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Space Dust Quilt Along – Week Eight and a Farewell From Me

Welcome to Week Eight of the #SDQAL!  I am so glad you have been diligently sewing along with us and have gotten to a near finish!  This week I am going to cover adding the tops and sides to the quilt top, and announce a couple of giveaways.  John will be posting next week and covering the grand finale of finishing up, announce the giveaway winners, and share some birthday cake with us (Happy Early Birthday John!).

I will tell you that I removed all the papers from the quilt top at this point.  It made sewing the border to the quilt top easier.  Do what feels right for you.

So if you go waaaayyyyy back to page one of the pattern, you will be using those border pieces you cut.  There is a side set which are the border pieces you cut from the background fabric that measure 63 and 16 1/2 – you should have two.  Tula has great guidelines for adding these pieces in her tip on page 8.  You need to measure the center of the quilt and trim the  border pieces to that size (mine were not quite 63!).  Pin the border to the corners.  Find and match the center of the quilt top with the center of the border and pin.  As Tula notes, pin every 5 inches or so (I actually do every 2 – 3 inches but I worry about rippling).  Sew and press.

You now have a growing quilt top!  Only one more step to go.  You need to take those 90×181/2 pieces and do the same on the top and bottom as you did on the sides!

As you can see in the next shot, the borders make this grow to the humongous piece of beauty it was destined to become.








And some folks added the borders, others opted to not add them, and some folks used some great colors!   Kudos to the creators of these and many other great Space Dust pieces.

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And now for the really fun part!  Our friends at Quilters Square have provided a half yard bundle of fabulous ArtGalleryFabrics Pure Elements for you quilting adventures.   And I have a very special pincushion courtesy of my friend Kate Tracton Designs.   John will be announcing the winners next week on his wrap up post.








And that’s a wrap for me for the Space Dust QAL!  I want to thank John for letting me co host with him, Tula Pink for an  awesome pattern, Katarina Roccella and Art Gallery Fabrics for awesome fabric and the wondrous Quilters Square for providing the awesome kits.  And thanks to all of you who joined in the fun.

Oh, I almost forgot!  John is letting me announce the winner of the large Aurifil thread!  Phew, so much responsibility!  And the winner is angelabdesign.  contact me or john!

Space Dust Quilt Along – Week 6 – Row Five

Well heading into the home stretch!  This is the next to the last row that comprises the body of the space dust!

This row uses templates EE through LL.  Have those ready to go along with your fabric?  Then get to it and get it done!  John will be back next Friday to get week 7 and Row 6 all finished up.  Then on to the sides and tops and voila, space dust.

Here’s my indelible version with Row Five attached.

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John announced another giveaway last week – one lucky winner will win a half-yard bundle of Pure Elements solids, courtesy of Quilter’s Square and Art Gallery Fabrics. And I get to draw the winner!

Cue the music…and the winner is…See_Marj_Create!  Please DM me on IG or comment here with your details and I will get them to Quilter’s Square!

Don’t forget to check the blogs next Friday for Week 7 Row Six – John will be hosting and announcing another great giveaway!

And for those of you who found you love this pattern like I did, make another one!  Here’s my Version 2.

Photobomb courtesy of sister Xena Hawthorne!
Photobomb courtesy of sister Xena Hawthorne!




Space Dust Quilt Along – Week 5 – Row 4

John is hosting the week 5 activities over at  For this week, we will be completing Row 4 of the Space Dust pattern and adding it to the collection!

I shamelessly borrowed John’s picture because I have Liberty of London Van envy.    The picture also shows his Row 4 added to the growing project.    John also posted a lot of pictures of the various projects over on Instagram – great collection showing the diversity of projects using Indelible and a host of other fabric lines.  Go over to his blog to check them out!

John's project coming along with Row 4 - and snazzy shoes too!
John’s project coming along with Row 4 – and snazzy shoes too!

John also announced the winner of the gift certificate from Quilters Square  Congrats to Sharni (@lyrebird_lamb) is this week’s winner. Email or DM John with your details!

Ready for another giveaway? Remember, anyone who posts their progress through row 5 will be eligible for this week’s giveaway, and it’s a good one. One lucky winner will win a half-yard bundle of Pure Elements solids, courtesy of Quilter’s Square and Art Gallery Fabrics. Simply post your photo on Instagram or Facebook with hashtag #SDQAL.  If you post your photos elsewhere (like Flickr or your blog), remember to leave a comment on either one of our blogs telling us where we can find your pictures.

I get to announce the winner of the fabric bundle in next week’s post on Row 5.  Only a few more weeks remaining on this fantastic project.

