Summer Star Quilting – Quilt Along 2020

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It’s week four of the Summer Star Quilt Along, the July quilt for Quilt Along 2020. The first week we pulled and cut out fabric, the second week we made the units, and last week we assembled the quilt top. This week we’re quilting Summer Star!

For 2020, we’ve collected 12 of our most popular quilt patterns. We’ll make a quilt a month and cover the creative process from selecting colors and fabrics, piecing and assembly tips, and quilting ideas to help you finish your quilt. Click Here to check out the quilts so you can pick which ones you want to make in 2020! July’s quilt is Summer Star.

Summer Star Schedule

Over the next few weeks, we’ll make our Summer Star quilts. Check out the schedule below.

And you can click here to find all of Quilt Along 2020 in one place.

Summer Star Quilt Along 2020

72″ x 72″

The Pattern

If you like to have the pattern at your fingertips before starting, we’ve got you covered.

Click Here for the FREE Summer Star pattern. (Note: The original pattern uses larger unit sizes creating a 96″ square quilt. We have resized it for the quilt along.)

Quilting Summer Star

Making a Quilt Sandwich

Lay the backing down on a flat surface, wrong side up. Place the batting in the center of the backing. Center the quilt on top of the batting right side up. Baste with spray, pins, large stitches, or any other method you prefer.

Check out this video on how to spray baste a quilt!

Select a Quilting Design

As you select or create a quilting design, it’s important to keep your machine in mind. Straight lines and gentle curves lend themselves to a walking foot.

Quilting designs with dramatic curves and fluid lines lend themselves to freemotion quilting. If your machine can drop its feed dogs and you have a hopping foot, you can freemotion quilt on your home machine.

Here’s a video on setting up your home machine for freemotion quilting.


And of course, hand quilting goes great with quilt as you go. Traditional hand quilting brings elegance to every design, and more modern big stitching brings a lot of whimsy and playfulness. Click here for a big stitch quilting tutorial!

Big stitch quilting by Sarah Fielke

Factor these options into your creative choices for your quilting designs. Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s take a look at some ideas for quilting Summer Star.

Quilting Ideas

In a quilt with as strong a motif as Summer Star, there are so many ways to emphasize the piecing with quilting. You can use all kinds of curves and fills, but you can create a lot of visual impact with straight lines. Experiment with echoing shapes, creating segmentation that isn’t in the piecing, and density of quilting to emphasize different areas. Or make an X through the center of the quilt and echo it out. Try creating different distances between the echoing lines. Straight line designs are easy to quilt on a machine by using a walking foot, or they can be quilted by hand.

Above is a simple line design. Below illustrates a more complex straight line design.

 

This design utilizes both straight lines and curves.

July Giveaway

Each month you’ll have the opportunity to enter to win a fun quilting prize. Enter below to win a fun fabric bundle.

(Bundle will differ from bundle shown.)

Enter below and click submit.


Having trouble with the survey? Click here for the web version.

Join the fun!

Get involved with a community of quilters in the AQS Project Parade Facebook group to show off your creations and chat with fellow quilters. Use the hashtag #QuiltAlong2020 and tag us @aqsonline on Instagram so we can share your quilts!

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