Quarantine Quilt Challenge Week 7

It’s Week 7 of the Quilt-along and time is flying. It’s full summer in Texas and the heat won’t make it difficult to stay indoors and sew.

This week we are back to traditional piecing with Rising Star.  You will be making two different sizes of flying geese and your central square can really emphasize your focal fabric to great advantage.

I am over the moon thrilled at how many of y’all are participating in this quilt-along. The photos you’re sharing put me in awe of your fabric choices and placement. There’s some serious WOW factor there.

If you are new to the Quarantine Quilt Along, you can find the previous week’s information in the links below:

Begin by cutting out all pieces. The larger flying geese can be made using the 4-in-1 no waste method if you prefer. I used the directions at Quilter’s Cache to make sure all measurements and directions worked well.

Once my fabrics are all cut, I like to lay the pieces out so I have a visual of how they need to be assembled.

I started by making the flying geese units first. I chain stitch one side, trim seam allowance & press, then repeat for the left wing.

Use the trim tool of your choice and square up your geese.


After the flying geese units have been sewn and trimmed, the block is ready to assemble. I like to lay it out and start sewing it in rows from top left to right and work my way down.


You will end up with three rows to assemble.


And the finished block, Rising Star.


In other news, this week has been busy learning how to podcast, homeschooling Junior, and running errands as the stores begin to re-open. I’ve also been working on my Farmer’s Wife Pony Club UFO, which is my 2020 APQ UFO Challenge project for May. I have to add the borders, which I’ve decided to applique with vines and flowers, and then it will be ready to send off to the longarmer.

I also completed this Riley Blake Tablerunner top in preparation for the Memorial Weekend holiday.


I’m quickly whittling away at my quilting list. I have several projects ready to quilt, and several more in various stages of production but haven’t finished anything this week.

Today’s Amazon Item of the Day is WALK: Master Machine Quilting with your Walking Foot. This wonderful book will help you increase your machine quilting skills using the walking foot. I purchased it with the hope of finishing a couple of smaller throw quilts before I leap into trying my hand at FMQ. WALK is full of beautiful color photos and directional diagrams to help you master quilting with your walking foot. 

My Spotify Playlist has been extremely varied this week with lots of oldies radio, metal bands, and Small Town Murder. I also binged a wonderful audiobook on Youtube that wasn’t my typical listening material. I’m now attempting to finish up A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon which is part of the Outlander series. Believe it or not, I started that book in October of 2017. It’s loooooong, and life really got in the way. I’m only a few chapters away from the finish and will be looking for another series.

If you are in the Texas Quilter’s Group, do be sure to share photos of your progress so I can cheer you on. If you’re on Instagram, use the hashtags #texasquilters and #quarantinequiltchallenge.

Until next week…



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