!

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  16. Working on a couple of UFO's as well as doing some re-organizing in my sewing area to make it less stressful to get to the items I need as I have a small sewing area. Everyone - please stay safe!

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  17. I am working on WIPS first. Trying to finish some things on my list. I am anxious to start something new!

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  18. My hubby and I are 73 and we have a daughter with cancer and chemo, so we are staying home so she has one other place to come to get out of her house. Our groceries today we ordered online and will drive up to store and they will load in our trunk. That leaves us all fairly safe. In the MEANTIME...I am quilting;Charity quilts for Childrens hospital and veteran, and an occasional UFO. Your line has always made me feel so cozy and safe; so it is the perfect line to use at this time.

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    1. Linda H. at larleneh@aol.com

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    2. Oh, thank you. We all need to embrace those things that make us feel safer in these trying times. A quilt is a great way to give someone a hug and still stay 6 ft away.

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  19. My plan is to finish a couple of projects, including a queen size quilt of all Kansas Trouble fabric. Then, I will catch up on the Moda Blockhead blocks. I also have a new projects I could start.

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    1. Judy, please post a picture. I'd love to see your queen quilt when it's done.

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  20. I purchased your Crazy for Minis booklet with some mini charms from you so it will be a perfect time to get a mini quilt done. Can't wait to get started!!!

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  21. I love this star quilt. I can't wait to make it. Since all my meetings are cancelled, I'm trying to take advantage of the free time and work on a bunch of UFOS. My long arm quilter is going to be busy when I'm done! So I'm helping the economy too!

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  22. Time to quilt those unfinished projects. I recently realized that many friends were having hip and knee replacements and I wished I had lap quilts ready - so I'm making a few to keep in reserve for the next ones!

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  23. My New Year's resolution was to finish at least 6 UFOs this year. I will have accomplished that by the end of this month.

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  24. I have a dog quilt to finish for a friend who is crazy over dogs. We have a 3 year old in the house for the time being so sewing with "Mr In Motion" is a challenge. Did you know pins poke?

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  25. i have a star wars quilt i am quilting for my nephew. after that, i'll quilt a batik quilt top for my granddaughter (she picked out the pattern and fabric). our school is closed for several weeks. when i'm done with these 2 quilts, i have a lot of pattern/fabric choices and a few ufo's i can work on.

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  26. I'm like you Lynn, I have to stay safe to keep my elderly Mom and brand new grand babies safe. Your sew along is a great idea!!!!

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  27. I have started completing my UFO's. It's a way to keep busy and accomplish something. Stay healthy eveyone.

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  28. I hope to finish some of my UFOs; there are several projects calling to me. Also I need to work on our taxes, getting information organized to go to our tax preparer. I really like your "Star-Cluster" quilt. This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing this.

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  29. We have a new puppy. So, in between her walks and play time, I plan to do some catching up on UFOs - both piecing and quilting.

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  30. Love the Star Cluster Quilt, the various sizes make it fun to see and sew.
    I am woking on a UFO Challenge from quilt guild with embroidered blocks made by a friend and a variety of reproduction fabrics.
    Next is completing this year's BOM. The blocks of houses are ready for sashing and corner stones.

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  31. Need to finish up a couple of projects. Book shelf quilt for my daughter in law. Crown Royal quilt for a friend. Find patterns for twin g-daughters graduation quilts. Hopefully I will be able to find some me time and be able to to work on the Star Cluster quilt along.

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  32. Beautiful pattern! My 2020 plans include using up what I have and I have a lap quilt to finish up right now!

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  33. I'm working on some UFOs and trying to organize my sewing area. Both have been put off due to time restraints but now I have no excuse. Staying home trying to stay healthy.

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  34. I should be working on UFOs but projects like this always call my name. I do have several quilt tops I’d like to get loaded and finished on my long arm. Thanks for the great project idea! Jmh

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  35. I need to spend my time re-organizing so I can get to the projects I really want to finish and new ones to start.

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  36. I am thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to stay at home and am currently working on four projects at the same time. With several others in line as I finish one up. I do want to participate in the Star Cluster Quilt-a-Long. I love this quilt!!

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  37. Due to my work in longterm healthcare I will not be working from home. I am enjoying seeing all the quilt alongs and hope to take part as I am able as always. Prayers for all as we weather this storm!

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    1. LJ, My thoughts and wishes are with you as you work on the front lines of this crisis. Bless you and your colleagues for weathering the storm.

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  38. I’m missing my quilting buddies. I usually sew 2-4 times a week at a friend’s house or at My local quilt shop. All sewing days and classes have been cancelled so I’m a little stir crazy. Tomorrow I’m getting out of my recliner and spending the day in my sewing barn. I have a wonderful place to sew, just need company. I’m praying this ends soon. Be safe out there!

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  40. I work at a bank so no extra sewing time for me. I am off this Saturday so planning on going to my daughter's house for some sewing time with my 9 year old granddaughter.

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  41. I am looking all around me at WIPs, and finding that so many of them just need to be bound. Isn't that ridiculous? So, a whole lot of binding going on!

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  42. As a beginning quilter who is still working in the office at the elementary school where I work, I haven't had time ro work on much yet. I am currently hand binding a Halloween throw quilt for my youngest daughter.

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  43. I'm working on a quilt for my nephew who is graduating from college but won't get a ceremony because of the virus. He's 6'4" and I'm making it HUGE! I think the star QAL sounds like fun!

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  44. Oh wow, I would love to win this pattern!
    It would be perfect for a Quilt of Valor project.
    I will be joining your quilt along ... Thank you!

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  45. I'm not sure I will have extra sewing time. I am working from home, but also need to check on my 93 year old grandfather daily.

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  46. Wow! This is GEORGEOUS! (After my Golden Retriever, George, who thought every quilt wasn't done without a little "Golden Glitter" aka fur).
    My plans... Sewing medical masks for the Seattle area hospitals, organizing my stash, making a Five and Dime bed quilt and quilting it on my new longarm!!!
    Thank you Lynne, loving the layered patchwork!

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    1. Glad you're loving Layered Patchwork. It's so fast & fun! Pls share pics when you're done.

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