And now I am off to buy some snazzy shoes…

#SDQAL – had a Britney moment

image image image imageOops I did it again! While I loved the original spacedust I constructed from the Tula Pink pattern using Indelible, I also saw one in more greys with a Spirodraft background.

I gathered an array of greys with some blues and a couple of Indelible fabrics to fit in.  I started Friday night and finished up Sunday.  The pattern goes together quickly, especially when you are watching a Dr. Who marathon waiting for the new season! Really happy with how it turned out.





Space Dust Quilt Along – Week 4 – Row Three

Welcome back!  Hope you are having fun and enjoying the process.  The theme I was using was updated and now doesn’t work, so I had to switch themes!  Panic blogger!

If you checked out John’s post for Row 2, you will know that he gave some ‘lessons learned’ as he has been progressing through the process.( .  I found that using the fabric with directional prints was most challenging and while the patten says quarter yards, I think some of the prints would have been better with fat quarters for that extra width!  This has also reinforced my love of paper piecing.  Yes, regular piecing is fun, but when you want to go complex, paper rules my world!

And there has been so much progress over on Instagram.  Some folks are even done (yeah, yAnd since you are building off prior week and have rows one and two under your belt, you should be a pro at paper piecing by now, so I am just going to post a couple quick items to get you started for this row.ou know who you are!).

So with this row you will officially be halfway through the Space Dust rows!  Whoot!  And since you are building off prior week and have rows one and two under your belt, you should be a pro at paper piecing by now, so I am just going to post a couple quick items to get you started for this row.

This row uses templates O through V.  I think this is the most challenging row because of the color swaps needed to build off the prior row and thinking ahead to the next row.  For those of you who did a lot of advance planning, this should be a breeze.  For those of you like me who tend to wing it, let’s hope the paper piecing gods are at the beach this weekend for one last fling before school starts.

And here’s row three all put together and added to rows one and two.

Here's row three (and a sneak peek of row four!)
Here’s row three (and a sneak peek of row four!)

And if you checked John’s post you know he posted the first #SDQAL giveaway, Indelible inspired threads courtesy of Aurifil ( and Kela from  I checked out all the postings on the IG tag and even found someone over on Facebook!  So I put all the names into my favorite bowl and got someone else to draw the winner (did you event that I was going to take responsibility for such a thing!)…

IMG_5257And the winner is….JKIMRcongratulations!  If you can direct message me or John on Instragram or e mail me ( with your mailing info, I will coordinate with my Quilter’s Square friends.

John will be posting next week with Row Four.  And moving into the home stretch (yes, I quickly heading toward September!) John will be announcing the winner of the next giveaway, a $15.00 on line gift certificate for Quilter’s Square.  So remember to post your comments here, on John’s blog, on Instragram or your other social media and keep using the #SDQAL.  Happy sewing!


Space Dust Quilt Along – Week Three – Row 2

Sorry I am a day late and maybe even a dollar short since I did go to the farmer’s market this morning!  Bought some great donut peaches!

I am really enjoying seeing all the progress from folks over on Instagram.  And a couple new people have jumped into the SDQAL pool!

John over at will be covering the details of Row 2 with you over on his blog.  If you take a peak at Tula’s pattern page 5, you will see you have moved to pattern pieces G through N.  If you are designing this in similar fashion to the pattern, you will be moving into sections that do a lot more color changes!

Here’s a picture of my project with Row 2 added.  You will see that I started adding the coral and purple in the kit.

IMG_5034Don’t forget to head on over to John’s blog!  I will be writing up Row 3 next Friday and I have something special going on, so see you back here next week.

Space Dust Quilt Along – Week Two – Row One

John and I are glad you joined us and are looking forward to the next weeks of the quilt along. We kick it off by giving you some background on the pattern and fabric.  We then moved onto some general information about the quilt along process. I’ve seen lots of posts from folks who have joined us that have laid out fabric placement, colorations, and some who have even moved into production!

While my goal is to give you something to work with on this blog post, I thought I’d also give you some links to some of my favorite paper piecing guides and tutorials. Carol Doak taught me everything I ever wanted to know about paper piecing (well, technically it was Florence Fong in a class using Carol’s book!) so she is first. Since each of us having different learning styles, I have given you some written and video stuff.

And as Tula and John have noted, feel free to print out some of the blocks and take some unwanted fabric (did I just type that?!!) and practice!

So without further ado, let’s get to Row One. I will be referring a lot to page 5 of the Spacedust Pattern. Tula Pink has laid out a wonderful assembly diagram. I kept this and the front cover handy as I was moving through the construction process.

You will need two (2) of the four (4) 7 ½ x 10 ½ rectangles you cut from the background fabric – those guidelines are on page 1. I cut all my background fabrics, labeled them and set them aside. You can do this now or just cut the needed rectangles. I leave that up to your preference! The two rectangles you need will be the first and last pieces of Row One, so set them aside or place them on your design wall if you have one.

