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Suncatcher Stars Quilt Along - 9th August - 19th September

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Hello and welcome to the official blog post for the Suncatcher Stars quilt along that will be taking place this summer!!

I'm so excited to be running my third quilt along and I can't wait to see all the lovely quilts!

Suncatcher Stars quilt along


Keep reading for all the details of this quilt along and how you can join in!

Pattern: Suncatcher Stars quilt pattern. Lap Size.

Suncatcher Stars lap sized quilt.

When: The QAL begins on the 9th August, 2021 and lasts for 6 weeks.

Where: I (@louorthdesigns) will be hosting this QAL on Instagram using the QAL hashtag: #suncatcherstarsqal

Prizes: Yes, there will be weekly prizes!

Ruby Star Society Purl collection panel and 6 Purl/speckled FQs from Pin Drop Shop

Sewing pattern bundle from Crafty Lil Mouse

Sunny yellow 5 FQ bundle from The Fabric Fox

Still to be announced (currently secret) EPP kit from Zoe at Annie Thornalley

Peaches and Cream 12 F8 and 3 small Aurifil spools bundle

Monochrome 12 F8 and 2 large Aurifil spools bundle. 

Pattern, postcard and pin bundle from Jo at The Crafty Nomad

Pindrop Shop bundleCrafty Little Mouse bundleFabric fox bundle

Peachy bundleB&W bundleThe Crafty Nomad

Also, for EVERYONE is the QAL...


Kerry Long arm quilting discount



To be in with a chance to win the weekly prizes you will need to share 1 new photo  each week sharing your progress using the special prizes hashtag #suncatcherqalprize This image will be counted as your entry to the giveaway that week.

You can share as many pics as you like on the standard QAL hashtag but only 1 per week with the prize hashtag. Please also note if your account is private, I will not be able to view your image and you will not be able to enter that week's giveaway.

Reminders of how to enter each weekly prize will be sent out with the weekly QAL newsletter.


Sign up to the Suncatcher Stars newsltter here!


Week 1 (w/b 9th August) Fabric pull and cutting

Week 2: (w/b 16th August) Make 3 blocks

Week 3: (w/b 23rd August) Make 3 blocks

Week 4: (w/b 30th August) Make 3 blocks

Week 5: (6th September) Make 3 blocks

Week 6: (w/b 13th September) Catch up if needed and sew your quilt top together. Let's see those finished tops!


Suncatcher stars schedule



How do I join in?

1. Sign up to the Suncatcher Stars newsletter list here!

An email will also be sent out once a week, on a Monday, during the QAL.

This will keep you up to date with what is happening each week as well as links to videos and blog posts sharing my tips and tricks to help you along the way.


2. If you don't already, come and follow me @louorthdesigns on Instagram.

We will be using the #suncatcherstarsqal to share progress on Instagram. You can follow the hashtag so that you don't miss anything!

This is all about making the pattern together and I'm sure you'll get loads on inspiration, seeing what your fellow quilters are making.

3. Grab the Pattern!

Suncatcher Stars PDF



What is a quilt along?

A quilt along is where we all get together (in this case, virtually on Instagram) and sew the same thing. For this QAL, it will be the Suncatcher Stars pattern. It's great to all sew the same pattern together and I'll be providing extra help and tips along the way in the form of blog posts and videos.


I've missed the start, can I still join in?

Yes! You can join in wherever we are in the schedule and start sharing.

To be eligible for the prizes though you will need to complete that weeks schedule (for example show 3 blocks.)


Do I have to be on Instagram to join in?

Yes. I will be hosting the quilt along via the Instagram platform so you will need an account to be able to share your progress and also see what others are up to. (If your account is private then I and others will not be able to see your photos.)


Can I make a larger version of the quilt?

Yes (again!) For the schedule, I have picked the Lap size quilt (64" x 48") which has 12 blocks and should be do-able for most during the time frame.

If you would like to make a bigger size, you are welcome to do so!

You can also make a smaller size if you like but you will need to skip a week of the schedule.


What fabric do I need?

The full supplies list will be released with the pattern, but if you want to start thinking about what fabrics you would like to use, then I can let you know the fabrics required for the lap sized version quilt top now.

lap sized fabric requirements


Main stars fabric (assorted colours) Either 12 Fat Eighths for each block a different print/colour or 6 Fat Quarters, doubling up on blocks as in the image above. You could also go scrappy with the same equivalent amounts of fabric.

Echo fabric (white) 1 3/4 yards

Secondary Star (grey) 1 1/4 yards

The finished pattern will have full supplies and cutting for 5 different sizes of quilt.


Some fabric inspo:

Ruby Star Society, Adorn collection

Art Gallery Fabric, Spooky and Sweeter

Tula Pink, Curiouser

Dashwood Studios, Full Moon

Adorn Suncatcher Stars Spooky and Sweet Suncatcher StarsCuriouser Suncatcher Stars Tula PinkDashwood, Full Moon


I hope you decide to join me for this fun summer quilt along!

Lou x

P.S. If you have any other questions, please comment below and I will get back to you.

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