And here it is! The event you have been waiting for. The Space Dust Quilt-Along!
As usual, I was spending more time on Instagram than I should (I would get so much more sewing done!) and along came this post from John Adams (Quiltdad) and Kela (from Quilter’s Square) and some others.
John was also sharing that Tula Pink’s Space Dust quilt was on his quilter’s bucket list, and that he was contemplating starting it soon. Space Dust made with Indelible? John mentioned it would be pretty damn epic. Who was I to argue?
Others agreed. A quilt-along was mentioned. And John volunteered to host it (though I think he was actualAnly told to, only IG knows for sure).
And because he has an awesome beard, I agreed to co-host! Kela offered to pull together quilt kits (at a discounted price!), John asked Tula to offer a pattern discount to participants (she agreed!), and the Space Dust Quilt-Along (#SDQAL) was born. John and I are looking forward to seeing what you all create as you join us on this adventure!
The Space Dust pattern by Tula Pink is a paper-pieced (foundation pieced) pattern. (Not English paper piecing — aka hand work — as some of you have already asked.) If you’re unfamiliar, uncomfortable, or inexperienced with paper piecing and want to practice / get better, this is a GREAT pattern for that. It’s fairly straightforward and Tula’s instructions, as always, are amazing.
The PDF pattern is listed at $24.95 but Tula is offering 15% off for SDQAL participants. Just enter SDQAL as the discount code.
As a reference, here are the fabric requirements for the pattern:
- Background fabric: 5 yards
- Color fabrics: 22 quarter-yard cuts of your choice
- Backing: 8 yards
- Binding: 3/4 yard
- The quilt finishes at 88″ x 96″.
The quilting community is all abuzz with talk about Katarina Roccella‘s debut line with Art Gallery Fabrics, Indelible. The fabric is sublime! Typical of AGF, the fabric has a great feel. While I did not get to see it at Quilt Market in Pittsburgh like John did, I encountered it during a CrimsonTate sale and bought two of my favorite pieces. I’ll post a separate blog on that beauty! I think John made a perfect choice since the prints and colors of the line will be an amazing complement to the Space Dust pattern.
The pattern calls for 21 quarter-yard cuts of prints, so you can of course use any fabric you want for the quilt-along. It is not a requirement that you make your quilt from Indelible!
If, however, you would like to use the line, Quilter’s Square in Lexington, KY is making quilt kits and offering them at a discounted price. Kits are normally priced at $125.75, but are being offered for $100.00 for SDQAL participants.
We’ll be starting the quilt-along in a few weeks to give everyone enough time to collect their supplies, prepare their materials, etc. John and I will be alternating posts on our blogs (but I’ll always link to his posts so that you won’t miss anything.) The initial schedule is posted below. You will see that we will be posting on Fridays — making it easier on you weekend warriors! — and tackling the pattern row by row.
- Friday, 8/1 – Gathering materials, printing pattern, cutting pattern pieces, brush up on paper piecing, general prep
- Friday, 8/8 – Row 1
- Friday, 8/15 – Row 2
- Friday, 8/22 – Row 3
- Friday, 8/29 – Row 4
- Friday, 9/5 – Row 5
- Friday, 9/12 – Row 6
- Friday, 9/19 – Row 7
- Friday, 9/24 (MY 40TH BIRTHDAY!) – Row 8 & finishing up
A note about quilt-alongs: the posts will always remain live on our blogs. If you need to get started a few weeks (or months or years!) late, no worries. You can always come back and follow the posts. Likewise, if you’re a Speedy Sally and want to jump ahead, you are always free to do so. The quilt-along is simply a place for encouragement and fun picture-sharing to keep everyone motivated throughout.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a party without giveaways! Be on the lookout for fun giveaways to be offered throughout the quilt-along for anyone participating.
If you’re participating and you’re active on social media, please be sure to share all of your progress on Instagram and Facebook with the hashtag #SDQAL. Feel free to start now with photos of your fabric ideas, your prep work, paper piecing tips, questions and requests for help, etc.
So, who’s in? My only remaining question for John is do we get cake?