You will be using templates A through F for this row. One of the great things about this pattern is that each template shows where you will use a color or background fabric. No guessing! And if you have developed a fabric key like that on page seven, you will be flying through this.  Remember throughout that the pattern piece should face up, the fabric faces right side down, and you will never miss a beat.

Row One
Row One along with my handy references











Looking at template A, you see that you need two background pieces and two color pieces. As shown on page 2 of the pattern you need to cut pieces large enough to cover the section. I cut my pieces larger than needed. And since you will be working with a lot of odd shapes and angles, remember that bigger is better – large rectangles or squares tend to work well. I tend to cut at least an inch larger than needed. Keep in mind that the fabric will be right side down when your paper foundation is right side up when you place, measure and cut!

You will always be sewing in numeric order. For template A, there are four pieces 1 – 4. Take your fabric, right side down, and place it so that it is covering shape 1 and extends at least a quarter inch all the way around. As you can see, I use pins to hold the fabric in place. You can also use a dab of a glue stick (lightly!) to anchor in place. I hold the foundation up to a light source to make sure it is extending over all the lines of the shape.

Pin pieces in place.
I use pins. Use a glue stick if that works better for you!









Once you have your fabric piece in place, take your fabric for section 2 and place it so it extends at least a quarter inch beyond the sewing line (the line between 1 and 2 where I have lots of pins in the picture above). You will trim this after you have sewn. Once your fabric is in place, sew along the line, making sure you start a few stitches before and after the shape’s edges.

Sew Along the line
Sew along the line, making sure to start and stop beyond the shape edges.













After you have sewn along the line, turn your foundation over. Fold the foundation back along the line you just sewed and trim any excess fabric (make sure you have completely folded the paper out of the way or you will cut the paper – trust me, it is easy to do!). Use one of your regular rulers or if you have e of those fancy add a quarter rulers those work really well too.

Fold the paper back and trim to 1/4 inch seam.













Now turn your piece over, right sides of fabric facing you, and fold the fabric back past the seam and press (careful that you are using a dry iron – your paper will get crinkly quickly).   For large pieces like you will encounter in this project, I find it helpful to pin the fabric in place. Continue to follow this same place, sew, and trim process for the remaining pieces. Once all your pieces are in place, trim the entire block which should measure 7 ½ x 10 ½.










And here you have the corner rectangle and your first completed block! Congratulations. You are on your way to a Row One finish.

The corner rectangle and your first completed block.  Hurray!
The corner rectangle and your first completed block. Hurray!













I promised you on Instagram that I would show you how to fussy cut/place items.  So here you go – this is my method, find what works for you.

I follow a process similar to generally placing the fabric – the trick is to line of the fabric so that when you fold it back into place it will be aligned properly.  It is really easy to fussy place the fabric when you are working on piece one of the template – anything marked one you just have to place the fabric and check for alignment.  It gets trickier when you are adding pieces that you want to have aligned.  I accomplish this by placing the fabric and then folding back the template along the lines where it will need to line up.












Once it is aligned, pin it in place, then sew onto the foundation along the next line you need to sew on.  This one (template C) was easy as it was for piece one of the template!













So now you are ready to go and finish up row one!  Just use the same process of placing fabric, sewing along the lines, trimming, and pressing for templates B through F. You will need another 7 ½ x 10 ½ rectangle for the end of the row.  These go together pretty quickly as the pieces are large.

Here is Row One (with a Row Two block – I was working out color logistics!). Only five more rows to go and you will have Space Dust!  Keep posting with #SDQAL and let @katarinarocella, @quiltersquare and @artgalleryfabrics see the great work you are doing.  If you have any questions or comments you can leave them here or e mail me at  I promise to reply!






Space Dust Quilt Along Begins!

The Space Dust Quilt Along has begun.  John has posted a great introduction with some helpful tips as we get ready to go.  You can find his post here.

Don’t forget to have your rotary cutter, rulers, and pins (or a glue stick if you are so inclined) ready to go.  I will be hosting next week where we will be making the first row.

I am looking forward to all the great creativity that this brings out in those of you who are quilting along!

And I added a Space Dust Quilt Along menu item to bring all the posts under one umbrella and save you some hunting time!


The Space Dust Quilt-Along


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.

We were gushing about Katarina Roccella‘s new line for Art Gallery Fabrics, Indelible.

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 Pattern

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″.

Link to purchase the Space Dust quilt pattern.

The Fabric

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.

Link to purchase quilt kits from Quilter’s Square.

The Schedule

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?