QAL Progress Report & a New Quilt

All through 2022 I have been making blocks with the “Ruby” fabric from Maywood Studio. Most of the patterns are from Sherri McConnell’s blog She has offered one block free each month, and I have added a few of my favorites. Sherri’s quilt will have twelve blocks; I have already made sixteen. I think I should make four more for a twenty block quilt.

If you think you might like to make these blocks, print the instructions prior to December 31st. They will be for sale in Sherri’s shop in 2023 as are her past BOMs. Here’s the link for Sherri’s BOM projects.

Sherri and her daughter Chelsi recently published a book, “Home for the Holidays.” To celebrate the publication, they are sponsoring a Quilt Along for a sampler quilt using twelve blocks featured in the book. Click here for Sherri’s blog post containing links for blocks 1-5 instructions. I am using half yard cuts of “Katie Jump Rope,” an older line designed by Denyse Schmidt.

I had planned to set the blocks side by side with no sashing, alternating framed blocks with unframed blocks. But now that they are on my design wall, I think a thin orange sashing might look really nice. What do you think?

Since I am sort of caught up with current projects and have completed most customer quilts, I gave myself permission to begin a new quilt. The pattern is “Stellar Stacks” by Canuck Quilter. I admired several samples of this design in quilt shops while visiting my friend Deb in Omaha. She bought the pattern for me, and I am so happy to begin the project.

Here’s a link for Joanne’s Etsy shop if you are intrigued with the pattern as much as I am. If the quilt turns out as nicely as I think it will, I hope to offer it as a class at Sew There! Quilts and More in Angier, NC in the new year.

Have you recently begun a new quilt project? Will it be a Christmas gift for a special friend or family member?

6 thoughts on “QAL Progress Report & a New Quilt

  1. Joann’s Stellar Stack reminds me of the firecracker pattern by (Pen and Paper Patterns). If you check out the Instagram hashtag #firecrackerquilt ( the number of variations people came up with is amazing!! I guess because I just inserted a couple of links you’ll have to moderator-approve this comment, Aby – ooops! – but so worth it to share these fun patterns.

    As for Joann’s Stellar Stack for a 2023 class, will that be the 2023 QAL pattern? It’s almost do-able for me! haha I have to pick my battles for now (still)

    I’m doing Sherri’s BOM also, as you know and I added extra blocks also (as you know) but I’m looking for 4 more myself (only have 16 so far). I really like that 6-pointed star in your top row, 2nd from the right. Is that a paper pieced star or traditional? And I know the hexies are a second “extra” but what are your 4 “extra” blocks (not part of Sherri’s BOM) ? Can you believe they all look familiar enough I cannot tell? I have a bunch of 12″ that can be shrunk to 8″ (or 6″ that I can enlarge to 8″) to add inside Sherri’s cute thin churn dash frames but why reinvent the wheel if you already found some nice 8″ blocks 🙂 Help?

    Thanks for sharing all these pattern links and ideas (sorry to make you moderate this comment to share my own picks of links I think are so sew cute!) By the way, Pen And Paper’s “SPARROW” pattern is kind of famous because it’s so cute and they gave it away free in 2021. I think a free version might still be available on their site, actually.


  2. Thank you for the tips – I ordered 2 of the books from Sherri from Amazon – not expensive! Also downloaded patterns from the 2022 BOMs and signed up for more. Thx for the information! Love your color ways on your quilts..

  3. I really like your Ruby quilt. I do think the Home for the Holidays quilt needs something to separate the blocks. I am trying to picture an orange strip, but I guess I would have to see the orange between them to determine if that would look good to me. The Stellar stacks are lovely too.

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