January 2016 Block of the Month
There’s nothing like starting a new quilt. Cutting the crisp fabric, taking a peak at the pattern techniques, putting the first of many blocks together. The new quilt excitement is what keeps us quilting, and why there are so many UFOs, the next project just looks more fun.
Well today we get to experience all the fun of starting a new project. The first block in the Quilt Addicts Anonymous 2016 Block of the Month Stars in the Night is officially out! Just click here to download your free instructions. (If you haven’t created an account, you will need to click here to create free account in order to download patterns).
This year we’re trading in the medallion for an alternate grid layout. The modern placement of blocks features 12 block designs in sizes from 3 to 18 inches. And when it all comes together at the end of the year it will look like stars twinkling in the night sky. We’re starting out by making four 18-inch stars that will be very dominant in the final design.
There is some paper piecing involved. If you haven’t done it before, don’t worry. There are step-by-step instructions with photos in the printable instructions, as well as a video tutorial that you can watch above. But if you’re really stumped, then check out Carol Doak’s paper piecing class on Craftsy, Carol Doak’s Mastering Foundation Paper Piecing Craftsy class. She is the Queen of Paper Piecing and she is the instructor I learned from. You’ll also need Carol Doak’s Foundation Paper and the Add-A-Quarter Plus Ruler.
You can click here to download the fabric requirements, or if you just love the look of the quilt, I have kits available featuring hand-dyed batiks. They’re just gorgeous. Click here to order a Stars in the Night quilt kit.
This Block of the Month runs through December 2016. In the following months, the patterns and tutorials will be released on the first Monday of each month.
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