“Sisters” BOM Update

First of all, I need to announce the winner of the McCall’s Quilting Nov/Dec 2020 issue. Rachel C’s name was drawn from those who commented “Done” on my October 31st post. “Done” means these participants of the “Sisters” Quilt Along had completed the 12″ big sister and the 6″ little sister “Old Maid’s Puzzle” blocks during the month of October. Congratulations, Rachel!

Secondly, I’d like to show you some “Paddle Star” blocks make by QAL participants. “Paddle Star” is the November BOM design. You will find instructions on the “Sisters BOM QAL” page of the blog; just click the tab in the menu. Scroll to the end of the list and click the black Download button for block instructions.

If you remember, Karen is making her quilt with vibrant batiks. I love the various blues she used in these blocks.

Cindy also sent me a picture of her blocks. She’s using Moda’s “Collection for a Cause – Nurture” for her project. Cindy related that she is finally caught up, and has made her November blocks with time to spare. So if you are a bit behind, find encouragement that the recent month’s blocks are not difficult to make. You can “get back on the wagon” and finish the 2020 “Sisters” QAL with us.

Finally, I want to show you Karlene’s quilt top. She is one of my pattern testers and therefore had insider information on the sashing and border measurements. If you compare my quilt with Karlene’s you will notice that she substituted 6″ Sawtooth Star blocks for the 6″ light squares I used.

Thanks Karen, Cindy and Karlene for sharing your progress. You have motivated us to work diligently on our “Sisters” quilt blocks!

I have uploaded the file detailing measurements and finishing instructions for the “Sisters” quilt on the “Sisters BOM QAL” blog page. By placing the blocks you have already made on a design wall, you will be able to see what colors/fabrics you should use in November and December to create balance. You should not necessarily place your block designs in the same spots I did, instead look to balance the color and intensity of your own blocks.

7 thoughts on ““Sisters” BOM Update

  1. I liked seeing Karlene’s finished quilt top. What was the fabric bundle she used? It almost looks like a bunch of the “3 Wishes Fabric” for “Hello Spring” 🙂 I’ve been trying to decide how to finish my bright spring colors top and was actually thinking of doing either a star or pinwheel instead of a solid block filler. Good to see that option illustrated–thanks Karlene!


    • Yes, the December block will bring us up to 11 blocks total. I posted the layout diagram and finishing info so participants can begin planning a layout and can cut the alternate plain 6 1/2” squares or make additional patchwork blocks as Karlene did.

  2. Pingback: “Paddle Star” – BOM Participants Share | abyquilts

    • Hi Jeanne. You certainly can join the current BOM. Just click on the SISTERS BOM QAL tab in the menu. This takes you to a page on my blog that lists links to an introduction and to instructions, one per month. Click the highlighted title on the early months and the black Download button for the later months. (WordPress changed their format in the middle of the year.) the QAL is free. You can post pics of your blocks on Instagram at #sistersqal

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