Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Starburst Quilt Along Week 1

I didn’t get a chance to do any sewing the past week because we went on a family vacation to Disney World.  I’m not complaining!  Tonight is the first night since we got back that I got a chance to sit down in my sewing room.  I did want to share this photo I made my husband take of the set on the ride “It’s a Small World.”  I thought the resemblance to Hello Pilgrim by Lizzie House was uncanny!


So, have you ever heard of the term “goat rope?”   That’s what cutting my fabric for the Starburst QAL was like.  I started with the wrong size fabric, cut some pieces, then realized I didn’t have enough and had to start over picking my fabrics.  It was a downer because I actually did the black-and-white photo value trick when I picked my first set of fabric.


I was pretty happy that I had a couple different values included in my selection.  I tried to make the top row dark, the middle row medium, and the bottom row light.


A few fabrics even surprised me!  But when I had to start over and pick new fabric, I just cut without taking the time to do the black-and-white comparison.  So here are my final pieces.


And now let’s see how I did picking different values.


It looks like there’s too much dark in the second starburst, so I’ll be switching it up a little before starting to sew it together.  But overall I’m happy how it turned out.  Now I’m pretty much caught up to Week 2. 

Have a great night!


  1. Wow, great that you recognized where the inspiration for this fabric came from. Glad you had a good time there!

  2. Wow, great that you recognized where the inspiration for this fabric came from. Glad you had a good time there!

  3. it's a small world after all...
    love your bw pics, I need to do that more

  4. I have yet to cut into my Starburst QAL fabrics. I need to get a move on.

  5. Are you still singing the song?

    Love the fabrics for your stars.

  6. Looks great!! I would agree that switching that second grouping around will even the tones out a bit. Sorry the cutting was a drag. Hope the sewing goes better for you :)

  7. Thats a drag that you had to start over and re-pick fabrics :( I have not heard about taking a B & W photo to find the values before. Will have to try that out.


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